Alumni

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    Martina Plag

      Martina Plag creates puppetry for adult audiences to address contemporary issues and advocate social change and awareness. She is German-born and practiced architecture for ten years before pursuing her love of puppetry.

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    Alec Higinbotham

      Alec grew up in a small town in Southern New Jersey, only an hour outside of Philadelphia. Though always enjoying drawing and model making as a child, he describes his decision to study architecture as “a leap of faith.” Before pursuing his Masters at Temple, Alec received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed breaking out of the small town bubble and immersing himself in the big city atmosphere, which he saw as a great setting for studying architecture. During his undergraduate years, Alec had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a semester. He credits this experience as one that transformed his idea of design and culture and the world around us.

      Alec’s experiences in Washington, D.C., Barcelona, and Philadelphia have helped shape many of his design perspectives, and sees himself continuing his career in one of these cities.

      What program and what year did you graduate from? 

      I graduated from Temple University in 2012 with a Master of Architecture degree. I was part of the first graduate class following Temple's transition to a 4+2 year program.

      What was the first position you took after graduation?

      My first full-time position following graduation was as an architectural designer at a single-office residential firm in Alexandria, VA. Given the fact that it was a small office, I was fortunate to have a lot of one-on-one face time with the managing Principal so I learned a lot about the profession almost immediately. We primarily used Autodesk Revit for document production, and the managing Principal was equally interested in technology and pushing the boundaries of Revit as a design tool, so we had a lot of fun with that.

      Tell me about what you are doing today?

      My experience following graduation was a somewhat unique one. I wanted to make a point of experiencing different aspects of the profession and different building typologies very early on in my career so I could find the path I was most interested in pursuing long-term. I moved on from the residential firm after a period of time to work as an architectural designer at a firm specializing in healthcare design. The firm, Array Architects, provided me with many opportunities to pursue my passions for design and technology, and I found myself becoming even more intrigued by the concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Autodesk Revit. After some time, I moved on from Array Architects to work as a BIM consultant at a technology company. In my role as a consultant, I traveled in and around the Washington DC area working with different design firms to build Revit standards and templates, in addition to training them on how to use the software. After some time, an opportunity opened up at Array Architects and I made the decision to "boomerang" back to the firm. Currently, I work for Array Architects as BIM Manager, provided training support for our 8 national offices in addition to providing project-based support and best practice recommendations for design technology.   

      How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?

      Tyler Architecture prepared me for my "winding" career trajectory thus far in a lot of different ways. The lowest-hanging fruit is that my education at Tyler provided me with many of the technical skills needed for moving into the profession, but I believe it was much more than that. One of the greatest benefits an architectural education offers is that it trains us to think "outside of the box" in a really conceptual way, but also forces us to challenge our common conceptions of the world around us. I believe Tyler Architecture really excels at that aspect of architectural education.   

      How did you get where you are today?

      Although my career trajectory following graduation from Tyler Architecture is somewhat unconventional, I think I've arrived where I am today by taking risks. The firms I hopped around from were all great places to work, and there was never a guarantee that my next employer would be just as great, but I've wanted to experience as much as possible early in my career so I could really understand where I fit best. In a way, I think the whole process has been one of self-discovery. Fortunately, it has worked in my favor and I've been able to experience different aspects of the industry and come to a point where I can truly explore my passions at the intersection of design and technology.   

      What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?

      Regardless of your major or professional focus, the most important thing you can do is play to your own strengths. Everyone has something they excel at, and I don't think I've ever interacted with someone who is a master at everything they do. You may not know what your strength is yet while you are still in school, but that's okay - it will come with time and experience!   

      What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?

      The food trucks! But, in all seriousness, the things I didn't take advantage of enough while at Temple were extracurricular activities and community involvement. I was a commuter graduate student working part-time, so it was a bit more challenging to find those opportunities; but, I really wish I had made more of an effort to do so because I think they are a great way to meet new people and round out your education.  

