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Cover Letter August 6, 2013 Miller and Wright Architects 584 Broadway, Suite 705 New York, New York 10012 I am an artist, I am an artist working in the field of Architecture. Architecture is sculpture that people live in. The sculpture is informed by specific variables: The people who use it, the people who build it, the environment in which it is built, and the environment in which it is created. The building should be so in tune with the inhabitant(s) that they move effortlessly throughout it, it should be designed to be built with the most competent contractors and craftsman available, it should be designed to take advantage of its natural environment, and it should be designed with the best team of planners, architects, interior designers, support staff and equipment available. I can hand draw. In my ten years of architectural experience, I have personally designed or been part of the design of numerious high end single family houses, large and small multi-family residential developments, various commercial construction projects and institutional and civic projects. All of them start out as hand sketches. I look at each project or development as an effort to create an artwork where everyone involved is proud of the outcome. I inform the client and the design team of my progress by hand drawing, paper modeling, computer modeling, or with the help of Contractors, Woodworkers, Artists and Craftsman. I possess very strong hand drawing skills honed by every day practice. I was instrumental in bringing and participated in a hand drawing workshop with Mike Lin when I was the President of the AIAS Chapter at school. I can communicate. I have been working with SketchUp and its rendering group- Vray, Renditioner, etc.- for over 10 years. I have used it in nearly every project that I have ever worked on. I feel it allows both the designer and the client the ability to envision the project early, so I can translate “words and dreams into built form.” This allows the client and the rest of the design team to feel more conected in the design, creating a connection to the artwork. I have worked in all areas of architecture and consruction as a project assistant, project manager, designer, and sole proprietor, as a framer, a contractor’s assistant, and as an electrican, plumber, and drywaller. Because I succesfully worked in all areas of the field, I can communicate with all the groups that help create the artwork: the client, other architects, engineers, contractors, and the office. I have project vision. I have been known to spend hours, even days on a particular design concept until I get it “right.” I work long hours trying to bring every part of the design up to the same level of completeness. I can see the project as a whole and as the collection of many detailed parts all at once. But over the last three years, as a sole proprietor of my own company, I have learned to work concurently on several projects. I can see the whole picture on many projects and I have learned to work on each in management or in production as I am required. I can teach and I am ready to learn. On of the reasons I am interested in working as part of your firm is your ability to allow me to learn traditional design as much as I can teach others in the firm about traditional design. As I said, I have worked in all aspects of the design profession. I see a great opportunity for me to learn from some of the rising stars of our profession and I seek a fourm to collaberate with those people. I want to go to work every day with my eyes wide open to new challeges and possibilities and at the same time share some insight on what I can to help the firm grow stronger or to make the artwork better. I recognize that it takes a team of great people to make great things, and I am just one person. I am excited about the possibility of our working together as I have reviewed your website and current projects. I have included a small sample of my graphic skill as well as my resume which clearly demonstrates the way my skills and experiences are compatable with this role in your firm. Please take the time to review it. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I might futher contribute to the success of your company. Thank you for your time, Chris Lucas-Miller

Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


Experience 2008-Present

Model Architecture, Inc, Lead Designer-Sole Proprietor Website: www.ModelArchInc.com

Marketed, organized, managed a successful design and consulting business. Designed, managed multiple high-end residential construction projects from schematic design to construction documents and construction administration. Designed, produced 3d computer models, components, and other computer media using SketchUp 8.0 Pro, AutoCad 2010, Photoshop and InDesign CS4 and other programs for architecture firms and developers. Contributed to “Buildipedia” website as writer and editor of topic summaries in Masterformat Section. Contributing writer and moderator of 3d rendering and BIM forums.

2007-2008

HRJL Architects, Inc., Project Manager -Lead Designer Website: www.HRJL.com

Designed and oversaw construction of several large scale residential projects. Project Manager and Designer of Licking County Veteran’s Memorial and Services Building, Newark, Ohio Worked closely with clients to develop concepts and made changes to those concepts in order to obtain initial approvals. Created sketches by hand or on computer of key elevations and/or site configuration for presentations. When appropriate, assisted with budget and timetable development. Supervised production team during completion of construction documents to ensure client goals are met. Established, incorporated, monitored new AutoCAD standards to meet AIA and NCARB guidelines.

2005-2007

JL Bender, Inc., Project Assistant-Designer-Project Manager Website: www.JLBender.com

Managed project team on Town Center Place, a 20-unit condominium project in Upper Arlington. Assisted Lead Designer with solving design/construction problems throughout design devolpment phase. Assisted in design of, coordinated marketing for several projects in the Columbus, Ohio area including the Columbus Culinary School, Livingston Ave Elementary School, and The Shoppes at Town Center. Established, incorporated, monitored new AutoCAD standards to meet AIA, NCARB, and CPS guidelines. Prepared 2D and 3D presentation/design drawings and built physical and computer models for client/project team review.

2003-2005

Earl Walls Associates, Intern-Project Assistant 5348 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, California 92121

Developed solutions to technical and design problems following established standards for laboratory projects such as Heidelberg College, University of Arkansas, and University of Toledo Created programming documents for laboratory projects such as Auburn University and USDA, Hilo-Hawaii Maintained documents, contact lists, project schedules, design specification library, and AutoCAD detail library

Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


Information full name date of birth

Christopher Lucas-Miller November 19th 1975

address

595 Welsh Hills Road Granville, Ohio 43023

phone mobile fax email website

740-587-0424 740-973-0398 740-587-0356 Chris@ModelArchInc.com ModelArchInc.com @modelarchitect

30 Brookside Circle Bronxville, New York 10708

Education 1999-2004, 2009

NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego, California

1995-1999

The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio

1994

El Centro Bilingue Cuarnavaca, Mexico

1990-1994

Granville High School Granville, Ohio

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Located in picturesque Dutchess County, New York, the Millerton House (named for its location) is the perfect combination of old and new. The clients came to me, while I was lead designer at HRJL Architects in Newark, Ohio, and asked that I design a modern addition to counterpoint their historic country house.

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Millerton House 30 Mill Road Millerton, New York

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The original house (in brick) was started in 1790. It used the mast of a ship and a three foot thick foundation wall as its main structural components. The stone, some of which is still found strewn about the site, was quarried from the neighboring field. The guest house, the pool house, and the barn all use the same stone.

FLOOR PLAN/ RENDERING

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Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


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The aesthetic concept for this design came from a Modrian painting the clients owned and wished to display. Pictured below, the design has a central area surrounded by smaller areas forming an L-shape. Two primary restrictions had to be addressed. First, although the site was very large, most of the buildable area was either already built upon or was occupied by a large tree. Second, because the home was on the National Registry of Historic Places, the new addi-

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tion was not allowed to be built onto to the old house. My solution was to join a new addition to the old house by a removable silicone and glass entry with a second story bridge. In order for the entry to be as transparent as possible, the mullions were removed and a glass structural system was used instead. The back of the new addition is primarly glass with views to the garden and pool. The addition is rotated south by

CONNECTION DETAILS

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five degrees to save the large tree on the east side of the house. The clients asked for a kitchen that “was more like an ESPN Zone than a regular kitchen” with enough room for guests to watch multiple sporting events at once. Thus, the new structure boasts a large kitchen for cooking and entertaining, a large wood burning fireplace, a half bathroom, and a living space large enough to hold a 1798 Steinway grand piano with room to spare.

Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


The plan for the second floor called for a library to house the clients’ collection of rare historic books and a second guest area. In the library, custom daybeds were designed to allow for privacy and extra guest sleeping space. They also requested access to the library from their bedroom. In addition to the guest space and library the second floor includes a view of the pool and garden to the north.

FLOOR PLAN- PROCESS

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Instead of replicating or competing with the original historic structure, my design intentionally contrasted it. While the clients requested enough square footage to double the size of the house, they wanted to take advantage of the localized materials, inviting it to coordinate. In fact, the stone could be quarried from the same place as it had been over two hundred years ago. By using these materials ithis way, I created a modern solution with a traditional feel.

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RENDERINGS- PROCESS

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Designed to help create a “central city where stately trees line the streets and shopping & dining are just steps away”, Arlington Crossing is the centerpiece to a mid-density corridor in Upper Arlington designed by JLBender Architects, Inc. that includes Arlington Crossing, TownCenter Place and The Shoppes at Arlington TownCenter.

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Exterior rendering

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Arlington Crossing 4177 Tremont Road Upper Arlington, Ohio

This is the front view of the project drawn in SketchUp for the developer’s marketing package and rendered in PhotoShop. Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


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Phase 1 of Arlington Crossing includes 56 high end condominium homes in the heart one of the wealthiest suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Offering a wealth of unique lifestyle features unparalleled by any other building in its class, Arlington Crossing is Upper Arlington’s premier address for luxury condominium living.

In the SketchUp drawing of the front of Arlington Crossing, the trees were added so the building didn’t look so imposing. Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


Exterior renderings

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I was responsible for all the 3d computer modeling, the physical modeling, the AutoCAD drawings and marketing materials. Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


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On the exterior we used stone in a random aslar pattern that is constistant with older, stately homes in the area. The stone was taken from the local quarry in Marble Cliff. Brick and stucco were used to break up the mass of the building and to create a more vertical feel. The design attempts to step forward and backward to create a rythmn and break up a massive facade.

This photograph shows the center courtyard and main entry of the building.

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Photograph of the interior corner showing Unit “E.”


exterior photographs

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The building steps back at the center to make room for a garden and courtyard area at the main entry.

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The project features seven floor plans, each slightly different on each of four floors, creating unique experiences within each unit. Named for streets in the neighborhood by the developer, Arlington, Berkshire, Cambridge, Dorchester, Edgemont, Fairfax, and Tremont, each unit has high-end finishes, unique lighting and private balconies or terraces. Several units are ADA compliant.

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autocad drawings

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I assisted with the design, in plan, elevation, and section. As well as creating all the Construction Documents, I created individual models using SketchUp and IDX Renditioner for each of the floor plans. We used these models to select interior finishes and furnishings.

“Edgemont” drawn in SketchUp and rendered in Renditioner IDX Pro for the developer’s marketing package. Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


interior renderings

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“Tremont” drawn in SketchUp and rendered in Renditioner IDX Pro for the developer’s marketing package. Christopher Lucas-Miller • 30 Brookside Circle • Bronxville, New York 10708


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In addition to the exterior design, I worked as part of the interior design team, helping to select furnishings and materials for each of the “model units”. I also worked with the developers to manage budget concerns, create and control construction schedules, and kept meeting schedules and minutes.

The Common Area of the fifth floor was known as the “sky lounge.”

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interior PHOTOGRAPHS

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The final furnished interior of the “Tremont” unit.

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