Douglas Simes

Douglas Simes

St. Louis, MO, US




My experience is in all design phases and construction administration on institutional and residential projects at New York City architectural firms.  My background includes experience in sustainability strategies and ‘green’ design, knowledge of a broad range of architectural theory and methodologies, office management and client interfacing.  In addition to proficiency with AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop and Illustrator, I have experience with 3D modeling/animation software.  I am also an accomplished hand renderer and life drawing artist.

I hold a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute (2007).  

From September 2014 to April 2019 I was on the staff of Rawlings Architects, an award-winning firm in New York City, working on a variety of projects including two adaptive reuse residential projects in Brooklyn.  My concept sketches were used to design a street facade element on a residential project in Manhattan. Most recently, I used Revit on a school project in Brooklyn for the NYC SCA.

From May 2012 to December 2013 I worked for Helpern Architects in the East Village of New York City.  Project involvement included the schematic design phase of the restoration of the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale, construction documents for the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in upper Manhattan and construction documents and administration for the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in midtown.  In addition, I collaborated on a roof inspection project for various Con Edison facilities, drafting all drawings for the report.

From 2008 to 2010 I worked as an architectural designer and draftsman for Roberta Washington Architects, P.C. in Harlem where I was primarily concerned with construction documents and construction management issues for a 42,000 square foot ‘green’ school project in Brooklyn.  Specific duties on this project included mechanical and structural coordination, overall drawing revisions, maintenance of finish schedules and drafting revisions for our field representative during the construction phase. I also worked on schematic design and design development phases of smaller institutional and housing projects.


Rawlings Architects PC, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

PS 557K, K-5 School in Brooklyn, NY – New 5-Story Construction with Existing Masonry Facade
• Complete Interiors Package generated in Revit; Millwork Details, Door Schedules and Details: Electrical and Mechanical Coordination, Shoring Coordination, Signage Drawings

120 JAVA STREET, BROOKLYN, NY – 5 Story Residential Condominium, Heavy Timber Frame, Adaptive Reuse
• Wall Sections (Envelope); Kitchen plans & elevations; Energy Code calculations for envelope

PS 303Q, K-5 SCHOOL IN QUEENS, NY – New 2-Story Construction
• Complete Interiors Package executed in Revit; Materials presentation rendered in Illustrator

304-308 MULBERRY STREET, NEW YORK, NY – New 14 Story Residential Condominium
• Design concept for decorative bronze window screen at lobby entrance; CD’s, Energy Code Calculations

591 THIRD AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY, “THE LINDLEY” – 15 Story Residential Condo, New Concrete Construction
• Wall Sections (Envelope); Kitchen plans & elevations; Energy Code calculations for envelope

Other project assignments: Adaptive reuse condo in Brooklyn; Affordable Housing Project, Queens

Sep 2014 - Apr 2019

Helpern Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect


• Revised CD set; CA Phase: drafted revision sketches and issued ASI's; maintained shop drawing & ASI logs
• Extensive site visits; extensive vendor, consultant and contractor contact; materials & finishes research
• On-site surveys for design & HVAC alterations; assembly of mock-ups


• CA tasks: sketches, ASI's, shop drawing submittals, ASI & shop drawing log maintenance
• Design & detailing: decorative entrance railing & embedment, decorative entranceway transoms
• Detailing of entrnce door frame & saddle conditions: lobby flooring details


• Schematic Design and CD drawings, existing conditions surveys, millwork drawings
• Assembly of full-scale furniture mock-ups
• Adapt millwork elements for HVAC units; design of decorative grilles

May 2012 - Dec 2013

Roberta Washington Architects, P.C., New York, NY, US, Staff Architect

PS 971K for NYCSCA, Brooklyn, NY – 4 story & basement ‘green’ building, 42,000 sq. ft.:

• Revised construction documents and coordinated mechanical and architectural drawings
• Managed bulletin change orders including drawings and specifications revision, cost estimates and narratives; prepared architectural and MEP drawings for Building Department filing
• Constructed model and mock-ups to demonstrate cafeteria ‘Percent-for-Art’ project
• Close collaboration with firm site representative on drawing revisions required by field conditions
• Extensive client and New York City agency contact

Other projects and responsibilities:

• Preparation of construction documents from physical survey; zoning and building code analysis
• Project management of Public Assembly drawings for Bronx childcare center (including survey)
• Schematic design drawings of proposed housing and cultural projects
• Rendering with CAD, Photoshop and Illustrator; Preparation of marketing and Web site material

Jan 2008 - Nov 2010

Arpad Baksa Architect, P.C., New York, NY, US, Staff Architect

• Mark-ups, elevations (interior and exterior), sections and site plans
• Proposed plans and removal plans; dimensioning; MEP coordination
• Power & data plans; RCP's; Light and Air Calculations
• Existing plans from surveys; Photoshop presentation images of existing building elevations

Aug 2007 - Nov 2007

Roberta Washington Architects, P.C., New York, NY, US, Executive Assistant/Office Manager

• Processed proposals, scopes of work, outline specifications and project manuals
• Logged in shop drawings and R.F.I.'s; devised standard digital file system for CSI format specs

Aug 2001 - Aug 2004


Pratt Institute, MArch, Master of Architecture

3-year first professional degree program. Intensive studio work involving a variety of 3-D modeling/animation software.
Supportive courses in structures, building construction and systems.
Extensive seminar investigations in architectural theory requiring written assignments.

Sep 2004 - May 2007

Yale University, Masters, School of Drama Acting Program

Conservatory program in acting and performance.

Sep 1975 - May 1978

Lehigh University, Bachelors, Engineering & Liberal Arts

Two years of study in the civil engineering program.
Ultimately graduated with a B.A. in English.

Sep 1967 - May 1971


Art Students League Red Dot Award for "Best in Show": Sanguine Portrait, Award

The Red Dot is awarded to work judged to be best in show in the annual student concours exhibitions.


Publication: Art Students League Catalog - Drawing, Other

Self Portrait graphite drawing appeared on Sherry Camhy's instructor page in the ASL Catalog as an example of her students' work.


Publication: Pratt School of Architecture InProcess 11 - Archived Project, Other

Studio project recognized for publication in annual Pratt catalog of distinctive work.


Publication: Pratt School of Architecture InProcess 12 - Archived Project, Other

Studio project recognized for publication in annual Pratt catalog of distinctive work.


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