Jody Menos

Jody Menos

New York, NY, US

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My name is Jody Chan Menos.  I am a designer, architect-in-training, and a co-founding partner of Human Being Design, a full-service design practice with a focus on human happiness, wellbeing, and personal identity.

I am also a Board Member and the Director of Research and Design for Trenton Grows, a nonprofit, youth-oriented community gardening organization.

Beginning in 2009, I’ve had professional experience in the fields of planning, design, architecture, and construction. This includes nearly two years with Arrowstreet in Boston as a Job Captain and over 3 years at Hart Howerton in New York as an Architectural Designer and Job Captain on several high-end projects.

I attended the Syracuse University School of Architecture and attained a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree. While at Syracuse, I served as an AIAS and ASO Class Representative, and with a classmate, I was a recipient of the First Place Award for the King+King Comprehensive Design Competition.My particular areas of focus include: master planning, habitation design, food-related architecture, environmental issues, and human rights.

I am fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified), with basic Italian.



Human Being Design, Princeton, NJ, US, Co-founding Principal

01.2018-Present: Multi-Human Urns (1), (2) and (3), for private clients: concept phase
08.2017-06.2018: Trenton Grows Educational Garden, Trenton NJ, for Trenton Grows Inc. 501(c)(3): completed, disassembled
08.2016-Present: Santa Fe Residential Retreat, Santa Fe, NM: 50% SD

Dec 2017 - current

Woolley Morris Architects, Princeton, NJ, US, Project Manager

Responsible for the Construction Documents (permit set) and construction administration for a private client’s mixed-use commercial-residential complex near Princeton Junction Train Station, New Jersey. This project consists of six conjoined two-and-one-half-story row houses for sale, and a two-story building containing 17 apartments above a 12,000 square-foot ground floor of commercial space for rent.

Aug 2017 - current

Freelance, Remote, Designer, Drafter, Model Maker

05.2016, 10.2016, 04.2017: Shore Residence (1), (2), and (3), NJ, for Atlantic Property Development: presentation rendering, plans
11.2013: Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania, PA, for 1100 Architect: physical modeling

Nov 2013 - current

Arrowstreet, Boston, MA, US, Job Captain

01-08.2017: Hampton Bay Complex master plan and townhouses, Long Island, NY: wood construction, CAD drafting, subdivision plan, design input, hand sketch, SD, plans, elevations, presentation preparation, massing studies, roof studies, grading studies, code studies, consultant coordination
10.2015-08.2017: Greybarn Residential Complex multi-family units, clubhouse, and mixed-use (phases 1-4), Long Island, NY: wood construction, site plan submission, building permit set, conceptual, SD, DD, CD, GMP set, CA, precedent and structural studies, design input, Revit modeling, material research and selection, occupancy and code studies, massing and roof form studies, firewall studies, setback studies, unit mix studies, drainage studies, site plans, plans, sections, wall sections elevations, interior elevations, RCPs, details, finish schedule, lighting schedule, door and window schedule, consultant coordination, presentation preparation, digital rendering, submittals, RFIs, SIs, SKAs, site visits, punch list
07.2016: Canoe Place Inn Rehabilitation, Long Island, NY: historic hospitality renovation, historic research, code research, site visit, consultant coordination, Revit modeling
03.2016: Oser Avenue Residence multi-family condominium, Long Island, NY: site studies, precedents, material research, inspiration packet
02-03.2016: Islands Hill Multi-Family Residential Complex master plan, Long Island, NY: conceptual, site research, site plan, site sections, site and topography studies, massing studies, SketchUp modeling, digital renderings, presentation preparation
01-03.2016: Hyde Square Task Force Youth Community Center Renovation, Boston, MA: pro bono, alternate bid studies and coordination with GC and client, site visits, acoustic studies with consultants, as-built surveys and documentation, demolition plans, plans, sections, Revit modeling, material research and selection, occupancy and code studies

Spring 2016 – Summer 2017: Tour planner and guide for firm field-trips to Boston neighborhoods

Oct 2015 - Aug 2017

Hart Howerton, New York, NY, US, Job Captain & Architectural Designer

As Job Captain:
06-09.2015: Hanalei Club Residential Complex stacked duplex, bungalow, cabana, spa pod, and “starter’s hale” (entrance pavilion), Kauai, HI: SD, digital rendering, precedent studies, roof studies
04-07,12.2013, 03-06.2015: Makena Residential Complex master plan, 8-plex, and 6-plex, Maui, HI: concept, SD, precedent, massing, and garage studies, design input, digital rendering, presentation preparation, SMA submittal, consultant coordination
09-11.2012, 08.2013, 05.2014-03.2015: Maravilla Los Cabos residential villas, single-family residence, and clubhouse, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: concept, SD, DD, precedent and structural studies, design input, SketchUp modeling, material research and selection, site plans, sections, and site wall studies, interior elevations, door and window schedule, consultant coordination

