Manuel Ávila

Manuel Ávila

Brooklyn, NY, US



Manuel is an architect and urban designer. In 2012 his project Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism  was part of the exhibit Spontaneous Interventions at the US Pavilion at Architecture Venice Biennial. In the past years Manuel has been working as architectural designer for different architectural design firms in New York City. Parallel to his design practice he is been experimenting with sound and music.

Manuel holds a Master In Architecture and Urban design from Columbia University and Bachelor in Architecture from Universidad de las Américas



Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York, NY, US, Consultant Architect

Aug 2016 - current

S. Russell Groves Architect, P.C., New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architet

Nov 2013 - Apr 2016

Stephen Alton Architect, P.C., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Conceptual design, development and construction documents for different high end residential projects in New York City and metro area including:

400 Park Avenue South

1000 Maxwell Place

21 West Street - Le Rivage

Feb 2012 - Sep 2013

Self Employed/Freelance, New York, NY, US, Architectural Design Consultant

Produced design documents for a 2000 ft2 private residence in Sea Bright, New Jersey. The documentation included architectural plans and elevations and various digital models.

Jun 2011 - Feb 2012

SuperFront, New York, NY, US, Architect-in-Residence

Prepared a community informed design proposal for six public spaces along the Franklin Ave shuttle train in Brooklyn, New York.

Feb 2011 - Jan 2012

Self Employed/Freelance at Mary Miss Studio, New York, NY, US, Project Production Assistant

Sep 2011 - Oct 2011

Self Employed/Freelance at Center for Architecture Foundation, New York, NY, US, Model Maker

Prepared 1:20 scale (metric) models of the European studio Urban Nouveau incremental housing project. The models were presented at the Jugaad Urbanism exhibition.

Jan 2011 - Feb 2011

Self Employed/Freelance at Design + Urbanism Architectural,, New York, NY, US, Urban Design Consultant

Conceptual design and 3D visualizations for a 150,000 ft2 educational facility and a 1.3 million ft2 residential development in Lower East Side Manhattan in New York City.

Oct 2010 - Dec 2010

Gilmore Group, New York, NY, US, Design Associate

Prepared conceptual designs and 3D visualizations for corporate clients US wide.

Mar 2010 - Sep 2010

Self Employed/Freelance at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, US, Design Consultant

Conceptualized a design for a 1400 ft2 Men’s Health and Holistic Center at the Herbert Irving Pavilion

Jan 2010 - Apr 2010

Steve Lepp Associates, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Prepared construction documents for a new building at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2010

Self Employed/Freelance at Philip Johnson - Alan Ritchie Architects, New York, NY, US, Draftasman

Jan 2010 - Feb 2010

ARQCAN, Cancún, MX, Project Architect

Completed conceptual design and preparation of construction documents for hospitality projects in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Mexico.

Jan 2005 - Mar 2007


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

May 2007 - May 2008

Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Puebla, MX, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1999 - Dec 2004
Sep 2002 - Sep 2003


Independent Project Grant, Grant

Independent Project Grant Awarded by the New York State Council on the Arts and sponsored by the Van Alen Institute in New York City to develop Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism


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