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Michael Mercado

Michael Mercado

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

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About 

        In May 2013 I received my undergraduate degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute. I became interested in the technique of perspective and the use of material through my father’s photography at a young age, which led to the discovery of a creative passion leading to Architecture.
        I began studying Architecture in high school where I learned basic hand drafting and space organization skills. Attending three years at Brookdale Community College, I learned advanced approaches to a variety of artistic skills and a foundation for the appreciation of Architecture. Here I earned the privilege to serve as Project Manager in a design studio leading four student colleagues to complete a sustainable residential living community. My exploration in conceptual design began with form, light, material, perspective and organization.
        Finishing my education at Pratt Institute strengthened my ability to bring concept and notion into the real world augmented by technical skills. I assumed several responsibilities at Pratt which range from multi-tasking group efforts ranging from presentation, research, model making and design issues. I have become accustom to a rigorous and responsible work ethic.
        Currently, I am looking to fulfill my responsibility as an Architect by gaining work experience and exploring my personal limits within the New York area.

Employment 

Applied Drawing Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager

At Applied Drawing, I am regularly responsible for providing complete and comprehensive construction document sets for bidding, construction and filing. I maintain detailed log of meeting minutes and track active project components while preparing and revising specifications and necessary project documentation as needed. Under supervision, I have served as coordinator for multi-discipline project design teams and assisted in bidding and contract negotiations. I consistently review contract documents and drawings, client needs and construction progress with the client and trade professionals. Helped monitor and maintain satisfactory results both in the field and in the office. I have been exposed to many site conditions while gathering detailed site information including maps, tax data, zoning restrictions, survey data, photographs and existing building records if available. I consistently evaluate technical data pertaining to materials, equipment and shop drawings. I actively manage several projects simultaneously and meet required deadlines.
In the office environment I manage an expanding office file, active and completed project records, and material library. I also assist in developing and maintaining general office procedures to improve work productivity.

Jan 2013 - current
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Thesis Research and Thesis Design
Completed my academic architectural experience with an in-depth design study, preceded and accompanied by extensive research. I was exposed to unique working environments and challenging projects both solo and within a group. Prepared and presented design and research analysis on a weekly basis. Provided visual representation graphically, digitally and/or physically.

Advanced Level Design Course
Research and developed plans to revitalize the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I reprogrammed and reconstructed the 40 acre site with a new and extended Transportation Network along with Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Residential program. Developed and maintained a Master Plan to integrate the site into the existing complex demographic and wildly diverse ecosystem.This project was recognized in the top 30 submissions for the Annual AECOM International Architecture Student Competition.

Sep 2010 - May 2013
 

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, US, Architecture

Sep 2007 - May 2010
 

Awards 

AECOM: UrbanSOS Frontiers - International Student Competition, Honorable Mention

Recognized in top 30 submissions.

2013
 

Presidential Merit, Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for outstanding GPA and portfolio development.

2012
 

Presidential Merit, Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for outstanding GPA and portfolio development.

2011
 

Presidential Merit, Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for outstanding GPA and portfolio development.

2010
 

Kurr Foundation, Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for outstanding GPA.

2009
 

Areas of Specialization 



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