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Francisco Brown

Francisco Brown

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

A non-traditional and energetic design leader with thirteen years of professional experience in architecture, art installations, research, journalism, production of construction documents, and project management. A multilingual and adept communicator, both spoken and visual, I prioritize clear communication and team participation to solve complex challenges. Currently, a Research Affiliate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where I recently finished my Masters in Design Studies in Critical Conservation (MDes CC). My research looked at the cultural and technological frameworks that defined the office space in America in the last 100 years through the lens of films and other visual mediums. 

I was a Designer for Workshop/APD, a high-end residential architecture and interior design Studio in Manhattan. While in New York, I was also the correspondent for the Mexico-based magazine Arquine. I previously worked for the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Besides, I hold a Master's in sustainable architecture and high-performance buildings from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE), previously located at the SOM offices in Lower Manhattan. 

I am currently seeking opportunities to contribute to a Studio with a creative and rigorous approach to art, design, or architectural projects that impact and enhance the built environment and the human experience.

Employment 

ARQUINE Magazine, New York, NY, US, New York City Correspondent

New York City Correspondent doing architecture, art, and design journalism. In charge of preparing articles and interviews with leading practitioners and emergent voices for the online and the printed magazine. Selected interviews include Shohei Shigematsu, Mark Lee, Hilary Sample, Michael Meredith, Liz Diller, James Corner, Petra Blaise, Didier Faustino, Eric Owen Moss, among many more.

Sep 2013 - current
 

Broad Group, Changsha, CN, Creative Consultant and Brand Advisor

Developed a branding and marketing strategy with Daniel Zhang, CEO for the rapid-construction department at Broad Core Group.

Aug 2019 - Sep 2019
 

Reurbano, Mexico, MX, Research Intern

Investigated adaptive reuse and redevelopment in downtown Mexico City through archive research, interviews, and mapping exercises.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
 

Workshop/APD, New York, NY, US, Designer

Lead and collaborative roles in architectural design and strategy for high-end residential and commercial projects in New York, Miami, and Chicago. Performed project functions related to design concept, massing, material research, visualization, project development, throughout DD, CD, and CA, including client management.

Selected Projects:
•Park Ave. Penthouse. 900 sq. ft. 2018, New York, NY. Interior Architecture and design
•Carton Brewery. 18,600 sq. ft. 2018, Atlantic Heights, NJ. Building design and interiors
•Transit City Master Plan. 4 Mill. sq. ft. 2017, Asbury Park, NJ. Urban redevelopment (concept design)
•242 Hotel. 500 K sq. ft. 2015, New York, NY. Interiors concept with MVRDV Studio

Mar 2015 - Jul 2018
 

Ben Hansen Architect, New York, NY, US, Designer

Engaged in concept/schematics, design development, and construction documents including Department of Buildings (DOB) approval process in close coordination with the Expeditor’s office. Coordinated the projects with engineering and specialty consultants. In charge of the office website and dissemination/advertising materials, including press releases.

Jul 2014 - Feb 2015
 

United Nations International Organization for Migration (UN-IOM), Kabul, Afghanistan , Lead Designer and Program Architect

Designed and managed the construction documentation of 15 institutional buildings. Supervised a 30-plus-member team of Afghan national architects and engineers. Responsible for the production of schematic design, working drawings, and final design packages. Lead the construction teams in close coordination with donor partners and local stakeholders.

Selected Projects:
•National Police Academy. 140 K sq. ft. 2013, Kabul. Educational/Institutional
•Refugee Center, 10 K sq. ft. 2009, Kabul. Institutional
•Women Assembly Hall, 15 K sq. ft. 2012, Maimana. Cultural

Feb 2009 - Jun 2013
 

Education 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Master in Design Studies in Critical Conservation

Critical Conservation applies issues of culture, history, and identity to design and development transcending such outdated dialectics as past-future, traditional-modern, and us-them. By engaging 21st-century questions of environmental, social, and economic sustainability, Critical Conservation serves an ever-more pluralist and global society. It provides designers, real estate professionals, planners, and others with a foundation to understand the cultural systems that frame conflicts inherent in making progressive places. Unlike preservation programs that presume the permanence of architecture and use top-down regulation to reinforce existing power structures, Critical Conservation extends beyond issues of age, history, and aesthetics to offer a framework of theory and research tools encompassing social, political, and cultural meaning. This enables students to make nuanced decisions about the impact of conservation in complex urban/natural places.

Aug 2018 - May 2020
 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, NY, US, MArch, Environmental Parametrics

Research and analyze buildings performance systems, within the built environment.

Implement sustainable design strategies, including state of the art and new generation building systems using both theoretical and real case scenarios

http://www.case.rpi.edu

Jul 2013 - May 2014
 

Universidad Católica de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua , BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Jan 2002 - Nov 2006
 

Awards 

Latin X Leadership Fellow by the Harvard Kennedy School, Award

Organized by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government the fellowship to recognized active leadership in the Latin and Latin x community.

2020
 

Ideas City Art Fellow, Grant

Organized by the New Museum in New York, the 2020 edition of Ideas City held in Singapore, brought together artists and designers from all over the world to talk about sustainability and city-making

2020
 

The White House Redux, Honorable Mention

Selected project at The White House Redux,. Published in the “123 Selected Projects” Book, Storefront for Architecture, New York

2008
 

Academic Excellency Price for Diploma Thesis, Honorable Mention

Academic Excellency Price for Diploma Thesis Ortiz-Gurdian Art Museum Managua, MAGMA 2006. With Marlon Ramirez and Bosco Arana.

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills