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Rui Almeida

Rui Almeida

Providence, RI, US

 

About 

R    U  I        A   L  M  E  I  D  A   a  r  c  h  i  t  e  c  t

27 Newton St. 02860 Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.  401-556-1762 (cell)   401-475-8639 (home)         ruigalmeida@yahoo.com

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CORE COMPETENCIES

  1. Innovative and creative thinking architect
  2. Great management and mentoring skills, with over ten years experience in teaching
  3. Strong and diverse research skills
  4. Advanced knowledge of the design process, construction documentation
  5. Strong construction administration, project budgeting and contract negotiation skills
  6. Proactive and results-oriented communication, energetic and persuasive
  7. Strong working relationships with clients, consultants and contractors
  8. Wise decision maker, problem solver and team worker, strong collaborative and professional work ethic, and professional presence with advanced experience in representing firms and organizations, inspiring confidence and expertise
  9. Highly responsible, great attention to detail, work effectively in a fast paced, high pressure and multi-task environment
  10. Strong interpersonal, writing, verbal communication and client presentational skills
  11. Proficient in AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, InDesign, Photoshop, CorelDraw and Acrobat and Microsoft Office.
  12. Fluent in English and Portuguese (speaking, reading and writing)
  13. Currently working on my thesis for a PHD in History of Art: Architecture and Urbanism (XV – XVIII Centuries)
  14. Pursuing LEED Green Associate Credential

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Regional Secretary of Economy – Government of Azores- Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Architect/Interior Designer/Project Manager/Space Planner/Graphic Designer

January 1997 – August 2012

  1. Developed and coordinated, from beginning to end, many exciting, diverse architectural projects, corporate interior architecture, experimenting and developing modern and innovative work.
  2. Provided legal and technical assistance in architectural and urban matters.
  3. Space planning and management.
  4. Preparation and coordinating public architectural and urban tenders for many building types and urban development.
  5. Legislation review and application.
  6. Represented my organization in various urban development councils.
  7. Lead roles in various in-house projects as architect and interior designer, and with many outside public and private organizations, especially for the Presidency Government Azores.
  8. Designed in-house projects for many public organizations.
  9. Designed and coordinated many product promotional and cultural exhibits, books, catalogues and pamphlets. 
  1. Functional, aesthetic and cultural results of high-level public and private offices, government council room and pressroom, investment offices, spaces for stores and cultural organizations, ranging from small to half a million dollar projects.
  2. Created and managed many space planning projects and events.
  3. Created outstanding graphic design and market interest and impact of many products.
  4. Greatly aiding my organization in many difficult and problematic, as well as day-to-day legal and technical issues.
  5. Speedy and high quality results, well before timelines set.
  6. Great results under pressure and in tight time frames.
  7. Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients in problem solving and great construction and budget results.
  8. Received first prize in the Braga Agro 2008 for best promotional stand I designed for the Regional Secretary of Agriculture.

Regional Directory of Tourism and Environment

Government of Azores -   Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Architect

August 1994 – May 2001

  1. Reviewed and approved many multi million dollar hospitality building types and sizes of touristic buildings, hotels and resorts, many of which are built testimony.
  2. Provided legal and technical knowledge and skills encompassing all types of touristic buildings, existing and new, as well as final inspections for licensing: small and large historic homes, hotels, touristic apartments and village-like resorts.
  3. Designed many in-house architectural projects.
  1. Much local architecture was saved and perpetuated from my intervention, from small vernacular buildings to wonderful manner homes, honoring and preserving architectural and historic heritage.
  2. Swiftly and very effectively accompanied projects from submitting phase to approval and licensing inspections.

 

City Hall of Ponta Delgada - S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Architect

November 1991 – September 1993

  1. Responsible for reviewing and approving many types and sizes of private and public buildings, from small to multifamily homes, residential developments, large industrial and commercial buildings and developments as well as public parks and recreational spaces, such as public gardens and camping sites, from small investments to multimillion dollar buildings.
  2. Designed many small public buildings and urban spaces for the city hall and other organizations, notwithstanding other in-house projects. 
  3. Maintained a permanent collaboration with the cultural department, providing scenery and graphic designing, for plays and exhibits, with exciting and innovative results, from beautiful stage design to posters and catalogues.
  1. Directed activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents very successfully.
  2. Headed the drafting, topographic and appraisal department.
  3. Member of the review commission of the General Urban Plan of the city of Ponta Delgada and the Main Urban Plan for the county of Ponta Delgada, island of São Miguel in the Azores, from the very start to its final approval, participating in all stages of its complex development.
  4. Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients, with great construction and budget results.
  5. Local exhibits in public institutions of in-house projects.

