Kenneth L. Mata, Assoc. AIA

Kenneth L. Mata, Assoc. AIA

New York, NY, US


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UrbSocioInfrastructure = is an attempt to amalgamate essential structural parameters of current and future design disciplines.  World’s mega cities constantly experience impressive fluctuations.  Their political, economic order create dramatic shifts within Earth’s ecosystem jeopardizing our existence and those of other animal/plant species.  Developing nations now follow unsustainable practices, thus a comprehensive global measure is now more difficult to attain. Who is to blame? Only ourselves but until when?  It is time to engage what for decades we have avoided of which now is the inevitable and all lies within the Urban, the Social, and their Infrastructural characteristics.  My progressive learning from one of the impoverished precincts of Caracas along the diverse international professional engagement until the graduate studies at Columbia University, have given me the capacity and tenacity to actively engage this critical issue but above all to entice others to follow.

The fundamentals of being who we are, of having, and of doing, are intertwined within the importance of social interaction:

Urban Design [built environment tangible and intangible parameters] = Architecture [composition/ style/ construction] + hard/soft Infrastructures [framework/ support]

                      < material : senses : logic >

Identity - places of belonging to (everyday settings);

Affection - privacy/intimacy (places of togetherness);

Freedom - anywhere;

Protection - social environment, dwelling;

Creation - spaces for expression (workshops, audiences);

Subsistence - living environment, social settings;

Participation - associations, parties, churches, neighborhoods;

Leisure - landscapes, intimate spaces, places to be alone;

Understanding - schools, families, universities, and communities.



Harmony within presence - stability follows harmony – comfort follows spatial gratitude.  Spatial approach and quality must satisfy the human ability to enhance its sense of state: presence within its surroundings. The correlation of elements that connects exterior and interior; and events that let us encounter our tectonic ambiance. Harmony between the sculptor and its chisel; between the painter and its brush, between the master and its discipline, between cultures; between the man and nature; harmony of living life. The interaction of form and function are the essential roots that let us experience different fusion of emotions correlating physical characteristics with the landscape (site), particular culture(s), and its purpose in order to attain harmony within presence.

- tectonic: the science of construction both in relation to materiality, use, and aesthetic

- ambiance: pervading atmosphere surroundings, as spreads through every part environment



Studio Tim Campbell, New York, NY, US, Architectural Job Captain

Aug 2014 - current

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Graduate Urban Design Assistant @ the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Jun 2013 - May 2014

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Research Assistant @ the Center for Sustainable Building Research

Responsible for development of conceptual, analytical, and constructive proposals for University of Minnesota grant projects at local and regional levels.
Recent project article from The Bemidji Pioneer;

Sep 2010 - May 2013

Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc., Miami, FL, US - Dubai, UAE, Job Captain/ Designer – Architecture and Planning Department

Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Department - Responsible for work on substantial projects by selecting, evaluating, and implementing procedures and techniques to be used accordingly by project type. Also accountable for supervising production teams for the design development (DD) phases within the architectural and planning firm’s departments. Main clients: Nakheel, and Turner Construction-International LLC. Projects: The World, Dubai – UAE; Dubai Maritime City (DMC) Master planning, Dubai - UAE; Yacht Repair Facilities @ DMC, Dubai – UAE; The Creek Office Towers @ DMC, Dubai – UAE; Ferry Facility Master plan; Mina Rashid Master planning, Dubai – UAE; and The Medulla Tower, (all in progress) Dubai – UAE, and Port Everglades Terminal Facilities, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – US.

Jan 2006 - Jan 2009

Design Tech International, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Worked with Project Manager on substantial projects from schematic design to the construction phase. Responsible for coordination of architectural department work with other disciplines. Coordinate code compliance, review, and corrections with outside consultants. Assist Project Manager with project design including site development, plan layout, construction detailing, and material selection.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006

Cabrera Ramos Architects, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Team operator in charge of the production of design development and construction phases of industrial and commercial project submittals.

Jan 2003 - Jan 2005

BEA Architects, Inc., Coral Gables, FL, US, Technical Designer

Head operator in charge of the production of construction phases and presentation submittals. Projects: Port of Miami Terminal E; Port of Barcelona, Spain; and Port of Tenerife, Spain (port consultants for Herzog and DeMeuron firm)

Jan 2002 - Jan 2003


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

Jun 2013 - May 2014

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2013

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1998 - Jun 2002


Masters Thesis 2013 Richard Morrill Award, Scholarship


Masters Final Project 2012-2013: Chongqing China Design Fellowship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization 


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