Rick McCandless

Rick McCandless

New York, NY, US



I am a computer savvy architectural designer, currently working in lighting sales at The Conran Shop.  Daily, I solve aesthetic decisions with clients by having an open discussion.  My background is quite diverse including  structural installation projects in the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana Superdome.



The Conran Shop, New York, NY, US, Lighting Sales Manager

Increased sales for lighting department to meet budget. Coordinate price lists with vendors for modern lighting. Expand catalogue of fixtures. Customize orders to individual specifications.

Mar 2011 - current

Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects, Savannah, GA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Retrieve site measurements, as-built details and photographs of existing conditions. Completion of construction documents, door and finish schedules in AutoCAD. Select lighting fixtures based on aesthetic detail, energy efficiency and room demands. Revise schematic proposals for client and historical review board meetings.

Jan 2010 - Oct 2010

City of Savannah, Savannah, GA, US, Head Rigger

Run crew to install steel cable in roofing grid, focus and run truss spotlight per touring requirements.

Apr 2008 - Oct 2010

Ogletree Design and Construction, Savannah, GA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Draft base plans. Verify site conditions & photo document existing conditions. Prepare schematic design options for client review. Complete construction documents .

Feb 2008 - Apr 2008

Gonzalez Architects, Savannah, GA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Coordinate documents and deadlines with out-of-state contractors, engineers and interior designers. Complete construction documents, details & addendum.

Sep 2006 - Feb 2008

Burgdahl & Graves AIA Architects, Gretna, LA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Walk through application and pick up emergency permit for Hurricane Katrina recovery. Retrieve site measurements, as-built details and photographs of existing conditions. Complete construction documents and details.

Oct 2005 - Jul 2006

Pierce Paxton Design Studio, New Orleans, LA, US, Computer Aided Design

Refine free-hand drawings into detailed construction documents of lighting fixtures while expanding the product line into a series. Develop a series of plumbing fixtures and beaded lampshades. Give feedback to overseas factories on samples.

Jan 2004 - Aug 2005

Stage Right Productions/Event Service,Inc., Baton Rouge, LA, US, Stagehand and Rigger

Install structural, lighting, sound and video components for live events.

Jan 1999 - Jan 2004

Howard Montgomery Steger Architects, New Orleans, LA, US, Drafter

Revise as-builds for University of North Carolina School of Music while moonlighting as a stagehand.

Jun 2000 - Aug 2000

Jay Ray McDermott, Inc., Marine Division, Morgan City, LA, US, Barge Project Administrator

Order and enforce manifest for crew change. Audit payroll schedule with critical path. Document critical path. Inspector and client liaison.

Mar 1998 - Aug 1998


Louisiana State University, BArch, Architecture

minor in Audio Visual Arts

Aug 1994 - May 2002

Areas of Specialization 


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