Michael Secrist

Freelance 3D Animator & Architectural Illustrator

Location:Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Website: http://www.behance.net/Michael_Secrist
2 Skills
Key Skills
* Interior & Exterior Renderings
* Detailed Design Development
* Texturing/Lighting
* 3D Modeling/Animations
* Digital Visualization
* Blueprint Interpretation
* Bids & RFP-Response
* Schematic Design
* Presentations

Architectural Illustrator, 9/09 to Present
Retained by major architectural/interior design firms to generate 3D models and animations for a wide range of university, retail/entertainment, corporate, mixed-use, single-/multi-family, hotel, and urban development projects. Advise architects on design solutions, facilitate conceptualization, and help market/sell designs. Integrate into new company environments seamlessly, quickly becoming a trusted, valued member of design teams. Key Projects & Results:
* Created detailed 3D models of multi-level, upscale condos/townhomes from sketches and blueprints using AutoCAD, VRay, 3D Max, polymodeling, and other tools/methodologies. Met demanding timelines and accommodated numerous, ongoing architectural changes to deliver models cited as instrumental to “green-lights” from investors on multimillion-dollar projects.
* Praised by PA developer for modeling/rendering work completed with speed and diligence under tight deadline that resulted in client winning a multimillion-dollar hotel/retail project.
* Worked effectively and collaboratively with multiple design teams and diverse personalities to complete complex design and model of retail shopping mall with add-on residential development on time, on budget, and with superior quality.

Multidisciplinary architectural design firm ranked in the Top 100 nationwide by Architect Magazine
Associate-Architectural Illustrator, 9/07 to 8/09
Recruited as DCI’s only 3D artist. Created 3D models, interior/exterior architectural renderings, sun studies, and panoramic views for diverse commercial, residential, retail, educational, and urban developments. Acquired new clients for company through the development of marketing materials. Advised architects through pinups and design reviews/critiques to optimize designs, maximize client satisfaction, and control costs. Key Projects & Results:
* Produced 100% of computer-generated renderings for company whose total annual business averages over $20M. Produced all renderings for numerous major projects, earning prestigious awards such as:
* “Sustainable Buildings Public School Award” for West Towson Elementary School.
* “Charter Award” by Congress for New Urbanism for State Center TOD Master Plan.
* “Best New Project” ($2.5M to $5M) from ABC, Baltimore Metro Chapter for Maple
Lawn Retail 1 and 2 developments.
* Consistently commended for attention to detail; outstanding illustrative, modeling, and photo-realistic rendering skills; and advanced command of related technologies.
* Taught workshops educating employees on the use of architectural illustration, modeling, and rendering technologies, tools, and shortcuts to increase efficiency, improve presentation effectiveness, and elevate design quality.
* Improved company visibility and reputation for superior quality by creating website images, brochures, presentation boards, and other marketing collateral.
* Credited with enhancing company success as a result of greatly improved renderings. Leveraged high-level 3D rendering and lighting skills to visually communicate with key project stakeholders, eliminate areas of misunderstanding, and accelerate project completions.

$50M architectural/engineering firm ranked in the Top 200 design firms by Engineering News Record
Architectural Animator, 12/03 to 9/07
Created the means for architects to troubleshoot ideas and market/sell designs by generating: 3D modeling, animations, and panoramic views for institutional, commercial, educational, and civil projects; 3D and 2D feasibility studies; and PowerPoint presentations for procuring work. Worked collaboratively with project managers and teams to create unique products customized to the needs and specifications of each external client. Key Projects & Results:
* Produced all renderings for Pennsylvania State University’s Recreation Hall and Student Fitness Center, earning the following awards:
* “2008 Citation of Excellence Award” from Learning by Design.
* “2007 Grand Prize Winner” at the College Planning and Management’s Education Design Showcase (recognized for “Outstanding Architecture and Design in Education”).
* Honored with the U.S. Tennis Association’s “2008 Outstanding Facility Award” (private facilities) for rendering work completed on Ebensburg Tennis Center.

Architectural graphics and illustration firm
Graphic Artist, 8/93 to 11/03
Completed 3D modeling, panoramic views, and animations for commercial and residential buildings (interior and exterior), site/floor plans, maps, displays/advertisements/brochures, and digital editing. Established key client relationships to acquire new/repeat business, analyzed customer requests, and prepared quotes. Generated majority of company’s profitability, producing over half of monthly billings for layouts, site plans, 3D work, and renderings.

Education & Credentials

ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH — PA ? Associate’s Degree in Interior Design, 1991 (GPA: 3.7)
* Technology Skills: 3D Max; 3D Studio VIZ; SketchUp; AutoCAD; Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier); Microsoft PowerPoint; form•Z; Windows; Macintosh OS

* Affiliations: Member, ASAI (American Society of Architectural Illustrators); Senior Member, Vizdepot.com/CGarchitect.com; Member, EverMotion.com; Intern, 3DAllusions.com