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    • Jim Brown Design Portfolio
      Portfolio: http://tinyurl.com/jimbrownportfolio
      Linked-In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmbrown
      Email: gymbeau@comcast.net
    • Microsoft West, Beijing
      2008 (completion 2010)
      The new 101,000 SM Beijing research and development center required interior design services through DD phase. The scope included all individual work and collaboration areas for 5000 staff as well as main lobbies, conferencing centers, cafeteria and food service, and customer interface facilities. Shown here are lobby and collaboration spaces including the three story sky-garden atriums, a major design feature.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • The CTC is the major customer interface component of the new complex. Product is displayed and presented in the Solution Forum centered around the centralized server room. A bamboo wrap encloses the spaces and defines this special zone as it undulates to create room platforms and seating risers. The curved natural bamboo form contrasts the glass and stainless server room and the raw concrete structural bay.
      Solution Forum
      Microsoft West , Beijing
      China Technology Center (CTC)
      2008 (completion 2010)
      First Floor Axonometric
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • The business plan for this commercial contracting
      company stresses an open management structure and collaborative environment. The resulting design uses sliding doors and full height glazing on private offices. The “boxcar” table, a major element at entry, uses reclaimed wood to create a collaborative surface for meetings and drawings. The table and reception desk reconfigures in sections and tracks along a recessed floor guide.
      Skanska USA
      Seattle, WA
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Philips Oral Healthcare
      Snoqualmie, WA
      Before being acquired by Philips, the Sonicare company lobby featured a radial floor pattern and a fountain suggesting their sonic cleaning technology. Now, Philips desired a lobby re-branding which joined that heritage along with the corporate philosophy of “sense and simplicity”. The re- design combined a high-tech, polished white aesthetic with a northwest green sensibility in the use of salvaged silver-maple planks.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Boeing - Move to the Lake
      Renton, WA
      The 737 line engineers were re-situated in workplace towers within structural bays of the existing factory. The result netted a faster response to assembly problem-solving and cut roll-out for a plane in half. The towers contain 200,000 SF of workstations, collaboration space and executive offices. A skin of polycarbonate maintains the transparency of space and access while allowing way-finding graphics at a scale appropriate to the 750,000 SF factory floor.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Singapore is a modern garden city with a large ethnic Chinese population. These factors informed the interior design of their new US embassy. Custom light fixtures, carpets, furniture and door hardware were included in the design which combine modernism with Asian influences.
      Singapore Embassy
      Washington, DC
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Custom light fixtures were integral in maintaining the design continuity.
      I developed detailed designs and worked with prototypes and fabricators to develop the final fixtures.
      Singapore Embassy
      Custom Lighting Fixture Design
      Washington, DC
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Embassy of Ethiopia
      Washington, DC
      The embassy design involved recalling and updating ancient architectural motifs native to the horn of Africa. The tight budget was maintained and a difficult site embraced in this project in which I served as architect and manager. I led a team to Ethiopia to observe and grade indigenous stone for use as cladding.
      A local DC Ethiopian artist , Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian, worked with the design team to created a custom sculpture for the building entry (right).
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Ernestine Anderson Room
      Paramount Theater
      Seattle, WA
      This pro-bono project created an excusive VIP retreat during pre-performance and intermission. Accessible via a balcony level fire escape, the velvet draped space has a “speakeasy” feel and recalls the 1950’s hot-jazz recordings of Seattle singer Ernestine Anderson, whose voice was called “honey at dusk”.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Hand
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
      Cambridge, MD
      Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
      Bethesda, MD
      Hanoi Daewoo Hotel
      Hanoi, Vietnam
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Computer Sciences Corporation
      Falls Church, VA
      US Ambassador’s Residence
      Bayan, Kuwait
      Baltimore Area Visitor’s Center
      Baltimore, MD
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Crate&Barrel Home Store
      Tigard, OR
      My retail experience includes the roles of project architect for Crate&Barrel and project interior architect/designer for the Denver Flagship REI. The REI project, a former streetcar terminal, also required historic preservation assessments and hazardous material mitigation.
      REI Flagship Store
      Denver, CO
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • T-Mobile requested proposals for a creative center in an
      existing downtown space containing a two-story
      sky-lit atrium and stairway. Along with
      our team qualifications, I presented
      this concept which unified the
      levels using a porous
      artifact wall symbolizing
      the transparency of
      wireless communication.
      T-Mobile Creative
      Center Concept - Seattle, WA
      The wall openings allowed views between designers and became a focal point to the creative center, evoking the slogan “stick together”.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • In this prototype for a comfort shoe retailer, design work included branding and logo, merchandizing layout, casework design, signage, and an initial roll-out. The team collaborated on all design decisions and I developed these presentation materials.
      Retail Prototype
      Winston Salem, NC
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • This presentation was developed to tell a design story without the design team being present. Using hinged and rotating elements and key-hole views, the concept unfolded in a sequence that simulated the experience for museum patrons and built upon discovery and interaction.
      Science &
      Space Museum
      Nashville, TN
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Home Entertainment
      Oak & Zebrawood Table
      Reclaimed Wood Bench
      Lounge Chair Competition
      Furniture Design
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Custom Furniture Installations
      While at Domestic Architecture, my roles of Project Director and Architect of Record required design oversight from design development to installation on private and public projects involving custom furniture. The designs are by furniture artist Roy McMakin.
      At left is a private residence in Mattapoisette, MA which included custom wood furnishings throughout. The project above and below is at UCSF and includes site art and seating of bronze, precast concrete, enameled steel and stone. The collection of modern chairs, faux appliances and banker-boxes, and rustic benches are permanent but suggestive of ad-hoc groupings assembled by students who borrowed them from classrooms to set up on the quad.
      Koret Quad
      UCSF – Mission Bay
      San Francisco, CA
      Domestic Architecture/
      Peter Walker and Partners
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • The Papa Chair
      My design grew out of a specific requirement: to sit comfortable on the floor and play with my daughter. The “Papa Chair” allows for back support and leg re-positioning and the chair supports a posture not unlike leaning against a tree stump. Proximity to the ground allows interaction with a child to play or read book as the chair allows the adult to comfortably be at the child’s level. The angle of seat to back is 120 degrees, an optimum angle for the relationship between the legs and spine to reduce fatigue. The legs can be either be supported by the chair base or raised up to cradle a book.
      As an object placed within the context of a child’s play, the simplicity of form and construction was important in the design. When an adult is sitting on the Papa chair, the chair structure is almost totally covered by the user. The chair no longer seems to be an obtrusive piece of furniture pulled over to the child’s play area.
      Small Wooden Chair Competition Entry
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Personal Design Projects
      & Handmade Lamps
      In 2001 I created a company named Stick Studios. I design and fabricate custom furniture by commission and handmade lighting fixtures for retail sale.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Kid’s Retreat
      Washington, DC
      The artist client for this basement renovation was inspired by a classic furniture unit by Charlotte Perriand. The compact and whimsical result incorporates the shelving and display aspects, with maximized storage, work-tops and built-in desks.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • home is where the art is
      Our home was featured in a regional design magazine in 2004. The story highlighted our interior renovations and contemporary art, furniture and ceramics collections.
