Young Alumni Panel
January 31, 2014, 2:00 pm
209 Pence Hall (map it)
To help our students prepare for life outside Pence Hall, UK/CoD is hosting the Young Alumni Panel. Five recent graduates are returning to UK to discuss applying to and attending graduate programs, their experiences in varied professional practices, as well as career paths outside of traditional design vocations.
Mark Ramler ('08 Arch. / '10 H.P.)
Partner at Mansion Hill Properties LLC (Covington, KY)
Mark Ramler grew up in the historic Camp Springs area of Campbell County in Northern Kentucky. He received his BA in Architecture in 2008, and Masters of Historic Preservation in 2010. While in graduate school he worked with the Department of Landscape Architecture, Preservation Kentucky, and the Department of Historic Preservation on the Rural Heritage Design Initiative (RHDI Guidelines), funded by the National Trust. He has also worked on the restoration of Cincinnati's Union Terminal with HGC Construction. Mark received a grant from the National Trust to aid in publishing his master's project titled Camp Springs: Preservation and Design Guidelines. In October of 2013, Mark was interviewed on KET's Kentucky Life program for his work in Camp Springs, and has given several lectures on the areas architectural significance and historic resources. After graduation in 2010, Mark worked for 3 years with the Model Group, a Cincinnati based developer as a project manager. While at Model Group, Mark managed several historic and LEED certified renovations, as well as assisting on historic tax credit projects. Currently Mark is a founding partner at Mansion Hill Properties in Newport, KY. MHP is focused on renovating and restoring historic properties for lease and sale. MHP has four properties in Newport's East Row Historic District, and a commercial building in Covington. In addition, Mark has restored his own home, an 1883 Italianate, in Newport's historic Mansion Hill Neighborhood. It has been featured on two Victorian Christmas Home Tours, and will be featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer in February 2014. Mark is also on the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Newport, and the board of trustees for the Wesley Chapel Mission Center in Cincinnati's Over the Rhine neighborhood.
Danny Ruberg ('08 Arch.)
Intern Architect at de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (Louisville, KY)
Danny Ruberg received a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of KentuckyCollege of Design in 2008. While at UC, he was involved in research exploring fabrication and integrated design and helped teach environmental technology and sustainable design. Prior to attending graduate school, Danny worked for RTKL Associates in Baltimore. During graduate school he interned with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. He is currently a project manager at the Architecture Workshop, working on a range of projects including a renovation and addition for the Living Arts & Science Center, the Big Four Bridge Master Plan, and a private residence.
Jill Yeager ('06 Int. / '10 Int.)
Account Executive at ID+A (Lexington, KY)
Jill Yeager currently works at ID&A as an Account Executive. The value she brings to her clients is in understanding the big picture – what is a customer trying to do for their organization – and figuring out how their space can be strategically designed to actualize their goals. She learned the fundamentals of design during her undergraduate education in the School of Interior Design at UK, but life experience as a teacher and her time in graduate school sharpened her skills for understanding how and why space can resolve issues, improve performance, inspire creativity, and generally achieve incredible feats. She currently lives in Lexington and works closely with the Herman Miller Higher Education Team as ID&A’s Learning Specialist for Kentucky. During her tenure at ID&A, Jill has worked on projects large and small with organizations, Colleges and Universities around the state such as KCTCS, Berea College and University of Pikeville.
Moderator/Panelist Carrie Wahl ('11 Arch. / '13 Arch)
Architecture Instructor at UK College of Design (Lexington, KY)
Carrie Wahl is an Instructor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design. She received both her Masters of Arts in Architecture and her Bachelors of Arts in Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design. At the College, Carrie teaches first-year architecture and design studios. Her studios are focused on hand drawing, 3-D modeling and material exploration. Carrie's current research is based of off where she left off in graduate school, focusing on projects grounded in Kentucky and community driven projects. Her work with material exploration and altering materials to distort them from their natural state is an ongoing source of inspiration and avenue for experimentation.