 

Regional Secretary of Social Housing and Public Works – Government Azores - S. Miguel, Portugal

Architect

Summer 1986/7/8

  1. Self imposed summer internships while studying for Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, to obtain greater and more profound knowledge or architectural design, especially in the social housing realm as architect.
  2. Designed and supervised the construction of many small family housing units, some new some restorations and add-ons, as specified by the local social housing laws, codes, rules and regulations set by the government.
  3. Established excellent rapport with special needs clients.
  4. Excellent architectural results in extremely tight budget and space constraints.
  5. Conducted periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
  6. Direct interaction with contractors during the construction administration phase.
  7. Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients with exceptional construction and budget results.

FREELANCE PROJECTS AND BUILDINGS

Architect and Interior Designer

  1. Since 1982, developed and maintained a freelance career as architect and interior designer with diverse and exceptional design and construction results. From the United States to Portugal.
  2. Designed over 200 projects, many of which are built, in a wide variety of interventions, from corporate interior architecture, renovations, to restorations, new buildings of many types, primarily private custom designed homes and many projects in interior architecture of office buildings and homes.
  3. Built a long and creative career in Graphic and industrial design, resulting in many products for private and public clients as well as creating my own furniture line.
  4. Created very cost affective, but innovative and comfortable homes.
  5. Great client relationship resulting in quality service and procedures.
  1. Outstanding client satisfaction.
  2. Represented clients in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts.
  3. Administered construction contracts and conducts periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
  4. Direct interaction with contractors during the construction administration phase.
  5. Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients.
  6. Homes published in national magazines and shown in local and national exhibits, in the magazine “Arquitecti”, and participation in the “Architecti Prize Competition”, Cultural Center of Belém, Lisbon (1999).
  7. Project published in magazine “Architecture and Life” - Art Gallery for Mr. António Fonseca Macedo, S. Miguel, Azores (2000).

EDUCATION

NEW UNIVERSITY OF LISBON - College of Human and Social Sciences, Portugal

Masters Degree in History of Art – Architecture and Urbanism XV-XVIII Century

Graduated: 2008 with Highest Honours

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF LISBON - School of Architecture of Lisbon, Portugal

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture

Graduated: 1989

ROGER WILLIAMS COLLEGE - Rhode Island, USA

Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology

Graduated: 1983

VOCATIONAL INDUSTRIAL CLUBS OF AMERICA (VICA) - East Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Diploma in Architectural Drafting

Graduated: 1981

COURSES

  1. AutoCAD 2010/2011- Fundamentals” – QualiCAD, Lisbon. 2010.
  2. “Graphic Design of Publications with CorelDraw and Acrobat” – INA (National Institute of Public Administration) Lisbon. 2009.
  3. “Graphic Design of Publications with Photoshop and InDesign” – INA (National Institute of Public Administration) Lisbon. 2009.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE - TEACHING

RISDRhode Island School of Design Department of Interior ArchitectureInTAR

Providence, Rhode Island

 Professor of Interior Architecture  - Introduction to Design Studio II, (term appointment)

September 12 to October 24, 2013

  1. Mentor and critique student’s projects, in-group on one-on-one settings.
  2. Support the development of student’s projects through awareness of theoretical, technical

and practical architectural practices.

  1. Evaluate and grade students works in conjunction with other professors.
  2. Performed live reviews of student’s works (in progress and final presentation), in a one-on-one and group setting in the Interior Architecture Department, including seniors and Masters degree Students.
  3. Analyzed project theme, expression, technique, significance and aesthetic value, and relationship and comparisons to other works and standards.
  4. Form critical opinion based on my extensive personal and professional knowledge, judgment and experience.

  RISDRhode Island School of Design Department of Interior ArchitectureInTAR

Providence, Rhode Island

Reviewer/Critic

May/July/October/December 2013

  1. Performed live reviews of student’s works (in progress and final presentation), in a one-on-one and group setting in the Interior Architecture Department, including seniors and Masters degree Students.
  2. Analyzed project theme, expression, technique, significance and aesthetic value, and relationship and comparisons to other works and standards.
  3. Form critical opinion based on my extensive personal and professional knowledge, judgment and experience.
  4. Westport Community Schools - Westport, Massachusetts USA

Substitute Teacher

February 2013 – Present

Seekonk Public Schools - Seekonk, Massachusetts USA

Substitute Teacher

October 2012 – Present

  1. Performed regular teacher’s class plan, collaborating with colleagues in joint teaching sessions, especially in special education sessions.
  2. Worked with children with special needs (speech, behavioral and special education). Instructed the various classes taught, overseeing student behavior, performance and development.
  3. Maintained appropriate records of test papers, student assignments and projects. Provided individual and group assistance for students as indicated by lesson plans.
  4. Creating great rapport with students and colleagues alike.
  5. Speedy and high quality results, well before timelines set.
  6. Great results under pressure and in a diverse atmosphere.
  7. Work effectively and harmoniously with staff and colleagues

Public Vocational School of Azores - Capelas, S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Vocational Teacher

October 1995 - August 1996/September 1997 – July 1998/July 1998 – March 1999/April 1999 – August 2001

Manpower Azores - S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Vocational Teacher

September 1995 - August 1996

  1. Taught diverse technical courses in drawing, drafting, history of architecture and urbanism, appraisals, graphic representation, style and constructional methods in real estate, furniture restoration and carpentry, and mentored students in vocational and high school GED educational programs. 
  2. Taught “Drafting and appraisal mediators” – drawing, “Carpentry” – drawing, “Furniture restoration” – design, and “Real estate mediators” – design, graphic representation, styles and construction methods.

Antero Quental High School/Capelas Junior High School/Canto da Maia Junior High School

S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Visual Arts/Design Teacher

September 1992 - August 2001

  1. Taught drawing and visual arts, design and theory of design, 8th to 11th grades.
  2. Special semester and annual projects between students and other classes.
  1. Home room teacher.
  2. Teacher representative to the pedagogical council.
  3. Visual arts group leader

LICENCES/AFFILIATIONS

  1. Licensed project architect in Portugal - Portuguese Order of Architects since 1989 to present.
  2. Member of the US Green Building Council – Rhode Island Chapter. Rhode Island (2011 to present).

ACTIVITIES

Throughout my life and career I have kept a close relationship to my community and profession, actively participate in social and community events, associations as well as permanently updating my technical and cultural knowledge:

Member:

  1. Secretariat Nucleus of Architects of the Azores (1991-8)
  2. Board of directors Equestrian School Master João Resendes (1992-5)
  3. Board of directors Academy of Arts Azores (1995-6)
  4. Commission of Academic Studies - Academy of Arts Azores (1995-6)
  5. Commission Art Collection, Presidency Government Azores, Sant’Ana Palace. (1997-2001)
  6. Various public competition juries - Camping park in Furnas (1998), Landscape project volcanic recreational site, Furnas (1998), governmental campaign of local food products (1998), Christmas publicity campaign for city hall (1998), logo house of culture of Ponta Delgada (1999).
  7. Taskforce, integrated management classified and special touristic interest areas (2001).
  8. Cabinet, road planning and management, lake area of Sete Cidades (2002).
  9. Technical Monitoring Commission Urban Plan, town of Capelas (2002).
  10. Technical Monitoring Commission Detail Urban Plan, village of Pombal (2002-4).
  11. Technical monitoring Detail Urban Plan, historic zone, town of Vila do Porto, island of Santa Maria (2002-4).

Director:

  1. Art director: Newspaper “Expresso das Nove”, Azores, Portugal (1993).
  2. Commission Exhibits and Cultural Affairs - Academy of Arts of the Azores, Portugal (1995-7).

President:

  1. Jury - competition public tender Urban Ideas for “Calheta de Pêro de Teive”, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal (1998).

Representative:

  1. Secretary of Economy, Government Azores. Coastal Urban Plans for the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and São Jorge, Azores (2002-4).
  2. Secretary of Economy, Government Azores, ordinance plan bay of Volcanic Lagoon of Furnas and Sete Cidades, São Miguel, Azores (2003, 2002-4).

Seminars:

  1.  “Fire Prevention and Security in Touristic Establishments” (1995).
  2. “Geographical Information Systems” (2001).

Professional courses:

  1. “Processing Information for Upper Management Decision” (2002).
  2. “The New Demands and Responsibilities of Contemporary Management” (2003).
  3. “Learning to Motivate in the Workplace” (2003-4).
  4. “Interview Evaluation Techniques for Performance” (2005).
  5. “Public Works – Award and Executions of Contract and Concessions” (2005).
  6. -“Legal Code of Public Works Contacting” (2005).
  7. “Practical Analysis of Legal Code for Public Works Contracting” (2006).
  8. “The New Legal Code for Public Works Contracting” (2009).

EXHIBITIONS/PUBLICATIONS

As my work progressed many exhibits, publications and lectures have taken place, consecrating and sharing my work and knowledge with the general public and professionals.

Individual exhibits:

  1. Urban remodelling of Poço Velho Square, S. Roque, S. Miguel, Azores (1991).
  2. Single family home for Mr. Tibério Luis Goulart de Almeida (Beira Mar Street, town of S. Vicente Ferreira) and Mr. Franciso José Pimentel de Sousa, Nª Srª da Graça Street, Covoada, S. Miguel, Azores (1995).
  3. House for Mr. Francisco Pimentel, Covoada, house for Mr. Manuel Furtado, S. Vicente Ferreira, Casa Ricardo Furtado and the offices for Mr. Rui Almeida, Capelas (1996).
  4. My “Travel Drawings, 1998-2010”, with over 100 drawings on display, Azores (2010)

Collective exhibits:

  1. “First Arts Week of Ponta Delgada” with project for a Holly Ghost Chapel for the town of Sete Cidades, Azores (1992).
  2. Cultural Centre of Belém, Lisbon, for the “Architecti” Competition, with house for Mr. Rui Gastão de Melo, Gramas de Baixo Street, City of Ribeira Grande, Azores (1999).

Publications:

  1. Magazine “Arquitecti”, participation in the “Architecti Prize Competition”, Cultural Center of Belém, Lisbon (1999).
  2. Magazine “Architecture and Life” - Art Gallery for Mr. António Fonseca Macedo, S. Miguel, Azores (2000).
  3. Colum in local newspaper “Açoriano Oriental”, entitled “Life and the City”, presenting issues on architecture and urbanism (2003-2011).
  4. History magazine “Atlântida” – paper on historic manner house São Joaquim, Ponta Delgada, Azores (#32, Oct. 21, 2010).
  5. Book of my Master’s degree thesis entitled  “Landscape and Territory in the Island of São Miguel – XV to XVIII Century”. Azores (July 2nd 2012).

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Reviewer/Critic

• Performed live reviews of student’s works (in progress and final presentation), in a one-on-one and group setting in the Interior Architecture Department, including seniors and Masters degree Students.
• Analyzed project theme, expression, technique, significance and aesthetic value, and relationship and comparisons to other works and standards.
• Form critical opinion based on my extensive personal and professional knowledge, judgment and experience.

May 2013 - current
 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Professor - Interior Architecture

Professor of Interior Architecture - Introduction to Design Studio II, (term appointment)
• Mentor and critique student’s projects, in-group on one-on-one settings.
• Support the development of student’s projects through awareness of theoretical, technical
and practical architectural practices.
• Evaluate and grade students works in conjunction with other professors.
• Performed live reviews of student’s works (in progress and final presentation), in a one-on-one and group setting in the Interior Architecture Department, including seniors and Masters degree Students.
• Analyzed project theme, expression, technique, significance and aesthetic value, and relationship and comparisons to other works and standards.
• Form critical opinion based on my extensive personal and professional knowledge, judgment and experience.

