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Michael Robert Cabrera Jr.

Michael Robert Cabrera Jr.

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Since I started working in the design & construction industry I have collaborated on a variety of building types, mostly in the private sector for high-end & luxury clientele. 

I continually advocate for higher standards and will forever grow and learn as a manager and designer. 

Currently I am working on a mixed-use academic building comprised of performing arts, athletic and residential spaces.


Method

See potential through activity.

See space with dimension.

Do analysis to document.

Do observation through survey.

Make structure through organization.

Make interventions via transformation.

Be specific.

Be precise.

Use imagination and multiple tools.

How does the existing…

How can we…

Employment 

Stonehill & Taylor, Architects & Planners, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

541 Lexington Ave
Maxwell Hotel
Highgate

Concept Design, Schematic Design, Demolition & CD Set, DOB Filing Set

LES
Undisclosed Hotel
Lightstone

Concept Design Team Support

Jul 2018 - current
 

Studio Michael Robert, Brooklyn, NY, US, Founder

Software Tutoring
Interior Design
Urban Design Research
Graphic and Visual Arts

May 2011 - current
 

Davis Brody Bond, Architects & Planners, New York, NY, US, Staff Architect

181 Mercer Street
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Academic Complex

Fast Track DD & CD/CA phases; 1,000,000 gsf mixed-use building comprised of performing arts, athletics and residential spaces.

Feb 2017 - Jul 2018
 

PKSB Architects, PC, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

155 Mercer Street
Dolce & Gabbana c/o Thor Equities
SoHo Retail Boutique

Lead preservationist and project architect for the conversion of a historic Firemen's Hall into a Fashion House. Fast Track CD & CA Phases; DOB/LPC filing sets, construction administration, consultant coordination, engaging the community board and OER for the building's change in occupancy and use.

4 Great Jones Street
Madison Realty Capital
NoHo residential renovation & facade restoration

Lead designer for the conversion of a historic alleyway and manufacturing building into condominiums. Programming, SD, Zoning Analysis services; Residential layouts, consultant coordination and DOB/Zoning and Facade Repair CD set.

78 Irving Place
Madison Realty Capital
Gramacery Park residential renovation & facade restoration

Site Representative for the facade repair and interior alteration. CD & CA Phases; LPC/DOB filing, project closeout, coordinating LPC & client site visits for final sign-offs.

29 E61st St, 3rd Floor
MadisonBID
Upper East Side office for a non-profit organization

Project Architect and Site Representative for bid award. Tasks include contract development and documents, GC selection, material selection and client advisement. Design-Build.

Jul 2015 - Feb 2017
 

Pratt Institute: SOA, Brooklyn, Visiting Review Critic

Visit review critic for various mid and final design studio jury reviews:

2008/2009: Undergraduate Studios & Media/Representation Courses
2009/2010: Undergraduate Studios
2015: Undergraduate Summer Option Studios

Aug 2008 - Aug 2015
 

Ismael Leyva Architects, PC, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

389 E 89th Street
Magnum Realty
Upper East Side, Residential alteration

DOB filing set, residential layouts, interior detailing

194 Orchard Street
Magnum Realty
Lower East Site, New Mixed-use construction and preservation

DOB filing set, residential layouts and CD set
Preservation of the existing Katz Delicatessen
Certification in Accessibility Housing Requirements (ADA/FHA)

Dec 2014 - Jul 2015
 

Rafael Vinoly Architects, PC, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

NYUAD; NYU-Al Fattim
Mixed-Use Academic & Residential Campus

CD/CA phase team member, production and design of the campus signage and way-finding package. Documentation of FFE for student residence halls and faculty offices.

University of South Carolina: Darla Moore School of Business
USC-New Academic Building
CD/CA phase team member, production and design of the campus signage

Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Rockefeller University-Laboratory space plan and test fit for a new facility

Protégé focused in new business for Rafael Viñoly and partners
Interim Archivist for the firm's offsite facility for publications and models

Jul 2012 - Nov 2014
 

Cornell University: AAP, Ithaca, NY, US, Assisting Instructor

Fall 2012: An Introduction to Architectural History
Spring 2013: Representation, Computational Tools for Design

Section leader for one seminar and one studio course offered by the Undergraduate Department in the School of Art, Architecture and Planning

Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
 

Hume Coover Studio / suckerpunchdaily.com, Brooklyn, NY, US, Junior Architect

Residential plan sets for projects in Brooklyn & Manhattan:
345 Park Place
25 Elm Street

Support staff for the editors of suckerpunchdaily.com

Jan 2011 - May 2011
 

A&A Design Group, New York, NY, Junior Designer

Interior space planning, archiving & marketing services for a sole proprietorship

Oct 2008 - Sep 2009
 

Craig Nealy Architect, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

CD Phase; Resort and hotel plans for locations in Trivandrum, Jaipur and Aahmedabad, India

Master planning for Hinjewadi Township, India

May 2008 - Aug 2008
 

viaArchitecture - Frederick Biehle and Erika Hinrichs pllc, New York, NY, Intern Architect

Residential CD sets for interior projects

Jan 2008 - Mar 2008
 

Education 

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Post-Professional

Focus in pedagogy & tools for design education

Accolades: Design Tactics and the Informalized City Symposium, Teaching Assistant, John Hartell Graduate Award, AAP Department Award, Study Abroad: Two week retreats: Seoul Korea 2011 & Berlin 2012

Jun 2011 - May 2012
 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Graduate w/ Honors & Outstanding Merit

Accolades: Pratt Pre-College, Pratt Circle Award, Atkinson Memorial Fund, Junge Memorial Scholarship, Amy Coe Grant, Distinguished Design Awards 2009-2011, Pratt InProcess Publication 12,13,14, Dean’s List 2009-2011, President’s List 2006-2008, Semester Abroad 2010 in Rome, Italy, 2 week retreat Berlin 2009.

Aug 2006 - May 2011
 

Awards 

Pratt Circle, Award

Pratt Institute Alumni Distinction

2011
 

AAP Award: Cornell University, Scholarship

Cornell University 2011-2012

2011
 

John Hartell Graduate Award, Scholarship

Cornell University 2011-2012

2011
 

Cornell University Teaching Assistantship, Scholarship

Associate level privileges to resources for research, study and mentoring.

2011
 

Amy Coe Grant, Grant

Pratt Institute, 2008

2008
 

Junge Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

Pratt Institute, 2007

2007
 

Pratt Grant, Scholarship

Pratt Institute, 2006-2011

2006
 

Atkinson Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

Pratt Institute, 2006

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills