Cover Letter

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June 2014

I have 13 years of experience in residential drafting, design and 3D modeling using ArchiCAD on both a mac and pc. I also use a combination of Photoshop and ArchiCAD for artistic renderings. I am looking for full time architectural drafting and design work. I have worked in-house and freelance, and I am looking forward to being able to contribute to a team again. I have a range of experience from working in North America and working in Australia for the past 8 years. (I am Canadian with Australian permanent residency, living in Australia since 2006).
The bulk of my architectural experience is in new and renovated single family homes and multi-unit residential buildings. I also have experience with commercial buildings, kitchen fit outs, city council projects and an airport expansion. I have experience drafting and designing log, post and beam, wood frame and concrete structured homes. I regularly visited building sites, and have done extensive site and existing building measurements for renovations. I talked to clients often, and contributed to meetings, as well as managing some projects on my own. Additionally, I have over a years worth of experience working hands on in the construction industry as a labourer for my fathers construction company.
From December 2008 to May 2014 I ran my own business from home. It started as something I did evenings and weekends, and moved into full time work due to product demand. This was in an unrelated field of manufacturing vintage reproduction motorcycle seats. My partner and I took care of all aspects of this business ourselves. I learned how to properly plan ahead to make sure lead times were as small as possible for customers. I dealt directly with customers and suppliers, and have great communication skills. Spending time working from home in this role along with contract drafting work has taught me valuable time management and organisational skills.
I am more than happy to meet and show you my work, or feel free to view or download some PDF examples from my website https://nickelkathryn.wordpress.com. I can also send more examples on request (complete sets, etc).
Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

Kathryn Nickel

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