Dan Whittaker, Designer

April 2005


Daniel Joseph Whittaker
534 Curfew Street
Saint Paul, MN 55104
cell 612-599-4442
fax 651-204-3482

Select Design Projects:

Fitness Together: Highland Park, Saint Paul, MN 2005.
Residence: Kenwood Neighborhood, Minneapolis, MN 2005.
Residence: Desnoyer Park, Saint Paul, MN 2004.
Condominium: Cathedral Hall, Saint Paul, MN 2003.
Residence: East End, Duluth, MN 1992.

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Interior Designers: Associate ASID Membership. Granted November 2004.


University of Minnesota: College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA)
Degree: Master of Architecture: Presentation December 2001, Granted February 2002.

University of Minnesota: College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA)
Degree: Bachelor of Art with major in Architecture, minor in Studio Arts. June 1998.

Professional Experience:

Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN- April 2003- present
Instructor of three second-year Interior Design Courses (for both Bachelor's and Associates degrees): Design Development Residential, Introduction to Space Planning, Interior Building Codes and Tectonics. Also instructor for seminar classes: (First-Quarter) Portfolio Foundations and Prospective Student Seminar Workshop (evening).

Thomas Whitcomb Architect, AIA, Golden Valley, MN- Summer 2000- present, contract basis.
Office assistant, draftsman of construction documents, detailed models, dimension drawings, material research.

Elness Swenson Graham, Architects and Interior Designers, Minneapolis, MN- August 2004- present, contract basis.
Project assistant, field verification, site evaluation, construction document drafting, construction specifications.

Rita B. Larson, ASID, Interior Designer, Edina, MN- May 2004, contract basis.
Project assistant, field verification, site evaluation, cad operator, construction document creation.

Leonard Parker Architects (Parker-Durrant Group) Architects and Interior Designers, Minneapolis, MN- Winter 2002, contract basis.
Model creation, execution and construction.

City of Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission / Landscape Research (Dir. Amy Spong and Carole Zellie)- Saint Paul, MN- Fall/Winter 2002.
Contract consultant for creation of a Powerpoint presentation educating building owners and the public about the process of property Designation, Preservation Districts and Nomination action.

WOLD Architects & Engineers, Saint Paul, MN- Summer 1996, March 2002- May 2003
Intern architect, librarian, ACAD operator. Executed code-compliance drawing revisions for fire-life-safety improvements to new and renovated suburban public school buildings. Lead designer for Schematic Design of Huntley Middle School- Huntley, Illinois. Part of project team for new Saint Paul Police Department Headquarters.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN- Spring 1996
Exhibition: "Ralph Rapson, FAIA: The First Six Decades: an exhibition of an architectural Journey" Exhibit fabrication, construction and assembly; assistant to designer Jane King Hession.

Hicks Construction Co. Inc., Duluth, MN-1993 - 1994
Secretary, general laborer, draftsman of construction documents, shop assistant, component installer, materials manager, building components specifier and ordering contact; met with clients and created/revised/reviewed architectural drawings for home additions and a new-house construction.

M.H. Alworth Estate Restoration, Duluth, MN- 1990-92
Executed survey, design, demolition, construction and finishes planning and supervision for 8,500 s.f. residence and 3,000 s.f. carriage house/garage. Rehabilitated and restored residence to c. 1911 appearances utilizing current technologies, while meeting the needs of a contemporary family. Supervised work of several specialty sub-contractors. Installed new electrical system to meet current NEC requirements.

Administrative Positions at the University of Minnesota:

CALA Computing Center, Computer Labs: lab attendant, technology user service specialist, instructor of workshops focusing on methods for desktop publishing, (including scanning, printing and plotting). January 1995 - June 1996, September 1997 - September 1998, Spring semester 2000.

A.Collective Student Supply Store, A-Kaffe Coffee Cart: Tax and finance manager- May 1999 through 2001.

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) Office of the Dean: Harisson Fraker - senior student secretary, October 1994 through (new) Dean Tom Fisher- senior student secretary- June 1997.

CALA Photo Lab and Imaging Center: Photo lab assistant utilizing analog and digital photography methods- June 1996 through June 1997.

American Institute of Architects, Students. (AIAS), Minnesota Chapter: Secretary and Treasurer- March 1996 through October 1997.

CALA Slide Library and Visual Resource Collection: library assistant- June 1995 through September 1995.

