Louis Cespedes

Louis Cespedes

New York, NY, US



I have been in professional architecture practice since 1998. My work has covered a diverse range of project types including new commercial and institutional construction. I have been fortunate enough to participate on projects both within the private and public sector in the US and abroad. I have enjoyed these collaborations and I look forward to continuing in this professional trajectory.

My design and technical capabilities are very good. I can manage teams efficiently, and I am an able designer and detailer.  I enjoy challenging projects on fast track schedules. I am familiar with many office standards and procedures. My interests are in large scale interventions including institutional and public buildings, high rise office developments and corporate workplace.

I have honed management skills through all phases of design and contract documents. I often execute and manage CAD set-up’s, team assignments, and technical coordination with consultants. My work reflects a variety of design influences often employing novel programming and architectural detail solutions.

I have a history of working for large architecture firms and thrive in team environments. I am an effective writer and I am able with multiple software platforms for effective presentations.  I am fluent in English and Spanish.


S2 Architectura, Guadalajara / New York, Project Architect

In my capacity I was responsible for all in-house project development and administration. I coordinate all technical and contract documents for both private and public sector work. I manage, organize, and staff the teams working on projects. Project managers report to me on daily activities and I set the agenda in consultation with other stakeholders for client interface, presentations, and contract negotiations. Because of my experience with organizing large complex infrastructure projects, I also serve as a consultant to other firms on projects requiring sophisticated file management and CAD organization matrix. I create systems to cross reference information and speed up production capabilities with limited staffing or resources, as well as carry out project management tasks. In our office we carry out a range of projects in many scales, yet our most significant work is for the public sector and public institutions, and large private or public housing development projects.

Aug 2004 - current

HOK, New York City, USA, Project Manager / Consultant

Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum – HOK
Location: New York City, USA
Role: Project Manager / Consultant
Type: Architecture, Consulting, and Planning Firm
Date: 2005

I was primarily a consultant asked to review and supervise ongoing project management
tasks for the construction of St. George Terminal on Staten Island

• Project managed and executed contract proposals.
• Oversaw submissions of CD’s for continuing additional services work.
• Worked directly with NVC EDC for retail fit-out and MTA bus terminal project.
• Attended weekly coordination meetings with MEP, Structural, and Mechanical Consultants as
well as with NYC Economic Development Corp managers.
• Wrote proposals for add services and continuing work on passenger waiting hall.

Jul 2004 - Oct 2004

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna, Austria/Mexico, Special Projects Manager

Coop Himmelb(l)au GmbH
Location: Vienna, Austria
Role: Special Projects Manager
Type: Architecture and Planning Firm
Date: 1999-2000

I was a special projects manager, relocated from Vienna to Guadalajara to oversee the
transition of design development to contract phase of a 100,000 sq meter commercial
complex. I oversaw all production and coordinated with all specialist during the transition.

• Worked on large retail-commercial complex in Guadalajara as project manager
• Development all DD and CD sets and quality control standards for submission
• Headed communication and interface with local specialist and client representatives
• Developed production program and supervised - managed in house architects.
• Headed presentations and reviews with / to associate partner.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2001

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York City, Architect

Skidmore Owings and Merrill – New York
Location: New York City
Role: Architect
Type: Architecture and Planning Firm
Date: 1997-1999

Worked as an intermediate architect in the development of DD and CD documentation for 2 major
airports, both airside and landside teams, as well as retail fit-out areas. Developed my skills for team and CAD management.

• Worked on airport projects, among them: JFK Terminal 4 in New York and Continental
Airlines Terminal 3 at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.
• Development and of design of project matrix and file management structure
• Collaborate with project management for different teams working on distinct areas of the
airport (ie. concourse, shopping areas, arrivals, departures, landside operations and
airside operations).
• Evolved my interest in large scale, urban infrastructure projects. I worked closely with project
Managers and Architects to coordinate the flow of data and organize information among
teams and consultants with Port Authority of NY & NJ.
• Tasked with design development and CD production.

Jan 1997 - Oct 1999


Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

B Arch Degree

Oct 1991 - May 1996

Areas of Specialization 


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