Dustin

Fike

Architect


For a pdf version of my resume click here.

Education.

  • Master of ArchitectureMay 2006
    Georgia Insitute of Technology; Atlanta, GA
    Visual Arts and Design Computing Specialization
    Master’s Thesis: Playing the Urban Game: An Experiment with Game Engine Technology and the Public Realm
    M. Arch I Fellowship Award
    Design Technologies Gate Design Competition Winner
    Co-op Program with local firm Cooper Carry & Assoc.
    Graduate Research Assistant on a federally funded research grant from February 2004 to May 2006: Courtsweb: the Comprehensive Web-based Multimedia Courts Information Database
  • Bachelor of Design, Major: Interior Design, cum laudeMay 2003
    University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
    Taught an elective class on 3d rendering with Lightscape
    University of Florida Honors Program
    Excellence in Computer Technology and Computer Aided Design Award

Experience.

  • Senior Associate Architect/Project BIM CoordinatorMay 2006 to Present
    Morris Architects; Orlando, Florida
    Team Member on all phases of SD, DD, CD design and documentation, including construction support, within the Morris Hospitality and Entertainment Studios.  Serving as BIM lead on multiple projects and developing company standards for the BIM process.  Investigating new presentation methods; e.g. 3d animation, sketchy rendering, photorealistic rendering, real-time game engine visualization, 3d photo capture, and web presentation techniques.
    Current and past projects with Morris include:
  • Fantasyland Expansion
    Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
    A complex phased expansion to the Magic Kingdom involving a new A complex phased expansion including a new dark ride attraction Journey of the Little Mermaid; a re-skin of the existing Barnstormer coaster; an updated/remodeled Train Station, and renovated Storybook Circus tents with themed character meet and greet stations, retail space, and edible treats service.  In April 2009 I was seconded to WDI Creative and temporarily relocated to Glendale, CA for 5 months.  I was assigned to WDI’s Mermaid Creative team as that attraction evolved from blue sky, through feasibility and schematic design.  Upon return to Orlando, I was a member of the Hoar/Morris design build team preparing final Mermaid construction drawings.  In late 2010 I moved to the WDW site in support of all construction of the Hoar/Morris scope.  From the beginning, I served as Project BIM Coordinator facilitating design coordination meetings and clash detection with the design consultants, design assist sub-contractors and WDI creative.  I continued to serve as BIM Coordinator on site in addition to traditional CA duties.  I also served as Project BIM Coordinator for Storybook Circus during CA.  I handled visual presentations for all of the Fantasyland projects using lighting studies, 3d animation, infographics, and game engine visualization. More Info
  • Towers at Midtown
    Orlando, FL
    A hotel/timeshare with 404 units and 587 keys. Project contains meeting facilities, a health club, restaurant, and night club. More Info
  • The Sails
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    A 350-key hotel, with restaurants, retail, offices, pool, spa, fitness center, a marina and a dry dock facility which stores 150 boats. More Info
  • Grand Californian Hotel
    Anaheim, California
    A 274 key hotel expansion and 50 2-bedroom villas on a 2.5 acre lot. Units include kitchen, dining, and living areas. More Info
  • Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    A phased 50-story 2,802 key hotel/interval ownership resort.  Amenities include a 5,000 sf health and fitness spa facility and pool. More Info

Previous Experience.

  • Intern ArchitectMay 2005 to August 2005
    Chip Knuth Inc.; Atlanta, Georgia
    Worked on all phases of design and documentation for single family homes, field visits for as-built measurements, and presentation renderings, both 3d computer renders and watercolor illustrated plans.  Helped develop a CAD block library.
  • Co-op Intern ArchitectAugust 2003 to August 2004
    Cooper Carry & Assoc.; Atlanta, Georgia
    Worked on construction documents and presentation material in the commercial office design department.  Created constructed pencil perspectives, marker rendered elevations, computer colored plans, and physical models.
    Primary project experience included:
  • Riverplace
    Greenville, South Carolina
    Team member working on 550 South Main Street, part of the Riverplace mixed-use development.  It is an 87,000 sf office building that includes restaurants and retail space.  Riverplace is approximately 720,000 sf within nine buildings on a 10 acre site and includes a hotel, residences, office and retail space. More Info

Digital.

I have grown up with a fondness of all things digital and so it was inevitable that my natural artistic abilities found a way to express themselves beyond the traditional media. I discovered Autocad in high school and naturally gravitated to architecture. Computer aided design is enthralling and seductive. Delving into the media ever deeper offers satisfying play and reveals powerful problem solving and unbounded possibilities. I love challenges and how the media helps meet and conquer them.

I also enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge with others.  In fact, I have been selected to teach a class at Autodesk University 2012: No More Photo-CAD: Using an AutoCAD Architecture Template with Autodesk Impression for Presentations

Below are a few of the software packages I have come to use regularly:

  • AutoCAD Architecture
    My daily CAD package.  I am an ACA expert.
  • Autodesk Revit
    Used on a few projects.
  • Autodesk Navisworks
    Currently used daily for coordination and clash detection.
  • Autodesk 3ds MAX
    Still renderings, lighting studies, fly by and object animations.
  • Autodesk Impression
    I set up templates in ACA for quick “sketchy” plans in Impression.
  • Trimble Sketchup
    Used for some quick modeling exercises.
  • Adobe Photoshop
    Used for both drawing manipulation/presentations and photo editing.
  • Adobe In Design
    Used to layout presentation booklets and portfolios.
  • Microsoft Office
    Primarily Word and Excel with some Powerpoint and Access.
  • NewForma
    Daily logging of RFIs, Submittals, Transmittals, and Email.
  • Unreal Game Engine
    Used to create real-time interactive Architectural Visualizations.
  • Adobe Illustrator
    Occasional use for presentations and graphic design freelance jobs.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
    Used primarily in freelance web design jobs.
  • Adobe Fireworks
    Used primarily in freelance web design jobs.
  • Adobe Premiere
    Finalize my animation renderings and compile a finished video.
  • Adobe Lightroom
    Personal use to catalog and edit my photographs.
  • Autodesk 123D Catch
    Simple “3D” scans of existing conditions with photographs.
  • Autodesk Backburner
    Setting up the office render farm to support my animations.

I am also proficient at learning new software either in a class or on my own.

Other Skills.

While I am quite adept with the digital media, I also have complimentary traditional skills.  At an early age I displayed an inherent ability to draw and practiced at it as I matured.  When I first took drafting classes I learned how to manually draft and methodically construct a hard line drawing before learning the digital equivalent.  Before learning how to model in 3d on a computer, I learned the basics of how forms combine and subtract to create a desired result in clay.

My current personal artistic journey has led me into the world of photography.  I have dabbled in still life and landscapes, but am currently studying portrait photography and the intricate nuances of lighting a subject.