Mario Menendez

Mario Menendez

New York, NY, US



I was born in La Habana, Cuba and moved to the United States when I was 9 years old.  I attended Florida International University in Miami, FL where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (08) and a Master of Architecture (11).

I participated in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition with FIU where I was a Design Architect of the PerFORM[D]ance House.  I participated in the project from its conceptual design to its construction. 

My architectural experience includes working in teams to develop projects from schematic design phase to construction documentation.  I have also worked on various project types including retail, mixed use, commercial, transportation, multi-family residential, single family residential and landscape architecture.



Berenblum Busch Architects (BBA), Miami, FL, US, Project Architect

Involved in a variety of tasks related to project development including: site analysis, design, construction documentation, specification, and consultant coordination. Experience expands through various project types including hospitality, health care, retail, with a focus on civic, commercial and residential projects.

Sep 2012 - current

Studio 5 Design and Architecture, Coral Gables, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Responsibilities included schematic design, design development, and construction documentation of various project types including Hospitality, Healthcare, and Single-Family Residential.

Feb 2012 - Sep 2012

Jose R. Casanova, Architect, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Responsible for producing construction documents, coordinating changes and project progress, design development, technical detailed drawings and creating presentation drawings. Project types include Retail, Office and Residential.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2011

R.E. Chisholm Architects Inc., Miami, FL, US, Architectural Draftsman

Participated in schematic design, design development, construction documents and presentation drawings for various project types including Retail, Mixed-Use, Single and Multi-Family Residential, and Corporate.

May 2006 - Jun 2008


Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - Apr 2011

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Jun 2004 - Apr 2008


2015 Miami Public Space Challenge, Nomination

Finalist in the 2015 public space challenge for the project Greenbelt.


AIA Excellence in Student Design, Award

Award for the design of FIU's PerFORM[D]ance House. A solar house design for the 2011 US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition.


FIU Open Space Charette competition, 1st Place

Design competition for an amphitheater and atrium space at Florida International University.


AIA Excellence in Student Design, Award

Award for the design of a studio project called La Habana Waterfront in Cuba.


Areas of Specialization 


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