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Jose Jimenez is a Brooklyn-based architect, designer, and amateur photographer working as a Project Director and Architect for Clodagh Design International.
After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in May 2007, Jose worked for several years at Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC, a boutique NYC firm specializing in high end residential renovations and retail spaces. While at RSA, Jose became an Accredited Professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and managed the LEED certification of the new headquarters in Switzerland for the international corporation BOBST. In addition to directing the design and construction of various private residences in New York City and its boroughs, Jose also led the design of the Sam Brocato Salon, and the flagship store of men’s shirt designer Jeremy Argyle – both in SoHo, NYC.
With Clodagh Design International, he has continued to grow his residential portfolio, and has now also stepped into the hospitality world by being the Project Director of various hotels and spas such as the renovation of the Miraval Life in Balance Spa in Tucson, Arizona, and the interior architecture of the upcoming East Hotel in Miami, Florida.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jose currently lives with his wife, their dog Moe and their cat Hurley in Brooklyn, NY. He is a returning guest critic at the New York School of Interior Design and an architecture curator for tumblr.com. Jose has been involved in various programs that have given him the opportunity to study architecture in Western Europe and in Italy. He was also part of the Architecture and Design Team for the 2005 Cornell University Solar Decathlon House, which won second place at the 2005 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. Jose has previously worked with Blackbird Architects in Santa Barbara, CA and with Taller Borinquen in San Juan, PR. He also has experience as a photographer, a furniture designer, fabrication manager and as a computer modeler and animator.
When not working, Jose spends time running and curating music for a blog that he founded with his wife in 2009, photographing and documenting the streets of Brooklyn, walking his dog and studying for his architecture licensing exams.
aDJusted Architectural Designs, New York, NY, US, Partner
» prepare client proposals and contracts
» establish project budgets and goals
» develop preliminary layout designs and concept presentations
» create working drawing sets, specifications and construction documents
» assist with purchasing of FF&E, finishes and accessories
» coordinate with owners, consultants, millworkers, and general contractor
» establish studio CAD standards, templates, and protocols
Selected Projects: 36GPE, gut renovation of a 2,000 SF apartment • 69W9, second phase renovation of a 750 SF apartment • 687W204, renovation of a 1,360 SF apartment
Clodagh Design, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer, Project Director + CAD Manager
» direct projects from contract negotiation through completion
» design overall look and feel, key elements, and details of projects
» collaborate with interior designers in the selection and specification of FF&E and finishes
» detail drawings for construction, built-ins, and custom furniture
» coordinate communication between the studio, client and consultants
» work with studio manager to project monthly billings and expenditures
» lead weekly project director meetings to establish teams and delegate tasks
» monitor staff performance to ensure that studio’s goals are being met
» interview prospective employees and manage staffing
» update and maintain studio CAD standards, templates, and protocols
Selected Projects: BCCE, interior architecture design of a 40 story hotel • Aronson, architecture and interior design of a 6,000 SF ground-up residence • Nagle, renovation of a 2,180 SF apartment • Miraval, renovation of a 18,000 SF spa • 30th Street, architectural design of the lobby and amenity spaces of a residential tower
rodriguez studio architecture p.c., New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect
» supervised projects on all phases, from pre-design to completion
» managed incoming portfolios and coordinated interviews for prospective employees
» oversaw junior architects and interns
» analyzed and research local and international codes
» administrated LEED projects
» enhanced firm marketing by redesigning and mantaining website, and by facilitating spreads in printed and online publications
Selected Projects: Jeremy Argyle, design of the flagship store for the boutique brand • Reservoir House, interior and exterior renovation of a 4,400 SF residence • Bobst, LEED certification of a 114,097 SF office building in Switzerland • Loft82, vertical combination and gut renovation of two 1980 SF apartments
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Chief Laser-Cutter Teaching Assistant & Lab Monitor
» organized and schedule laser cutter teaching assistants
» trained students on how to use the laser cutter
» laser cut material
» assisted students with plotting and computer related questions
» managed computer lab, plotters and printers
Blackbird Architects, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA, US, Summer Intern
» cad drafted construction drawings
» 3d modeled building proposals
» edited and enhanced computer renderings
» explored design possibilities for building proposals
» visited and documented project sites
Taller Borinquen, San Juan, PR, US, Summer Intern
» hand and cad drafted construction documents
» searched building codes
» visited and documented project sites
» designed house additions and facades
» prepared competition boards
Cornell University, BArch, Architecture
During my studies at Cornell University, I got the opportunity to be part of the 'Architecture as an Ensemble' Summer Program, where we traveled all summer through Eastern Europe studying the modern architecture of the 1900s. I was also part of the Cornell in Rome abroad program, living in Rome for the Fall semester of 2005.
Additionally, I was part of the 2004 Cornell University Solar Decathlon Team, which won 2nd place in the competition.
For my thesis, I designed a mobile rock concert venue.
With Clodagh Design International, our renovation of the Miraval Life and Balance Spa won the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, in the Spa Category.
Who's Next - Green Home Design Contest, Honorable Mention
As part of Rodriguez Studio, we submitted the Reticulated House to this competition. We were awarded with an Honorable Mention, being in the Top 25 of the entries.
Solar Decathlon, 2nd Place
While at Cornell University, I was part of the team that designed the 2nd place winner of the 2004 Solar Decathlon competition.