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    Matthew Hoey

      Matthew Hoey is an architect and product designer in New York and teaches at Parson; The New School for Design. Hoey made history in 1996 when he designed the Corian Lounge Chair, the first fauteuil made of the Dupont material most commonly used for kitchen countertops. His newest creation is a polycarbonate chair, a futuristic take on a 19th-century Thonet rocker that combines a clear plastic seat with curvaceous gilded arms and legs. When he's not designing chairs, Hoey is hunting for them—for inspiration. He especially loves the collectible Contour Chair that he recently rescued from the trash and a 1938 steel office chair by Ironrite that he picked up for just $1.25 at the Children's Home of Easton Thrift Store.

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    Jack Chin

      Temple graduate Jack Chin has recently joined Quinn Evans in Washington DC as a senior architect.  He has extensive experience in educational, mixed-use, and residential projects, as well as urban design. In the Washington metropolitan area, his recent work includes planning and design for a new 200,000-square-foot secondary school in the Rosslyn community for Arlington Public Schools. In New York City, Jack served as project designer for the award-winning Abraham Joshua Heschel School, a nine-story private school on the Upper West Side for early childhood and middle school students. His experience in educational facility projects also includes a master plan and concept design for a new boarding school in Shanghai, China.

      In his new role with Quinn Evans Architects, Jack will be involved in the modernization of Stratford Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, a major renovation and expansion of the historic building that will transform the school into a modern learning environment for 1,300 students. The school was built in 1950 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to this, Jack will also join the Quinn Evans Architects project team for upgrades to the Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C.

      Q: What program and what year did you graduate from?

      A: Bachelor of Architecture 1999

      Q: What was the first position you took after graduation?

      A: Junior design person at Dan Peter Kopple & Associates (now called TranSystems)

      Q: How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for your current position at Quinn Evans?

      A: My education in the architecture program was instrumental in preparing me for future work in the field, including at Quinn Evans. It provided the foundation every architect and designer needs to succeed. What many people do not realize is exactly how much you tend to learn but not realize until much later in your life and career. My experiences at Temple University were full of information integral to my development as an architect.

      Q: What career goals did you have as a student at Temple, and how have they changed?

      A: To be honest, I was so busy as a student, it was hard to concentrate on the next steps in life until the very end of the last year. I was so new that my only real goal was to successfully land a job. Of course, since then, my career goals have evolved. My career has currently taken me towards the education market sector and that is where I see myself moving forward.

      Q: What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?

      A: To not be limited in your creativity. Once you graduate and go out into the real world, there will be many different pressures and responsibilities that may put a damper on creativity. But while in school, you can be free and be as open minded as you want. I urge students to realize that and do not limit themselves on any design idea or opportunity.

      Q: What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?

      A: Student life. As you know, an architecture student is much different than any other major and requires a lot of time and effort. Unfortunately, that takes the student away from certain other things that make college so special. Being able to participate in those activities just a bit more would have been great!

       

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    Nando Micale

      Nando is an architect, planner and urban designer, with decades of experience in transforming our country's cities through the design of vital, sustainable neighborhoods. His work includes city-wide urban design plans, design of waterfront communities, suburban smart growth strategies, transit-oriented development, and urban infill projects. Nando is one of the nation's leading professionals in the design of mixed-income neighborhoods, with successful HOPE VI communities in 12 states—totaling nearly 10,000 new homes. He has helped cities win a half billion dollars in competitive Federal funds and is currently working with cities to position their plans for HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Grant Program.

  • Chris Kulp

    • Contact: chris.kulp@100foldstudio.org
    • As an architecture student at Temple University, Chris focused his thesis on a project in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010.  That experience solidified a deep-rooted conviction to use his professional career to serve people in need.  After a few years of conventional practice in Philadelphia, he sought further training through a masters of International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture at the International University of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.  His research during his masters focused on participatory design approaches in development and humanitarian contexts. Now as a licensed architect, he is currently working for a non-profit architecture firm based in Montana called 100 Fold Studio that partners with other non-profits (both in the USA and internationally) by providing high-quality design services that increase their impact in the communities they serve. While doing this work, 100 Fold focuses on providing internships and fellowships for young designers who are working towards getting their professional license and feel called to work on this type of projects.

      Chris is currently serving as the project manager for the design and construction administration of a new 13 acre school / community center campus in Battambang, Cambodia.  He and his wife Kelly spend more than half of their time each year living in Cambodia and the rest of their year in Montana. 

