Joseph Chiafari

Joseph Chiafari

New York, NY, US


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Hard working and ambitious professional seeks employment with an architectural practice in New York, NY.  I can be reached at


Ilomio / Celadon Group, New York, NY, US, Architectural Lighting Designer

Jan 2015 - current

FXFOWLE, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer (Contract Position)

Oct 2014 - Nov 2014

Pogany Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Architect

6375 N. Figueroa: Mixed-Use Residential / Commercial - New Construction (SD, DD, CD, Digital Model)

. Re-designed the commercial plan for use as a commercial kitchen and accessory office. Modeled elevations for roof railing, commercial storefront windows and skylight design solutions.

Sep 2013 - Oct 2014

Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern (Contract Position)

One Santa Fe: Mixed-Use Residential / Commercial - New Construction (CD, Physical Model)

. Re-developed the commercial plan for distribution. Contributed to the production of a 1/16” = 1’ scale model. Created elevations for final color selections for the building’s facades.

Mar 2013 - May 2013

Ivan Brice Architecture, New York, NY, US, Project Architect (Contract Position)

Co-op City: Multi-family Residential; Lobby Restoration (SD, Digital Model) 70,000SF

. Developed the design concept and SD set for 35 residential high-rise lobbies. Managed the production of presentation boards and packets for an invitational design competition.

Oct 2012 - Nov 2012

F-lab (Heather Flood), Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Fabricator (Contract Position)

Wonder Wall: Installation; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

. This work is composed of interlocking vertical and horizontal anodized aluminum strips that gently rotate. Rendered in high-contrast colors, the piece tricks the eye for a moment similar to the visual play where weft and warp threads cross.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2012

Oyler Wu Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern (Contract Position)

Screenplay: Installation; Dwell on Design 2012

. This is a twenty-one foot long screen wall that is constructed of 45,000 thousand linear feet of rope strung through a series of lightweight steel frames. Screenplay is conceived as a 'play' on one's visual perception.

May 2012 - Jun 2012

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Teaching Assistant (Contract Position)

Jamey Lyzun’s AS3032: Smart and Sustainable Systems

. Preformed preliminary grading of weekly assignments for 45 undergraduate students.

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

Gee 2000 Architects, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager

Hasan Residence: Single-family Residential; Interior + Exterior Restoration (DD, CD) 3,000SF

. Resolved a zoning conflict which forced the initial proposal to be reworked before the job is submitted for plan review. DOB requires thorough diagrams documenting existing and proposed square footage in order to warrant approval. Alterations are approved with the stipulation that 50% of envelope walls and the foundation must be retained.

Monitor Street: Multi-family Residential; New Building (CD, CA) 4,500SF

. Proposed alternatives to the initial floor plan based on the client’s request. Developed a solution with the client for the partial setback of the front and rear façades, resulting in a vastly improved unit layout for the building.

Wolcott Street: Multi-family Residential; Brownstone Restoration (SD, DD, CD, CA) 4,500SF

. Four family residential restoration through DOB approvals, design alterations, the start of construction, and a final as built document set.

Jul 2005 - Jul 2009

Ivan Brice Architecture, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Mundelein Hall (RCS): Multi-Use Education; Adaptive Reuse / Interior Design (SD, CA) 3,000SF

. Performed initial conditions survey and developed base drawings. Utilized DD set to conduct material calculations. Attended pre bid meetings with Principal Architect. Created and submitted an as built set for the NYC DOB.

175 W. 72nd Street: Multi-family Residential; Roof Repair and Restoration (DD,CD) 5,000SF

. Developed the CD set with parapet details and new bulkhead cladding; preformed material quantity calculations.

May 2004 - Jul 2005

Studio for Architecture (Mehrdad Hadighi), Buffalo, NY, US, Architectural Designer and Fabricator (Part Time - Contract Position)

McHale Archives: Fellowship Office Redesign and Installation (SD,DD,CD,CA) 200SF; UB School of Architecture and Planning

. The McHales’ concepts of mobility and transience were incorporated into a series of mobile archival cases constructed of 1/2" plate aluminum and translucent rubber.

Jan 2002 - May 2004

ADD Inc., San Francisco, CA, US, Intern (Contract Position)

Mark Hopkins Hotel: Interior + Exterior Restoration (CD, CA) 200,000SF

. Researched and applied California Building code standards for depicting compliance to earthquake retrofitting standards. Participated in site visits at Mark Hopkins and took notes for job captains. Applied ADA standards and CA handicap requirements to drawings that contained public gathering spaces. Corrected red lined drawings.

Jun 2000 - Aug 2000


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Jul 2009 - Sep 2012

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Bachelors, Technical Theater w/ a Minor in Architecture

Sep 1998 - May 2004

Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY, US, High School, Math and Science Specialized HIgh School

Sep 1994 - Jun 1998


New School / Parsons Lighting Student Scholarship, Scholarship


New School / Parsons Architecture Student Scholarship, Scholarship


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