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Elizabeth Buerger 405.213.5866

I am skillful in the arts of ideation, team building, problem solving, and abstract thinking. I work well within a team and under leadership, and handle conflicts and differences of opinion appropriately. Hard work and good questions are key elements in my design philosophy.

Education May 2013 Bachelor of Architecture Oklahoma State University

Architectural Experience June 2013 - Intern Architect kerr 3 design group, inc. Present Design solutions through a combination of research and client conversation. Prepare and present drawings and information for clients and contractors. Coordinate communication between engineers and builders. Spring 2013 [TA] First Year Design Studio Oklahoma State University Communicated design principles to freshmen. Critiqued student work and provided direction in research, problem solving, and graphic communication. Fall 2012 [TA] Third Year Technology Lab Oklahoma State University Taught students how to utilize computer technology in architectural design. Fall 2011 [TA] Introduction to Architecture Oklahoma State University Organized, graded, and assisted in teaching students the building blocks of architectural design. Consulted students on a one-to-one basis.

Summer 2012 Intern Architect HKS, Inc. Researched and analyzed urban design precedents and New Urbanism principles. Organized reference material to be used by the Urban Design Office. Fall 2011 Architecture Success Coach Oklahoma State University Encouraged and assisted freshmen design students. Imparted principles of success, such as written, verbal, and graphic communication skills, time management, and respect.

Proficiencies Classical Media Sketching Drawing Watercolor Ink Pencil Board Composition Writing

Digital Media Revit Rhino Photoshop InDesign AutoCAD SketchUp

Other Experience Summer 2011 Archival Intern Dickinson Research Center National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Organized and curated several collections, including the museum’s architectural drawing collection. Provided clerical services and interoffice communications. Hosted researchers and assisted in their research. Summer 2010 Instructor Rose State College: Kid’s College Summer 2009 Educated students grades 1-9 in various courses such as Creative Writing, Algebra, and Etiquette. Developed curriculum for all courses taught. Planned classroom activities and events. Summer 2008 Counselor Rose State College: Kid’s College Assisted instructors in managing classes. Served as liaison between teachers, parents, and program coordinators. 2005-2008 Office Assistant Potts Realty and Associates Provided customer service and office help. Assisted in real estate market research.

Activities January 2013 Student ASTEK (Architecture Students Teaching - May 2013 Elementary Kids) Wondertorium Coordinator Developed new after-school program in collaboration with Debbie Williams. 2012 ASTEK Coordinator Managed the program and orchestrated schedules between the university and Stillwater Public Schools. January 2010 AIAS Member - May 2013 Contributed to leadership and promotion of the chapter. Construction Science Institute Secretary, OSU Chapter Provided clerical assistance. January 2010 AIAS Vice President - May 2010 Collaborated with students and faculty to write the Studio Culture Statement. Administrated the Big Little Program. August 2009 ASTEK Leader - May 2013 Shared architecture with 5th grade students through teaching sketching, urban design, geometry, drawing, and more. Managed the classroom, school relations, and student volunteers.


Design is an opportunity to nurture existence. An allowance to form meaningful space in which life occurs. The awareness of opportunities to effect positive change for humanity is an element of maturity necessary in designers. Architecture, as G.K. Chesterton has noted, is dangerous. It is the only art

form that goes past living with and requires living in.

Powerful preposition. Its existence calls for designers to go beyond the minimum and step out of the bounds of mediocrity.

Beyond, to consider the people.

I order my designs by that responsibility. This field is where my skills lie. Architectural design is an opportunity to enrich peoples’ lives. It provides guaranteed opportunities for meaningful teamwork with skilled individuals. I have always been drawn to this intricate

balance of ideation, artistic skill, pragmatics, and interpersonal communication.


Physics Fairway

Wondertorium Stillwater, OK Spring 2011 Prof. Jeff Williams Prof. Seung Ra

The Physics Fairway is a response to the opportunity to work with a local Stillwater entity, the Wondertorium, and to answer the question, “What is the best way to teach children about physics... with golf balls?” Our project requirements were new in many ways. We had a tangible budget, real clients, a solid project delivery date, golf balls we were obliged to use, a large team to work in, a requirement to teach children about Physics intuitively, and the children’s safety to consider, in the most palpable manner. We communicated the effects of friction, velocity, and force through a simple game. Different surface tensions and terrain are available on the track. Through experimentation, the children discover which conditions are best suited to speed, and therefore, to winning the race.







Osage Cultural Center

NW Oklahoma Fall 2011 Prof. Nathan Richardson

The Osage Indian are a strong culture and have a wonderful heritage. This project celebrates their past and their future. The site planning portion was a group effort with Christopher Huber. Responding to the Osage heritage, an organic plan was formed. The paths, structures, and prominent outdoor spaces run NW along a natural depression in the land. They gradually rise with the terrain as myths and fact are shared along the way. The Discovery Center was an independent project. I was responding to the landscape’s dichotomy of open spaces and

dense trees and the overwhelming sense of being held safely by the wooded areas. All displayed graphics are my own work.






Boomer Theater Competition Stillwater, OK Fall 2010 Prof. Randy Seitsinger

Group Project with: Jay Lavarnway





Adaptable Architecture

Assisted Living Boston, MA Spring 2011 Prof. Jeff Williams Group project with: Zac Mowery Benjamin Clayton









Sketch of Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX. Designed by Louis I. Kahn in the late 1960s. The light quality achieved in this space is beautiful. It was what I wanted to remember in this sketch

The Arboretum in Stillwater, OK provides a natural setting for thinking and textural explorations. This was sketched at dawn, when some trees were just being illuminated by the day while others hung onto the night.

Personal Pursuits Explorations of visual communication through pencil, watercolor, ink, and henna. Form, contrast, and color are understood better through repeated exposure and experimentation


The human form is a common area of study for me. The variety and dynamics of human emotion tell powerful stories. Watercolor seemed an appropriate medium to explore the expression of emotion.



Henna, or Mehndi, is a traditional body art employed throughout the Middle East and India. Friendships with women from other cultures opened the door for me to learn and enjoy this art. This is an experiment in graphic movement over a dynamic surface, the human torso.


Doodles sometimes become involved affairs of flora and fauna. Explorations in texture and detail.


The essence of architecture should be able to be captured in a few telling strokes. This was sketched quickly in Chicago after the first glance at the building impressed me with its verticality, despite being smaller than surrounding buildings.




A study in understanding the communication of a warm summer night. The light defines the buildings and a space is created in the void. Purples speak of vibrant bruises left by the brilliant Mediterranean sun. [Sketch by Moh’d Bilbeisi.]

Calumet High School Class Room Building Atrium Calumet, OK 2013 [under construction]

The town of Calumet, Oklahoma values its tight-knit community. The high school is an opportunity to learn not only science, literature, and more. It is an chance to learn how to learn and connect. The building consists of two classroom wings joined by an atrium. The majority of classes for the high school are held in this space. The atrium bustles during class changes as students cross the building.

The intersection is a place of interaction and communication. Active nodes are identified in the atrium space and highlighted by placing information, lighting, and seating.


Transit Oriented Development

The intersection of New Orleans and Chicago Street in Chicago, IL is an area ripe for development. Adjacency to the El, proximity to downtown, and a entrepreneurial spirit imbue the site with life.

Chicago, IL Spring2013 Prof. Jeff Williams Prof. Jerry Stivers

Our goal was to create a transit oriented development for the area, applying the principles outlined in “The Life and Death of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs and in the many texts discussing New Urbanism.

Group project with Carrie Foster Matt Eccleston

A 2:1 unit ratio allows each unit to rotate with the grid. Units can be private and individual, affordable housing, or elderly cohousing neighborhoods.

A grid of steel framing hosts multiple components, mimicking natural urban development. Each neighborhood floor is organized to optimize views and sunlight into each unit and interior “streets.” .





Catwalks connect vertical circulation cores spanning the pedestrian alleyway. Moving through the plaza, the train is enveloped in Media Mesh, displaying visual media for both the train and the plaza. Videos are programmed by the future community. The large panels support independent filmmakers and showcase Saturday morning cartoons. “There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and be served.� Jane Jacobs , The Life and Death of Great American Cities


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