Alumni

  • Jack Chin

    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!

       

  • Nando Micale

    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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