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Enthusiastic about designing and building structures that matters with a great sense of aesthetic design while complying with federal laws in regard to the security and stability of the building as well as selecting the appropriate materials for construction. Offer record demonstrating strong analytical and problem solving skills with computer proficiency and ability to follow through with projects from conception to completion. Currently enrolled in the NCARB IDP Program (#125460) and taking ARE Exams.
José Antonio has a Master of Architecture at Virginia Tech and has worked in various architectural firms in the Capital City of Washington, DC, Miami, FL, and San Juan, PR combining high end corporate design and modern tropical architecture. These experiences helped him develop his design-build company "Modern Space, Inc." making sure projects are built with a great sense of aesthetic design. visit: www.modernspacepr.com
Modern Space, Inc., San Juan, PR, US, Owner / Architectural Designer / Project Manager
JAN 2009 – PRESENT: Owner at MODERNSPACE, INC. San Juan, Puerto Rico
COMMERCIAL + RESIDENTIAL DESIGN-BUILD [Office, Retail and Hospitality] ( www.modernspacepr.com )
POSITION [Project Designer and Project Manager]
Responsible for more than 100k SF of remodeled interior spaces, building front facades and outdoor terraces through design-build small scale projects that involved business development with marketing and bidding negotiations for RFP’s.
I took the knowledge I had for seven years working as an architectural designer at the different architectural firms in the States and applied them to consult the private sector in Puerto Rico for a period of 4 years with an additional responsibility in construction management because all the projects were related to building and remodeling. I am always involved in the design production but as the volume of work increased over the years I had to bring a design team to develop full set of architectural drawings applying artistic expertise and technical skills to create freehand sketches with computer aided softwares for presentations, renderings and site plans.
Throughout this period my secondary role was to oversee a construction crew at the job site to ensure the quality of a well designed project while handling invoices, payrolls and payments on each one of the different phases of the construction.
I came to Puerto Rico and took the liberty to start up this business regardless of the economic hardship that the construction industry is facing but these experiences helped me understand better my role as a designer through construction methods and therefore my knowledge to develop better architecture. I am now ready to continue my journey as an architect and hoping to develop these experiences to a higher level.
L-S+M, Washington, DC, US, Interior Designer
CORPORATE INTERIOR DESIGN
POSITION [Interior Designer]
Prepared construction documents, presentations and punch lists for the Interiors of the Gannet/USA Today Building in VA, Freddie Mac and General Dynamics among others.
BEAME Architectural Partnership (BAP Design), Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer - Retail / Hospitality
HOSPITALITY, RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL DESIGN
Working closely with clients and directly with Project Architects/Designers during the initial process of conceptual design and their development with presentations that involved physical models along with 3D renderings.
•Dolphin Plaza, Miami, FL
•Mega Plaza, Honduras
•Randhurst Village, Chicago, ILL
•Tampa Towers Condo-Hotel, FL
•Americana Mall, Dominican Republic
•The Brasilia Mall, Brazil
Moderne Design Architects+Builders, Alexandria, Virginia, Project Designer/ Manager
POSITION [Assistant Project Architect and Project Manager]
Involved in the decision making and design process for residential projects in Puerto Rico. Worked closely with Civil + MEP Engineers for the site development and permits.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, Masters, Architecture
Best Master's Architectural Thesis - Crystal Award at Virginia Tech (Alexandria, VA)
dis.PLAY - Center for the Art of Moving Images. A Film Center for Washington, D.C.
Thesis Book: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-02242006-232010/
Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Architecture
Year-2000 - Best Undergrad Portfolio - School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico.