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7 years of professional architectural design and construction experience.

Steven Berger

95% of IDP hours completed = 5,300 hours working under a licenced architect Establishing licensure in California

617.512.4296 Steven.berger@mac.com

Coordinated and managed projects ranging from small scale residential to large scale institutional projects encompassing all aspects of the construction industry and related fields Understanding that our physical product: The Architectural Drawing, is the legal instruction set of our profession, a visual language and rendering of our ideas on behalf of our clients, as well as an art form.

Boston Architectural College - Master of Architecture Lehigh University - Bachelor of Economics Linea5 Architects Designer - Full Time Massachusetts General Hospital Boston MA

2012 1996

2010 - 2012

Infrastructure Upgrades

16,000 s.f.

Design Development, Construction Documents, Pricing Set.

Produced drawings and co-ordinated all aspect of project with Structural, Fire Protection, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Tel Data & Electronic Security.

ADA Survey

All Facilities

Site Analysis, Report Package, Schematic Solutions

Survey of all hospital spaces occupied by patients and produced document packages for recommendations / solutions for compliance

YMCA of Greater Boston Boston MA Boston Central YMCA

80,000 s.f.

Design Development Architectural and Structural Pricing Set

Particular responsibility for foundation plan, pool foundation and details, as well as ramps and stairs, locker rooms and reflected ceiling plans.

Boston Roxbury branch YMCA

40,000 s.f.

Design Development Architectural and Structural

Produced architectural and structural drawings sets. Particularly responsible for structural foundation and details interior and exterior weather.

Finegold Alexander + Associates Designer - Full Time

2007 - 2008

B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Synagogue Deerfield, IL Congregation BJBE

Schematic, Design Development

60,000 s.f.

Grazado Velleco Architects Designer - Full Time

Specific responsibilities for all toilet rooms, a contemplation space, details, reflected ceiling plans, and research and coordination with vendors and contractors.

2005 - 2007

Crawford Summer Residence Marblehead, MA 7,000 s.f. Historic District

Concept, Schematic Design, Design Development, Bidding, Permit, Construction Documents, Construction Oversight

Responsible for all phases of design process and client / contractor / structural engineer / city historic commission contact

Related Experience Solar Decathlon - Team Boston Boston, MA Boston Architectural College - Studio Instructor

International Corps of Engineers, (MIT) Cambridge MA

2009 2009

2001 - 2006 2009

Construction Labourer - Cambridge, MA 1998 - 1999 Commercial Real estate Agent New York, NY 1997

Revit Architecture 2009 - 2013, Autocad / Architectural Desktop 2006 - 2013 2D/3D, Sketchup, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator.


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Massachusetts General Hospital Infrastructure Upgrades

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Central YMCA Renovations

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Boston Central YMCA (Oldest YMCA in the United States) renovations. Responsible for the initial structural / architectural existing conditions and subsequent design aspects of the schematic and pricing drawing set. 604

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Crawford Summer House Residential Project in Historic District of Marblehead Massachusetts - Boston’s North Shore. Renovation of existing five condo unit into single family summer home with heaving restrictions.

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Thesis Summary

Boston Architectural College

Assembly at North Point: East Cambridge

Sacred to Secular: Sublime Moments and Kinship in Assembly.

Masters of Architecture

Graduating Class of May 2012

Abstract: My thesis is about facilitating the sublime for the purpose of establishing moments of reflection and a sense of kinship within a place of gathering through the influence of architecture.

Masters Thesis

Boston Architectural College

Sacred to Secular: Sublime Moments and Kinship in Assembly.

Means of Inquiry (abridged)

Thesis Statement (abridged)

Study the uses of light in architecture.

Right now, more so than at other times in history, we are in need of something that reminds us all of our connection to one another and a purpose to look beyond those things that make us appear different. We should also be reminded of our own personal capacity and responsibility to be an agent for change and to engage rather than just float through our daily lives.

