Amanda Rivera

Amanda Rivera

New York, NY, US



  • An analytical and resourceful problem solver with more than 5 years of professional experience as an Architectural designer producing and evaluating design documents for a variety of project types and scales located in New York City and abroad. 
  • Passionate about high quality architectural design and effective leadership/ mentoring. Adept at building new relationships and maintaining client satisfaction. Skilled in designing, digital modeling, planning, coordinating, focusing on details, and taking initiative to continue professional development. Currently 90% complete with IDP and will begin taking ARE exams this year.
  • Seeking to combine architectural experience with proven effective leadership and communication skills in a Project Management role. 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Fluent in the following software: 
    • Revit 2013
    • AutoCad2013
    • Rhino
    • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (CS6)
    • Sketchup
    • Maya 2011
  • Skilled in hand sketching 



Ace Mentor Program, New York, NY, US, Lead Mentor

Organized mentor team to develop project objectives and schedule. Coordinated Seniors' scholarship applications and wrote recommendations upon request. Participated on the ACE Scholarship Review Committee.

Oct 2010 - current

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Designer

•Mixed Use High Rise Residential [podium + (3) 52 story towers]. Moscow, Russia (247,700 sqm)
Designed core components and coordinated details with structural consultant. Worked on design of apartment layouts, public green roof terrace, 55' x 26' skylight design, Revit file size maintenance, and quality control of drawings' graphic consistency.

•Adaptive Reuse (Commercial) Bronx, New York (17,000 usf)
Site survey for existing walls and beam locations, Egress stair and elevator design and detailing, toilet and break room layouts, details, interior elevations, Construction Administration - RFI’s, sketches for contractor, and review of product submittals.

•US State Department - International US Embassies and facilities in New Delhi, Paramaribo, and Sarajevo (total +/-17,000sqm) , ”Secret Level” clearance. Interior layouts using Revit.

Jun 2010 - current

AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), New York, NY, US, Co-Chair

Led volunteer teams of emerging professionals ranging in size from 5-15 people. Coordinated exhibitions with budgets up to $85,000. Coordinator of general networking events, mentoring events, and ARE licensing information sessions.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant - Spring 2011
•Graduate “Comprehensive Architectural Project” Design Studio

Gallery/Exhibition Assistant - September 2008-May 2009
•Creative trouble shooting during exhibition installations, and general administrative duties.

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Dattner Architects, New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern

•Construction document drafting in Revit, physical model building, and presentation boards.

Sep 2009 - Jan 2010

Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, OH, US, Facilities Design Intern

Planning, Design, and Natural Resources Department 2007-2008 summers
•Site surveying and construction document drafting for bid sets using AutoCAD.
•Office setting was very educational as it included a highly collaborative environment which brought together many related professionals: surveyors, landscape architects, engineers, and planners and GIS team.

May 2007 - May 2008


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

•Work archived multiple semesters (2008-2011). Published in Pratt’s academic publication, “In Process”
•Work chosen to represent the Architecture Department during the 2010 accreditation review.
•Academic Excellence Award recipient

Aug 2008 - May 2011

Kent State University, Kent, OH, US, Bachelors, Architecture and Environmental Design

•Official finalist in KSU’s Integrated Design Competition (2008)
•Studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Jan-May 2007
•Honors Scholar

Aug 2005 - May 2008


Academic Excellence Award -Pratt Institute, Award


Honors Scholar-Kent State University, Award


Areas of Specialization