Rodrigo Carmona is an Architecture/Landscape/Interiors graduate from Otis College of Art and Design. He is focused on three environmental realms of design including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interiors. Rodrigo's style reflects a top-tier education and an outstanding work experience stemming from collaborative projects within the best hospitality firms in Southern California, such as, Viceroy Hotel Group, The Kor Group, and SLS Hotels. Rodrigo began his career in hospitality learning front and back of house operations of hotels, spas, and resorts. Rodrigo quickly adapted and grew his career into the discipline of design. Rodrigo has collaborated with designers such as Philippe Starck, and participated in the project management of Kelly Wearstler interiors at Viceroy Hotel Group. Rodrigo has worked on projects which pioneered the redevelopment of Downtown Los Angeles.
Rodrigo is hip and culture-driven in his approach to design. He excels at providing brand-oriented solutions to ensure the viability of a project. He boasts an ability to use the appropriate materials and methods of building, through the use of architecture, landscape, and interior construction. He is well versed in digital and communication media, as well as, has an outstanding eye for graphic detail, and a strong conceptual and narrative background.
Rodrigo upholds a strong work ethic and a sense of urgency. Rodrigo is passionate and driven, he quickly discerns the nuances of urban, modern, posh, and intelligent design. Rodrigo focuses on the creation, communication, fabrication, and execution of environments with identity, filtering them through business objectives and realizing the guest experience.
Rodrigo enjoys traveling to experience both urban and non-urban environments. He enjoys tasting exotic food, and is an audio and visual art junkie.
Rodrigo is currently looking for opportunities to work in all sectors of design. Rodrigo wishes to be challenged and expand his expertise; within the commercial, civic, museum, and transportation/aviation fields, as well as in hospitality and restaurants. Ultimately Rodrigo would like to join a firm which specializes in cutting-edge architecture and interior architecture.
Interior Design & Architecture
Audio (music), Entertainment, & Visual Concept Programming
ROFKA Design Studio, Designer
• Broad Knowledge of Planning & Design
• Develops Multiple Design Concepts; Simultaneously, at Varying Phases of Project
• Manages Critical-Path and Execution Deadlines/Supervising Staff and Contractors
• Selects FF&E/Architectural Materials, Acoustical/Visual Components
• Develops Construction Documents (CDs)
• Controls Quality of Contracts and Construction Administration
• Creates Documents & Manuals for Bidding and Construction Administration
• Space Planning; Site Surveying,
• Management of As-Builts, Working Drawings, and Illustrations
• Analysis of Construction & Programmatic Feasibility
• Monitors Design Cost/Budgets
• Researches Sale and Marketability of Design Projects
• Manages Furniture Prototyping and Detail Development
• Creates and Develops Shop Drawing and Submittals (Bid/RFIs etc)
• Oversees and Participates in Installations
• Conducts/Directs Punch List & Documentation
• Manages Purchasing and Awards
• Conducts internal and external Meetings/Presentations
• Supports Projects during Design Close-Out and Initial Occupancy Phase
Philippe Starck for SBE, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Assistant & Coordinator
In collaboration with Philippe Starck Network and SBE Group for the delivery of Class-A design projects
• Restructuring the FF&E and OS&E Design Libraries, including digitizing all physical samples and indexing materials
• Supporting all Design Staff and Contractors--in all areas of Creative Design and Build-out inititatives for various project types from Concept to Close-out
• First Point of contact to all FF&E vendors and shops
• Quality Controlled Critical-path while preserving Design Intent and Brand Identity
• Ciel Spa
• SLS Hotels, Beverly Hills & Las Vegas
• The Bazaar by Jose Andres
• Katsuya, Glendale, Hollywood & Vine, Staples Center/LA Live
• XIV by Michael Mina
Viceroy Hotels & Resorts, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design & Construction Coordinator
Addressed all development issues of high-end "Viceroy Experience" residential projects and adaptive re-use assets in the Los Angeles and Hollywood market; stemming from schematic to close-out phases of projects
• Co-Initiated the Customer Service division of the company, and participated in the transition from the previous LLC "The Kor Group- Realty" to the current "Viceroy Hotel Group".
• Coordinated Construction Initiatives for multiple buildings--including: residential and business lofts, commercial spaces, high density garage buildings, and urban landscape and retail environments
• First Point of Contact to General Sperintendents and Sub-Contractors pertaining to all Architectural Build-outs and Warranties; spanning from Pre-Construction, to Initial Operation phases of all projects
• Eastern Columbia Lofts,
• Downtown Los Angeles
• Hollywood Broadway Lofts, Hollywood & Vine Street
• Molino Street Lofts, Historic Downtown Toy District
• Barker Block + Urth Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles
• The Victor on Venice, Los Angeles
• Sunset Silverlake Condominiums, Silver Lake
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Architecture (buildings), landscape (spaces between buildings), and interiors (spaces within buildings) organize and shape the contexts for all our activities and relations. Students in this multidisciplinary program study all three of these spatial design fields within a single, sequential curriculum, focused on design empowered by technologies and theory. At the core of the curriculum are six comprehensive studio courses, five of which address potentially real-world projects sited in Los Angeles and other cities. Support courses present the materials and methods of building, landscape, and interior construction; physical and digital communication skills and media; and the history and theories of spatial design.
While attending Otis College in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors program, Rodrigo Carmona participated in several extra-curricular projects including the 2013 and 2014 Angelo Donghia Foundation Master Design courses and competitions. Eligibility for these design courses required a 3.0 GPA and Design Excellence status.
One of the projects developed was "ReLAX", the week-long design charrette, was based in Rodrigo's belief in collaboration and the human experience. Students designed “watering holes” for LAX traveler layovers, connecting them to downtown, to the beach and wetlands, and to local residents. A $50,000 grant was allocated from the Angelo Donghia Foundation. Rodrigo's role(s) in the Donghia Master Design Challenge was Concept Creator, Project Manager, Lead Researcher and co-presenter- *Among juror comments: "It is refreshing to see a project that brings pleasure back to design, especially to the stressful experience of air travel. The concept of connecting both to existing transportation and communities, such as downtown and Culver City, is great."
Rodrigo's work is featured at Otis. His work has was selected for ongoing exhibition, as it demonstrates the program's capacity and showcases his talent.
Otis College Scholar, 1st Place
Gerald Tucker Scholar, 1st Place
Bolsky Design Scholar, 1st Place
Fred J. Aves Scholar, 1st Place
Douglass Blasdell Design Scholar, 1st Place