My career training has always encompassed the field of Architecture. During my experience, I learned and developed the skills required to successfully manage projects in a structured architectural design firm.
As a Project Manager and Project Architect: (Eight Years Experience)
• Directly worked with Principals and Office Managers to establish project budgets and time lines.
• The result of these meetings led to choosing and managing a team(s) to best perform the tasks.
• I was the main point of contact and coordination with all parties involved in the project(s).
• Points of contact and coordination included working directly with the client, school districts, school board members, government agencies, and local building departments.
• Composed and archived all written correspondence.
• Develop spreadsheets/templates for improving the project management process.
These responsibilities, as a Project Manager and Project Architect, in small to mid-sized Architectural Design firms, allowed me to work independently on several small-scale projects and as a team member on large-scale projects. In order to successfully manage my own projects and delegate work to a team(s), I developed office standards and templates for project management processes that aided in streamlining and controlling clerical efficiency. These standards were implemented in order to provide the same, high quality service for each client while addressing each project’s unique needs and requirements. This quality of service provided, often led to repeat business from the same school district and attracted new clients by referrals from current clients.
Ronald Schmidt & Associates, P.A., Englewood, NJ, US, Project Manager & Project Architect
As a Project Manager, I work as a team member on large-scale projects and independently on small-scale projects. As a Project Architect, I am solely responsible for taking projects (approved up to the Schematic Design phase) and developing their Construction Documents; which includes the detailed drawing set and project specifications. My responsibilities include working with clients, consultants, and co-workers on all architectural phases of a project.
HQW Architects, Newton, NJ, US, Project Manager
Initially, I worked as a production team member to complete all current, large-scale projects. As the State of New Jersey began to fund School Development Authority (NJSDA) projects, I became responsible for operating and managing the educational department. My responsibilities included preparation and submission of all State required applications and documentation-from existing conditions surveys to Construction Documents; local coordination-with school districts, consultants, and contractors; and government agency coordination with NJSDA and NJDOE.
Ronald Schmidt & Associates, P.A., Englewood, NJ, US, Project Manager
As a project manager, I worked as a team member on large-scale projects and independently on small-scale projects. Independent projects included drawings for school additions and a new franchise hotel. My responsibilities included working with clients, consultants, and co-workers on all aspects of a project from schematic design to construction.
Mikesell & Associates, R.A. and Planners, Newark, NJ, US, CAD Technician
As a CAD Technician, my responsibilities included working directly under the supervision of one of the principals and coordinating all work with a team of fellow CAD Technicians. Teams worked to prepare Construction Documents. Additionally, I preformed site visits from the initial existing conditions survey through construction.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture
The Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT is an accredited five-year, professional degree. With the degree and over eight years of working experience, I have gained hands on training in the areas of design, problem solving, marketing, management, and customer relations. Currently, I am preparing for the Architect Registration Exam.