Catherine Panesso

Catherine Panesso

New York, NY, US

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Creative, focused, detail-oriented and resourceful architect with over 10 years of international professional experience.

I have worked on multiple areas including Concept Design, Code Research, Design Development, Construction Documents, Systems/Design Coordination, Integration of Interiors, Field Observation, Landmarks Presentation and Construction Administration.     

Proficient in both Imperial and Metric systems, Windows and macOS platforms including experience with Autodesk AutoCAD and 3ds Max, Autodesk Revit, Bluebeam Revu, Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, Google SketchUp and Microsoft Office 365.

Fluent in Spanish and English. Good understanding of Portuguese


Freelancer, New York, NY. USA / Lisbon, PT, Architecture and Design Consultant

Jan 2018 - current

The Digital Distillery, New York, NY. USA / Lisbon, PT, Creative Consultant

Worked across multiple creative channels, including web, social media, and video projects for The Digital Distillery, 1PersonCrew and Theadventurouskat.
•Organized, monitored, and edited image and video content for a Tedx Talk.
•Supported the digital team with photography and behind the scenes videos.
•Oversaw social media IG account design and managed all published content (images, video, and text).

Jun 2017 - Jul 2018

Sabbatical =), World Nomads

My husband and I took some intentional time away from work to pursued a life-long goal to travel around the world and take time off to recharge our creative spirit for 15 months. We visited 152 cities in 15 countries.
Skills refined during this time include:
•Planning and Organizing
•Time Management
•Verbal Communication
•Writing skills
•Adaptation and Appreciation of other Cultures
•Understanding of a Different way of Life
•Remote Working
•Thinking Creatively

Sep 2016 - Dec 2017

Stephen B. Jacobs Group, New York, NY, US / Lisbon, Portugal, Project Architect

70 Pine Street, New York:
As a part of a team executing 70 Pine owned by Rose Associates, a landmarked status upon both the interior and exterior, 66-story Art Deco skyscraper (previous AIG offices building) conversion to High-end residential with more than 600 units for rental and 132-rooms apartment hotel on floors 3 to 6.
Responsibilities included: design layout changes, preparation for portion of construction documents; coordination of more than 50 types of kitchens and 25 types of bathrooms, marketing plans for residential and retail spaces. Worked on various Landmarks presentation sets including retail building signage.
Construction Administration duties included respond to RFI, ASI, process shop drawings and submittals, sketches, and coordination with consultants. DOB and Fire Alarm filings.

68-74 Trinity Place, New York:
Worked with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects on Trinity Church, a mixed-use building with office space in New York City.
Member of the team responsible for the design of the community facility space, which included classrooms, a fitness center, a café, meeting rooms and office spaces. I was also involved on Schematic Design and DOB zoning filing, and worked on BSA (Board of Standards and Appeals) drawings.

Aug 2012 - Aug 2016

DF Gibson Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Fusion Academy (Educational institution with more than 40 Branches nation-wide)
450 Park Ave S, New York:
Responsibilities include Schematic Design with presentation boards, prepared Construction Documents and Site Surveying.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Freelancer, New York, NY, US, Architecture and Design Freelancer

Sep 2011 - Aug 2012

MSS + A, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

New residential, renovation, addition and alterations projects.
Responsibilities included design and modified existing plans and elevations to fit client needs, overseeing simultaneous projects development, including schematic design and design development, creating CAD design construction documents for approval of the New York City Department of Buildings.

Visited job sites, performed field measuring, gathered construction and design specifications. Coordination with consultants, contractors and expediters. Reported directly to the principal Architect.

Jan 2006 - Aug 2011

Paipa Perez Arquitectos S.A.S., Cali, CO, Architect Vizualizer

*Development of Design Concept.
*3D models and renderings
*Master plans and Interior design for a recreational center project and Michelin's

Jan 2005 - Aug 2005

IMAGINA Arquiserveis, Barcelona, ES, Junior Architect

*Extensive 3D architectural visualizations and 3D animations for residential and
commercial projects.
*Responsible for client reviews, and marketing & sales presentations.

Jan 2004 - Oct 2004


Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Master's of Science degree in Architecture. Barcelona, Spain. 2002-2004

Sep 2002 - Jul 2004

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), 3D MAX, VRAY and Mental RAY Training course. Barcelona, Spain. 2001-2002

Sep 2001 - Mar 2002

Universidad del Valle, Bachelors, in Architecture. Cali, Colombia, 2000

Sep 1995 - Nov 2000

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