Barry Yanku

Barry Yanku

New York, NY, US


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Barry Yanku

November 16, 2015

I am an architect with extensive experience in various scale projects which range in size from large mixed use towers to intricate contemporary residences.  These include some very complex residential, institutional and commercial projects which have had many consultants and large user based committees driving programmatic challenges.  I have worked for and participated on designs and master plans with talented designers and accomplished practices. As the lead project architect I have taken projects from conceptual ideas to final products.  During these projects I have often been the prime liaison between the principals and the owners, developers and departmental chairs.  As the manager of the design teams I have overseen and delegated work to large teams of varied skill sets. 

My attention to detail and excellent problem-solving skills ensure that every project I work on is done accurately and to the highest possible standard.  I am comfortable working as part of a team but also have the ability to take an authoritative role when the situation arises. My verbal communication skills and positive attitude make me an effective communicator with all clients, consultants and staff I work with. 

Over the years I have developed a keen aesthetic sensibility which has been informed by built work. I communicate through hand sketches which I use in combination with Revit, Rhino and AutoCAD developing the designs through construction. The focus of my career has been on the integration of digital processes in the representation and production of design.  In my recent assignment with the Queen Anne Academic Center, a $75M Arts complex for Music and Theater, I created the team’s work plan for offices on both coasts based on the initial concept models.   This was continually updated to reflect the construction budget challenges, for the team, as the project evolved.  My prior experience in teaching has allowed me to become a mentor for the younger architects and I have been a participant and presenter for the firms I have been with. The last 3 projects I have worked on were LEED Silver and I am pursuing my LEED AP credentials.

Barry M. Yanku



Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Inc., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Senior Project Architect for the renovation and expansion of Prince George’s Community College, Queen Anne Academic Center. The academic center will provide an educational environment that will allow the College to create a comprehensive Liberal Arts academic performance and communication curriculum. The new Academic Center will support and expand major departmental components to include Theatre, Dance, Music, Mass Communications, Communication and Public Relations and Journalism spaces. The new Queen Anne Academic Center will retain an existing theatre building and expand the facility through a 136,545 GSF addition. the new building has a 5 new theaters including a Black Box Experimental Theater, a Main Stage, an Auditorium, a Recital Hall and a Dance Space. Cost Approx.: $80,000,000 Completion: 2018

I led a team of young architects and coordinated work with many consultants to assemble bid documents for this project. The project was divided between offices in New Yow and Los Angeles. The 5 Venues were primarily developed by the LA office and we developed the Core and Shell. This is a LEED Silver Project.

Jun 2014 - current

Deborah Berke Partners, New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER: Addition and Renovation to The Rockefeller Arts Center, at SUNY Fredonia. This 56,000 square foot, 25 million dollar facility is slated to start construction in March 2013. The building is clad with a custom zinc curtain wall. Program includes performance and art studios. This is a LEED Silver project.

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York, NY, US, DESIGN PROJECT MANAGER

Managed an extremely challenging six hundred million dollar, 700,000 square foot mixed-use residential high-rise tower in Manhattan, New York, which is currently in construction. I managed the production of design documents and was the lead design coordinator on our team and managed a staff of ten architects. This project utilized a fast-track procurement/construction process requiring intense design and documentation efforts. I also managed a 1,422,000 square foot master plan at Washington University’s, Center for Biological Imaging.

Projects include:
* 432 Park Avenue Residential Tower - 600,000 square feet
* Master Plan – Wash. Univ. - Center for Biological Imaging

Dec 2010 - Jun 2012

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark Heights, NJ, US, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR: Undergraduate and Graduate Design Studios

Graduate Design Studios: Prefabrication in Housing and Museum Design.

Jan 2004 - Feb 2007

Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects, llc, New York, NY, US, PROJECT ARCHITECT

Assisted Associates and Principal’s with from Schematic Design to and through Construction, researching code and zoning issues; responsible for developing schematic designs within program and cost requirements, supervised construction document production and construction administration, coordinated with consultants and contractors, made periodic site visits; mentored junior staff.

Projects included:
* Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield, MA
* Cameron Museum of Art Wilmington, NC
* Quadrangle Group, LLC, Seagram’s Building New York, NY
* Universal Studios Office Building Beverly Hills, CA
* Mid Manhattan Library New York, NY
* Dell Lake House and Boathouse Austin, TX

Oct 1996 - Jan 2004

Polshek Partnership, New York, NY, US, Designer

JUNIOR DESIGNER: Responsible for numerous public and private buildings, including detailing, coordination and shop drawing checking plus field supervision. Extensive experience in elaborate acoustic wall and door detailing as well as curtain wall details. Construction documents for Carnegie Hall.

Sep 1983 - Jan 1988


University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Jan 1978 - Feb 1981


House for the Next Millennium, Honorable Mention


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