Thesis Panel

Thesis Proposal

Explore the realm of what I have come to describe as “unveiling” in architecture.

Advisor: Thesis Representative:

Rachel Loeffler - Hargraves Associates - Landscape Architect Cynie Linton - Symmes Maini & McKee Associates

Client: Structural Engineer: HVAC:

Christopher Pullman - WGBH Boston, V.P. of Design Robert Cotta - Linea5 Inc. John Pilling - Pilling + Smith Architects

Theatre Expert Community Consultant Parks & Recreation Theatre Expert

Nicole Berger - New Theatre Group Steve Nichols - Boston Museum of Science Karl Haglund - Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Julie Strand

Ian F. Taberner Director of Thesis

Cynie Linton Thesis Representative

Rachel Loeffler Thesis Advisor

Explore the essence of a moment in terms of eastern philosophical thought such as Zen Buddhism as well as through the contemporary scientific studies by Professor Ellan Lager.

Terms of Criticism (abridged) Does the use of light have an impact on the making of moments and to bringing people together in this architectural place of gathering? Is the use of light and associated elements such as shadow, lines of sight, and the rendering of form establishing or aiding in the making of moments as I have defined them? Does the architectural equivalent of unveiling present itself as a means to moment making?

Steven Berger

Does materiality play a role in how the architecture is perceived?

Masters of Architecture Candidate

Advisor: Rachel Loeffler

For this reason, I propose an architecture of the sublime within a place of gathering where one feels a sense of connection and engagement to fellow assembly members. Creating moments and connections among a group of people through the presence of architecture is possible because the sublime in architecture is in the realm of conscious awareness. If a stone is dropped to the earth, it will fall at the same rate of speed and acceleration whether a person is there to witness it or not. The stone’s fall is absolute. In terms of architecture: the structure that is part of architecture is present whether we are there to perceive it or not, however that which makes it architectural is in the realm of perception and is not absolute. If we cease to exist, so to will architecture. Because architecture lies within our hearts and minds, it has the ability to significantly touch our lives. To experience architecture, and the sublime specifically, is then best described as the making of moments: moments of reflection, awe, and heightened awareness for example. To experience these moments is to experience a jolt from one’s normal state and makes for an opportunity to receive and experience something significant. To experience this making of moments among others is to experience kinship. To experience kinship among the many is to be reminded of the things that bind us together. The idea of assembly, a “moment,” and the kinship that is consequently established has its roots in the revelation moment that Louis Kahn had with respect to the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In his own words: “This came simply from the realization that assembly is of a transcendent nature. Men came to assemble to touch the spirit of commonness, and I thought this must be expressible.” Architecture has the ability to impart these “moments” in many ways however I will explore them through three different means. Light, unavailing, and the juxtaposition of materials. Light, simply, is what renders architecture. Without light, architecture does not again exist. Because light is fundamental to architecture, it has the fundamental capacity to bring order, form, and clarity to an architectural intervention. The unveiling of architecture is quite different: architecture itself expresses a change. Unveiling takes place in architecture when something that was not fully comprehended or understood is at once relayed. It can happen when one experiences an architectural threshold or a change from compression to expansion. Finally, architecture has the capacity to incite “moments” through the juxtaposition of materials, textures, and forms. These three means of exploration all work together to establish the architectural makings of significant moments of the sublime. Architecturally, the sublime will be rendered in light, unveiled, and expressed through the juxtaposition of materials.

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Mexico: Quick Sketches Following in the footsteps of Luis Barragan

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Studio: Splice! Ice Skating Rink with Cantilevered Pool Above - Connecting the Charles River Basin to Alston

Images: top to bottom (1 ) Building Facade > Sinuous Circulation > Pool > In-

terior Public Way > Build - Landscaped Transition > Exterior View (mid section) Exterior View Public Way > Public Leisure. (2) Skeletal circulation (orange) retail (red / blue) Womens and Mens changing / WC

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Steven Berger Resume / Work Portfolio