I'm Stephanie Koltun, a graduate student at NYU ITP. Prior to making and studying interactive technologies, I designed buildings (big and small), developed urban plans, created online tools for architects, published a sporadic email newsletter, among other things.

Education

Candidate, Master of Professional Studies

Interactive Telecommunications

Tisch School of the Arts

New York University

Sep 2016 - Present

Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Honours with Distinction

School of Architecture

University of Waterloo

2014

Studio Design Award, Aug 2011

Continuing Education

Intermediate Web Design

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Jan - May 2015

Introduction to Web Design

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Sep - Dec 2014

Tools

HTML/CSS, Javascript, Node.js, p5.js, d3.js, CMS (Wordpress) Processing, Arduino, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premier, Principle, Keynote, Kinect, Unity, Eagle, Othermill, Rhino, AutoCAD, QGIS, 3D Printing, Laser Cutter, Fabrication Tools

Experience

Designer and Fabrication Shop Manager

Payette

Boston, Massachusetts

Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

Jan - Apr 2014 (Intern)

I designed and developed the online Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool, designed and created construction documents for Amherst College's New Science Center, and managed the the Fabrication Shop.

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I designed and developed the Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool, an online aid for architects and engineers to evaluate occupant comfort based on glazing selection. I conducted user testing and rapidly implemented various design solutions. In 2016, the tool won the AIA/TAP Innovation Award.

I worked on all phases of the Amherst College’s New Science Center (230,000 GSF) with a focus on user research and the design of the formal and informal teaching spaces and research laboratories. Additionally, I coordinated with the MEPFP consultants and ensured the design and implementation of the infrastructure supported the architectural intent.

I designed, developed, and implemented an intra-office network, Tom’s List, for spontaneous connections: mentoring, skill-sharing, lunch clubs, etc.

As Fabrication Shop Manager, I trained new employees, serviced equipment, researched and recommended new tools and assisted team in model building techniques and best practices.

Job Captain and Designer

Urban Arts Architecture

Vancouver, British Columbia

Feb - Aug 2013

I led the construction documentation for a new-build residential project; coordinated with consultants and the City of Vancouver Building Department. I also maintained the office website, and created project visualizations.

Urban Design Intern

WXY Studio

New York City, New York

May - Aug 2012

I researched and illustrated a regional guideline for siting electrical vehicle charging stations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region. Additionally, I contributed to the research, production, and stakeholder engagement of the East River Blueway Plan.

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I developed the Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment report for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The report expands on existing industry standards and proposes strategies for siting EV charging stations in various urban conditions. It won the Meritorious Service Award from APA New York Metro and has featured by Fast Company. The graphic language I developed was used in further studies including proposals for Green Loading Zones and Accommodating Garage Orphans.

I also contributed to the East River Blueway Plan through research and visualizations. The study proposed a series of educational and recreation opportunities along Manhattan's waterfront while improving storm resiliency.

Urban Design Intern

Urban Strategies Inc

Toronto, Ontario

Sep - Dec 2011

I assisted in urban design studies and planning reports. I created physical models for iterative studies and public presentation, illustrated presentation graphics and designed graphic packages for proposals.

Intern and Youth Mentor

Sustainable.TO

Toronto, Ontario

Jan - Apr 2011

I created construction drawings for the East Scarborough Storefront, a renovation and addition to a community resource center. The project embraced community members, including a weekly mentoring program for youth which engaged them in the design process from schematics to specifications.

Exhibitions

Birds in C

ITP Winter Show (2016)

A web-based experience for performing Terry Riley’s “In C” composition using manipulated bird songs.

Growing Greenland

Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries (2013)

An architectural proposal for a regional agricultural and utility network to provide year-round food security, develop local economies, and foster community through shared service houses.

Top Down

Nuit Blanche Toronto (2012)

A walkable terrain of cardboard tubes derived from Toronto’s building heights. Designed and fabricated with Taylor Davey, Samantha Eby and Katherine Kovalcik.

Portlands Zoo

Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries (2012)

A landscape proposition for an urban zoo composed of ribbons of ecosystems with flexible boundaries, growing and contracting in response to seasonal water levels and vegetation.

Extracurricular

Editor

Adjacent

Dec 2016 - Present

An online journal for emerging media and technology, published by New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Curator, The Digital Pigeon

Apr 2014 - Present

A newsletter concerning design, technology and their cultural impacts. Published at sporadic intervals, each issue acts as a timely record of my interests.

Greenland Research Studio, University of Waterloo

Oct 2012

Design-research trip to Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, to investigate the ecological, social, and infrastructural conditions of the arctic.

Volunteer, OpenVis Conference

Boston, Massachusetts

Apr 2015

Guest Critic, Boston Architectural College

Boston, Massachusetts

Dec 2014

Volunteer, INST-INT

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sep 2014