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LENNIE ARAUJO

LENNIE ARAUJO

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Currently leading an international consulting group in charge of urban planning and development strategy, Lennie considers himself an urbanist whose career has been a collaborative experience in which as part of a team -and often as the lead, has to fuse urban design, environmental remediation, sustainable master planning and coordination of multi-discilinary consultants.

He enjoys creating places that respond to their context and that reflect the very qualities found in their surroundings, has good communication skills, working well with others and enjoying a diverse and demanding workload.

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Employment 

Urbanist International Consultants, New York, London, Lisbon, PT, Senior Urban Planner, Founder

Independent consultant for complex urban planning projects in different cities accross the world. In this position I have been responsible for overseeing design development, day-to-day managing and coordinating stakeholders, community consultation, drafting policy documents and reports, liaison with external consultant team and clients, community outreach and public presentations.

Mar 2010 - current
 

CMSS Architects, PC, Reston, VA, US - Virginia Beach, VA, US, Senior Urban Planner, PM

Day-to-day liaison and coordination of planning team. Project management lead for a multi-disciplinary team of consultants on various master plan projects; including the Pembroke Strategic Growth
Area Implementation Plan, an innovative vision for future growth and development of a 1,200-acre
central business district adopted by the City Council in December 2009 and several others in strategic cities of South-Eastern Virginia.

Jul 2008 - Jan 2010
 

Urban Resource Group, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA, US, Senior Land Planner, Practice Builder

Brought to Virginia region to open-up and direct the creation of company’s urban planning division.
Hiring staff and generally doing marketing outreach and client relations. Coordinated initial design
and team for large and medium-size master planning projects in seven cities in the region. Was invited to participate as a lecturer at the University of Virginia.

Mar 2007 - May 2008
 

GreenbergFarrow, New York, NY, US, Site Development Coordinator

In charge of coordinating site investigation, site planning, due diligence, project entitlements,
legal documents and real estate transaction review. Project & consultant management
throughout. Projects included large mixed-use development in the NY-metropolitan area.

Dec 2005 - Jan 2007
 

North American Realty Advisory Services, LP, New York, NY, US, Senior Planner, PM

Extensive consultant experience coordinating projects with public agencies across the
US; including the reuse master plan for a 1,600-acre historical naval base part of BRAC (Defense Base Closure & Realignment (BRAC) Program Coordinating client relations, redevelopment board meetings
and large multi-disciplinary team engaged in environmental clean up for property transfer to
private sector with creative adaptive design, helping transition from the industrial footprint of a
century-old naval base into a vibrant mixed-use community of residential, recreation and
commercial new users.

Mar 1993 - Oct 2005
 

BBA-Brandon Industries, Inc., New York, NY, US, Planner, Head Designer

In charge of design development from inception to construction in a small-medium company.Oversaw construction administration and design team in residential, retail and commercial projects in New York City, including several trendy restaurants, showroooms and beach houses in the metro New York area.

Dec 1987 - Jan 1993
 

Awards 

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Phoenix Award for Excellence in Brownfields Redevelopment Award., 1st Place

The Bayfront-Erie Street Complex in Erie, PA was named winner of the Grand Prize Phoenix Award, the highest honor in brownfield development. For more than 80 years, GPU Energy's Front Street Station, a 118-megawatt coal-fired power plant, was located along Lake Erie on Presque Isle Bay. In 1989, GPU began planning the facility's closure.

The property contained an electric substation, a 120-foot smokestack, fuel tanks, ash dewatering ponds and various other facilities. Environmental contamination at the site was addressed under Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Program.

Today, the former Front Street Station transformed into Bayfront Centre, a $117 million mixed-use development featuring the Erie Maritime Museum, the Erie County Library and Civic Auditorium,
a hotel, commercial space, a marina and a residential area. It is homeport to the U.S. Brig Niagara, an authentic replica of the U.S. warship aboard which Commodore Perry won the Battle of Lake Erie
in the war of 1812.

2001
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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