Thomas Gifford

Thomas Gifford

Lake Helen, Florida, US



If your company will benefit from an architectural project manager with experience in leading projects involving programming, conceptualization and design through strategic planning, engineering and construction, the enclosed resume' will interest you.

Throughout my career, I have developed a reputation for being one who demonstrates an excellence in project execution, meticulous work habits and a mindset for continuous improvement.  I am particularly skilled at client communications, team leadership, building design, technical detailing and construction administration. I thoroughly enjoy, and excel at, collaborating with various team disciplines to ensure and validate the design intent and project goals.  Additional strengths include excellent conceptual and design talent with the ability to gain insight to the project and synthesize solutions consistent with established goals.

During my 17-year tenure with Sykes O'Connor Salerno Hazaveh Architects, I offered the following key contributions:
• Playing a key role in mentoring, coaching, and building project teams to facilitate attainment of personal and corporate goals.
• Managing and maintaining productive and beneficial working relationships with local, state, and governmental agencies.
• Providing project problem solving from simple tasks to extensive and complex project and management issues.
• Maintaining role of high producing manager of design and contract documentation for both proposed and completed projects within the United States and abroad.
• Interfacing and working with world renown clients to deliver prestigious projects, including some of the best-known gaming, hospitality, and entertainment facilities within the United States.

In the past thirty five years, I have acquired a vast amount of experience in custom residential / commercial design, casino / hotel entertainment facilities, and diversified construction.   In support of that, I am the sole proprietor of Design Build Strategies, LLC.   However due to the current industry market and economy, I am seeking a position with a firm or company that is more compatible with my educational background and professional experiences.   Working with your company may be the perfect link to obtaining that goal.  

Confident of my abilities, and proud of my achievements, I am certain that I will make a positive contribution to your company as a team member.  I also welcome the opportunity of an interview to further discuss my qualifications and any position requirements.  I am able to meet with you at your convenience and may be reached via my cell phone at: (609) 661-2525



Design Build Strategies, LLC, Lake Helen, FL, US, General Contractor / Principal and Owner

Owner and Manager of a newly formulated construction company established to provide residential renovations, additions, and diverse home improvements. In view of client project economy, strategic planning with a full service venue is provided to support both design and construction services.

Key Contributions:
• Provided company entity with a business plan and marketing strategy.
• Developed business cards, brochures, book keeping/management documents; organizes and
maintains the financial accounting of the company.
• Establishes meetings directly with the Clients, develops their needs, provides design solutions,
material lists and cost estimates, organizes the work force, and performs all work to maintain Client

Sep 2010 - current

Sykes O'Connor Salerno Hazaveh Architects, Atlantic City, NJ, US, Senior Direct / Project Manager

Represented firm at initial client meetings to evaluate project scope and content. Created project scheduling and planning from commencement to completion, and managed project team through all phases of development, monitoring performance and scheduling target dates. Developed financial feasibility to determine manpower budgeting, and identified project requirements relative to budgeting and available workforce. Ascertained consulting service requirements and organized RFPs. Collaborated with project team and owner to prepare proposal for submission to client. Completed project closeout to ensure certificate of occupancy.

Mar 1993 - Aug 2010

David Jacobson Associates, Atlantic City, NJ, US, Designer / Project Manager

Promoted within one year to Head of the Interior/Architectural Design Department, worked closely with firm’s Principal in the development of project designs, including casino layouts. Managed development of contract documentation, and directed construction process to ensure adherence to budgets and time lines.

Apr 1990 - Mar 1993


Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architectural Design & Urban Planning

Curriculum major in architectural building design with a minor in urban planning.

Sep 1979 - Jun 1987

Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ, US, Architectural Building Design

Curriculum major in architectural building design with a minor in photography.

Sep 1977 - Jun 1979


Excellence in Architectural Design, Award

Excellence in Architectural Design awarded by Drexel University for best design at the school in 1981.


Excellence in Architectural Drafting, 2nd Place

Excellence in Architectural Drafting Competition awarded by the AIA.


Excellence in Architectural Drafting, 1st Place

Excellence in Architectural Drafting Competition awarded by the AIA.


Areas of Specialization 


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