CLIENT

Graduation Exhibition | Pasadena, CA

OBJECTIVE

Design and currate a cohesive group show of student work which celebrates each student’s voice and presents their aesthetic vision.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Conducted several iterations of program layouts and fixture options. Modularity and flexablity of the displays were crucial factors to accommodate each student’s projects, regardless of object scale. All the fixtures were custom built for the show making working with local fabricators integral to its success. Construction documents, final finishing work and delivery of the fixtures were just some of the logistics overseen to make the show a reality.

OUTCOMES

“UNCAGED” - the FAll 2010 Environmental Design exhibition - was a resounding success drawing compliments from members of the design industry and college faculty. The concept of exhibiting the work in wireframes, as if the work materialized from the 3D modeling program itself, was key to the uniqueness of the exhibit and reinforced the use of technology throughout the process. The use of light created an ambience that invited visitors to linger and fully investigate each body of work.

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DROMA (Thesis project) | Carson, CA

OBJECTIVE

Develop a two-term project which culminates from research and design, and represents a broad scope of environmental design in an area of personal interest.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Conducted extensive reasearch on the global sport of velodrome racing, numerous case studies on existing sports and entertainment complexes, formal investigations through physical and advanced digital modeling, and conceptualized technical scenarios to make the project a reality. All aspects of the visitor and spectator experience were investigated including the views and vistas of the racing track and from the complex, the sequence of movement through the complex, and the facilities available in the complex.

OUTCOMES

DROMA is the result of two-terms of critical discourse and rigorous space/experience design, and was presented to a jury of design professionals. The final presentation model was a physical-digital hybrid which featured projection mapped simulations of racing onto a CNC and thermoformed scale model of the structure and interior velodrome. PLEASE VISIT stuartfingerhut.com TO VIEW THE VIDEO PORTIONS OF THIS PROJECT.

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San Pedro Science Center | San Pedro, CA

OBJECTIVE

Consider issues of sustainability and systems through the design and implementation of an off-the-grid, state of the art ocean science learning center.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Research was conducted in the areas of renewable energy systems, aquatic biological habitats and case studies of existing science centers. The Center is designed around four key elements to minimize the use of energy concumption: power via solar panels, repurposed steel to construct the main and secondary building structures, maximum natural light throughout the day via the glass-canopy, and natural climate controlling via temperature responsive roof vents.

OUTCOMES

The San Pedro Science Center provides an active learning environment to educate children and adults on the area’s diverse marine biology. With a range of exhibits and seminars open to the public, the Science Center’s goal is to make learning a memorable experience. Utilizing the latest in positional solar array technology, the Science Center is able to maximize the collection of sunshine and run daily operations “off the grid”. The Center’s building design is inspired by the dynamic motion of the ocean’s waves.

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AQUATERRESTRIALS at Aquarium of the Pacific | LONG BEACH, CA

OBJECTIVE

Create an exhibition that immerses visitors in the experience of life in the deep sea habitat.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Extensive academic, consumer, and technological research was conducted enabling Aquaterrestrials to provide visitors with an experience unlike any other. Several programatic schemes were developed and worked through before the floor plan was finalized. Sketch models, audio and video simulations, and material studies all played key roles in generating the structural forms and shaping the visitor’s experience.

OUTCOMES

The Aquaterrestrials exhibition showcases life in the deep sea with sounds from the underground. Each area of Aquaterrestrials is a sense altering experience featuring music and narration from members of The Glitch Mob, a Los Angeles-based music performance group. Leave the lights and noise of the surface behind, and enter a world unlike any other on the planet.

Floorplan

Construction details

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Willy Wonka (A Division of Nestlè) | Glendale, CA

OBJECTIVE

Create confections and retail environments that leave consumers saying ‘Only WONKA could do something like that!’

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Conducted extensive consumer research and spacial explorations aimed at creating more shareable confectionary rituals, giving candy more adult appeal, and making candy more artisanal.

OUTCOMES

The project concept delivered a collection of confections direct from the lab and the adventures of Willy Wonka. Our design direction was influenced by molecular gastronomy, where the social, artistic and technical components of food creation are constantly being challenged. By creating a unique, layered experience for the retail environment, WONKA was able to be repositioned as a premium brand. Inspirations were taken from the story and movies while looking towards the future of consumer expectations to make an impact and ensure the “wow” factor. Custom POP fixtures, displays and furnishing were designed and fabricated for the final presentation to the client.

Build out of the in-store environment for the client to experience

Crème seating

Drip seating

Cell dishes

Crème Deux seating

Crème Isolè seating

KINEMA lighting

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EDUCATION
Spring 2007 - Fall 2010 Fall 2009 Fall 1995 - Fall 1998 Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, CA Environmental Design - BS with Honors Tamabi University | Tokyo, Japan Research and design concepts for sustainable living solutions Pennsylvania State University | State College, PA Marketing and International Business

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Summer 2008 - Spring 2009 Studio Meraz | Los Angeles, CA
Architectural Design Assistant - Collaborated on residential and commercial design projects. Sushi on Sunset | West Hollywood, CA Assisted with the design of custom light fixtures for the restaurant. Implemented the modeling, fabrication and installation of the finished fixtures. Private Client | Hollywood Hills, CA Assisted with interior and exterior architectural design and concept presentations to client. Produced physical and computer models, construction visualization, oversaw fixture selection and materials research, developed site documentation, and worked with subcontractors. Private Client | Beverly Hills, CA Assisted with interior architectural design and concept presentations to client. Produced physical and computer models, construction visualization, oversaw fixture selection and materials research, and developed site documentation.

Spring 2001 – Spring 2006

NEMA Vital Garments | Huntington Beach, CA
Brand Manager - Oversaw the sales, marketing and design departments. Designed and launched brand’s first retail store and store-in-a-store concept for key retailers around the country. Managed national outside sales rep force.

Spring 1999 - Spring 2001

GT Bicycles | Santa Ana, CA
International Marketing Representative - Traveled domestically and internationally hosting marketing events to the media and dealers. Provided technical support to domestic and international company sponsored racers.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Summer 2009 - Fall 2010 Summer 2010 Summer 2008 Teaching Assistant, Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, CA Professor James Meraz - Environmental Design Studio Teaching Assistant, Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, CA Professors Daniel Gottlieb and Penny Herscovitch - Illumination Transforming Light Studio Instructor, Serious Play Conference | Pasadena, CA Professors Daniel Gottlieb and Penny Herscovitch
| Managed transdisciplinary studio projects for clients including Nestlé, Willy Wonka and Avery-Dennison |

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS
2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2007 - 2010 Genuine Design Scholarship | GenuineDesign.com International Association of Lighting Designers Scholarship | IALD.org 18th Annual AIA|LA Interior Architecture 1:2 Competition | 3rd place Spiral Gallery Design Exhibit | Featured project in Tokyo gallery A New Infrastructure, Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles | Published work Cancer for College Scholarship | CancerforCollege.org Billes Products International Furniture Design Competition | 3rd place for Crème seating International Takifuji Art Award | Finalist Art Center College of Design Gallery Exhibition | Four projects exhibited
| Numerous print and online press highlights covering a range of designs and projects |

SKILLS
Software Rhino3D + Grasshopper + T-Splines, Vray, Sketchup, SolidWorks, AutoCAD After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Keynote, MS Office Suite CNCing, 3D printing, Laser cutting, Vacu-forming, Water jet cutting, Projection mapping Fiberglassing, Automotive quality painting and finishing Site design, coding and back-end management; social network creation

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