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Neil Schwartz

Neil Schwartz

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I thoroughly enjoy working with different materials and creating objects and spaces that are enjoyable to use and inhabit. The rapid development of new materials and their uses in all aspects of construction is ushering in an exciting an age for architecture where quality and craftsmanship is stressed above all. 

Helping clients through the unfamiliar territory of the job site is always challenging. It is rewarded when clients realize that their space is being utilized as they see fit. My main goal is to help them achieve their visions for the space they want.  

A day in the shop is second only to fresh steels cutting a clean sheet on a crisp winter morning.

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Employment 

TNB Architecture, New York, NY, US, Principal

After almost a decade in the industry I started on my own to gain the ability to pursue the projects and clients that met my ethos.

The challenge of growing a firm from the ground up is daunting and I'm happy to say it seems to be coming along at a slow but steady pace.

Jan 2016 - current
 

Michael Zenreich Architect PC/Support for Architects LLC, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Expertly balance multiple competing resources and deadlines to successfully execute projects ranging from high-end residential and commercial design & construction work to Architect of Record work for NYC Department of Buildings and Landmarks Preservation Commission approvals.

Strategically survey and draw existing building conditions, develop schematic designs, and direct all phases of project lifecycle – from design development through construction documentation, administration, and completion, while being the primary Client contact throughout.

Develop strategic plans for multiple phase jobs such as change in use, public assembly, and Master plan applications, which allow the start of construction for certain phases while longer track items are approved by city agencies.

Lead Draftsmen and Project Architects to facilitate that project get completed in a timely manner.

Cultivate long-standing client relationships by proactively addressing and resolving design issues and changes to the scope of work–including changes due to proposed conditions not allowed by the building management, Landmarks, or the DOB.

Review Contractor bids, shop drawings, and payment applications, to ensure that projects are built to spec and delivered on time.

Review plans to see if they are in accordance with building management requirements, and conform with applicable NYC Department of Buildings code and Landmarks Preservation Commission rules.

Jun 2007 - Oct 2015
 

Juan Valdez Coffee, New York, NY, US, Intern Architect

Played a key role in the design of café spaces for Juan Valdez Coffee. Managed execution of cafe
renovation projects, including oversight of café staff schedules and vendors for new equipment installations.

Carefully reviewed and documented existing conditions to identify necessary upgrades needed for design package.

Skillfully created schematic designs for café spaces and rendered 3D models of design alternatives, utilizing Photoshop to demonstrate existing dimensions. Closely evaluated shop drawings of existing cabinets to identify necessary modifications.

Jul 2005 - Dec 2006
 

Education 

The City College of the City University of New York - The Spitzer School of Architecture, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2002 - Jun 2007
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills