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Lucy G'ala

Lucy G'ala

Toronto, ON, CA

 

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About 

Architecture, for me, is the art, passion and ability to record at any moment in time and space, our culture, the client's dreams and the architect's vision. It is a wonderful combination of form, function, technology and sustainability without sacrificing a peaceful, vibrant and livable integration of the site and its environment.

Lucy G'ala was born in the Dominican Republic where she completed her Architecture Education in Santo Domingo. After earning a degree in Architecture & Urbanism, she did postgraduate studies in Structure, Vernacular Architecture, Business Development & Sustainable Architecture.

She apprentice in several studios in the Dominican Republic and in Europe. During that time she studied the work of great Architects like Calatrava, Corbusier, Jean Nouvel and others. She came to NYC as a Vice-President of the Design & Development company Sanba International INC, where she was Project Architect & Project Manager of: 140 Franklin Street, TriBeCa, NYC, a 70,000 sq. ft.high-end lofts conversion; Garnet Hill, Sedona, AZ, a 6,000 sq/ft new residence on a 2.6 acres lot; Costa Careyes Polo Club, Jalisco, Mexico, collaboration in the design and development of an Equestrian Resort; Rio Dulce, Guatemala, collaboration and conceptual design of a 1300 acres resort development, among other projects, becoming the Youngest New York Woman Developer in 2000.

Lucy established her own firms, cleanearthdesign in Toronto - 2006 and most design Inc in NYC - 2003, as a Collaborative, Multi-Discipline & Sustainable Design studios. Her experience and expertise encompasses every aspect of Design from Residential/Commercial Renovations & Interior Design to New Construction & Project/Land Development.

Employment 

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY - Volunteer Work, Toronto, ON, CA, Architect I Mentor I Member I Team Leader I Co-Creator

2012-2013
Roncesvalles BIA – Member

Where the Children Play in Parkdale - Mentor & Architect
Series of revitalization and beautification projects in Parkdale, Toronto, to heal and prevent Nature Deficit Disorder among children, youth and their caregivers & to reach the gap on the lack of nature, open natural spaces, accessible and friendly gathering areas in the neighborhood. In collaboration with Culturelink Settlement Services, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority and Gord Perk's office (local Councillor.)

Girls Taking Green Roots - Mentor
An unique program design to challenge young newcomer girls daily actions
in planet Earth, to become powerful advocates for their own bodies, minds,
the environment, human rights, succeed as champions in their communities
and grow at large. In collaboration with Culturelink Settlement Services.

Newcomer Youth Exchange Canada - Mentor / Team Co-Leader
A life time experience for youth new in Canada to learn and explore their
new home, its geography, diversity, history and first nations culture.
Toronto - Haida Gwaii (2012), Toronto-Burnaby (2013) In collaboration with
Culturelink Settlement Services.

Camp Suzuki in the Rouge - Mentor - Youth Engagement Co-Leader (2012)
Public engagement program in collaboration with David Suzuki Foundation
and CultureLink Settlement Services to establish The Rouge Park as
Canada's first Urban National Park.

Project E – Co-creator (2009 - Present)
Series of revitalization, beautification and renovation projects to green community facilities and public spaces (shelters, recreation centres, school grounds, +++) in Toronto.

Jan 2009 - current
 

cleanearthdesign an eco architecture I design I staging studio, Toronto, ON, CA, Co-Founder I Principal

WALDORF ACADEMY. TORONTO. ON
Research and specifications to make the school from Child Care Center to grade 8 and playgrounds more organic, sustainable and to improve indoor air quality & energy. Pre-school classroom design and project management.

187 MORTIMER AVE. TORONTO. ON
Design, construction documents & project management of a 2 storey rear addition including basement.

315 MUTUAL ST. TORONTO. ON
Design, construction documents & project management of a 3 storey rear addition including basement and roof deck. Presentation to Committee of Adjustment and Ontario Municipal Board.

1329 ELGIN CRESENT. OAKVILLE. ON.
Design, construction documents & project management of a two storey side addition to an existing bungalow.

19 KING STREET. LONDON. ON
Design, construction documents & project management of a modern loft-like 1,400 sq/ft apartment in London, ON

302 KING STREET EAST. TORONTO. ON
Interior design, construction documents & project management of an existing 3,550 sq/ ft commercial building, downtown Toronto.

671 EUCLID STREET. TORONTO. ON
Design, Staging and Site Supervision for a detached two stories house. Annex. Toronto

70 OLD MILL DRIVE. TORONTO. ON
Interior Design of a vacation rental apartment.

Jan 2006 - current
 

most design, New York, NY, US, Founder l Principal

111 HICKS STREET – 21 D. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS. NY
Renovation of a 750 sq/ft high-end loft-like, one bedroom apartment located in a Landmark Building. Brooklyn Heights, Historic District. From design to construction management.

SEAN SCULLY. W 17TH STREET. MANHATTAN. NYC
Concept and Development Consultant of a 52,000 sq/ft new construction, inclusive of business plan, revenue projections and zoning studies vs. a new painting studio, office and penthouse addition to the existing structure used primarily for his studio, storage and office in West Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC. Within the new zoning, for the High Line new Proposed Used, Density, and Bulk Regulations

SHERRI DONOVAN RESIDENCE, 4L. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS. NY.
Renovation of a 1,500 sq/ft high-end loft apartment in a Landmark Building. Brooklyn Heights, NY. -Historic District-. From design to construction management

PRESTFELDER & BRUDER. RIVERDALE. NYC
Renovation of a 1,800 sq/ft, 4 bedrooms apartment in Riverdale, NYC. Design and construction documents

SLATER & RHODES, Manhattan, NYC
Interior Design of a 2,000 sq/ft loft apartment in the lower East Side, for residential and home office use. New partitions, furniture selection and lay out. Lower East Side, Manhattan

Jan 2004 - Dec 2006
 

Sanba Inc, New York, NY, US, Vice president – Project Manager-Project Architect

140 FRANKLIN STREET
Design and Conversion of a 70,000 sq/ft 6 story Landmark Building into 14 large scales, high-end condominium lofts in TriBeCa, Manhattan. From site selection, concept design, construction documents, to construction management & contractor / clients liaison

GARNET HILL
Design Development and Construction Supervision of a 6,000 sq/ft residence on a 2.06 acre lot in Sedona, Arizona

WATER SPA
Design and development consultant for a 3,000 sq/ft Water Spa, inclusive of a Watsu Pool, Sedona, AZ

LIZARD HEAD
Schematic Design for 5,000 sq/ft desert home located on a 6 acre lot on a challenging, rocky and steep contour terrain in Sedona Arizona

COSTA CAREYES POLO CLUB & EL RANCHO DE DON ANDRES
Design and Development of an Equestrian Resort including Polo Club, a Village, Spa, Kite shaped Bungalows and Lot Subdivision in Careyes on the Pacific Coast, Mexico

RIO DULCE
Collaboration and Conceptual Study of a 1,300 acres Resort Development including a new Marina, Villas, Spa with its Bungalow Village, Restaurants, Staff Headquarters and Ecological Development of the land in Rio Dulce, Guatemala

92 LOLOMI DRIVE
Design Consultant and Construction overview of a 3,000 sq/ft single family loft like house in Sedona, AZ

AGUA AZUL
Design of Modular Villa to be built near Tulum on the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Jan 1998 - Dec 2003
 

M.L. Construction, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Junior Architect

JUSTICE PALACE & SANTA ANA CATHEDRAL
Drafting - Part of Design team for the renovation of the Cathedral in La Vega, DR

NEW CATHEDRAL
Drafting - Part of Design team for New Construction in La Vega, DR

COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
Drafting - Part of Design team for new constructions

Jan 1983 - Dec 1995
 

Fred Goyco & Partners, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Junior Architect

LAS AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Drafting - Part of Design team for Construction of a new terminal and landing satellite facilities for 6 aircrafts.

Jan 1988 - Dec 1991
 

Landmark Preservation Commission, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Junior Architect

Research, Surveys, Drafting, Supervision. Part of team formed by Architects, Historians, Archeologists, Engineers & Government Officials to undertake Santo Domingo Colonial Zone into a major renovation and preservation for the 500 Years Anniversary.

Jan 1986 - Dec 1988
 

Education 

Evergreen, Toronto, ON, CA, All Hands in the Dirt Conference”, a Guide to Designing and Creating Natural School Grounds

Dec 2010 - Dec 2010
 

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Masters, Business Development

Jan 1990 - Dec 1991
 

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Masters, Advance Structure for Architectural Design

Jan 1987 - Dec 1988
 

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, BArch, Architecture & Urban Planning

Jan 1982 - May 1987
 

Awards 

Identification, preservation, conversion, protecting our Cultural Legacy, 1st Place

1996
 

Urban Development applied to the City of Santo Domingo, 2nd Place

1986
 

Adaptation of Climate Elements in Architectural Design, 1st Place

1983
 

Areas of Specialization 



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