      Outside of architecture, Chris considers himself a renaissance man. He thoroughly enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, volleyball, cooking (and eating) delicious food, drinking good coffee, playing drums and building things with his hands.

      What program and what year did you graduate from?
      5-Year B. Arch, 2012

      What was the first position you took after graduation?
      I took a full-time position at a firm in Philadelphia called Environetics (now called NORR) where I had been an intern for over a year. 

      Tell me what you are doing today:
      I am currently the project manager for the architectural team working on 100 Fold Studio's largest international project, a 13 acre school / community center campus in Battambang, Cambodia. This role includes leading / managing a team of designers working on multiple building projects (including 3 dormitories, a cafeteria that can feed 500 and a school that can host over 1000 students) ranging from the design phase to the construction phases.

      How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?
      I think that Tyler Architecture pushed me to change the way that I look at the world from a casual observer to a critical thinker and a problem solver.  It also provided me a great foundation of design fundamentals to build my career on.  Finally giving me the freedom and opportunity to travel to Haiti for my thesis research and focus my project there was an incredible gift that guided me into the career that I have today.   

      How did you get where you are today?
      I've always tried to look at my life, and the skills, experiences and opportunities that I've had, as gifts.  And I've made it my most earnest desire to not take those gifts for granted, but rather have endeavored to use them to serve others.  That guiding principle has shaped every step that I've taken in my career and has lead to to many more great opportunities to learn and serve. 

      What one piece of advice would you give a current student?
      I would encourage them to do 2 things.  First I would urge them to take full advantage of their time in university, to be involved in as many things as possible, to get outside of their comfort zone, and to study abroad.  Second, I would encourage them to make finding an internship during their time in school a top priority, maybe even more than worrying about their grades (although grades are important).  The reason being that practical experience is so important to solidify the things that they are learning in school. 

      What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?
      I wish that I would have gone on one of the summer service projects with the International Design Clinic.  I was always so focused on working during in the summer (because I was paying for school myself) that I never felt that I could take that opportunity.  

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    Angela DiPrima and Michael Nelson Bucci

    • Website:G-Space Design
    • A husband and wife team, both graduates of Temple Architecture design and build at both the large and small scale actively pursuing architecture in the framework of crafted design in their Design Build firm G-Space.

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    Rob Fleming

      In 2000, Rob co-founded with Chris Pastore, the Engineering and Design Institute @ Philadelphia University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach. Funded by a grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the center develops new green materials, serves as a resource for firms seeking to design green buildings and provides community outreach initiatives such as the Sustainable Design Resource Library. In 2006, The Institute, in partnership with The Green Building Alliance formed the Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership, a multi-university and non-profit consortium focused on green building technologies, materials and design. In 2004, Professor Fleming and Chris Pastore received the Pennsylvania Resource Council's "Leadership in Green Building Award." And in 2007 a Philadelphia Sustainability Award  from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.  In 2008, the Institute received Delaware Valley Green Building Council's, "Leadership in Green Building Award."

      Rob is currently working on a book: Design Education for a Sustainable Future to be published by Routledge/earthscan in early 2013.

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    Eric Corey Freed

    • Website:organicARCHITECT
    • organicARCHITECT is the office of Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, a licensed architect (California, New Mexico, Arizona), and a recognized pioneer in the tradition of Organic Architecture, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A lifetime proponent of individualism and sustainability.

      Eric is the author of four books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a best seller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His latest, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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    Bill Smith

    • Website:Smith Advisory Group
    • Bill Smith is Managing Principal of Smith Advisory Group, an advisory firm created to provide Owners with strategic planning and management of design, development and construction for all types of projects worldwide. Smith Advisory Group provides full-scope development management services for project feasibility, master planning, design, construction, cost management, scheduling, building occupancy and final completion.    Bill formerly served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM MIRAGE Design Group (2000 to 2011) responsible for managing the design and construction of CityCenter, an $8.5 billion mixed-use project located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  CityCenter is an 18 million square feet facility and includes a 4,004-room hotel/casino, a 1,832-seat showroom, two luxury 400-room hotels, a major retail facility, 2,647 residential units, and parking for 16,800 cars.  CityCenter was developed in 60 months and opened to the public in December 2009.