Sep 2013 - Oct 2013
 

Regional Secretary of Economy - Government of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, PT, Architect/Interior Designer/Project Manager/Space Planner/Graphic Designer

• Developed and coordinated, from beginning to end, many exciting, diverse architectural projects, corporate interior architecture, experimenting and developing modern and innovative work.
• Provided legal and technical assistance in architectural and urban matters.
• Space planning and management.
• Preparation and coordinating public architectural and urban tenders for many building types and urban development.
• Legislation review and application.
• Represented my organization in various urban development councils.
• Lead roles in various in-house projects as architect and interior designer, and with many outside public and private organizations, especially for the Presidency Government Azores.
• Designed in-house projects for many public organizations.
• Designed and coordinated many product promotional and cultural exhibits, books, catalogues and pamphlets.
• Functional, aesthetic and cultural results of high-level public and private offices, government council room and pressroom, investment offices, spaces for stores and cultural organizations, ranging from small to half a million dollar projects.
• Created and managed many space planning projects and events.
• Created outstanding graphic design and market interest and impact of many products.
• Greatly aiding my organization in many difficult and problematic, as well as day-to-day legal and technical issues.
• Speedy and high quality results, well before timelines set.
• Great results under pressure and in tight time frames.
• Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients in problem solving and great construction and budget results.
• Received first prize in the Braga Agro 2008 for best promotional stand I designed for the Regional Secretary of Agriculture.

Jan 1997 - Aug 2012
 

Regional Directory of Tourism and Environment - Government of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, PT, Architect

• Reviewed and approved many multi million dollar hospitality building types and sizes of touristic buildings, hotels and resorts, many of which are built testimony.
• Provided legal and technical knowledge and skills encompassing all types of touristic buildings, existing and new, as well as final inspections for licensing: small and large historic homes, hotels, touristic apartments and village-like resorts.
• Designed many in-house architectural projects.
• Much local architecture was saved and perpetuated from my intervention, from small vernacular buildings to wonderful manner homes, honoring and preserving architectural and historic heritage.
• Swiftly and very effectively accompanied projects from submitting phase to approval and licensing inspections.

Aug 1994 - May 2001
 

City Hall of Ponta Delgada - S. Miguel, Azores, Ponta Delgada, PT, Architect

• Responsible for reviewing and approving many types and sizes of private and public buildings, from small to multifamily homes, residential developments, large industrial and commercial buildings and developments as well as public parks and recreational spaces, such as public gardens and camping sites, from small investments to multimillion dollar buildings.
• Designed many small public buildings and urban spaces for the city hall and other organizations, notwithstanding other in-house projects.
• Maintained a permanent collaboration with the cultural department, providing scenery and graphic designing, for plays and exhibits, with exciting and innovative results, from beautiful stage design to posters and catalogues.
• Directed activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents very successfully.
• Headed the drafting, topographic and appraisal department.
• Member of the review commission of the General Urban Plan of the city of Ponta Delgada and the Main Urban Plan for the county of Ponta Delgada, island of São Miguel in the Azores, from the very start to its final approval, participating in all stages of its complex development.
• Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients, with great construction and budget results.
• Local exhibits in public institutions of in-house projects.

Nov 1991 - Sep 1993
 

Regional Secretary of Social Housing and Public Works – Government Azores - S. Miguel, Portugal, Ponta Delgada, PT, Architect

• Self imposed summer internships while studying for Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, to obtain greater and more profound knowledge or architectural design, especially in the social housing realm as architect.
• Designed and supervised the construction of many small family housing units, some new some restorations and add-ons, as specified by the local social housing laws, codes, rules and regulations set by the government.
• Established excellent rapport with special needs clients.
• Excellent architectural results in extremely tight budget and space constraints.
• Conducted periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
• Direct interaction with contractors during the construction administration phase.
• Work effectively with engineers, contractors, inspectors, city officials, decorators and clients with exceptional construction and budget results.

Jul 1986 - Sep 1988
 

Education 

New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, PT, PhD, History of Art - Architecture and Urbanism

History os Art - XV to XVIII Century, Urbanism and Architecture - landscape and territory.

Jan 2008 - current
 

New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, PT, Masters, History of Art - Architecture and Urbanism

History os Art - XV to XVIII Century, Urbanism and Architecture.

Sep 2003 - Jan 2008
 

Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (UTL), Lisbon, PT, Bachelors, Architecture

Architecture.

Sep 1983 - Jul 1989
 

Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, US, BArch, Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology.

Sep 1981 - Jun 1983
 

Areas of Specialization 

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