Karen Miller

Karen Miller

New York, NY, US



I am a NYS Registered Architect, currently building a music studio in Brooklyn and planning the next gallery space for a traveling exhibition and proposed sculpture park for one of my clients. I also provide consulting services for a few small NYC firms.

I graduated in 2003 with distinction from the University of Chile after spending my 5th year in Bordeaux, France, where I researched waterfront redevelopment trends in Europe and North America. My thesis proposed to rezone a shipping container storage area on Valparaiso's waterfront into recreational use by incorporating the adaptive reuse of abandoned historic train repair buildings and a master plan for leisure. This project later became reference material for students and city planners alike.

Upon graduation, I obtained an Architect's license to practice in Chile and worked in several offices in large infrastructure and retail projects, until relocating to New York City to work at a small local firm designing and building several awarded RFPs for new residential developments in the city.

Eventually, I became interested in green buildings and sustainability, graduating in 2009 from the master's program in urban design from The City College of New York. In January 2013 I became an RA.


Independent Practice, New York, NY, US, Registered Architect

Schematic design, design development, construction documents, zoning analysis, building code consulting, presentations, photography, DOB sets, RFPs.

Currently consults on a regular basis with Paul Castrucci Architect, Alicia Balocco Architect and CFA.

Mar 2012 - current

Paul Castrucci, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Responsible for DOB submissions of renovations, loft conversions and TPAs, as well as, interior design, accessibility compliance, finishes selection and presentations. Helped obtain permits under MDL, 1938, 1968 and 2008 codes. Others tasks include: fire-stopping inspections, surveys, DOB forms.

Apr 2011 - Jan 2012

Terreform ONE, New York, NY, US, Research Associate

New York [STEDY] State project, research on new sustainable building materials and methods.

Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Pei Partnership Architects, New York, NY, US, Consultant

Competition team member for Bank of China Suzhou (diagrams, site plan, sections & curtain wall details).

Oct 2010 - Nov 2010

ABS Architects, PC., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Responsible for firm's schematic design, design development & zoning analysis of residential projects in New York City during four consecutive years. Execution of CDs for 750,000 SF of new construction, project architect for two completed new construction projects totaling 80,000 SF. Managed 4-5 projects at a time, lead a 3-person team, involved in all aspects of project design, management and execution.

Highlights: 3 awarded RFPs and 2 runner-ups out of 5 designed, built strong relationships with developers & clients and contributed to firm's growth and design style.

Dean Pacific Street Homes (68,000 SF): Construction completed 2009, RFP awarded 2006, 22 townhouses, 64 dwelling units. Schematic design, construction documents, project management, project coordinator.

Greenpoint Hospital (243,000 SF): New construction and rehabilitation project, residential and senior housing, 240 dwelling units. Schematic design, RFP submitted 2008, awarded 2010.

Forest Houses (86,000 SF): New construction, 100 dwelling units. Schematic design, RFP submitted 2007, awarded 2009.

Bedford Stuyvesant (40,000 SF): New construction 16 homes, on hold 2009. Schematic design & construction documents.

Concord Avenue Homes (20,000 SF): Construction completed 2008. 7 townhouses, 21 dwelling units: Schematic design, construction documents, project management.

Mar 2005 - Jun 2009

City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY, US, Teacher Assistant

Michael Sorkin and Teddy Cruz Studios

Sep 2008 - May 2009

Arcologica, Ltd, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

Construction detailing for high-end residential interiors in Manhattan & East Hampton.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Johnsons, Santiago, CL, Intermediate Architect

Responsible for space planning, store layouts, interior and furniture design, consultant coordinator and construction documents for renovation and new construction of 6 retail stores at Store Planning Department.

Jun 2004 - Feb 2005

Shell, Santiago, CL, Consultant

Space planning consultant, office reorganization project and new medical installations.

Jan 2004 - Jul 2004

Montealegre Beach Arquitectos, Santiago, CL, Junior Architect

Responsible for architectural coordination with structural plans and topographic information for two new subway stations, floor and ceiling plans, sections and finish details.

METRO L4A La Cisterna (90,000 SF): Transfer station over existing highway for two underground subway lines, tunnels and access design, architectural plans and finishes.

METRO L4A Santa Julia (30,000 SF ): Ground level subway station, architectural plans and finishes.

Apr 2003 - Jan 2004

Universidad de Chile, Santiago, CL, Teacher Assistant

Urbanism I, Maria Bertrand, PhD.

Jul 1998 - Dec 1998


City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Planning, Urban Design

Sustainable urban planning strategies studied and proposed at neighborhood, city, region and global scales.

Aug 2008 - May 2009

Universidad de Chile, Santiago, CL, MArch, Architecture

Architecture Diploma & BArch leading to Professional Certification
Thesis project: Waterfront rehabilitation project in Valparaiso and adaptive reuse of abandoned train repair station.

Mar 1995 - Jan 2003

Ecole Nationale d'Architecture, Bordeaux, FR, Architecture

Research on waterfront redevelopment trends in Europe and North America.
Atelier Brochet, Europan 6 competition 'In Between Cities' and intervention in the medina of Rabat, Morocco.

Sep 2000 - Jun 2001


Europan 6 - In Between Cities, Honorable Mention

Project: Panoramic Stadium
Site: Marseille, France
Team: Lanoire + Courrian with Marchionini, Oslislo, Thielman, Miller


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