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Brief Professional History
I began life in architecture, planning and engineering at the age of 13 (from 1966 through 1979) while working at my father’s studio. I never lost my love – or my knack – for the field. I have designed and managed a large number and variety of building types and projects. Although I have had my own development and contracting business, my real love has always been as a Project Architect and Manager. I hold a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees plus I am certified in the state of Florida as an Architect.
My experiences in Architectural designs vary from large mix-use projects with tall structures, resort-condo residential, multi and single family residential, Institutional and iconic signature building types.
I have also collaborated in many Urban Planning projects in the course of my professional career. Having had three years of training while working for the firm Duany, Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), I am well prepared to implement the principles of New Urbanism into my designs. Planning projects include “New Towns” which range from 200 to 10,000 acres. I have also designed many Resort-Condo Residential type projects found in the Caribbean (Antigua, BWI) and in the Middle East (Dubai, U.A.E.).
I have learned that design is a problem solving process.
I am married (my wife Maggy) and have three sons (Lawrence, Rene & Carlos). I love spending time with them and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of seeing them grow and mature.
I enjoy reading especially about history. I spent nearly five years in Dubai, U.A.E. and a month in Malaysia and learned a tremendous amount about not only architecture but different cultures in general. I have also traveled extensively throughout western Europe. My favorite country to visit is Italy.
I live for my family and profession with a tremendous thirst for learning.
Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Miami, FL, US, Project Architect
Worked on the Design of 30 Star and produced Construction Documents. Worked primarily as a Senior Project Architect (in Production). Also worked on the design of the buildings across Collins Avenue.
ValCam, Inc., Miami, FL, US, Position: Principal/Owner
Offer full services in architecture and construction management. Expertise in luxury residential, multi-family residential, mix-use type of projects, resort hotels and commercial type projects.
Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc., Miami, FL, US, Position: Partner, Project Manager & Senior Project Architect.
I started with a position as a project architect / project manager and ended up becoming a partner in my last year at B&A.
I spent nearly five years in Dubai, U.A.E. starting with the initial team which designed the master plan for "The World". This is an architect's and planner's dream project. It consisted of 300 man made island of the coast of Dubai. All the transportation was pedestrian oriented and Aquatic. There are no automobiles in "The World". I eventually designed over thirty projects within the "The World". All of these where in Schematic Design phase for development approval from the governmental approving agencies.
Prior to my efforts in Dubai I designed a myriad of projects and managed several of them into the beginning of construction. They ranged in scope, size and types. The MDX headquarters building won SARA and AIA awards. I designed and worked on several tall structures such as Cypress Club (twin thirty story towers) in Ft. Myers, I designed a 100 story mixed use tower in Dubai as a competition and won a prize, 610 Clematis a residential condominium in an urban setting in West Palm Beach, Crystal Bay ( Resort Condominium type) in Antigua and many more.
I very much enjoyed my work and colleagues at B&A.
Valverde Construction, Inc., Miami, FL, US, Position: Owner/ Architect/General Contractor/Entrepreneur
Principal/Owner of the company/Architect/General Contractor/Entrepreneur. Offer full services in architecture and construction management. Expertise in luxury residential, multi-family residential, mix-use type of projects, resort hotels and commercial type projects.
At the time I was certified in the state of Florida as a General Contractor.
I built several residences and small commercial type buildings.
Andres Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Miami, FL, US, Position: Project Manager
Worked on the Sheftal house (produced construction documents), St Lucie Community College (planning and architecture) and several planning projects; Windsor at Vero Beach, Avalon at Orlando.
Hector Rene Valverde, Coral Gables, FL, US, Position: Developer/Architect/General Contracting
Designed and built several luxury homes in Cocoplum, Coral Gables, FL.
CAS Architects, Coral Gables, FL, US, Position: Project Manager/Project Architect
Worked on two residential projects. One was a single family home community of around 200 units and the second was a multi-family townhome project of another 200 units.
Spillis Candela and Partners, Coral Gables, FL, US, Position: Senior draftsman
Worked on the construction documents of the FPL headquarters in Juno Beach, FL and also on the construction documents of the American Bankers Insurance Group headquarters building in Cutler Ridge, FL.
I acquired my architectural certification from the state of Florida at the end of my employment.
Stanley Lewis and Associates, Chevy Chase, MD, US, Senior Draftsman
Worked full time during the day and attended Catholic Univ. in the evenings towards my Master Degree.
I worked on several commercial projects including office buildings, strip shopping centers plus retail build outs.
Rene L. Valverde and Associates, Coral Gables, FL, US, Position: Junior and senior draftsman.
I did my apprentice at my father's studio until I graduated from my Masters Degree. Worked on construction documents in all diciplines (architecture, structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing engineering) laying out templates, drawing plumbing riser diagrams, structural framing plans with beam schedules, etc....
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, MArch, Architecture Design
I worked full time and attended school full time and left my studios for the summers. This is why it took three years to finish my Masters Degree.
The concentration was on Architectural Design. The last year I spent half a year doing my research and producing a program for a design of a resort hotel and the second half I spent designing it, drawing it with black ink on illustration boards and producing a book at the end of it all.
Design Award Finalist for Design of Built Projects for Miami Dade Expressway Authority Headquarters.
Recognition of Superior Achievement and Professional Design Excellence for Miami Dade Expressway Authority Headquarters.