Abdiel Gonzalez

Abdiel Gonzalez

Austin, TX, US



Experienced design and construction professional in the Residential and Commercial construction industries.  Through my years in the industry, I've had the pleasure to work with various clients, construction methods, and typologies.  My architectural and design experience is based in residential, light commercial, and retail construction in new builds, tenant interiors, and remodel projects.  I'm a cool customer during the progress of a project, rarely letting the stress impede on the job at hand.

When I'm not in the office, I enjoy my time with my wife and two young daughters.  I've also enjoy getting lost in cooking and baking for my family.  I make a very convincing Hostess style Cupcake, curlicues and all.



Kendra Scott Design, Austin, TX, US, Development Project Manager

Project Manager for new store design and construction, including refresh programs.
•Lead new store design throughout the key phases of the design process, from Preliminary Schematics to Final Construction Documents.
•Manage Real Estate critical dates and information with the company’s Design and Architecture team.
•Coordinated and managed external vendor partners (including millwork and signage) for design and development of new store items.
•Partnered with internal teams (IT, Loss Prevention, Marketing, Design and Merchandising) on new store layouts and fixturing.
•Developed design review packages, with rendered views, for Executive approvals and coordinated Executive comments with the external design and construction teams.
•Reviewed final store build outs, created punch lists, and assisted with new store set ups with Retail Operations.

Nov 2014 - current

MLAW Engineers, Austin, TX, US, Framing Department Manager

Department manager for single-family residential, multi-family, and light commercial framing design.
•Coordinated with clients on design philosophies and procedures on frame designs.
•Reviewed plan production for quality control and compliance with current building codes.
•Provided additional support to Forensics group on review of existing building conditions and solutions for the current adopted building codes.

Aug 2012 - Oct 2014

Embree Construction Group, Georgetown, TX, US, Design Manager

Project manager responsible for on-going design coordination for national high-end retail design and planning in new build and remodel projects.
•Coordinated the construction document process and oversight with various A/E consultants and external lighting and signage partners.
•Assisted in developing and refining the store prototype brand for national rollout.
•Reviewed site suitability with lease outline, landlord work, and tenant design criteria.
•Developed project schedules and project feasibility with client milestone targets.
•Created design budgeting with anticipated consultant fees and expenses for client approval.
•Managed and mentored employees in architectural practice and production duties.

Jun 2010 - Aug 2012

BottinoGrund Architects, Austin, TX, US, Jr. Architect

Project lead for commercial store layouts and municipal/performing arts projects.
•Interacted with clients and building shell architects to create and modify conceptual store layouts, via sketch and CAD, and transitioned drawings into full design development set.
•Instituted processes for 3D model creation for project visualization to aid in design development and resolve potential construction problems.
•Investigated ways to bring sustainability to each project with material specifications, lighting selection and layout, and coordinated the intent with the Construction Document Architects.
•Resolved construction issues during Tribeca, Millburn, and Paramus projects to maintain original design intent and keep construction delays to a minimum.

Oct 2005 - Apr 2009

MLAW Engineers, Austin, TX, US, Special Project Coordinator

Project manager for client support of single-family residential and light commercial construction.
•Examined Client construction issues (Pre, During, and Post Construction) and provided engineered solutions to resolve problems.
•Create and coordinate special repairs for framing and foundations with client and subcontractors.
•Inspected repairs and documented remediation for compliance.
•Analyzed field inspection reports from office staff for the completion of repair letters or compliance letters.
•Coordinated the creation of code compliant engineered lateral bracing plans for clients.

Jul 2003 - Oct 2005


University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US, BArch, Architecture

New Urbanist/Contemporary design studies and theory with Minor in History.

•George Merrick Academic Scholarship, Aug. 1998 - May 2003
•Provost Honor Roll, Fall 2002
•Dean's List, Spring 2002, Spring 2003

Travel Programs
Rome Program
•Upper level study abroad design studio
Rome, Italy
Aug. 2001 - Dec. 2001

Ideal City, Real City
Oil on canvas submission; The Return of Luigi
Sabaudia, Italy
Dec. 2001 - Jan 2002
•Conceptual gallery design submission for a Giorgio DiChirico museum.

International Housing Competition
Design assistant with Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R Studios
Guanajuato, Mexico
Dec. 2002

Aug 1998 - May 2003

Areas of Specialization