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    Greg Jones

      Mr. Jones is the principal in charge for the new Santander Bank Headquarters Tower in Monterrey and for two other projects in Mexico, both in San Pedro: Sofia, an office and luxury residential tower, and Silica, which includes the master plan for a 25- ​acre mixed-​use urban village and the design of an office tower, two retail podiums and pedestrian arcade. He is also the principal in charge for Porta Nuova Garibaldi, the largest commercial development in Europe. The project comprises the master plan for a major mixed-​use development north of Milan’s city center and the design of its three primary office towers, retail podium and a new central piazza. The development’s signature office tower is the tallest in Italy.

      In Asia, Mr. Jones has led the design teams for the International Finance Centre, the tallest tower in Hong Kong; the NHK Osaka Broadcast Center and Osaka Museum of History; and Atago Green Hills, which includes the Forest residential tower and the Mori office tower in Tokyo; and the NTT Corporate Headquarters and showroom, also in Tokyo.

      In the U.S., Mr. Jones has led projects including ARIA Hotel & Casino, which includes a 4,000-room hotel, and a convention center, theater, casino and restaurants in Las Vegas. ARIA is the centerpiece of CityCenter, the largest private-​sector development in the United States. He has also led the design team for 516 Fifth Avenue, a hotel and residential tower in New York; and for office towers including 30 Hudson Street in Jersey City, 1500 Louisiana in Houston, 181 West Madison in Chicago, and 777 Tower in Los Angeles.

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    David Riz

      David Mark Riz is a principal at Ballinger, a leading national firm in the areas of academic, research, healthcare and corporate planning and design. Prior to this position, Riz was with KieranTimberlake, a practice recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise and innovative design. In nearly 20 years at KieranTimberlake, David created carefully crafted, site-specific architecture that enriched human interaction, responded to the environment, and artfully celebrated the everyday. He continues to engage clients on a broad range of topics including integrated project delivery, new materials, optimal living and learning environments and environmental stewardship. David has led many award-winning projects, several of which have been featured in publications including Architect, Architectural Record, Metropolis, TIME, The New York Times, and Wired. His current projects include the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and a new Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a contributing writer to Taiwan’s Interior Magazine, has had his writing published in architectural journals and books, and is a frequent lecturer and juror at universities and conferences, where he has spoken about the integration of research and design, advocating for excellence in architecture that inspires new models of practice. David earned his B.Arch. from Temple University in 1985 (where he received the Thesis Prize) and his M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, David practiced architecture in Japan and taught design in Taiwan. He was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 2016. Riz currently serves as the chair of the Board of Visitors at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture.

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    Robert Shuman

      Robert Shuman (10982) is Associate Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. He is also a principal at MGA Partners, Architects, a 25 person architecture firm located in Philadelphia, the successor firm to Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, Philadelphia, whose body of work includes significant buildings for the federal courts, regional college and universities, and other private institutions. Since joining Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in 1982, he has developed professional expertise in building design and documentation, construction administration, exterior envelope design and detailing, building systems integration, energy efficient design, building code analysis, and general professional practice.  Professor Shuman is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and currently holds an NCARB Certificate.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the International Code Council.

      Professor Shuman’s perspective on architecture has developed over his career from the point of view of a maker of consequential physical objects.  This perspective has its roots in his early training as a carpenter, mechanic, and furniture maker.  After nearly 30 years of professional practice, much of which has required him to master the collateral activities of running a viable design based professional services business, his first principles still remain connected to the idea of ‘making’ with care physical things in time and space.

  • Denise Thompson

    Denise Thompson

      Denise Thompson, AIA (B. Arch) is an Associate and Project Manager at Francis Cauffman in Philadelphia.  A LEED-accredited architect, Denise joined her colleagues at the firm in creating a Sustainable Initiative.  As an active member of the Philadelphia AIA, Denise welcomes opportunities to provide mentorship for interns as they work toward licensure.  She was recently awarded the 2013 AIA Philadelphia and AIA Pennsylvania Young Architect Awards.

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