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Taurai Chiwanza

Graduate Architect

Summary

Graduate Architect with the objective to work in an environment that pushes the current limits of my abilities and allows me the opportunity to advance my experience into becoming an architect. A talented and results oriented Graduate Architect with a strong passion and appreciation for design and detail. Recognized for organization, collaboration, and ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Proven track record of achievement in managing complex architectural and construction projects from projects from inception to completion, including planning and client/contractor interactions.

Work experience

May 2014Present

Junior Architect

APEX DESIGN

> Executed concept designs, schematic designs, detail designs, tender documents, specifications and site follow up to required standards, applied the ability to mix design with flair, and project manage with precision.
> Maximised the use of computer aided design and drafting (CAD) for architectural projects slashing time spent on a project while not sacrificing creativity.
> Examined and analysed architectural drawings, plans, designs, specifications and exhibits for construction projects to detail.
> Conducted preconstruction site surveys, gathered preliminary information, and validated design and construction requirements.
> Coordinated a design team of engineers/architects and served as a design liaison with other design agencies.
> Spearheaded site visits, Client meetings, sub-contractor meetings and other meetings.
> Managed contract documentation.
> Assisted the Senior Design Architect on a regular basis regarding progress, design, quality,  resources, changes, site issues, planning issues.
> Contributed to new initiatives, quality enhancements, technical memos, showed commitment to  raising Apex Design Architect design standards.

Oct 2013Apr 2014

Architectural Assistant

MUKAMBA MURWIRA NAGGO(MMN) ARCHITECTS

> Prepared, developed and edited, under the guidance of the project leader or nominated architect, drawings, models, images and other documents relating to the specific design.
> Developed presentations of design options for further discussion by the design team.
> Assisted with the production of feasibility reports, design proposals, detailed workings, drawings,  specifications, calculations, forecasts, costing, presentations, reports, change orders, applications for planning and building control, tenders and other documents as required.
> Participate in presentations, site visits, Client meetings, sub-contractor meetings and other meetings.
> Prepared agenda and minutes for project meetings and where required to chaired meetings.
> Kept abreast of technological developments and attend technical and professional society  meetings and seminars.

Jan 2007Feb 2008

Student Intern

MUTSAMBIWA ARCHITECTS

 > Produced CAD drawings of residential buildings from Architect’s sketches and marked up drawings.
> Completed sets of plans, sections and elevations.
> Prepared presentation boards.
> Participated in negotiations with  clientèle.

Education

20142015

M.Arch

National University of Science and Technology,Bulawayo

Awarded Merit

20072013

Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honours Degree

National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo

Awarded Upper Second Class Division

Key Skills

  • > Creative with excellent design and drawing skills across all types of buildings and environments.
    > Strong visual awareness and an eye for detail.
    > Excellent communication via all mediums.
    > Demonstrable written and verbal communication skills;
    > Able to negotiate and influence others and to create and maintain effective working relationships,
    both internally and externally
    > Able to write reports /specifications.
    > Able to control, supervise and monitor the performance of contractors.
    > Able to produce detailed drawings using Revit, Autocad and Archicad design based software
    > Able to prioritise, plan and organise own workload to meet conflicting demands, fee targets and
    deadlines.
    > Solution focused, analytical and able to solve problems, ensuring appropriate action is taken.

Technology Skills

Proficient in Auto CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD versions 13 and 14, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Adobe Design Suite, Artlantis and Microsoft Office suite 

Interests

> Travelling
> Photography
> Bicycle Riding

Referees

Referees are available on request