Michael Robert Cabrera

Michael Robert Cabrera

New York, NY, US



Current work can be seen at:


Academic, Theory, Freelance can be seen at:



Ismael Leyva Architects, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

Production team member for various in-house design work:

388 89th Street/1st Ave, High-rise Tower:
32 story residential building undergoing a full renovation to 2,3,4 bedroom condos with amenity spaces. CDs, Bid Sets, ADA review, MEP coordination.

196 Orchard St, Mixed-Use Mid-rise:
Supporting team member for the DOB submissions and schematic phases of the project.

Dec 2014 - current

Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer, New Business Coordinator, Archivist

2014-Current, Architectural Designer for Aaron Diamond AIDs Research Center, New York, NY
Space planning, programming and development of a facility specialized in AIDs research. Tasks include BSL2 and BSL3 lab planning research, module development, virtual modeling of laboratory spaces, and surveying of existing lab space, program proposal, and analysis of new sites

2013-Current, Architectural Designer for New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UEA
Permit Submission Team Member: Production of CAD drawing package for the Abu Dhabi Municipality. Tasks include plans and section of residential and academic building fixtures and egress cores. Developing checklists of fixtures and features that are ADA compliant, researching ANSI standards for signage, handrails, stairs and egress throughout the entire campus plan

Signage and Way-finding package: Samples, submittals, RFI responses and technical shop drawings for the fabrication for over 5,000 exterior and interior signs for the new campus grounds, 17 academic and residential buildings and an off-site stadium facility and power plant. Coordination of consultants and material specifications for the manufacturing and installation of all signage throughout the campus to open in the fall of 2014

FF&E package & submittals for faculty offices: Finishes and furniture configurations for faculty residential units. Leasing plans and measured documents for campus apartments, NYUAD faculty portal and website interface graphic package for apartment selection

NYUAD Phase II Master Plan, supporting team member for the SD and the continued development of Saadiyatt Island, Abu Dhabi, UEA

2012-Current, Marketing & Business Dev Visual Artist:
Curator and drafter of firm standard drawings and diagrams for multi-media, publications and proposal submissions, publications include:
World Architecture, Architectural Record, Abitare and various award submissions

In-House marketing for 432 Park Avenue: Curator of project drawings and presentations for major exhibitions, media and lectures:
Council for Tall Buildings, The Skyscraper Museum, Sinobo, Blackstone and Continental Grain Firm Introductions

EOI/RFP/RFQ response packages for: New Embassy Compound in Beirut, M+ Honk Kong, China Institute, Vancouver Art Gallery, Holbeak Arena, 22 Thames Street, Seward Park Redevelopment Plan, One Carrington Street, Manchester University Research Building, Copperas Hill Master Plan, NYUAD Mixed-Use Building, Miami Beach Convention Center, BIM Implementation Plan for Rockefeller University: River Building

Scout for potential new projects in Sports/Recreation, Academic & Healthcare Sectors, lead and tender researcher, bid summaries, new business presentations for Director of Business Development, Principal Designer and Partners

2013-Current, Senior Archivist:
Process and Storage of all the projects and work of Rafael Viñoly and partners
Manager of the firm off-site archive facility and of summer interns for the routine maintenance of studio and model shop

Jul 2012 - Nov 2014

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Assisting Instructor & Design Researcher

2011, Assisting Instructor: Arch1301-An Introduction to Architecture:
An introductory seminar to the history of contemporary architecture and art history for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students

2012, Assisting Instructor: Arch1502-Representation II:
A Bachelor of Architecture studio focused on media & representation with guided tutorials and workshops in Rhinoceros, V-Ray, Rhino Animation, Grasshopper and Adobe Suite, lectures and seminars specifically in rhino animation and renderer

2011, Research Assistant: Rotch Foundation Traveling Studio:
Parallel Utopias, Korea- Investigation into the trans-boundary zone between North and South Korea, research with the principal of Office of Urban Terrains and guest critics Kyong Park and Saleem Ali with exhibition at The Store Front in New York, NY

