Archinect
Michael Cavander

Michael Cavander

Hong Kong, HK

 

About 

Having been working in Asia for five years as an architect and consultant, I have experience working on a wide range of projects from design competitions through to construction documentation and administration.  My strong design background enables me to work closely with the client and design team to take conceptual ideas through to construction, meeting the numerous constraints that dictate the building process.  With a thorough understanding of program phasing and the documentation process, I utilize the latest 2d and 3d technologies and methods to deliver design packages, specifications and construction methodologies to clients and project teams.  With a combined 5 years of local experience in Hong Kong and Mainland China I have substantial knowledge and understanding of the markets, building industries and cultures.  Before joining Front Inc. in 2013, I worked with Büro Ole Scheeren and Crang & Boake Architects both in Beijing on numerous competitions and several completed and or soon-to-be-completed projects, including the Taiyuan Kempinski Hotel, Beijing Guardian Art Center and Angkasa Raya tower in Kuala Lumpur.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Front Inc., Hong Kong, HK, Facade Consultant

34 Mount Kellet Rd. Residence with OMA, Hong Kong, 2014 – Current
Facades Project Manager: Developing bespoke cladding details and specifications for a super high-end private residence, with an exceptional level of detail and finish.

Louis lXIII Casino with Peter Marino, Macau, 2013 – Under Construction
Facades Project Manager: Developed cladding details and specifications for 22 story exclusive VIP casino utilizing an externally skinned façade with variably rotated louvers. Managed facade team, collaborated with engineers and contractors, reviewed shop drawings and conducted VMU / PMU and factory visits.

Xin Hee R&D Center with MAD, Xiamen, 2013 – 2014
Facades Designer: Assisted project team in developing and documenting a 9,000m2, geometrically complex, bespoke curvilinear louver and sunshade system from concept through design development.

Xiqu Center with Bing Thom Architects, Hong Kong, 2013 – Under Construction
Facades Designer: Assisted design team in re-designing and documenting the cladding and external louver system for a project with tight budgetary and performance constraints.

Z6 Tower with Foster and Partners, Beijing China, 2014 – Current
Facades Designer: With partners and associates, assisted designing and documented the geometrically complex building envelope for a 405m mixed-use tower, developing bespoke cladding details, BIM models and material and performance specifications

Jul 2013 - current
 

Büro Ole Scheeren, Beijing, CN, Architectural Designer

Gaurdian Art Center: Beijing, 2011 – Under Construction
Architect: Working closely with the partners, design team and consultants I managed the design and documentation of a unique façade design for an auction house, museum and hotel from concept through design development.

MahaNakhon: Bangkok, 2011 – Under Construction
Architect: Assisted project architect and design team with various design, documentation and specification needs during design development and construction documentation phases.

Mercedes-Benz Competition: Beijing, 2013
Architect: Worked closely with partners and design team on the competition for an automobile museum, focusing on façade design, feasibility, construction methodology and documentation.

Angkasa Raya: Kuala Lumpur, 2011 – 2012
Junior Architect: Assisted project architect and design team in designing and documenting a mixed-use tower with a novel massing and unique sun-shading system from schematic design through design development.

Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
 

Architects Crang and Boake Asia, Beijing, CN, Architectural Designer

Kempinski Hotel: Taiyuan, 2011 – Completed
Architect: Worked directly with the design director in helping lead a team of 5 to expand and retrofit a pre-existing structure to meet the program and design requirements for a 5-star Kempinski hotel. The building super structure and core was already completed when it was sold to a new owner who required a fully revised program, fit out and aesthetic. I represented the firm for client presentations, coordinated extensively with consultants and the local architect, and made numerous site visits.

Various Competitions: China, 2010 – 2011
While at Crang & Boake Architects I also participated in numerous competitions working with and later assisted in leading a team of 3-5 junior staff managing design and production whilst preparing and conducting competition and client presentations.

Jan 2010 - Sep 2011
 

Education 

Columbia University, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2009
 

University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Aug 2002 - May 2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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