Jenny C Cadena

Jenny C Cadena

New York, NY, US

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I am a Designer with an Architecture and Urban Design background. 

My interest is to work for an architectural firm where I can apply my knowledge in hospitality, high end residence, and commercial architectural projects. I can bring a project from the schematic design to the construction document phases. I am a multitasker, fast learner, and can handle different projects at the same time. I am able to work under pressure, and I enjoy working on a collaborative environment.  


Self Employed, New York, NY, US, Independent Contractor

-Working as an independent contractor supporting small firms in the development of construction documents, 3D concept studies, and surveys.

Sep 2020 - current

Gonzalez Architects, Miami, FL, US, Project Designer

Participated in different phases of design from schematic to Construction Documents on a varying range of projects that included hospitality, residential, and mixed-use. Heavy involvement from the design development to the bidding process and part of construction administration.
Responded to the client's demands in a timely manner while working on different projects at the same time.
Coordinated drawings at different phases with different consultants.
Constantly worked with exterior Interior Design firms and coordinated drawings and information in order to meet the client's objectives.
Prepared mood boards, 3D models, and diagrams for presentations and concept development.
Demonstrated strong knowledge in building codes.
Preparation of construction documents, answering RFIs, addenda, preparation of construction documents, and bidding packages.

Jan 2018 - Apr 2020

UIDE- Universidad Internacional Del Ecuador, Quito, EC, Professor

Dictated courses for Architecture Design and Urban Design for various semesters.

Sep 2016 - Dec 2017

UDLA - Universidad de las Americas, Quito, EC, Professor

Dictated courses for Architecture Design and Urban Design for various semesters.
Worked with students in developing the Urban Vision of 2040 for different sectors of the capital of Ecuador, Quito, and towards the rezoning of one of the affected areas by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the coast of Ecuador.

Oct 2015 - Dec 2017

GAD- Municipality of Mejia, Mejia, EC, Chief of Projects

Participated in the Rezoning of the industrial land use in Mejia together with the urban planning department. In charge of obtaining national and international funding for local social and infrastructure development.
Participated in advising on the major project development design for the city such as markets and major avenues revitalization.

Oct 2015 - Oct 2016

Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, DPC, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Worked through the phases of programming, design development, and construction documents for office and commercial interior design, preservation, and retrofit projects.
Assisted in zoning analysis, site survey, consultant coordination, and various stages of documentation.
Gained experience in concept and schematic design for competitions and responses to RFPs.
Worked closely with the Project Manager for the LPC filling process and various stages of approvals such as the commissioner, and the community board for a landmark building project.

Nov 2012 - May 2014


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Urban Design

Master's Degree in Urban Design from Columbia University in 2015, where I learned to solve diverse urban issues at different scales. Gained strong knowledge of NYC zoning and regulations. Developed projects that varied from working with the rezoning of neighborhoods in different NYC’s boroughs. Also, worked with the communities from the Hudson Valley by presenting them options to reactivate their economy, and finally moved to a much bigger scale by collaborating with the municipality of Suwon- South Korea for a zoning plan of an empty parcel.

May 2014 - May 2015

Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, CUNY, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2007 - May 2012


Lucille Smyser Lowerfish Memorial Prize, Award

Awarded to the best final project


Central Library of the Bicentennial International Competition- Rosario, Argentina, 2nd Place

Collaboration with Llonch Vidalle Architecture and 5 other students, for a Latin American open competition. Developed conceptual, schematic, and final design.


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