Erica Claustro

Erica Claustro

New York, NY, US


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Erica Claustro recently graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) with a major in Art History and minor in English. 

Before pursuing her strong interest in architecture and attending graduate school, Erica held a position as Assistant Director at a successful art gallery in New York City. During her time at NJIT, she had received numerous awards and scholarships, and graduated with the AIA Henry Adams Certificate, for academic merit, and the NJ School of Architecture Medal, “the highest honor awarded by the school to the student with outstanding academic achievement and design excellence.” Erica has lived and worked in New York City since receiving her undergraduate degree in 2005. She is seeking a full-time position at an architecture firm where she can strengthen her skills and gain knowledge that will allow her to develop professionally within the industry.


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Teacher Assistant

__ Assisted Professor of History of Art and Design (I and II) with grading of quizzes, midterm and final exams, and papers.

Oct 2011 - May 2013

Danese Gallery, New York, NY, US, Assistant Director

__ Composed monthly press releases for exhibitions. Edited and drafted biographies for gallery published catalogues.
__ Corresponded with gallery artists to help service and manage their general needs as well as prepare for upcoming exhibitions, fairs, and publications.
__ Designed booth for two art fairs including Art Miami 2008 and The Armory Show 2009.
__ Coordinated travel and logistics for Art Miami 2008, prepared press materials, assisted in installation, and worked at booth during fair.
__ Responsible for the organization and inventory of the Dimitri Hadzi estate, collaborating with widow to catalogue entire body of work consisting of approximately 500 pieces of sculpture.
__ Coordinated the retrieval of all work loaned out to other galleries, requested condition reports, photographed work on-site, and created complete bibliography and provenance for each edition.
__ Conducted research for secondary market artwork, obtaining provenance and market trends.

Oct 2007 - Aug 2010

Donna Karan International, New York, NY, US, Marketing Assistant

__ Assisted the Sr. Director of Global Advertising and Marketing, as well as the Sr. Marketing Manager.
__ Managed media requests, including advertising, in-store and outdoor media graphics, for DKNY international
licensees – requiring heavy correspondence with each international licensee, as well as working closely with the graphics team and advertising agency.
__ Coordinated the creation and distribution of DKNY promotional items, direct mailers, corporate packaging and look books – working closely with the graphics and production team, various vendors and fulfillment houses.
__ Edited and wrote copy for international promotional mailers and internal newsletter sent to international licensees.
__ Managed internship program; reviewed resumes, scheduled and facilitated interviews.

Oct 2006 - Oct 2007

Cargo Magazine, Conde Nast Publications, New York, NY, US, Administrative Assistant

__ Assisted the Style Director and handled daily administrative tasks for entire department.
__ Assisted entire fashion department in preparation for photo shoots, including organizing press samples and coordinating transportation.
__ Responsible for updating database of market and PR contacts and press samples.
__ Managed internship program; reviewed resumes, scheduled and facilitated interviews.

Jun 2005 - May 2006


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2013

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts - Art History Major, English Minor

Aug 2000 - May 2005

The Madeira School, McLean, VA, US, High School, High School

Aug 1996 - Jun 2000


AIA Henry Adams Certificate, Award

Awarded to student who has achieved second highest academic record in the Master of Architecture program.


NJ School of Architecture Medal, Award

Awarded to graduate student for academic achievement and design excellence. Award is highest honor presented by the NJ School of Architecture.


Litwack Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, Scholarship

Awarded to outstanding student to further enhance educational experience through travel.


Best Paper, 2nd International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology, Award

“Parametric Analysis of Acoustical Requirements for Lateral Reflections | applying Autodesk Inventor”


The Littman Family Endowed Fellowship, Scholarship

Awarded to women graduate students with GPA of 3.25 or higher.


First Year Graduate Award | Excellence in Design, 1st Place

Awarded for best performance in design studio.


The Littman Family Endowed Fellowship, Scholarship

Awarded to women graduate students with GPA of 3.25 or higher.


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