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Carl Jordan Mahaney

Architect pivoting to UX

Summary

I'm an architect pivoting to user research and strategy. I have nearly twenty years of experience thinking critically and responding nimbly to high-impact design problems. I'm seeking a role with a collaborative team committed to leveraging human-centered design to advance equity, access, and opportunity in people's lives.

Experience

Project Management

I have led design teams from the research phase through project delivery while being responsible for setting and maintaining project schedules and budgets. I'm meticulously organized and understand the importance of communicating clearly and aligning expectations to ensure stakeholders remain on task and on track.

Emotional Design

I am well-versed working within established constraints to create emotionally resonant experiences that impact users on a visceral, behavioral, and reflective level. I know intimately that a well-conceived, and well-documented design solution must also be well-crafted to hit its mark.

Design Research

I’m a skilled listener, practiced at discovering user needs and synthesizing those truths into actionable insights. As an architect I regularly mix semi-structured interviews and contextual inquiry to probe both the functional and emotional context of a design issue to define a rich and relevant problem space.

Critical Thinking

As a seasoned design professional, it’s second nature for me to quickly and nimbly analyze the countless decisions that animate the design process; to consider options through a critical lens, to anticipate consequences, and to seek additional information and insights when the question at hand is unclear.

Iterating

From years of creating complex designs from an often vague initial idea, I know a delivered solution is never final and seldom resembles the messy beginnings. I’ve also learned that authorship is irrelevant and an inclusive design process generates the best results; one where no single stakeholder has the market cornered on good ideas.

Prototyping

Making liberal use of sketches and models has been an integral part of my design process for over two decades. From hand drawings to 3D visualizations to full scale mockups, low- and hi-fidelity prototypes allow me to quickly test concepts and effectively communicate those ideas to stakeholders.

 

Areas of Interest

I'm passionate about issues that materially impact people's quality of life while intrinsically improving access, opportunity, and equity. The case studies I'm currently pursuing are largely focused on discovery and solutions in and around these areas:

Transportation & Mobility

I believe mobility is a human right, alongside housing, education, and healthcare; and that access (or lack of it) is a statement of a society's values and the respect it has for its citizens.

Smart Cities

The advance of technology represents opportunity for cities as well as enormous risk. A fair and equitable city seeks to co-create these kinds of public goods with its residents (eg its users).

Healthy Aging

I'm a new father with aging parents in a society that too often marginalizes the very young and the very old. I believe when we design with these groups' needs in mind, everyone benefits.

 

Work History

Owner - Architect

Measuredworks Architecture    

2007 - 2019* / NYC & Western MA

I lead a versatile, design-oriented practice specializing in energy-efficient, high-performance homes, as well as functional and elegant interiors. I collaborate with a full range of stakeholders to realize highly-detailed, innovative solutions.

(*I'm winding down this practice to pivot full-time to human-centered design.)

Senior Architect

Atema Architecture   

2009 - 2016 / New York

Senior architect responsible for design and management of a wide range of residential and commercial projects, including residences in New York and Los Angeles, as well the offices for TED Conferences and Endeavor Global in New York.

Senior Architect

Consultant   

2004 - 2009 / New York

Senior consulting architect responsible for design development and technical details on a range of residential projects. Some firms I worked with include: Alex Scott Porter Architecture + Design; John Butterworth Architect; and Project-Space.

Project Architect

Miloby Ideasystem   

2002 - 2004 / New York

Project architect in charge of design development, technical details, and construction administration on a range of design-intensive residential and commercial projects.

Project Architect

Suyama Peterson Deguchi   

2000 - 2002 / Seattle

Project architect responsible for schematic design, design development, technical details, and construction administration on several award winning and published projects.

 

Education

General Assembly

User Experience Designer Certificate   

April - June 2019

Currently completing the User Experience Designer Circuit course working step by step through a detailed case study project, including regular mentor feedback.

The Interaction Design Foundation

User Experience Designer Certificate   

November 2018 - April 2019

Completed several certificate courses including: User Research Methods and Best Practices; Design Thinking Beginner's Guide; UX Management Strategy and Tactics; and Web Design for Usability. 

Kent State University

Bachelor of Architecture / BS Architecture   

1989 - 1994

Five year professional degree in architecture. Study included a fifth year user-centered thesis project and a semester abroad in Florence, Italy and Vico Morcote, Switzerland