With diverse interests including installation art, infrastructure, architectural technologies, urban planning and parametric design, and with over twenty years practicing as an architect, I co-founded the design and architecture collaborative Diverse Projects as an umbrella to encompass both professional and academic/research interests. In my position as Design Director in the Mexico City office of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise I directed the design of several cultural and commercial projects and participated in several competitions, RFQs and RFPs In addition I directed teams of up to a dozen architects and designers, and organized human resources and hiring for the office. As a former Senior Associate in the New York City firm Ennead Architects, I was responsible for all of the technical and coordination aspects of my projects, from organizing the design and consultant team to directing the production of contract documents. I obtained a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At the Universidad Iberoamericana, I joined a talented team of professors in the undergraduate design program when I moved to Mexico City in 2012. In 2010, I was a participant in the group studio and exhibition Landscapes of Quarantine at Storefront for Art and Architecture, where I presented Context/Shift, a prosthetic piece installed on a door panel in the gallery designed by the architect Stephen Holl and the artist Vito Acconci. I am also the recipient of a 2008 grant for Individual Research for my ongoing research project ad hoc infrastructures from the New York State Council on the Arts. I also contributed to Pamphlet Architecture #23: MOVE Sites of Trauma, (2002) by Johanna Saleh Dickson. I have presented my work at the Center for Architecture in New York, representing Ennead Architects, and and at the symposium Constructorio in Mexico City in 2012. My collection of photos on Instagram (@adhocism) was named one of the ten best architects’ streams to follow in 2014 by the architecture website Architizer.
Diverse Projects NYC/MX, Principal. Multidisciplinary architecture and design office based in New York City and Mexico City. Projects range from small-scale residential to independent research.
FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise), MX, Design Director, 2012-2014. Projects included a 62-story office tower in Mexico City, for which I also served as a senior technical architect, two headquarters buildings for banks (one in Peru and the other in Mexico) and a new performance and rehearsal center for a prominent cultural institution in Mexico City. Other projects included office and residential towers, curtain-wall development, urban planning and landscape design for a city in the north of Mexico, and a science museum competition. In addition to contributing to numerous RFP submissions, I was also responsible for some day-to-day operations of the office, including hiring and review of the firm’s IT systems and infrastructure.
Ennead Architects, NYC, Senior Associate, 2004-2012. Served as project architect for several projects of various scales: new construction and renovations, including the development of highly eco-efficient facade systems for a 32-story LEED Gold condominium tower in New York City, a state-of-the-art perioperative surgical facility for one of the largest healthcare companies in the US, a sensitive yet ambitious renovation of an existing townhouse on the Upper West side of Manhattan to convert the existing building from residential to a post-graduate educational facility housing 40,000 volumes on the history of the decorative arts. In addition to my project-based responsibilities, as a Senior Associate, I served in the general administration of the office, including the firm’s research committee, always striving to better the office and allow its employees chances to learn and grow in their careers.
Tsao & McKown Architects, NY, Project Architect, 2003-2004. Served as project architect for a complex and extensive renovation of the interiors of a 1970s era hotel in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Owing to the availability of inexpensive yet skilled labor in the construction and furniture-making industries in Thailand, the project involved custom design of nearly all elements including furniture, carpets and finishes.
Rafael Viñoly Architects, NY, Project Architect, 2002-2003. Higher education clients can often be behemoth bureaucracies, and this was no exception in the development of the Brooklyn College West Quad project. Public educational facilities in the State of New York often have three clients: the planner, the user, and the agency that finances and directs the construction. My role required navigating all of the various agencies involved, planning a complicated phased relocation, renovation and demolition effort to make way for the construction of a new facility. I was also a member of the team developing the construction documents for the new facility.
Bogdanow Partners Architects, NY Project Designer, 1996-2002.
This small New York City firm allowed me the opportunity to work on several small-scale residential and hospitality projects early in my career. I was often responsible for all aspects of the project from the final negotiations of the contracts through the design and construction of the final work - this often including aiding clients with final installations. Working primarily with hospitality projects gave me the opportunity to learn about all types of materials, their effects on the design of the space from a phenomenological point-of-view, but more practically, from a maintenance and durability standpoint as well.
Koenen Associates, NY Junior Architect, 1995-1996.
As a junior architect, I was responsible for drafting, record-keeping, research, and detailing.
E/E/P/A (Espacio para la Expresión y el Pensamiento de la Arquitectura), Mexico City, Academic Advisor & Tutor, 2013-present
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, 4th Semester Undergraduate Design Studio, 2012-present
ISAD (Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño), Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Invited Professor, 2014
Universidad Iberoamericana, Universidad De La Salle, Mexico City
Columbia University, Pratt Institute, City University of New York, New York
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York
Master of Architecture, May 1995
Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, June 1991
Licensed architect, State of New York license # 029736 / 2003.