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kylie kaiser

kylie kaiser

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I’m currently serving as the Director of Architecture at a design / build practice in Brooklyn, with a focus on residential renovation projects of various scales in New York City, Long Island and upstate New York. 

I have 13 years of experience within a diverse range of design practice areas including retail, branding and graphic design, and civil construction projects. In my current position, my role includes leading design teams through collaborative conceptual and schematic design phases, project documentation and construction administration. 

I'm a licensed architect in the state of New York.

Employment 

MADE, Brooklyn, NY, US, Director of Architecture

. served as member of the firm’s senior management team, leading the architectural design staff through development and completion of high-end residential, commercial, retail and hospitality construction projects

. provided day-to-day technical and professional guidance to designers and project managers

. developed project management standards, tools, and documents to improve communication and organization

. coordinated bi-weekly staffing and scheduled meetings with project leads to oversee management of schedule, budget and communications

. planned and led regular all-staff meetings to encourage skill-sharing among design staff members and facilitate discussion of design challenges across projects

. worked directly with the firm’s principal to determine preliminary project budgets and feasibility of new work opportunities

. provided oversight to project leads in development of fee projections and pre-contract project planning

Jul 2018 - Nov 2019
 

General Assembly, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Architect

. collaborated within a design team to prepare conceptual schematic designs and client presentations for residential projects

. served as project manager from schematic design through end of construction

. communicated directly with clients to manage project budgets, schedules, and specifications

. served as professional of record to conduct required code research and prepare DOB and LPC submissions and obtain required agency approvals

. coordinated all communications with various consultants, including expediters, engineers, inspectors, etc.

. lead project teams in development of detailed pricing and construction drawing sets

. prepared construction details to provide aesthetic clarity, consistency and functionality throughout spaces

. managed full bid process, including communication with bidders and preparation of bid comparisons and translations for clients

. independently managed construction phase including site visits, direct communication with contractors, consultants and trades

. ensured preservation of design intent through project completion

Mar 2017 - May 2018
 

Specter DeSouza Architects P.C., Brooklyn, project architect

. coordinated commercial and residential projects of various sizes from conceptual
design phases through completion

. lead schematic design / design development, including production of client design presentations

. created 3D models, design renderings, graphic layouts, and marketing materials

. worked independently to develop construction document sets

. oversight of projects under construction, including coordination of consultant work

. research / selection of furniture, finishes, lighting products, etc.

. conducted code, ADA, LPC, DOB research

Mar 2012 - Mar 2017
 

Skanska Koch, New York, NY, US, detailing / drawing coordination

. coordinated design, detailing, fabrication, and field erection processes / drawings for
civil projects

. completed AISC certification in steel detailing

Nov 2009 - Mar 2012
 

Gensler, New York, NY, US, job captain : retail + branding studio

. contributed to schematic design, design development, programming, and

. construction document phases of design process for various retail projects

. lead schematic design and coordination of construction documents on several projects.

. collaborated with consultants in design phase and coordinated consultant construction documents and specifications

. collaborated with graphics studio to integrate signage / graphics packages with architectural design schemes

. created test fits, feasibility studies and tenant leasing documents for clients

Jun 2006 - Nov 2008
 

East Tennessee Community Design Center, Knoxville, TN, US, student intern

. provided schematic design services for various non-profit organizations

. coordinated clients paired with local volunteer design professionals

. designed / created updated brand identity and marketing / outreach materials

May 2005 - Jun 2006
 

Education 

Aug 2001 - May 2006
 

Awards 

Fourth-Year Design Award, Honorable Mention

awarded by American Institute of Architects - Tennessee

2004
 

Academic Achievement Scholarship, Scholarship

awarded by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees

2001
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills