Ronald de Villa

Ronald de Villa

Highland Park, NJ, US

View Portfolio


Experienced institutional and urban design architectural manager and designer, with a background experiences ranging from strategic programming through construction administration.  Licensed in NY, NCARB, & LEED AP (legacy). Conversant AICP protocols, interested in Passivhaus.

Seeking an architectural leadership position in a firm deeply involved with New York City and tri-state area, urban, educational and cultural projects.

I have worked at many scales, from fussing with details during shop drawings, through largest scale, foreign and domestic RE development Master plans.  On one hand, this entails knowledge of products and means and methods, while program and code compliance and BIM management of/for commercial and institutional projects requires institutional skills.  I have presented, interviewed/data collected, and worked collaboratively with client groups, academic end users, code officials, general contractors and construction managers, in-house and consultant engineers and most personally valuably, mentoring junior staff to bridge the gap between our discipline's training, and the realities of contemporary practice.


Nelligan White Architects, New York, NY, US, Studio Leader

Leadership in design coordination on complex educational and community facilities with state-of-the-art building envelope systems in urban schools.
Met at NYCHA for Baruch Houses Infrastructural planning and coordination.

Sep 2018 - current

Paulus Sokolowski and Sartor, LLC (PS&S), Warren, NJ, Associate, Senior Architect

• Leadership in design coordination on complex institutional and commercial facilities, with state of the art building systems in urban, brownfield sites.

Feb 2013 - Aug 2018

Adamson and AAI, New York, Architect, Design Coordination

Leadership in design coordination with Design Architect as AOR on design team for complex commercial facilities, with state of the art building systems on a waterfront, brownfield site.

Jul 2012 - Jan 2013

Davis Brody Bond, LLP, New York, NY, US, Associate, Project Designer

• Leadership of design implementation on large teams for complex institutional and higher education facilities, with an emphasis on science facilities.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2012

RMJM (Hillier), New York, NY, US, Associate

• Directed program-based planning and building design from marketing and pre-schematic phases through construction in the following sectors: transportation and infrastructure, science-technology, healthcare, higher-education, Pre-K to 12, mixed-use, housing, civic, and urban design.
• Spearheaded business development initiative to help establish and manage Global Transportation Architecture and Urban Design Studio in North America with GTAS Managing Director and Principals in Hong Kong and New York. Directed project prospect research. Supported RFPs by producing proposals, staffing, fees, schedules, and internal papers. Engaged in outreach to engineering partners and transportation authorities.

Jan 2001 - Jan 2011


Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, New Brunswick, NJ, US, Masters City Planning

Class work, Planning Law, core M.C.P. class on planning and regulatory law, with an emphasis on legal precedent and principles, and NJ redevelopment & case law.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, MArch, School of Architecture

First professional degree, with emphasis on design of complex urban and intensely rural projects, with both a high disciplinary specific (i.e. HTC and history of science and engineering) and technical, pragmatic outlook. Three year degree.
Thesis advisor: Laura Kurgan, Dir. of Graduate Studies, Mark Wigley, Ph D. Title: "Theatre of Operations. HQ for Medecins Sans Frontiers"
Studios with Dean R. Lerner, Mario Gandelsonas, Liz Diller, Nasrine Seraji.

Sep 1996 - Jun 1999

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, B.A. Architecture (non NAAB pre-prof.)

Bachelor of Arts, in a rigorous, humanities and Great Books Core Curriculum, with a major in architecture with a sub concentration in art history, with four semesters of studio work for preparation to enter a M.Arch. professional program.
Winner of Departmental Award on graduation, Deans List.

Aug 1991 - May 1995

Areas of Specialization