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Work In Progress – Concept Sketches
      Custom Home - Auburn, WA
      Sketch-Up Massing Models
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Concept Sketches
      Home Addition- Bonney Lake, WA
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Self Published
      Photography Books
      Jim Brown gymbeau@comcast.net (206) 919-7718
    • Jim Brown
      Portfolio: http://tinyurl.com/jimbrownportfolio
      Linked-In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmbrown
      Email: gymbeau@comcast.net
      21210 123rd Street Court East
      Bonney Lake, WA 98391-5447
      206 919-7718
      Corporate Interior Architect/Designer
      • Summary: Excels at defining problems and seeking solutions
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
      • Superb hand-sketching abilities and 3D conceptualization
      • Highly detail oriented with deep knowledge base and experience
      NBBJ Design, Seattle, WA 2003 – 2008
      Associate, Interior Architect/Manager
      Corporate workplace, institutional and retail interiors:
      • Promoted to Associate in 2004
      • Responsible for Architectural and FF&E Conceptual Design
      • Delivered all phases from schematic design to CA
      • Experienced with project work on-site in China
      • Successfully led bi-lingual design team in China
      • Developed and maintained positive client relationships
      • Responsible for fee proposals, team organization and presentation
      • Implemented effective process development
      • Led and approved project start up process
      • Assured effective EGD and artwork design/selection
      Domestic Architecture/Roy McMakin Inc., Seattle, WA 2001 – 2003
      Office Director and Architect of Record
      High-End custom residential and art installation:
      • Project Architect and Project Manager
      • Managed Client and consultant communication
      • Responsible for office staffing and invoicing
      Mithun Partners Inc., Seattle, WA 1998 – 2000
      Project Interior Architect/Designer - Retail and corporate commercial
      RTKL Associates Inc., Washington, DC 1989 – 1998
      Associate, Project Interior Architect/Designer
      Corporate, institutional and hospitality interiors:
      • Promoted to Associate in 1991
      • Responsible for Architectural and FF&E Conceptual Design
      • Represented firm to clients, regulatory agencies and trade associations
      • Maintained classified clearance for DOS work in US and Middle East
      • Delivered all phases from schematic design to CA
      • Executed project goals and objectives as communicated from Client
      • Managed firms recruitment and selections for college internship program
      • Assured effective EGD and artwork design/selection
      Harry Gendel Architects, Houston, TX 1983 – 1988
      Designer, Registered Architect - Commercial interiors and industrial
      House Reh Associates, Houston, TX 1981 – 1983
      Designer - Commercial interiors and industrial
      Registration: Washington 2002, Texas 1987
      Education: 1981 Bachelor of Architecture
      Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
      Software Applications:
      AutoCAD, Microstation 2D and Triforma, Microsoft Office, In-Design, Sketch-Up and Photoshop
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    • Jim Brown – Selected Project List
      Workplace/Interior Design and Planning:
      Microsoft West, Beijing, PRC (completion 2010)
      1,000,000sf R&D Center with program for 5000 staff
      Interior architecture team leader on-site in China through DD contract completion
      Philips Oral Healthcare, Snoqualmie, WA
      2500sf lobby branding
      Lead designer and project manager
      Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
      Expansion Space Design, Seattle, WA
      50,000sf office build-out
      Project interior architect and job captain from DD through CA
      Ernestine Anderson Room at the Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
      800sf renovation - Lead designer and project manager
      Skanska USA, Corporate Offices, Seattle, WA
      20,000sf office build-out
      Lead project architect and developed documentation for all built-in components
      Boeing Move to the Lake, Renton, WA
      750,000sf industrial space with office in-fill
      Interior architect
      Boeing Dreamliner Gallery Concept, Everett, WA
      Lead concept designer for cabin components showroom
      T-Mobile Design Center Concept, Seattle, WA
      Lead concept designer
      Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Bethesda, MD
      10,000sf office build-out - Interior project architect
      Computer Sciences Corporation, Falls Church, VA
      30,000sf office build-out - Interior project architect
      Crate&Barrel Flagship Store, Tigard, OR
      37,000sf retail space - Project architect for interiors and shell
      Club Monaco, various locations
      Project architect for roll-outs at various US locations
      REI Flagship Store, Denver, CO
      89,500sf retailer with adaptive re-use of historic 1901 Powerhouse
      Project interior architect
      Asiaworld Center, Taipei, ROC
      450,000sf renovation of 12 floor shopping mall
      Conceptual design architect
      Hahn Shoes, Winston Salem, NC
      Retail concept design architect for prototype shoe store
      Included branding, logo design, merchandizing lay-out, and interior architecture
