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Karen Shakman is an award-winning architect with a multinational background in the field of architecture and interior design. The scope of her experience involves numerous projects both in her native country of Brazil and in the United States. This diverse background enables her to “problem-solve” through a variety of socioeconomic and cultural scenarios.
In addition to training in Architecture and Urban Planning, her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design has been instrumental towards generating creative solutions for many projects, specifically within the field of Interior Design.
In 2000 Karen immigrated to the United States where she has obtained NCARB certification, professional registration, LEED accreditation, a master of science design degree from Arizona State University, and, more recently, EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification) credentials.
Karen expresses herself by rethinking, reinvestigating and reinterpreting all of the project details and possibilities while still maintaining high efficiency in the creative process.
Iconic Architecture and Design, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, US, Principal
As the Founder and Principal Architect of Iconic Architecture and Design, Karen is the solely responsible for the conception, development and implementation of the business "DNA' s structure", from its business plan and branding establishment to the implementation of project delivery best practices, business development strategies and administration procedures.
Karen has introduced Evidence-Based Design and Environmental/Sustainable protocols as the core competency of the company and, while managing the firm, she either partners with or consults for other architecture and design companies in synergetic project opportunities, engaging in collaborative processes, leveraging resources and capitalizing results.
Project Types: Retail, Healthcare, Corporate and Educational. Mostly tenant improvements including clinical settings such as Urgent Care, Vision Center, Radiology, Women’s Center, Lab, Pharmacy, Diabetic Center, General Outpatient Surgery, Podiatry, Family Practice, Administrative Areas, and Resuscitation Room.
Chandler Design-Build Group | Chandler | AZ, Chandler, AZ, US, Principal Architect
As the Principal Architect for the Chandler Design-Build Group, an organization committed to provide healthcare facilities through a turn-key model, Karen was responsible for all aspects and phases of the architectural project delivery process, including administrative protocols, business development practices, project delivery methods, and human/capital resources management. Responsibilities included the development, implementation, monitoring and adjustment of architectural business best practices, aiming mainly the mitigation of liability, improvement of efficiency, quality control, and overall client satisfaction.
In addition, Karen included evidence-based design and environmental/sustainable protocols in the company’s agenda, adding credibility and validity to its products and services.
Projects Types: Solely healthcare facilities in both states of Arizona and Utah, with scopes that ranged from 6 to 60,000 SF, and occupancies comprised of medical offices, cardiovascular practices, vascular access labs, radiology bunkers, and dialysis centers.
Vertical Design Studios, LLC, Phoenix, AZ, US, Principal
Responsible for: Management of the company assuring the completion of entitlements including determining project criteria, assembling project team and completing work; Development and implementation of office procedures, performance metrics and drafting standards for efficiency and quality assurance; Directing the planning and coordination of projects through all phases including creation of proposals, contracts, programming and appropriate documentation.
Projects | Retail; Corporate; Industrial; Storage Facilities; Shell/Vanilla Bldgs; TI’s; Educational, Multi-family.
Clients: Life Community Church [Life Community Teen and Church Education Center Remodel]; Foursite Development [Scottsdale Peak Office]; Bombay Spice and Wine Restaurant; VIVO developers [Wabi Sabi Asian Restaurant; C3 Storage, The Mission Luxury Apartments].
Deutsch Associates, Inc, Phoenix, AZ, US, Project Manager
Responsible for: project delivery protocols from conceptual design to completion. This included but was not limited to: schematic design, construction administration, client interaction, space planning, assembly of presentation boards, coordination among consultants and technical team members, processing of construction documents and city submittals [Scottsdale, Goodyear, Phoenix, Surprise, and City of Glendale].
Project types: municipal, retail, corporate, industrial, storage facilities, shell/vanilla bldgs; TI's and educational.
Internal Projects: Design Contest [Tempe Boat House].
Clients: PFG Construction, Inc. [Anthem Industrial, Estrella Industrial Center]; Desert Development, Inc. [WestPoint Plaza Strip Mall and Homeland Furniture Gallery], LLC Holdings [Windmill Plaza Revitalization]; Shamrock Foods [White Box and Expansion of Production Building]; Harvest Baptist Ministries [Harvest Baptist Church in Phoenix]; Pump it up, Ironwood Urology Clinic; City of Marana [Fire Station], “Maricopa Grooves Water Treatment Plant”; City of Phoenix [Central High School Security Offices].
Gabor Lorant Architects, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, Job Captain
Contributed to: Development of projects from schematic design through construction documents; Interaction with clients in programming, development and construction administration phases; Coordination with product vendors and suppliers in researching and presenting finish materials; Preparation and assembly of finish sample boards for client approval; Participation of project interviews.
Projects: Municipal, institutional, commercial, educational, residential and retail.
Clients: ASU West, ASU East [Matthew Center]; ASU Central; Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport;
Phoenix Deer Valley Airport; Jan Lorant [Willo District Historic District houses]; Phoenix Community College; ADOT [Ehrenburg Port of Entry]; City of Scottsdale [Granite Reef Senior Center].
Arizona State University, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, Design of Healthcare and Healing Environments
Karen has just received her Master of Science in Design at Arizona State University. Her thesis looked into how evidence-based design and lean processes can promote operational efficiencies and consequently increase staff satisfaction and retention in healthcare settings.
Federal Center for Technological Education of Paraná, Curitiba, BR, Civil Construction Technology
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, BR, BArch, Architecture and Urban planing
Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, BR, Industrial Design
An evidence-based designed "Telemetry Unit Patient Room Mock-Up" which was considered one project to impact one's world. The old anecdotal ways of designing have being substituted by new research-based design protocols.