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Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

Boston, MA, US

 

About 

Three attributes define who I am as a professional in Architecture and Design that make me an ideal candidate for your team: creativity, practicality and an unwavering commitment to design integrity and project excellence. I’m also a trusted and collaborative leader with wide-ranging knowledge of every aspect of architecture. I like to say that I’m an artist firmly grounded in reality – I create superior design solutions that are efficient and enhance the lives of my clients. Here are some key highlights from my story:

I’ve been passionate about architecture and drawing since I was very young. When my parents hired an architect to renovate our home in Bogota, Colombia, I spent all my free time observing and absorbing his craft. Not long after the encounter, I created drawings and plans to redo my room. Ever since then, I’ve been determined to get the education and credentials to design and build around the world. I went to the prestigious School of Architecture and Design at Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and received a professional degree in Architecture. My talent was swiftly recognized and I had the opportunity to work beside several top architects in Colombia, both in school and on the job.

After leaving the University, I spent a year as an architectural designer at a prominent firm, responsible for project drawings and schematics through construction documents. And to deepen my understanding of the construction aspects of architecture from the ground up, I worked as the on-site architect for a building firm.

In 2005, I moved to New York to study at the Pratt Institute. After receiving my Master of Architecture, I was recruited and worked for several architecture firms, both large and small, swiftly moving from intern and project architect/manager to senior project architect/lead designer. During the past 16 years I’ve won new business and built strong relationships with clients such as GE, Ferrari, Victoria’s Secret and CNBC. Currently, I am a senior architect at M Moser Associates in New York, focused on leading and designing workplace and high-end retail environments for embassies, legal firms and financial institutions. I’ve also been instrumental in moving the global firm’s practice in the United States to a “Design-Build” approach in collaboration with the company’s leaders in Hong Kong.

Architecture is not a solo act. I’ve had the good fortune to work with and lead very talented teams of people. I’m a strong and clear communicator, fluent in both English and Spanish, and able to translate complex information and documentation into compelling stories for clients that both inspire them and effectively manage their expectations. And my deep understanding of how the details create the “Big Picture” in Architecture enables me to successfully deliver what I promised on time and within budget. 

Employment 

Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA, US, Lead Designer/Senior Project Manager

Recruited to lead, design and manage architectural projects focused on Real Estate development country wide, high-end retail environments, while promoting a partnership with clients to achieve their goals.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
† Lead designer in charge of delivering solutions for several big scale projects ranging from workplace, hospitality and high end residential towers
† Senior Project Manager in charge delivering world class projects, meeting the clients expectations while keeping profitability for the firm
† Member of the leadership group, promoting new staff engagement, motivation and mentorship throughout the firm.
† Promoting and enhancing client relationships, with excellent design solutions, within budget and timeframes.

Oct 2016 - current
 

TPG Architecture, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Manages multi-million dollar accounts focused on new real estate development of high-end commercial spaces. Work includes managing large teams, guiding and mentoring junior staff as well as collaborating directly with principals and partners. Projects include but are not limited to develop retail and commercial spaces, taking into consideration excellence in design, zoning analyses, codes compliance, budget management, and overall client and landlord representation and satisfaction; recognized for establishing new accounts as well as strengthening existing ones.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
 Grew firm’s profitability by 150% since joining the team
 Improved client satisfaction to all-time high for firm by managing projects on time and on budget.
 Paved new horizons for accounts such as SL Green, General Growth Properties (GGP), Westbrook Partners, Jones Land Lasalle and Cushman Wakefield among others, securing $5M in new projects for the firm and over 750,000 sq.ft. of new developments.
 Attracts tenants of retail and corporate spaces including Coach, Stuart Weitzman, Adidas, Swarovski and Kate Spade.

Aug 2015 - current
 

MMoser Associates, New York, NY, US, Project Architect/Designer

Recruited to lead and design architectural projects focused on workplace and high-end retail environments, optimize the use of space and budget, and focus on developing work spaces that support clients’ business goals; recognized for rewiring the U.S. business to a “Design-Build” approach.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
 Head designer working with firm’s Hong Kong leadership to create a “Design-Build” approach in the United States
 Increased efficiencies by 75% and raised the quality of our design and implementation with our clients
 Led teams and developed projects for embassies, legal firms and financial institutions that involved more than 200 thousand square feet
 Very happy clients, and increased business and profitability for the firm

Nov 2013 - Aug 2015
 

Design Republic Partners Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect/Designer

Recruited by founder of the company to help build new practice, lead the development of licensing and strategic partnerships, and identify and secure new streams of revenue for the company.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
 Spearheaded production standards within the company, and introduced new software like SketchUp and Revit to compliment the AutoCAD work
 Pitched and won new business with clients such as General Electric, competing with firms with more than three decades of experience
 Built relationship between the firm and GE, and developed master plans and interior renovations for more than a million square feet altogether for several locations, including GE Capital in Chicago, IL., Norwalk CT, New York, NY,
Scottsdale, AZ, and Crotonville, NY
 Lead designer and manager of the technical crews that developed the construction documents
 Brought in and earned the trust of new clients such as Somerset Partnership, Stoli, Ferrari and CNBC based on GE success

Oct 2011 - Nov 2013
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2005 - Jun 2007
 

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, CO, BArch, Architecture

Feb 1997 - Jul 2003
 

Areas of Specialization