I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Brazil, and have worked in New York City for 9 years in highly reputable firms. I am a member of the Architectural League of NY and a licensed architect in Brazil. In 2008 I joined the Certificate program in Green Building Design at Cooper Union University. Academically I have taught design and theory courses at Architecture undegraduate programs in Brazil. Throughout my career I have also had the chance to dedicate myself to my own architectural practice which can be seen at http://www.anarolim.com/eng/ and http://coletivo-rt.tumblr.com/ (for latest work).
My professional experience includes both architecture and interior design, with a focus on residential, hospitality and retail.
I believe architecture and interior design should aim to provoke unique and exciting spatial experiences while, at the same time, respect the building / intervention sites physically and historically, the environment, and both the nature and constructability of materials. I am interested in a non-universalist approach towards the design process, where its interaction with the history of the city and its architectural legacy, contemporary art and culture play decisive role.
Matthews Hospitality Group, New York, NY, US, Senior architectural designer
Worked from design concept through construction phases. Elaborated presentation and sales renderings, design development and construction documents. Attended meetings with clients, consultants and local agencies. Worked directly with contractors via meetings and site visits. Main projects included destination condo-hotels: Point Breeze Club (Nantucket, MA) and Palm House (Palm Beach, Florida).
Rockwell Group, New York, NY, US, Senior architectural designer
Worked from design concept through design development. Elaborated presentation, design development and construction documents, coordinated and supervised in-house staff while working in a team. Attended meetings with clients, as well as, coordination meetings with consultants. Main projects: Virgin Spa and Hotel, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ (Client: Virgin); Nobu Restaurant, Los Angeles (Client: Meir Tepper and Chef Nobu).
Walker Group/CNI, New York, NY, US, Architectural designer
Worked from design concept through design development. Elaborated presentation, design development and construction documents, coordinated and supervised in-house staff while working in a team. Attended meetings with clients, as well as, coordination meetings with consultants. Main projects: Esprit Stores (NYC Flagship, Mall Stores in New Jersey and New York State); Pauli Moto’s Asian Bistro (South Windsor, CT; Tysons Corner, VA and Foxwoods Casino, CT); Empire Stores, Brooklyn, NY; Union Street Residential Complex (Union City, New Jersey).
The Cooper Union, New York, NY, US, Green building design
Green Building Design Continuing Education Program (110 hrs completed).
Credits completed were, as follows:
Distributed and Renewable Energy;
The Cybernetic Principles in Sustainable Design;
Sustainable Design Principles;
Continuing Education in Retrofitting Green;
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, BR, MArch, Master Degree in Urban Development and Architecture
Thesis theme: The Modernity of The Suburbs in Recife, Brazil, during the 1950s and 1960s - How the modern suburban building originated. Case study of the neighborhoods of Casa Amarela, Afogados and Encruzilhada.
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, BR, BArch, Architecture and Urbanism
Thesis theme: Intervention at Sao Jose do Ribamar Patio (A new site and building design for a patio in a historic neighborhood in downtown Recife, Brazil) .
Design of for renovation of an existing building a new one to house the headquarters for the Regional Council of Doctors of the State of Pernambuco, Brazil.
1994 International Forum of Young Architects - II International Biennal of Architecture of Brazil (1994) - Theme: Urban renewal of the Pina Bay area of Recife/PE, Brazil. Award: Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention
Theme: Urban renewal of the Pina Bay area of Recife/PE, Brazil.
1993 National Competition for Students of Architecture Gama Filho University, 3rd Place
Team: Ana Rolim, Mauro Normando & Renata Komuro
Theme: Affordable housing, a permanent challenge