Derek Hill is as a graduate architectural design student at the University of Florida, where his unrelenting pursuit of the best possible product has informed his professional and personal growth and success. Detail and craft are the primary components of focus through all facets of his work. They have enabled him to develop a strong foundation in fabrication, both physically and digitally. With his knowledge of an extensive repertoire of digital programs, he can effectively translate ideas into well-defined visual representations. Through rapid prototyping, he is able to effectively translate what is designed on the computer into something that can be physically built. He excels at using representation as a skill in both his professional and educational work. Derek is currently working on his graduate thesis which focuses on creating quick-to-assemble disaster shelters made of thermoformed panels.