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Chad Moklestad Architecture Portfolio

Chad Moklestad


Iowa State University | Master of Architecture

Fall 2017 - Expected Graduation Spring 2020 Represented Iowa State at AIA Central States Region Competion Graduate Students in Architecture (GSA) Events Coordinator Teaching Assistant, ARCH 221 & 222 Member of Cylcone Tennis Club Member of Associated General Contractors- Iowa State Chapter

Coe College | B.A., Business Administration

1812 SW Greenwood St. Ankeny, IA 50023 515-298-0572


Fall 2013 - May 2017

4 Year Member of Varsity Tennis - 4 Conference Team Titles, 4 NCAA Team Appearances, ITA Tennis Scholar Athlete, IIAC All-Conference Honors

Student Athlete Advisory Committee

- President (2016-2017). Planned annual events including Senior Awards Dinner, Coe ESPY Awards, Special Olympics and volunteering for hundreds of student-athletes.

Member of Student Senate, College Adjustment Peer, Mortar Board, Lambda Chi Alpha and founder of Coe College Wellness Club


Camp Walt Whitman | Piermont, New Hampshire

Summer 2016 Tennis Specialist - Taught tennis to campers ages 7-15 under the direction of Coach Dave Porter, world renowed coach with multiple national championships - Camp is highly selective, and residential. Lived with 10, 10 year olds all summer teaching me how to effectively teach and lead children both on and off the court.

First Federal Credit Union | Hiawatha, Iowa

June 2015- May 2016 Loan Processing Intern - Served as a loan processor and bank teller. Interacted with customers regularly and assisted in creating a positive environment that consistently met customer needs - Offered and accepted a part-time job at the conclustion of internship

Levy Restaurants | Ames, Iowa

August 2017- current Suite Attendant - Help cater to suite member who attend Iowa State athletic events - Organize suited before and after game to ensure guests receive a quality experience.

Skills SketchUp Rhino AutoCAD Motivation

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Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop Microsoft Office

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ARCH 506


Project: Summer Camp Cabin This cabin was designed for ten campers for a rural summer camp in Iowa. The design was influenced by the environment and positioned for natural ventilation and daylighting possibilities. The model was primarily hand built while laser cutting the facades. The interior has an indoor and outdoor gathering space and bunks that serve a dual purpose, functioning as both a desk


PROJECT: House in the Tree Tasked with pairing past projects with a childhood memory. The Tree House was inspired by climbing trees to read as a kid. On the following page is a hand drawn floor plan, elevation and sections on plywood covered with gesso. 06

ARCH 505

Existing Building

3D Printing


Laser Cutting

PROJECT: Artist Commune Located in downtown Des Moines this projects goal was to create a place for artists to live, work and display their artwork. My project focused on digital fabrication as the main floor serves as the artists work space, second floor as display space and the third floor acts as a living space for the artists. This project was my first full scale building design and I wanted to keep an open floor plan for the artists while also allowing the public to watch and learn from the exterior and gallery space.

Locust St.

Tech Road

Studio Space



13th St.

1st Floor Plan

Existing Building

Locust St. Gallery Space

2nd Floor Plan

13th St.

Longitudinal Section

Existing Building

Common Living Area

Locust St. Public Balcony

Apartment #1

Apartment #2

13th St.


West Side Elevation

Private Balcony

3rd Floor Plan


ARCH 507 Digital Fabrication Studio This 7-week studio highly emphasized digital fabrication and allowed me to use a variety of different tools; including, CNC Router, 3D Printer, Ceramic Potterbot, Grasshopper, and Laser Cutter. In this first project 3D Printed solids were created to create a mold made out of rockite. The forms were developed by using Grasshopper scripts and then placed on the site to start thinking about placement of the buildings on the site. Afterwards, architecture was developed with drawings and a site model with emphasis on movement and the effect of temperature on the landscape.



PROJECT: Brick Facade Used the potterbot to create a modular brick system. Used Grasshopper to create a sense of movement with a wave-like design along the bricks.

PROJECT: Void Facade Design Grasshopper again was used to create a design for the void facade. The facade will react to the weather as the colder it is the more closed off as seen on the left-hand side and more open as the temperature warms.


CNC Routed Site Model

Video Projected Topography Model

Saylorville Lake











Chad Moklestad ARCH 507

Ice Dam Main Roads Secondary Roads Buildings Town Boundaries Site Selection

Polk City



Camp Dodge

Research Center at Saylorville Lake: Studying the impact of ice on the landscape Chad Moklestad I ARCH 507

Floor Plan- First Floor

Floor Plan- Research Station 1/4” Scale

1/4” Scale To Research Station

Legend Brick Screen Path Dock Interior

Storage/ Server Room


Living Room

Research Area


To Living Area

Mud Room



Brick Screen


Path Dock Interior

Section- Living Area 1/4” Scale

Section- Research Station 1/4” Scale







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