Chris Marta

Chris Marta

New York, NY, US




CM&A, New York, NY, US, Studio Director

Studio Director at bespoke agency the focuses on high-end residential work and Experiential Spaces
- Design Director for the Global Fashion Exchange, a world wide network of clothing swaps that seek to re-educate the general public on how to reduce the toxicity of the fashion industry.
- Designed new interiors for a private home in Bronxville, interior architecture and design
- Designed and build addition to estate in Bridgehampton, architecture and interiors
- Directed the renovations and interior design of a Southampton estate over a 6-month period and with a $500 000.00 budget.
- Headed the design, documentation and management of a loft renovation in Tribeca, which was completed on time & under budget.
- Designed and built “Arches of Hope”, a collaborative effort with MTV Staying Alive foundation as fund raiser for AIDS research

Jan 2011 - current

ICRAVE, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer/Project Director

Senior Designer/Project Manager for this firm, which specializes in Hospitality and Experiential Architecture
- Directed concept development for the Riverside Center, a 750 000 square foot base build luxury rental tower on the West Side River Park
- Design and Construction of the Arlington Club, the TAO group’s latest venture on the Upper East Side with Star Chef Laurent Tourondel
- Headed the rebranding of the Bonefish Grill for Bloomin’ Brands which will be applied to all 187 locations across the US.
- Directed the concept development for Southwest Airlines airport lounge/gate concept entitled “How not to sit”

Jan 2012 - Jan 2013

Benchmarc Restaurants, New York, NY, US, Design Director

Design Director for restaurant group owned & operated by chef Marc Murphy.
- Coordinated all construction projects during my tenure, which included the maintenance of Landmarc Restaurant at the Time Warner Center, the expansion of the Landmarc Tribeca location, the design & construction of the new Ditch Plains in the Upper West Side as well as the Ditch Plains Concession Stand at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
- Lead the design of each location from schematic through construction documentation
- Expanded material selection to further enhance and develop branding for each location
- Created presentation packages for new locations at Union Square Park, Hudson Yards and World Trade Center.
- Provided client with regular design and financial updates, worked with GC to ensure timeline and budgetary adherence
- Performed feasibility studies for new restaurants by determining best possible seating configuration to forecast profit margins.
- Prepared community board packages, reviewed leases & established construction budgets
- Issued RFP’s, reviewed bids, awarded contracts & managed staff of interior & industrial designers as well as project managers
- Coordinated all pertinent filings, inspections and managed each project through construction administration

Aug 2007 - Dec 2011

Anvil NY Design, New York, NY, US, Studio Director

Studio Director at Anvil NY Design, a subsidiary of Benchmarc Restaurants, charged with all design needs of Mr. & Mrs. Murphy.
- Designed, documented and detailed their 17 000 square foot home in the Hamptons.
- Developed custom furniture, fixtures, built-ins and details for the project.
- Oversaw and managed the construction, over 2 ½ years, of the house.
- Attended weekly site meetings with GC & subs, issued SK’s, resolved field issues to ensure adherence to overall aesthetic.
- Regularly updated client and financial team on construction & budgetary progress
- Renovated their 8 000 square foot Tribeca home over a three year period.
- Patented furniture design which I exhibited at the ICFF & Maison et Object fairs in New York City & Paris.

Aug 2007 - Dec 2011

Clodgagh Design, New York, NY, US, Project Director

Project Director for Clodagh Design where I headed projects such as the W Puerto Rico, Landmarc Restaurant, Saveur Magazine, Equinox at The Highline and Kohler Designer Showroom Project.
- Directed 10 person project team which included interior designers & furniture designers as well as graphic & 3D designers
- Oversaw the production of presentation and construction documents, sourcing, pricing
- Ensured adherence to project timeline and approved budget
- Supervised Intern Development Program
- Generated architectural details library to further expand the Clodagh brand and aesthetic
- Conceived the “city spa” for Clodagh now on permanent exhibit at the Kohler Design Center in Wisconsin

Apr 2005 - Jul 2007

CCI, New York, NY, US, Project & Construction Manager/Owner's Rep

Construction Manager & Owner Representative for projects such as the Samsung Flagship Showroom at the Time Warner Center, private residence in the Richard Meier towers & homes in Montauk & East Hampton
- Supervised all aspects of construction, coordinated with architects, labor unions, fire department, authorities & management to complete this 10 000 sq. ft. showroom in a mere 10 months with a budget of $12 million.
- As owner representative I distilled and reported all issues with project to client in a clear & succinct manner to facilitate their involvement & understanding
- Interfaced with project architects, general contractor and subs to facilitate & expedite progress

Jan 2003 - Mar 2005

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Project Coordinator w/ Space Planning and Special Projects

Project Coordinator within the Space Planning and Special Projects Department at Columbia University Health Sciences Campus
- Designed, detailed & oversaw the construction of a multitude of projects deemed to be of a sensitive or special nature
- Liaised with local union representatives within the Institution to ensure proper adherence to union & OSHIA regulations
- Charged with the production of Indirect Cost Recovery, productivity, space planning & analysis reports for the Health Sciences Campus

Jan 2002 - Jan 2004

ORANGEWALLstudios architecture + planning, New York, NY, US and Paris, France , Designer

Designer & Project Manager for such prominent projects as the Levi Strauss Flagship Showroom, the Bloomberg Head Office expansion and STAR Alliance design competition in Zurich, Switzerland as well as Gap Store in Creteil, Paris, France.
- Created construction documents, client presentations & sourced materials
- Developed custom furniture, oversaw the creation of mock ups & presided over client presentation
- Headed Paris team & liaised with London office in the creation & submittal of competition entry
- Translated Gap Brand standards to French construction methodology to ensure brand identity and image were retained

Jan 2000 - Aug 2001


University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1997 - May 2001

George Brown College, Toronto, ON, CA, Architectural Technology

Sep 1995 - May 1997