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Adam J.

Williams
adam.williams@alumni.rice.edu (330)-333-222
graduate - Rice University School of Architecture

Academic Background:
I have been conferred the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture (2010) and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (2009)
by Rice University. I graduated in May 2010 as an Undergraduate Professional with a GPA of 3.83.
Architecture related courses I have taken include:
_Principles of Architecture I, II, III, IV, V (ten semesters of design studio) _Houston, Sociology of a City
_Introduction to BIM (total building design through Revit software) _Environmental Control Systems
_Design of Structures I, II, III (design of concrete, steel, and wood systems) _Affordable Housing (group design studio)
_Introduction to Landscape (landscape architecture seminar) _Houston, Sociology of a City
_Landscape and Site Strategies for Houston _History of 20th Century Ideas in Architecture
_The Joy of Materials (materials based seminar and design studio) _Architecture and the City I, II (arch. history)
_Design and Construction (detail and materials based design seminar) _Introduction to Theater Design
_Rice Building Workshop (design/build workshop) _Sculpture Studio

Computer experience:
Autodesk Revit 2010, Autodesk AutoCAD 2010, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, SketchUp 3D
modeling, Rhino 3D modeling, Microsoft Office

Design and Work Experience:


Gensler (Sept. 2008 – Aug. 2009)
As part of Rice's curriculum structure, every Architecture student is required to work in the field for a year after receiving
the BA degree and before completing the B-ARCH degree. I worked for Gensler's Baltimore office where I gained a fuller
understanding of the professional environment. During my time with Gensler, I was responsible for creating construction
document sets, overseeing meetings with clients and consultants, performing site visits, creating and managing LEED
documentation for USGBC submittals and client use, presenting designs to regional directors that were carried out in the
field, and working directly with clients on design proposals (and of course changing plotter paper). I honed my abilities in
visualization, organization, focus, and developed an entrepreneurial mindset. The scope of projects I worked on included
multi-story corporate workplace design, signage and retail interiors, large-scale master planning and site layout.
Smedly's (2004 – Present)
I was commissioned to design an adaptive reuse of an existing two story corner building in Batlimore, MD. The ground
floor has been converted into a cafe called Smedly's and the second story is a remodeled apartment for the owners of the
cafe. My design was featured on the Discovery Home Channel renovation show “Going, Going, Gone”. The property was
also highlighted in the 2007 Fells Prospect House Tour, and a cover-story of The Baltimore Daily Record which stated “...it
looks more like a high-dollar Manhattan loft that jumped off the pages of Architectural Digest than a coffee shop in the heart of Baltimore.”
I also designed branding materials and print media including menus and signage for the cafe.
Bald Head Island, Ltd. (summer 2006)
As a paid architecture intern in the Development and Architecture office of a resort island in North Carolina, I was given
the opportunity to design a restaurant addition and a new harbor-side pavilion. I oversaw construction of the restaurant
addition and worked directly with the contractor to organize materials scheduling and oversee construction.
W&Z Management, LLC (summer 2001)
In the summer of 2001 I worked as a paid intern for W&Z Management in New Cumberland, PA. I assisted with the
redesign of a 13,000 sq. ft. office building. Jobs included demolition, drywall finishing, painting, building and grounds
cleanup, shopping for materials and supplies, meeting with clients, and drawing plans.
Contract Consultants, Inc. (1998 - 2005)
I worked for a consulting firm in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania that specialized in human service training. One of their
major clients was the Pennsylvania State Office of Mental Retardation. I performed basic office tasks, maintenance
work, etc. and advanced into data entry and desktop publishing. I was given the responsibility of managing wayfinding,
vendor lay-out, and traffic flow at conferences and events dealing with groups of up to 3,000 participants.

Other Rice University Activities and Honors:


-Lovett Residential College “Outstanding Senior” Award (2008)
-Architecture Society of Rice Freshman Studio Representative (2004/05)
-Lovett Residential College Theater Co-Chair (2005/06) I have also acted in 9 theater productions at Rice including roles
with the Rice Theater Department, Rice Light Opera Society, and the Shepard School of Music Opera Dept.