Aug 2011 - Jun 2012

Hume Coover Studio, Brooklyn, NY, US, Junior Architect

2011, Intern: supporting staff to the editors of

Junior Architect: 345 Park Place, Kurdish Museum and Library, Brooklyn, NY
Historic preservation and conversion of a private museum into a private residence, site survey drawings, the production of the master CAD drawing set of full plans, sections, and interior elevations. Pricing and specification of materials and finishes for kitchens and bathrooms, custom stair details, presentation drawings and renderings, coordination of specifications and material deliveries to the construction site

25 Elm Drive, Roslyn, NY
Interior renovation of a single family detached home, production of the master CAD drawing set, full plans, sections, interior elevations and preliminary space planning for renovation, preliminary material specifications for fixtures, finishes and materials

1634 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
Interior renovation of an existing cafe and outdoor patio into a new bakery/café, initial site survey drawing package, production of the master CAD drawing set, estimations of material prices, specifications and finishes for a major commercial kitchen renovation

524 E 72nd Street, New York, NY
Renovation of an existing apartment, kitchens and bathrooms DD/CD drawing sets including plans, sections, interior elevations and specifications

Jan 2011 - May 2011

A+A Design Group, New York, NY, Junior Designer

2008, Computational Tutor: AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite
Tutor to the principal designer, introductory workshops in AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite

2008, Visual Artist: Outdoor Pavilions, Watermill, NY
Development of prototypical pavilions for a private residence, product renderings and drawings for the installation of a private collector’s sculpture collection on an estate property

Private Residence, East Hamptons, NY
Renovation of a single family detached home and new landscaped garden, product renderings and drawings including plan, section, elevation, specification of art work for new garden

2009, Marketing Coordinator & Archivist
Archivist for principal architect’s projects and fine arts collection, development of firm brochures and content for interior space planning work for commercial interiors and doctor’s offices in New York, NY

Oct 2008 - Sep 2009

Craig Nealy Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

2008, Visual Artist: Sanctuary Hotels in Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, and Jaipur, India
Development of prototypical boutique hotels for a private developer, team member for DD/CD of plans, sections and elevations, interior design specifications and materials for cafe and lobby fitness center and lounge, lighting fixture design for all corridors and vestibules

Hinjewadi Master Plan, Mumbai, India
Design of a residential master plan for private developer, schematic design, building massing studies, renders and CAD drawing set for 6 residential towers, retail promenade and parking garage

Marketing Coordinator & Archivist
Archivist for principal architect’s library and fine arts collection, developer of firm brochures and RFP/RFQs for retail projects in New York, NY

May 2008 - Aug 2008

viaArchitecture - Frederick Biehle and Erika Hinrichs pllc, New York, NY, Intern Architect

2008, Eagle Warehouse Loft, Brooklyn, NY
Interior renovation of a three story loft apartment, production of the master CAD drawing set, full plans, sections, interior elevations and preliminary space planning for renovation, preliminary material specifications for fixtures, finishes and materials

Jan 2008 - Mar 2008


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Post-Professional

Accolades: Design Tactics and the Informalized City Symposium, Teaching Assistant, John Hartell Graduate Award, AAP Department Award, Study Abroad: Two week retreats: Seoul Korea 2011 & Berlin 2012

Jun 2011 - May 2012

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Accolades: Pratt Pre-College, Pratt Circle Award, Atkinson Memorial Fund, Junge Memorial Scholarship, Amy Coe Grant, Distinguished Design Awards 2009-2011, Pratt InProcess Publication 12,13,14, Dean’s List 2009-2011, President’s List 2006-2008, Semester Abroad 2010 in Rome, Italy

Aug 2006 - May 2011


John Hartell Graduate Award, Scholarship

Cornell University 2010-2011


Pratt Circle, Other

Pratt Institute: Graduate Distinction


AAP Award: Cornell University, Scholarship

Cornell University 2011-2012


Amy Coe Grant, Grant

Pratt Institute, 2008


Junge Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

Pratt Institute, 2007


Atkinson Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

Pratt Institute, 2006


Pratt Grant, Scholarship

Pratt Institute, 2006-2011


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