J Ryan Labrum

J Ryan Labrum

Los Angeles, CA, US



Vice President :  Architecture - Design - Development - Planning - Management

Accomplished building industry professional with a mastery for design, development, management and implementation of large-scale, domestic and international projects. Innovative, creative and passionate leader with vast experience directing multi-disciplinary teams, elevating profitability, visibility and performance of building-industry organizations from architecture and construction to development and finance. Expert at insightfully bridging end user, project team and management needs, growing revenues and maximizing results of projects and processes.


LABRUM R.E.D.D., New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, Owner/Founder

Commercial building design, real estate development and construction industry consulting company, offering comprehensive professional services to owners, developers and contractors.

Responsible for the design, development and execution of building and new-construction projects of all scopes and scales. Successfully sourced all contracts independently, completing multiple projects nationally and internationally, ranging from basic support services to full design, development, construction and company management.

Key Achievements:
• Built teams specifically to execute all tasks on-time and under budget, improving profitability in all project aspects
• Developed strong client relationships which have lead to additional, repeat-business in nearly all instances
• Restructured struggling businesses within industry, dramatically improving efficiency and profitability

Sep 2014 - current

CARVART, New York, NY, US, Vice President of Design and Engineering - Head of Projects

Head of project management and the design/engineering departments. Successfully implemented new policies and procedures to streamline workflow, improving internal efficiencies and reducing overhead costs. Hired new employees, negotiated salaries, restructured operational deficiencies within the company.

Key Achievements:
• Drove design, engineering and management within the company to new levels of professionalism, implementing the forward-focused practices required to successfully execute sophisticated, high-complexity projects
• Created and implemented company policies and operational procedures from the ground-up to drive growth and sharpen company focus, resulting in decreases in overhead and consultant costs by over 50%
• Hired and trained new team members, diligently guiding their professional growth, increasing productivity by 75%
• Managed the development and implementation of project tools and documents, including contracts, budgets, forecasts, schedules, specifications and comprehensive project development plans

Feb 2012 - Sep 2014

PAYOM, A.G., Solana Beach, CA, US, New York, NY, US, VP of Operations and Design

Successfully lead large, multi-disciplinary teams on over $200M in capital projects, including land development and implementation of unique structures and energy systems. Effectively navigated projects through rigorous land use, zoning and permitting constraints. Spearheaded due diligence in professional advisory role to capital investors and lenders. As key member of startup group, was instrumental in strategic planning and operations, driving growth from fledgling to multi-million dollar company, leading to acquisition by Payom AG, a $71M publicly traded company.

Key Achievements:
• Achieved highest levels of client satisfaction through continuous delivery of on-time and on-budget projects, managing and directing all team functions and mitigating unknowns to reduce project costs by as much as 25%
• Created and implemented company policies and operational procedures from the ground-up, including a sophisticated lead-generation and filtering protocol to drive growth and sharpen company focus, resulting in decreases in overhead and consultant costs by over 50% and growth of project pipeline by more than 500%
• Hired and trained new team members, diligently guiding their professional growth, growing head-count by 300%
• Developed, implemented and managed project tools and documents, including contracts, budgets, projections, schedules, specifications and comprehensive project development plans

Sep 2009 - Feb 2012

Tucker Sadler Architects/Envision, La Jolla, CA/San Diego, CA, Director of Architecture

Director of Architecture (Envision)
Designed and deployed sustainable, modular building systems using cutting-edge materials and methods. Lead teams of highly-skilled architects, engineers and scientists in the development of ground-breaking technologies to address worldwide problems of housing, energy and sustainability. Traveled domestically and internationally to expand and instill the philosophies and methods of sustainability and “best practices” for the built environment.

Key Achievements:
• Designed and built multiple structures systems which have been granted U.S. patents, industry awards and accolades, such as the AIA Energy Integration Award and American Electronics Association Clean Tech Award
• Pioneered the use of “green” composites in lightweight, sustainable structural systems
• Devised advanced deployment methods to successfully overcome major obstacles involved in both the transport and construction in extreme environments and remote locations
• Headed internal team of architects, engineers and business staff, as well as project teams of over 100 members

Project Designer/Project Manager (Tucker Sadler Architects)
Spearheaded design, development and implementation of large-scale architectural and construction projects across the globe. Directed teams of over 100 architects, designers, engineers and consultants on high-complexity and high-visibility developments with a proven track record of leadership success. Originated and grew new Development Services division, expanding company offerings and broadening customer base.

Key Achievements:
• Personally secured new contracts by successfully managing many high-visibility client relationships, including the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, a public-private partnership responsible for over $1B in annual impact
• Recognized as one of the most trusted and reputable project leaders by demonstrating solid work ethics, broad team management skills, and strong talent for both innovative design and high attention to detail
• As a new hire, won internal design competition above the most senior and experienced architects and designers
• Was instrumental in driving diversification from a predominantly technical practice to a much broader design and development services group, growing company professional services by over 25%

Jan 2005 - Sep 2009

Moon Mayoras Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Job Captain

Carried-out the design, detailing and team coordination efforts for hospital and medical campus projects. Developed and assembled full construction drawings sets on extremely complex building and system types subject to OSHPD and other highly-scrutinizing jurisdictional reviews. Ensured code compliance, as well as the proper integration and coordination of specialized medical equipment, complex MPE systems and specialized structural components.

Key Achievements:
• Was awarded senior responsibilities, including the leadership of multiple, high-profile hospital renovation projects in California and Arizona for clients such as Chandler Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Medical Center
• With senior designer and project team, developed and built award-winning spaces, buildings and master-plans on nationally-recognized regional medical centers and hospitals of over $900M in total project costs
• Lead efforts to ensure code and building safety compliance for medical facilities offering full-service health and emergency care, as well as specialized treatments and equipment
• Lead teams to develop professional renderings, virtual-reality animations and presentations for high-end clients, helping secure contracts on multi-million dollar hospital and medical center developments

Oct 2002 - Jan 2005

Whitley Consulting Group, San Diego, CA, US, Associate

Worked directly with clients on diverse projects to provide highest-quality design and construction support services, incorporating rigid adherence to industry standards and guidelines. Generated published architectural drawings and details to support the specific needs of manufacturers and building professionals. Developed cutting-edge, photo-realistic 3D renderings for architects, developers and interior designers while this technology was still in its infancy.

Key Achievements:
• Mastered the use of computer-aided drafting, digital modeling and computer graphics technology to develop designs, drawings and ideas, as well as create drawing standards for use in architectural and engineering offices
• Taught multiple, advanced courses in computer-aided drafting to students from various disciplines and industries
• Key player on a team selected to provide design proposals for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, NY, providing influential concepts that helped guide many of the final planning decisions

Mar 2000 - Oct 2002


University of California, San Diego, Post Professional: Urban Planning and Real Estate Development

Post-Professional Certification Program: Urban Planning and Real Estate Development

Sep 2005 - Jun 2007
Sep 2001 - Aug 2002

The University of Utah, BArch Program

Aug 1997 - Jun 2000

Brigham Young University, Utah, Undergraduate Program

Aug 1995 - Apr 1996

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