Deborah Ziel

Freelance Architect & CAD Freelancer

Location:Winter Park, Florida, United States
2 Skills
Registered Architect

• 2010 - Current University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
MA Anthropology, Archaeology Concentration
4.0 GPA
(Anticipated Graduation: May 2012)

• 1986 - 1989 Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
BArch, Architecture, Dec 1989

• 1981- 1985 Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio
BS Technology, Environmental Design and Construction,
Aug 1985

• 1977 - 1981 Trinity High School
Garfield Heights, Ohio
3.9 GPA, National Honors Society

• Jan 2011 – May 2011 University of Central Florida, Anthropology Department
Orlando, Florida
Graduate Assistant
o Grade undergraduate student essays, proctor exams (as required), field student inquiries

• Jan 2010 – Current RSA Architects, LLC Longwood, Florida
Professional Consultant/Sr. Project Manager
o Procure commissions, and prepare design and construction documents for residential and commercial projects in Central Florida, provide construction observation services

• Jul 1999 – Dec 2009 RSA Architects, LLC Chagrin Falls, Ohio /Winter Park, FL Senior Project Manager
o Designer of several award-winning residential projects, managed a staff of ten employees, prepared proposals, invoices, and project schedules, conducted structural calculations and design for residential projects (only the firm’s principle shared this ability), attended several national conferences, transferred to Florida in Spring 2006 to manage a satellite office

• May 1998 – Jun 1999 The R.E. Jacobs Group, LLC Westlake, Ohio
Tenant Coordinator for national shopping mall developer
o Reviewed client construction documents for compliance with developer’s requirements, conducted on-site inspections of retail spaces, prepared estimates for landlord construction, project manager for landlord construction projects, specifically a food court in Charlotte, NC, and a Rainforest Café in Seattle, WA

• Feb 1996 – Apr 1998 Sandvick Architects, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
Project Manager
o Prepared feasibility studies for historic tax credit projects in the Greater Cleveland area, prepared design and construction documents for the same, provided project representation to urban neighborhood organizations and before the Cleveland City Council, provided construction observation services for revitalization projects in excess of $10,000,000.

• Jun 1985 – Jan 1996 RSA Architects, Inc. Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Intern Architect/Project Manager
o Drafting, residential and small commercial design, field verification, preparation for the Architect Registration Exam.

• Oct 1992 State of Ohio Registered Architect
o Passed the 32 hour registration exam upon the first attempt (odds were 17:100)

• May 2006 State of Florida Registered Architect
• 2010 (Fall Term) Poster Presentation Section Winner
o “Skulls in the Drawer: The Curious Case of the Disarticulated Remains of Lewis T. Powell, Co-conspirator of the Lincoln Assassination”

• 2011 (Spring Term) Participant (Invitation Only) in the Annual UCF Graduate Research Forum (same poster as above)
o Certificate of Excellence


• 2006 Cleveland Choice Awards
o Award of Excellence “Best Overall Custom Home”
o Designer and Senior Project Manager

• 2006 Cleveland Choice Awards
o “Best Condo/Cluster Design 2,001-2,500 Sq. Ft.”
o Designer and Senior Project Manager

• 2005 Cleveland Choice Awards
o “Best Overall Addition over $75,000.00”
o Designer and Senior Project Manager

• 2004 Cleveland Choice Awards
o “Best Overall Addition over $75,000.00.”
o Designer and Senior Project Manager

• 1998 Greater Cleveland Growth Association Award
o Water Street Apartments Building Renovation
o Designer and Senior Project Manager

• 2003 - 2004 Village of Bratenahl Building Department
Bratenahl, Ohio
Member, Architectural Review Board
o Invited by the Mayor to review proposed architectural projects in a public forum based upon design and compliance with the Village requirements, both historic and aesthetic

• 1991 - 1993 Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity
Cleveland, Ohio
Volunteer architectural services and construction labor
o Acquired basic electrical skills and wired outlets, switches, and lights for several residences, provided gratis architectural services for the design of homes and related construction documents.

• 2001 - 2003 Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, Ohio
Volunteer field work (summers) for urban 19th century site
o Excavation, lab, research, and curator support for an 1850’s, single family, residential settlement in downtown Cleveland under the supervision of Albert Lee, Ph.D.

HBA of Central Florida, Archaeological Institute of America, American Association of Anthropologists (Pending)

AutoCAD, ArcGIS (in progress), GPS, Microsoft Office Suite, Photography, Field Measurement, Free-hand Drawing

• July 2008 Archaeological tour of the Garnet and Coloma ghost towns,
Homesteads on the Lewis and Clark Trail, Montana, USA

• May 1999 Archaeological tour of the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Quintana Roo,

• May 1991 Archaeological tour of the antiquities of Ancient Rome

Research Interests: Historical and Prehistoric North American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, Genealogy, Paleontology, “The Black Seminole of Andros Island, Bahamas: the Original Red Bays Settlement” (Graduate Thesis)
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