Teaching Positions at the University of Minnesota:

Architecture Graduate School Study Abroad Program, Prof. Arthur Chen, PhD. Travel to: Portugal, Spain and Italy: Teaching assistant, travel coordinator, secretary, class supervision, travel guide, finance accountant, general scheduler for three month trip with 24 graduate students- Spring Semester 2001.

Advanced Architecture Drawing class- Undergraduate #3301, Prof. Greg Watson
Teaching assistant- Summer session two 2000.

Architecture Representation Theory class- Undergraduate #3511, Prof. Andrzej Piotrowski
Teaching assistant- Fall semester 2000.

Introduction to Architecture Theory class- Graduate #5401, Prof. Cynthia Jara
Teaching assistant- Fall semester 1999.

Beginning Architecture Drawing class- Undergraduate #1301, Prof. Andrzej Piotrowski
Teaching assistant- Summer session one 1999.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions: university tour guide- Summer 1998.

Research Positions at the University of Minnesota:

Post-Graduate Research Fellow, Prof. Arthur Chen, PhD.
Editor, preparation and assembly of Study Abroad 2002 Report for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisboa, Portugal)- Fall Semester 2002.

Graduate Research assistant and Secretary, Dean Tom Fisher
Venice Lagoon Foundation: Web site design, construction and maintenance. Organization of Public Kick-Off event at school. Design of public documents, Italian translations, graphics editing. Summer 2001 - January 2002.

Graduate Research Assistant, Prof. Arthur Chen, PhD.
Assistant for preparation of tenure application materials for Doctor Chen- Summer 2000 (Tenure granted Spring 2001).

Contract Graduate Research Assistant, Prof. J. Stephen Weeks
Assistant for internet site / web camera set-up for filming construction of the new Architecture Building addition (by Steven Holl)- Summer 2000.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP), Prof. J. Stephen Weeks
Grant recipient for undergraduate summer research: construction documentation of the University of Minnesota Gateway Alumni Center; creation of an extensive web site with a live web cam and a library of site photographs documenting the construction process- June 1998 to September 1998, and through 1999.

Graduate Architecture #5450 class- 1933 Chicago World's Fair: Prof. Gunter Dittmar and Prof. Lars Peterssen: Research assistant gathering information from personal archive of Fair materials, promotional guides and published history books- Winter break 1999.

Design Center for American Urban Landscape (DCAUL), Director Bill Morrish
Research assistant to:
Roger Howley- Louisiana Court Housing project in Saint Louis Park
Dan Marckel- I-35W Corridor Coalition Smart Development Study
Rip Rapson- West Broadway Avenue and Penn Avenue Study
Jeff Miller- County Road 81 Corridor Redevelopment Study
2.5 continuous years of graduate research assistant work: June 1998 - December 2000.

University Design Initiative program (forerunner of the U Design Institute), Dean Tom Fisher
Research assistant- Fall quarter 1998.

Published Works:

University of Minnesota: CALA Student Works Exhibition 2000
Advertising sign design/assembly/installation "exhibition" mixed media: neon and argon-mercury tubes.

University of Minnesota: Modern Architecture Materials class #5410, Prof. Dr. Nancy Miller
Research project: "Modernism In Minneapolis: A Restless Desire for the New" A PowerPoint multimedia slide show issued on CD-ROM- Fall semester 1999.

University of Minnesota: CALA Student Works Exhibition 1998
Best of show award: "Motion Picture Memories" mixed media: neon and photographic images, 1998.

University of Minnesota: Modern Architecture History/Theory class #5410, Prof. Dr. Nancy Miller. Research project: "Post-War American Attitudes toward the Reconstruction and Modernization of Germany, 1945-1965" An expanded annotated bibliography issued on CD-ROM, Summer 1998.

University of Minnesota: "Suburbia" class # 5410, Prof. Dr. Kate Solomonson and Prof. John Archer.
Research project: "Sexuality, Suburbia, Cinema and the City" Film analysis and criticism issued on CD-ROM containing Quicktime movie clips- June 1998.

PUSH magazine, published in Saint Paul, MN. Freelance writing on urban architecture topics:
"Deconstructing Downtown" Issue 1: April 1998.
"Wabasha Street Bridge" Issue 2: June 1998.

Students Promoting Amity Among Nations (SPAN) Study Abroad Program, Prof. Dennis Grebner, FAIA. Study Abroad Trip to the Netherlands: Urban Design and Research Projects spread around the Netherlands: June - August 1997.

Client References:

Available upon request.

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