      Wireless Concept Store, Washington, DC
      Retail concept design architect for prototype cellular store
      L’Audace Hair Salon, Houston, TX
      1,400sf high-end salon - Project architect and manager
      Metropolitan Furniture Retail Showroom, Houston, TX
      15,000sf showroom - Project architect and manager
      The Camp Store, Houston, TX
      1,200sf children’s clothing store - Project architect and manager
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    • Jim Brown – Selected Project List
      Hyatt O’Hare Ballroom, Rosemont, IL
      30,000sf grand ballroom addition - Lead interior architect
      Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, MD
      400-room resort and golf club
      Project architect for core and shell resort destination
      Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
      411-room hotel, office and apartment towers
      Project architect for core and shell DD package
      North Bethesda Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, MD
      225-room hotel and conference facilities - Project interior architect
      Swedish Medical Center NICU Family Rooms, Seattle, WA
      4000sf family respite space - five hotel-quality guestrooms within the neonatal ICU ward - Lead interior architect and project manager
      Hospital for Sick Children, Washington, DC
      68,000sf expansion/renovation - Interior architect
      Eastvold Hall Renovation
      Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
      Lead designer for interior and shell renovation of historic
      auditorium and classroom building
      Western Bridge Gallery Space, Seattle, WA
      10,000sf Renovation of warehouse space for
      art and video installation space - Project architect
      Koret Quad, UCSF – Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
      Project architect and manager for urban campus public art installation
      Seattle Packaging Headquarters, Renton, WA
      Conversion/addition of office headquarters and
      manufacturing/warehouse facility - Project interior architect
      Embassy of Ethiopia, building, Washington, DC
      45,000sf embassy - Project architect and manager
      Embassy of Brunei Darussalem, Washington, DC
      40,000sf embassy - Project interior architect
      Embassy of Singapore, Washington, DC
      55,000sf embassy - Lead interior architect
      U.S. Embassy, Bayan, Kuwait
      96,000sf embassy complex - Interior/core and shell architect
      U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Bayan, Kuwait
      10,000sf residence - Project architect
      Saitama Project, Saitama, Japan
      2.7 million sf government office complex
      Project architect/on-site designer in Tokyo
      Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA
      650,000sf government center - Project interior architect
      Baltimore Area Visitors Center, Baltimore, MD
      2,300sf exhibit space - Lead interior architect
      Children’s Science Museum, Nashville, TN
      Schematic concept design architect
      Bank of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
      4,000sf branch facility - Project architect
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    • Jim Brown – Selected Project List
      United Savings, Houston, TX
      5,000sf banking facility - Lead designer and Project architect
      The Waller Bank, Waller, TX
      5,000sf bank facility - Lead designer and project architect
      West Houston National Bank, Houston, TX
      5,000sf bank facility - Lead designer and project architect
      Marine Education Center, Gulfport, MS
      50,000-SF research aquarium
      General Dynamics Flight Stress Testing Facility, Fort Worth, TX
      1,200sf computer room
      Project architect for demountable control room
      Trammell Crow Company, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, TX
      Miscellaneous warehouse facilities ranging in size from 100,000sf to 500,000sf
      Lead designer and project architect
      Bloomberg/Farrell Residence, Mattapoisett, MA
      Project architect
      Benedek Residence, Water Mill, Southampton, NY
      Project architect
      Pace Residence, San Antonio, TX
      Project architect for 20,000 sf loft space in historic 1926
      industrial space
      Baumgartner Residence Renovation, Seattle, WA
      Project architect
      Kids’ Retreat, Private Residence, Washington, DC
      Project architect
      1998 Alumni of the Year - School of Architecture -
      Mississippi State University
      Fairfax County Government Center, IBD/Potomac Chapter
      Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, IBD/Potomac Chapter
      Baltimore Visitors Center, IBD/Potomac Chapter
      Alumni Architecture Award
      Reynolds Aluminum Price for Architectural Students
      Mississippi Concrete Industries Association Scholarship
      Mississippi Chapter/AIA Scholarship
      Shanghai Set by Jim Brown – 2009
      Copenhagen - A Design Trip to Denmark by Jim Brown – 2009
      Shanghai Stockholm by Jim Brown – 2009
      Interior Design – July 2007, Urban Legend
      Metropolis – July 2005, Boeing’s Building Boom
      Northwest Home+Garden – Summer 2004, Home Is Where the Art Is
      Contract Design – August 1997, Garden Glory
      Commercial Lighting – Rockport Publishers, 1995
      Contract Design – March 1991, Oh Say, What Can You See
      Architectural Graphic Standards - Eighth Edition, 1988,
      "Tilt-Up Concrete Construction"
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