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AIA NOVA (American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia), 03-05,
Member, Board of Directors. Chairman, Marketing Committee. Member, Continuing Education Advisory Board for Design DC.
Recipient of special award for service to the chapter.
L’ART ET LA PLUME EDITIONS, SARL, Paris, France, 06/09-12/11
Project Director for "Fluke and Duke ®” an acclaimed interactive, media-rich audio-visual knowledge transfer environment that facilitates the immersion in the English language. Supervised all aspects of the production, including and not limited to: system requirements gathering, user requirements, contextual inquiry, collecting, interpreting, consolidating, visioning of data, storyboarding, ActionScript, HTML, and CSS design development, process/workflow analysis, design and content critiques, focus groups and user testing.
STUDIOVIEW INTERACTIVE, LLC., Boston-D.C., 1/94-06/09
Executive Producer and Creative Director.
Creator: "Virtual Pose ®, The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure” and “Living Sketchbook ™, the Ultimate Workshop Series for Visual Expression.” Responsible for overall vision, strategy mapping, product positioning and differentiation, naming, and brand morale. Drafted proposals and secured venture capital, distribution channels and vendors. Negotiated Contracts and managed artists' royalties.
Other services include: Marketing and Design Communications delivery systems. Assistance in identifying new business opportunities through brand-centric catalogs, brochures, magazine ads, targeted and relationship-based direct-mail and e-mail communications, trade show graphics, special activities and event, volunteering, and a yearly Calendar. Tasks include: Drafting proposals, mailing list acquisition, customer surveys, web site design and management, art direction and design, illustration and photography, and audio branding.
RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTS, INC., Lake Ridge, VA, 06/04-04/06.
AIA NOVA (American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia), Alexandria, VA 2003-2005. Member, Board of Directors. Chairman, Marketing Committee. Member, Continuing Education Committee (NOVA, D.C., and Potomac Valley AIA Chapters.) Projects include: Conducting a Chapter-wide branding diagnostic, identifying and reporting key problem areas, and developing short and long-term solutions. Design DC conference: provided key initial branding, marketing and design communications consultancy. Architecture in Elementary Schools Logo. Women in Architecture online continuing education initiative.
ADCMW (Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington) Washington, DC 2005-2006. Member, Board of Directors. Chairman, Marketing Committee.
Projects include: Papermania! (DC Paper Show 2005 & 2006), event theme development, marketing and planning. Back to Bare Essentials (a monthly life drawing seminar) concept creation and implementation. Bowling Brawl! (Art Directors Bowl!) project management, peer review, and printing acquisition. 2005 Calendar theme CO-lead and CO-design.
THE OFFICE OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT Washington, D.C. 7/98—(branch of the executive office that provides Government wide oversight of advisory committees)—commission to design and develop media-rich content for the "Get the Public Involved!" hybrid CD-ROM to help reinforce the 1973 Federal Advisory Committee Act.
VIRTUAL NEWS New York City 1/98-3/98: Creative Director responsible for conceiving, storyboarding, and directing short animations for broadcast. Played central role in acquiring THE NEWS HOUR as a key client for this
newly-formed media production company.
STUDIO TWENTY SIX MEDIA, Boston, 1/92 - 1/94
Creator: "Painting with Computers," book and CD-ROM (Rockport Publishers) featuring the "Joy of Pixels" a VIDEO series teaching the art and science of pixel painting with a tablet and computer.
STUDIO TWENTY SIX ARCHITECTS, Boston, 1/86 - 1/92
Co-Founder and Principal.
Provided full architectural and urban design services, feasibility analysis, interior design and space planning, utilized design strategies and technologies that meet Owner/User needs while maximizing budget construction dollars and meeting construction timelines. Projects include The Dahesh Museum on 5th Avenue, a 100,000 square foot private villa in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and over 40 renovation projects in the greater Boston, MA area.
ART INSTITUTES ONLINE, Online Facilitator Certification, 04/01.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Master of Science in Architecture Studies, Environmental Design (SMArchS) 1987.
Thesis: "Tensile City," an urban/science-fiction journey into a complex urban environment that is ultimately managed and organized by supercomputers and which examines the impact of information overload upon human beings.
PRATT INSTITUTE, Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) 1985, with honors.
Member of the American Institute of Architects • Member of the National Council for Architectural Registration Boards • Guest judge, juror, and speaker for National, Regional, and Student Photography competitions at the Washington School of Photography • Guest lecturer at MacWorld Digital Art Class, featuring Virtual Pose® • Featured guest on WCVB-TV's "The Cutting Edge" • Technology Evangelist/Motivational Speaker • Private Pilot License • Scuba Diver • Published Author • Licensed Architect • Plays guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, violin, and drums, writes and produces own music for work and pleasure • Fluent in French and Arabic • “Technical Achievement Award,” Kodak and Computer Pictures Magazine, 1993 • “Special Service to the Chapter Award,” American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter, 1995