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Alvaro Alvarez

Alvaro Alvarez

San Diego, CA, US

 
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Alvaro Alvarez is an architect, artist, and project manager currently living and working in the border region of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. Having been born here, he’s blessed with the opportunity to also work with his family’s multiple small businesses, expanding his experience in office-leasing, restaurant operations, and real estate private investment. Alvaro’s next endeavor will be to start his own hotel brand and design practice, and apply all his expertise into creating special and memorable hospitality experiences for guests.

Alvaro graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, & Planning in 2015, and immediately afterwards moved to New York City to begin work with the Rockwell Group. Originally starting as a college intern, Alvaro in less than 4 years became a manager of his own project, leading the design and construction of The Kanai Edition Hotel; a 180-key full-service luxury resort and the first of its brand to be built in Latin America. Parallel to managing his own project, Alvaro was also the interior project architect for 15 Hudson Yards; a 70-story residential tower in Manhattan’s west side. He was responsible for all architectural scope in the interior design and construction of 285 condominium units, and 5 amenity floors, with program ranging from a full service spa, co-working spaces, and even private restaurants and bars. After years of careful coordination and thorough design efforts, he tower was successfully completed in 2019.

Once accepted into Cornell’s architecture program, Alvaro became very involved in the university’s hospitality college, always bridging the two disciplines together and leading the way in cross-industry projects by designing pop-up dinners, collaborating in research projects, and participating in hotel-design competitions with colleagues. As an effort to understand hotel operations first-hand, he worked for 4 years as a banquets server, accumulating valuable experience in both back-of-house and front-of-house guest service.

In addition to hospitality, the subject of Neuroscience became a fascinating interest to Alvaro during his college years and beyond. He was particularly interested in the potential for architecture to positively influence the mind and body of users through science and biology - helping solve issues in learning, psychiatry, and even improve hotel experiences for guests. Alvaro had the opportunity to twice present his research at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, as a guest of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture – sharing his work with an international audience of bio-psychologists and designers.

These experiences speak volumes of Alvaro’s passion for architecture and design, and his drive to create memorable and meaningful experiences. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please reach out if you have any questions or would like to continue to conversation.

Employment 

Rockwell Group, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

As a project manager of The Kanai Edition Hotel in the Mexican Riviera Maya, I led a team of 10 employees and more than 30 consultants through the design and construction of a 180-key full-service luxury resort from initial concept kick-off to construction phase. Communicated in English and Spanish with clients and brand operators on daily basis, making sure their vision was understood and their needs were attended to in a timely manner and negotiated contract fees with subcontractors for production of renders and drawing documentation.

As the interior project Architect for 15 Hudson Yards in New York City, I was responsible for all architectural scope in the design and construction of 70-level luxury residential skyscraper, overseeing 950,000 total square feet of condos and amenities and led all coordination efforts with more than 50 project consultants, reviewing over 1,000 shop-drawings and Requests for Information, defending ours and the client’s design vision from concept to construction phase. Additionally, I produced all drawing documentation in coordination with our interior design team’s specifications and followed-up with contractors and subcontractors on their deliveries in order to meet project deadlines.

As an architectural designer (and initially as an intern), I produced architectural drawings, coordinated with consultants, and provided creative design solutions to complex problems to various projects, including W Nashville Hotel, the Nightingale Plaza club in Los Angeles, and Battersea Power Station in London.

Jun 2015 - Apr 2019
 

Amorphica, Tijuana, Mexico, Design Intern

Designed public spaces in low-income, high-crime rate community of Camino Verde, in Tijuana, Mexico.
Researched construction technologies and built low-cost, sustainable parasol.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
 

Bustamante Business Center, Baja California, Mexico, Real Estate Intern

Created investment portfolio for suspended hotels and condominiums in Baja California coast.
Communicated with government representatives and bankers to improve regional tourism.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
 

Guillot Arquitectos, Tijuana, Mexico, Design Intern

Performed site, square footage, precedent, and program analysis for an auto and motorcycle dealership project.

Worked on residential and commercial projects at various design phases with different 2D and 3D software.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
 

Education 

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Once accepted into Cornell’s architecture program, Alvaro became very involved in the university’s hospitality college, always bridging the two disciplines together and leading the way in cross-industry projects by designing pop-up dinners, working as a banquets server, and participating in hotel-design competitions with colleagues. In addition to hospitality, the subject of Neuroscience became a fascinating interest to Alvaro during his college years and beyond. He was particularly interested in the potential for architecture to positively influence the mind and body of users through science and biology - helping solve issues in learning, psychiatry, and even improve hotel experiences for guests. Alvaro had the opportunity to twice present his research at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, as a guest of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture – sharing his work with an international audience of bio-psychologists and designers.

Jan 2010 - Jan 2015
 

Awards 

Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, Other

Twice presented at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, invited to share research on the impact neuroscience has on memory, particularly museum and hotel guest experiences.

2016
 

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