Mario Menendez, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Mario Menendez, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Miami, FL

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Mario was born in La Habana, Cuba and moved to the United States at the age of 9.   Attended Florida International University in Miami, FL where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (08) and a Master of Architecture (11).

His architectural experience includes working in teams to develop projects from concept design phase to construction administration.  He has also worked on various project types including mixed use, higher education, commercial, transportation, multi-family residential, single family residential, hospitality and landscape architecture.

In his previous role, Mario was a Senior Architecture Lead at Wework for the LATAM region working extensively on several projects throughout Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro,  Belo Horizonte, Bogota, Medellin and Barranquilla.  Currently, Mario is an Architect at Ennead Architects in New York City, working on higher education and commercial high rise projects.



Ennead Architects, New York, NY, US, Architect

Architecture lead on large scale higher education project through programming, schematic, design development and consultant coordination. Project planning, develop solutions and create project designs, prepare presentation and design drawings. Design development and construction document preparation of a medical office high rise building.

Mar 2020 - current

WeWork, Buenos Aires, AR + Mexico City, MX, Senior Project Architect

Senior architecture market lead through programming, schematic,
design development, construction administration and consultant
coordination of co-working spaces in various cities throughout Latin
America. Designed and led over fifteen projects in two years.
Mentored junior designers.

Oct 2017 - Nov 2019

FXCollaborative, New York, Designer / Job Captain

Intermediate designer in schematic, design development,
construction documentation, construction administration and site
observation of high rise office, multi-family residential and
commercial mixed use projects.

Oct 2015 - Oct 2017

Berenblum Busch Architects (BBA), Miami, FL, US, Project Architect

Involved in a variety of tasks related to project development including: site analysis, design, construction documentation, specification, and consultant coordination. Experience expands through various project types including hospitality, health care, retail, with a focus on civic, commercial and residential projects.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2015

Studio 5 Design and Architecture, Coral Gables, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Responsibilities included schematic design, design development, and construction documentation of various project types including Hospitality, Healthcare, and Single-Family Residential.

Feb 2012 - Dec 2012

Jose R. Casanova, Architect, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Responsible for producing construction documents, coordinating changes and project progress, design development, technical detailed drawings and creating presentation drawings. Project types include Retail, Office and Residential.

Aug 2008 - Jun 2011

R.E. Chisholm Architects Inc., Miami, FL, US, Architectural Draftsman

Participated in schematic design, design development, construction documents and presentation drawings for various project types including Retail, Mixed-Use, Single and Multi-Family Residential, and Corporate.

May 2006 - Jan 2008


Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - Apr 2011

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Jun 2004 - Apr 2008


2030 Challenge, Award

Finalist in the 2030 competition for 200 Park Avenue: Harnessing Urban Energies
Role: Designer for fx_collaborative


2015 Miami Public Space Challenge, Nomination

Finalist in the 2015 public space challenge for the project Greenbelt.


AIA Excellence in Student Design, Award

Award for the design of FIU's PerFORM[D]ance House. A solar house design for the 2011 US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition.


FIU Open Space Charette competition, 1st Place

Design competition for an amphitheater and atrium space at Florida International University.


AIA Excellence in Student Design, Award

Award for the design of a studio project called La Habana Waterfront in Cuba.


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