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I am
Curtis Bac.
Architectural Associate
Based in Grand Rapids Michigan.

About

More About Me.

Hello, I am a recent graduate of Lawrence Technological University's College of Architecture and Design. I graduated with honors on the Dean's List from the Architecture and Interior Architecture dual degree program. In addition to progressing my academic knowledge in school, I grew as a leader as I took the Presidency role at LTU's International Interior Design Association campus center. During my presidency, I worked hard to increase our campus recognition and involvement by tripling the number of student members.

I utilized my education and leadership role as a springboard to start my career in the architecture industry. I am currently working on the 42 North - Architecture + Design team in Grand Rapids, MI. In my role as an Architectural Associate, I have discovered my passion for residential architecture. I genuinely love having the opportunity to bring the client's visions to life and design a home for them and their families to enjoy for years to come.

As an aspiring architect and designer, I am pursuing licensure and earning my Master's of Architecture degree. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me and I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason!

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Services

My Specialties.

  • Architectural Drafting

    Throughout my courses, at Lawrence Tech. I had the opportunity to participate in several drafting courses both “by hand” and “by mouse” strategies. I have had experience with the paper medium as well as digital medium via AutoCAD, Revit, and Vectorworks.

  • Construction Drawings

    I have had practice with creating and assembling sets of construction drawings through my construction systems courses at LTU. Those courses rendered themselves extremely valuable as I transitioned into an Architectural Associate role and further developed my skills.

  • 3D Models

    In true LTU fashion, I have created several 3-dimensional models using some of the most dynamic 3D modeling software. While some of my larger-scale 3D models permanently live in the digital world some have manifested into physical form via 3D printing.

  • Social Media

    Businesses must adapt and embrace technology and utilize new mediums for advertisement. Social media is a key way that society receives its information, which is why I use social media in my profession to not only showcase beautiful products but also to establish brand identity and build a relationship with current and prospective clients.

Abilities

Explore My Expertise.

  • 90%
    AutoCAD
  • 65%
    Illustrator
  • 90%
    InDesign
  • 75%
    Photoshop
  • 60%
    Revit
  • 90%
    Sketchup
  • 80%
    Vectorworks
  • 50%
    3DS Max
  • 30%
    Rhino

Education and Career

More of My Credentials.

Education

May 2020 - June 2021 (Exp.)

Master of Architecture

Lawrence Technological University

In early May I will be transitioning from being an undergrad to graduate student. I am thrilled to begin the next chapter in my academic career and further refine my skills and knowledge to be an asset to any team!

August 2015 - May 2020

Bachelor of Architecture

Lawrence Technological University

While pursuing my architecture degree I have learned so much! LTU has allowed me to develop my architectural knowledge through thorough and stimulating theory courses and intense hands-on studios complete with real clients.

August 2015 - May 2020

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Lawrence Technological University

I selected Lawrence Tech. for my academic career because of its highly regarded reputation and for its CIDA accredited Interior Architecture program. I chose to add the interiors dual degree because we as a society spend more than 90% of our time indoors, thus the user experiences architecture predominantly from the inside.

Experience

May 2018 - Present

42° North Architecture + Design

Architectural Associate

I have the distinct honor of working in a company where I can play an active role in designing our client’s dream home! I am an Architectural Associate with 42 North Architects in Grand Rapids, MI. My role gives me the opportunity to experience client meetings, execute a purposeful design direction, and create construction documents with 3D BIM modeling.

May 2016 - Present

Lawrence Technological University

College of Architecture and Design
Research Assistant
College of Business and Information Technology
University Housing

During my academic career at Lawrence Tech. I continue to be employed through the university. In addition to being a full-time student and managing social media accounts for a local architecture firm, I am currently working as a student assistant at the College of Business and IT as well as University Housing. I have also had the privilege of assisting my architecture and graphic design professor with research.

August 2015 - August 2017

Oppenhuizen Architects

Draftsman

During the summers of my early college career, I would return home and help our city’s local architect with projects around the town. At Oppenhuizen Architects is where I first got my exposure to site visits, client meetings, and CAD drafting.

Featured Work

See My Latest Projects.

Below is a collection of some of my favorite projects I have either completed or have been pleased to have had an active involvement with. These projects are a collection of professional, scholarly, and personal work.

De Stoel - Rietveld Inspired Chair

Croswell Michigan Health Center

Mack Co-Operative Courtyard

Mack Co-Operative Lounge

Mack Co-Operative Lounge

Lake Saint Clair Metropark Ecological Center Leed

Lake Saint Clair Metropark Ecological Center Leed

VanDyke Cross Section Analysis

Food Community—Community Food Cross Section

Croswell Michigan Rest Stop Model

Croswell Michigan Rest Stop Rendering

Food Community—Community Food Cross Section

Food Community—Community Food Garden

De Stoel - Rietveld Inspired Chair

Revit Isometric

Revit Isometric Cross Section

Ridge 45 Apartments—Section

Ridge 45 Apartments—Interior Elevations

Croswell Michigan Bike Stop

Student Work

See my portfolios.

Below is documentation from my studio classes at Lawrence Tech. These in-depth individual portfolios represent what course material was taught mixed my own personal flare. I have either created these portfolios as an individual or as a team member.

Spring 2016

Accolades and Interests

What I Have Been up to.

Accolades

  1. President of IIDA LTU chapter
  2. Named to Dean’s List for 2 years
  3. 1 of 5 selected nationwide to attend IIDA Shift Conference
  4. Competed on 2nd place team in IIDA MI ThinkUp competition
  5. Team captain on second runner-up team at MSU NBS competition
  6. Selected to compete in IDEC design competition
  7. Featured in Fine Grain gallery 3 consecutiv eyears
  8. LTU Trustee Scholarship recipient
  9. MIM Foundation scholarship recipient

Community

  1. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  2. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  3. LTU Student Philanphropy Council
  4. Generation Care - 3K Run Strong
  5. Oakland County Boys and Girls Club
  6. LTU Center for Nonprofit
  7. International Interior Design Association
  8. American Institute of Building Design
  9. International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  10. American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
  11. American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)

Personal

  1. Boating on the Grand River
  2. Cleaning and organizing anything and everything
  3. Drafting home floor plans for family
  4. Kayaking the local bayous
  5. Relaxing with family in Irish Hills, MI

Contact

Get in Touch

Don't be a stranger, just say hello!

Where to find me

Grand Rapids Michigan

Email Me At

curtisdbac@gmail.com

Call Me At

616-502-1064