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specifications for the
completion of superior CORE COMPETENCIES
commercial, public, and
residential buildings. Architectural Design Commercial & Residential Building Construction Documents
Client Satisfaction Graphic Presentations and Layouts Site Planning
Proven ability to prepare
detailed drawings of
architectural designs which PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
include plans, elevations, and
sections. ABC ARCHITECT LLC, Baltimore, MD 20xx – Present
Highly experienced in
Developed preliminary designs for commercial and residential spaces. Prepared working set
leveraging technical expertise
drawings, specifications, and construction documents. Applied artistic expertise and
in AutoCAD, Photoshop CS,
technical skills to create freehand sketches and color architectural presentations, renderings,
Flash, and 3D Studio Max to
and site plans.
renderings, and 3-D Selected Accomplishments:
illustrations. Proposed a new design for a building in accordance with a client’s preferred style,
Skilled in applying creativity to which resulted in ABC’s selection for the contract.
create highly appealing, Devised a complete design for a clubhouse in an existing canal walk development
exciting, and interesting that was compliant with design development rules and incorporated all client
designs that engage and evoke requirements.
Created hand-rendered color presentations of proposed designs that were used
during client presentations and became an essential part of numerous projects.
BCD ARCHITECTS LTD., Baltimore, MD 20xx – 20xx
Effectively led a team of two architects engaged in providing full concept through delivery
architectural design and construction administration services. Collaborated with senior client
decision-makers to develop requirements. Researched codes and obtained required permits.
Created detailed designs, drawings, specifications, resource estimates, and timetables.
Solicited bids; negotiated and administered vendor contracts.
CDE Square: Served as the Project Architect/Job Captain for the design and
construction of a 28 unit residential building with a courtyard.
Smith Residence: Created designs for a 6,000 sq./ft. home as the project’s Job
EFG Development: Designed ten multi-family residences at five physically diverse
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND locations as the Job Captain for a property development initiative.
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE,
College Park, MD FGH Bank: Provided key aesthetic and creative insight into the interior renovation
of a historic landmark. Received the 20xx AIA Interior Design Award for professional
Master of excellence.
Architectural Design (20xx) GHI Group: Guided the renovation of 2000 sq./ft. loft into office and living space.
Elm Street Competition: Won honorable mention as a Staff Architect.
Architectural Design (20xx)
Exceptional Portfolio Available Upon Request
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