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Markdt

My name is Mark David Teo and originally this website was created to hold tutorials that I wish I had known while I was still a student of architecture. 

I have grown fond of having my own website. I would recommend you make one too.

Keep your website self indulgent. Future you will love you more for it.

Anyway I like to have child thoughts through blog posts. Blog posts are on a variety of subjects ranging from programming, music, dance, art, architecture, learning, and travel. 

I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do. If you have any comments or would like to contact me, please email at hi AT markdt.design

Note: If you really like this stuff, we should get in contact. If I like your stuff too we should work together.


About Mark David Teo

I am from Perth, Western Australia. Studied in Australia, Switzerland, and Los Angeles. Worked internationally in Australia, Malaysia, Hollywood, and Zambia. Looking to spend some time in Berlin.

Experienced in Architectural Design, Cities/Urban Design (Real Life), Video Game Cities (Masters of Architecture Specialisation), Virtuality Philosophy, VR experiences (Masters Thesis), Concept Design, Drawing, Painting, Design Fundamentals (Art as a career), Breakdance (Started dance beginning of College), Flips (Gymnastics every Tuesday), Swing Dance, Trumpet, Drums, Ukulele, Bass, Music Theory, Composition, Australian Immigration, Talking to people, Company Motivation/Direction (Education Startup Director, Diploma in Business), and now Programming (Just genuine love). 

Life is pretty fun when you're able to express yourself in a variety of ways. Specialisation is cool. But I find learning a plethora of skills works for me. Each to their own!

Origins

In primary school, when others were talented at painting, dancing, and music- where were your skills?

Did you hide in academia? 

I did.

But I also loved fantasy video games.

Hardmode was the only mode.

Then the virtual world bled into my reality. 

I kept doing the things that were the most difficult for me.

No longer could I let the arts be great abstruse mysteries. 

So I spent my formative years doing the 'arts' for the sake strengthening my weakest link.

Now it's time to return 'home' to what I actually enjoy doing.

Programming.

On some skills

My formative years surrounded me with music. Childhood was great. I've since rekindled my love for music by composing music and playing Bass and Trumpet in a Video Game Band based in Perth.

Architecture is romantically an expression of humankind. So, I did a masters in architecture. It's a pity the reality of the architecture profession is not romantic. It's unending hours, low financial compensation, and building codes adherence. The magic seems to only live in academia and virtual spaces- aka video games.

While the architecture thing happened, I thought a better use of my time would be to learn to Breakdance. It's great to learn a skill. Would recommend. Whenever you get a move, its success becomes proof that you can do anything. However, thinking I was immortal I ended up destroying my wrist and had to take a few years break. It sucked, and showed me how important exercise was for the brain. Today, I make a point to exercise daily and my body and mind love me for it.

To be able to visually create anything you think of is a pretty neat skill huh? Welcome to Concept Art. I studied in LA learning from the best in the industry, and socialising with amazing 'next generation kings and queens'. It was a great time. You can find some of my work here.

Life is pretty fun when you're able to express yourself in a variety of ways. Specialisation is cool. But I find learning a plethora of skills works for me. Each to their own!


Skills:

Soft Skills
2D Skills
3D Programs
Misc
Leadership Photoshop (13+ years)
3D Coat Premiere (4+ Years)
Simplify Workflows
InDesign (4+ years)
Keyshot HTML/CSS/Bootstrap/jQuery
Define Direction
Illustrator Unreal Engine 4 Adobe Captivate
Identify Bottlenecks
Drawing/Sketching Rhino (3+ years) Mixamo

Digital Painting
Grasshopper Adobe Audition
CAD based software Rhynamo Camtasia
Dynamo
Vray
Revit (2+ Years)
Sketchup (5+ years)

[last updated July 2016]


If you would like to get in contact, send an email through at hi@markdt.design or fill out the contact form here.


Personal Projects

 
 I am super happy.

Location: Currently residing in Perth, Western Australia

Email: hi@markdt.design

Education: Master in Architecture, University of Western Australia. (2015)

Bachelor in Environmental Design, University of Western Australia. (2013)

Diploma of Management, AIWT. (2015)

Exchange, Master in Architecture, Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Switzerland (2014)

Concept Design Academy. Concept Art Courses, Los Angeles (2016)

Brainstorm School. Concept Art Courses, Los Angeles (2016)

Learnsquared. Concept Art Courses. (2016)

Schoolism. Concept Art Courses. (2016)

Concept Graphics Master Academy. Concept Art Courses. (2013-2015)

freeCodeCamp. Full Stack Programming. (2016)

Most Valuable Education: Youtube.com

Academic Essays: The Urban Architecture of Los Angeles and Grand Theft Auto

The Blurring Edge between Game Design and Architecture, 

Game Design and Architecture Through Technology and Space.

Work: My Linkedin

Volunteer: Blogging and Outreach, TedXLA, (2016)

Travel Writer, Postscript (2015)

Guest Dancer, Street Culture Zambia, (2015)

Hands-on construction misc tasks, Community centre in Nairobi, Kenya. (uncompleted building) (2013)

Sales Assistant, Red Cross (2012)

Unimentor, UWA (2012)

Quirks:
I have taught Breakdancing to Swiss kids in the south of Switzerland using only Italian.

I have Breakdanced on stage with the creator of hiphop, Afrika Bambaataa

I have chiselled/sculpted rocks for construction in a sandy Nairobi slum made of tin houses, Kenya.

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