As Architectural Designer (New York, NY)
10.2014, 3-4.2015: Taos Ski Valley Resort master plan, Taos, NM: concept, area calculations
02-03, 07-10.2015: “The Summit” Residential Golf and Tennis Club Complex master plan, Las Vegas, NV: concept, garage study, presentation preparation, consultant coordination
12.2014-01.2015: Ritz Carlton Reserve Hotel, Pearl Island, Panama: DD, design input, SketchUp modeling, structural studies
12.2014: Villini Neighborhood master plan, Rome, Italy: concept, plan diagrams, marketing research, neighborhood and renovation studies
08.2013, 02-04,06,09-10.2014: Dalian Resort Hotel master plan, Dalian, China: English-Chinese translation
09.2014: “The Hills at Southampton” Golf Club and Residential Complex master plan, Southampton, NY: concept, site studies, manual rendering
02,05,09.2014: Silo Ridge Residential Golf Club and Golf Academy master plan, Amenia, NY: concept, SD, ground plane plan, hardscape plan, planting plan
03.2014: Royal Isabela Hotel Renovation, Puerto Rico: concept, plans, site sections, presentation preparation
03,05-06.2013, 3.2014: Buenaventura Residential Complex condominiums and townhouses, Buenaventura, Panama: concept, SD, design input, SketchUp modeling
02.2014: University of Virginia (UVA) Foundation master plan, Charlottesville, Virginia: concept, area calculations, presentation preparation
02.2014: Mountain Residence, rural NC: concept, housing prototype research, precedent studies
02.2014: HH Office Interior Renovation, New York, NY: as-built surveys, CD, specifications
06.2013-01.2014: “The Cloisters at Sea Island” Hotel Renovation and Expansion, Sea Island, GA: DD, CD, bid set, cut sheet, demolition and structural studies, interior and exterior details, hidden elevations, specification, value engineering, consultant coordination
12.2013: Faldo Residence: additional services, RFI plans and elevations
03,05.2013: Friedkin Residence, Bahamas: concept, plans, elevations, SketchUp modeling, presentation preparation
12.2012-05.2013: El Dorado Hilltop Residential Village master plan, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: concept, SD, design input, site and grading studies, massing and stair studies
02.2013: Sunset Boulevard Mixed-Use Building, Los Angeles, CA: concept, section
01.2013: Jupiter Island Beach Club, Jupiter Island, FL: SD, area calculations, presentation preparation, additional services

As Event Planner:
Spring 2013 – Fall 2015: Annual holiday parties and summer retreats (attended by more than 100 persons)

Also served as Softball Manager and part of Social Committee.

Sep 2012 - Oct 2015

Junior Achievement Organization, New York, NY, US, Volunteer

Practical architecture and urbanism with third grade students

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013

Gammon Construction Limited, Hong Kong, HK, General Contractor Intern

Hysan Place Mall, by KPF: Interdisciplinary team member, on-site assistant to project manager, façade installation supervision, Chinese-English translation

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Lu Tang Lai Architects, Hong Kong, HK, Architectural Intern

Multiple commercial building façade studies: CAD drafting, presentation preparation, Chinese-English translation

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Syracuse Architecture Exhibition Committee, Syracuse, NY, US, Assistant Curator

Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects exhibition coordinator, Neil Denari, Audrey Matlock, Preston S. Cohen, Michael Bierut exhibitions installed, Slocum Gallery

Sep 2009 - May 2010

Habitat for Humanity, Hong Kong and Syracuse, Volunteer and Fundraiser

Spring 2009: AIAS Syracuse
Spring 2007: Residential construction in Cambodia’s flood-zone

Feb 2007 - May 2009


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch, professional degree)
Thesis: Architectural Response to the Global Water Crisis: Border Brewery
Study Abroad: Barcelona, Madrid, London (Foster + Partners studio), Florence
*1st Place Award: King + King Comprehensive Design Competition

Syracuse Architecture employment and services include:
- Exhibition Committee, Assistant Curator
- American Institute of Architecture Students, Class Representative
- Architecture Student Organization, Class Representative
- Chair, Annual Beaux Arts Ball
- Chair, Annual ASO Auction (fundraising event)
- Senior Class Giving Committee Event Coordinator
- Student Advising Team Peer Advisor
- Annual Beaux Arts Ball Installation Designer and Fabricator

Aug 2007 - Aug 2012

Chinese International School, Hong Kong, HK, High School, International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma

Sep 2000 - Jun 2007

Cornell University Summer Architecture Program, Ithaca, NY, US, Summer Architectural Program

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Summer Architectural Program

Jul 2005 - Aug 2005


King + King Comprehensive Design Competition, 1st Place

Each year the King & King Architects Leadership by Design Prize recognizes excellence in the School of Architecture’s comprehensive studio. After a rigorous semester, each studio nominates teams of students to present their projects in a competition which is juried by members of the firm. From this choice of top projects, three winners are selected and recognized for their excellence in comprehensive studio.


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