Rolzes Diaz, LEED-AP

Rolzes Diaz, LEED-AP

Great Neck, NY, US



With over twelve years experience in architecture and design, I have compiled a diverse portfolio that includes numerous high-end apartments; commercial and mixed-use buildings; retail stores and restaurants; as well as projects with more specialized designs of curtain walls and steel structures.  I am a dynamic and creative individual who is hard working, reliable and proactive, and always looks for ways to improve / streamline the production and design process.  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 possess impeccable design and computer skills, with extensive knowledge of several software including Autocad, Revit Architecture, TurboCad, Maxwell, Twilight Render, SketchUp Professional, Layout, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.  I earned a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, have multiple certifications that include LEED-AP and NCARB, and I am in the process of taking the ARE. 

Personal Information:

Languages:  Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish.

I am a U.S. Citizen.


Building Studio Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Manager

• Oversee project managers and draftsman in the production and development of
• Developed a management structure replacing the existing non-hierarchical company
organization, with a focus on improving project tracking, quality control and meeting
• Created and established new company CAD standards and file project structure for a
faster and more efficient production of construction documents.
• Independently or as team leader, design and develop projects from conceptual design,
to construction documents.
• Prepare 3D design presentations and supporting drawings for client approval through
the use of multiple 3D and rendering software.
• Collaborate with contractors, subcontractors, and vendors during all project phases to
resolve emerging design problems.
• Lead the design and implementation of curtain wall systems.
• Prepare shop drawings for furniture design, millwork and structural steel structures.
• Perform field surveys for new projects and prepare existing condition drawings and
• Current projects include multi-story mixed-use buildings, shopping malls, retail
stores, high-end apartments, house developments, and landmark building restorations.
• Clients include: Stuyvesant Town – Peter Cooper Village with a combined total of
110 residential buildings located in Manhattan, New York. Thor Equities, global real
estate developers with properties in the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin

Oct 2015 - current

Kohn Architecture, New York, NY, US, Senior Design Director

• Designer and Project Manager for the design and development of multi story mixed-use buildings, high-end apartments, interiors, restaurants and retail stores.
• Generate design concepts and project development strategies through the use of 3D, rendering and graphics software.
• Create graphic presentations and progress drawings for client meetings.
• Coordinate meetings between contractors and subcontractors to resolve emerging construction, MEP, and structural problems.
• Explore solutions and create preliminary details to resolve technical issues between the building’s structure, construction materials, and curtain wall.
• Develop full sets of construction documents according to project specifications that meet Department Of Buildings demands and code requirements.
• Prepare and create all necessary documents and plans for the bidding process.
• Current clients include: Aimco Corporation with over 250,000 apartments in more than twenty four States; L3 Capital, Real Estate Investment Firm, developers of commercial properties in all major U.S. cities, and various other commercial and residential clients.

Oct 2014 - Oct 2015

New York Design Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Architect / Design Director

• Responsible for the design, management and development of multiple projects ranging from high-end apartment buildings, to retail stores, restaurants and designated landmark building restorations.
• Developed the Company’s design standards for a fast and efficient design process through the research, selection and implementation of graphics and 3D software.
• Produced project presentations for client review through the use of renderings, computer models, 3D PDFs, plans and animations.
• Led a design team of three to four draftsman and designers in the design process and construction document creation.
• In charge of interior design concepts and development.
• Researched materials and guide the design team with material selection and construction techniques.
• Developed graphic designs for chain restaurants, logos, brands and merchandise.
• Coordinated between project managers, clients and consultants through the design and construction process.
• Designed and engineered steel structures for building renovations, and steel decks.
• Applied sustainable design solutions to projects.
• Prepared all the necessary documentation and supporting material required by the USGBC for the submittal of credits for projects seeking LEED certification.
• Clients included: Starbucks Coffee Company, Café Metro, Flavors Cafe Corp., Nanoosh Corp., Denny’s Corp. and various other commercial and residential clients.

Sep 2012 - Oct 2014

New York Design Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Project Manager - Promoted to Senior Project Architect

• Independently or as team leader managed multiple projects while reporting to principle architects in the design development, construction documents and overall project progress.
• Collaborated with contractors, subcontractors, and vendors during all levels of projects to resolve emerging design problems.
• Prepared shop drawings for furniture design, millwork and structural steel structures.
• Responsible for the creation of architectural documents, construction techniques
and specifications.
• Supervised the expediting and permitting process of projects in order to obtain approvals.
• Attended on-site construction meetings, and performed final inspections.
• Performed field surveys for new projects and prepared existing condition drawings and documentation.
• Actively involved with the principals of the office working to develop proposals.

Nov 2012 - Sep 2013

Dynamic Concepts and Design, LLC, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager / Sustainable Architectural Design

• Coordinated and designed sustainable architectural projects from concept to construction.
• Worked on the renovation of existing buildings and houses implementing sustainable construction techniques and materials to improve building energy performance.
• Engineered building structures to integrate photovoltaic and solar thermal systems to buildings’ roofs and curtain walls.
• Assured the generation of conceptual designs and presentations to satisfy client needs and the requirements of the project specifications.
• Generated 3D models through the use of AutoCad and various 3D software for project presentations.
• Conducted building performance energy analyses to existing buildings in order to provide innovative sustainable solutions.
• Worked on the design, development and construction of the first fully sustainable and self-powered building in NYC, “The Delta Building”, Brooklyn, NY.
• Project publications: “The New York Times”, Delta Building, Off-The-Grid Living in Brooklyn, New York, 2012. “Inhabitat Magazine”, The Delta Building, New York, 2012. “New York Post”, ‘Green Stone’ B’klyn, NY 2012.

Sep 2010 - Nov 2012

Previous Work Experience, New York, New York, US - Miami, Florida, Designer, Industrial Design, Draftsman

Architecture Design Consultant, New York – From March, 2008 to August, 2010
Ulco, Co., Fairfield, CT, Industrial Designer – From September, 2002 to December, 2007
SU11 Architecture, New York, NY – Designer – From October, 1998 to October, 2002
R.A.H. Architects, New York, NY – Designer – From June, 1997 to June, 1998
R & Q Architects, Miami, FL – Draftsman – From June, 1995 to September, 1995
Bermello A. Architects, Miami, FL –Draftsman – From June, 1994 to September, 1994

Jun 1994 - Jan 2010


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture

Sep 1994 - May 1997

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, BArch, School of Architecture

Sep 1989 - May 1994

Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, US, School of Engineering

Associates of Arts in Engineering

Sep 1987 - May 1989

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