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My enthusiasm for innovative buildings and structural designs has evolved into this dedicated space. This blog and e-commerce platform is catered towards architects, students, and enthusiasts interested in the art and science of architecture.

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During my internship at Wight & Company in Darien, Illinois I assisted on the design of the building. Designing a monotone, transparent-spectral grid pattern for the façade gave the building it's heightened sense of design.

Customized art piece for a friend's living room.

Tools: CNC machine, a laser cutter and 3D printer.



While working for O'Brien Metal I was tasked with creating fabrication drawings for a 20' x 10' solid aluminum pergola. The project was for the rooftop terrace for a penthouse on Lakeshore Drive in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Furthermore, the project was designed by Dirk Denison Architects. O'Brien metal was sub-contracted to fabricate the pergola. Personally, I was tasked with project management after producing the fabrication drawings.

The components were cut using a 3-dimensional waterjet CNC machine from solid 3/4" aluminum plates. Once cut, the pieces were fabricated in the metal workshop. After fabrication, the pergola was transported to the site where it was air lifted by helicopter onto the rooftop. Overall, this was an exciting project because of unique location and elegant architectural design.

While working for O'Brien Metal in Chicago Illinois, I curated metal architectural and furniture pieces to be sold on 1st Dibs online catalog. The project involved created a curated selection of pieces that have been fabricated at the O'Brien Metal fabrication shop. Furthermore, this involved communication with sales representatives from 1st Dibs to best showcase the items. Some of the items included custom brass clothing racks, cast aluminum planters, a bronze dining room table, architectural grills, etc..

I created this site analysis while working for Geoff Sumich Design in San Juan Capistrano, California. The client was a real estate agent who was interested in seeing the architectural possibilities on the vacant lot. Furthermore, in this study I represented the buildable square footage of the lot given the legal setbacks and other geographical characteristics of the property.


Project location: Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Vilnius Lithuania hosted a design competition for revitalizing their central train station and it's surrounding urban context. The following design proposal was done individually. Furthermore, the design includes recreating the original train station façade prior to Soviet Occupation. Overall, this project was of interest to me given that I am a 2nd generation Lithuanian. Check out the complete digital submission on the Vilnius train station website.


Vilnius Train Station Competition Rendering

Urban-architectural vision

The project promotes travel to and from the train station acting as a transportation node. The primary goal is to bring together intercity buses, longer distance buses, taxis, ride-shares, local trains, long-distance trains, pedestrians, bicycles, scooters and vehicles as a place to facilitate cross-method transportation.

The proposed pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the rail tracks that connects Dzuku and Gelezinkelio streets is vital to establish the link between the Train Station and Naujininkai. The proposed bridge is elaborate and grand in its design to catch the attention of nearby pedestrian traffic as a favorable and safer method of crossing the rail tracks at Svitrigailos Street.


Architectural idea

The original train station from pre 1945 shall be reconstructed to retain Lithuania’s identity as a free country. It shall be reconstructed above the current standing train station that was constructed during Sovety occupation in order to not erase the past. The reflective glass of the new addition shall veil the Soviet-era facade, showing the bringing of the country to the new-age with ever more resilience than before.

My passions for aquariums and fish tanks manifested into creating this blog and e-commerce website for the hobby of freshwater fish keeping. Furthermore, the blog contains in-depth information regarding specifically aqua-scaping. Check out the latest from PetFishPlants.com.

As website developers, David Sunnyside (my collaborator and cousin) wanted to grow our experience from just developing websites for ourselves. We launched Krizzy Cooks in 2020 for my sister Kristina Ankus. The blog features recipes and content related to cooking and nutrition. Furthermore, this is an exciting project for us to test our web development skills with a client other than ourselves. Check out the latest articles on KrizzyCooks.com.

See below the homepage, graphics and website design done by myself.

Tech-Exclusive.com was acquired by my collaborator David Sunnyside and myself in 2020. The website was remade into a technology blog with a wide variety of content. Furthermore, the website has affiliate product listings to generate income. The graphics were composed myself through CSS design code.

Kefi Mind was created in 2020 by co-founder, David Sunnyside, and myself. KefiMind.com is a blog all about personal health. Furthermore, the graphics and design were composed by myself. Together, David and I work on developing the blog's content through keyword research, search engine optimization (SEO), and content curation. Through our skills in online search data analytics, we are able to create and obtain relevant content regarding the mind, body and soul. Lastly, we also receive and publish content from our network of content creators. Check out the latest articles at KefiMind.com.

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All graphics or photos were produced or taken by Justin Ankus unless otherwise noted.
Welcome to my digital portfolio. Finding balance both graphically and experientially in a design is most important to me. My name is Justin Ankus and I am an architectural designer with website design and development experience. I currently live in Los Angeles with roots from Chicago. Feel free to contact me for any inquiries. Looking forward to connecting with you.
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