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Francisco Brown

Francisco Brown

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

I’m a Design Architect with over 10 years of experience in architectural design, research, written journalism, production of construction documents, and project management. I'm currently a first-year Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) pursuing a Masters in Design Studies with a concentration in Critical Conservation (MDes CC). I'm working on cultural history analysis, applied research, market comparative studies, branding, mapping and new ways of graphic representation. My goal is to merge my creative experience with critical socio-economic research in order to address issues of social equity through design in Latin America and New York.

Prior to moving to Cambridge, I was a Designer for Workshop/APD, a high-end residential Architecture and Interior Design Office in Manhattan. It was a unique platform to learn about important cultural design trends, both in the built environment and in the real estate market in the City. While in New York, I was also the correspondent for the Mexico-based magazine Arquine. 

In 2014, I completed a Master’s degree in sustainable architecture and high-performance buildings at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s (SOM) offices in New York City. 

Between 2009 and 2013 I worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kabul, Afghanistan designing a variety of projects and leading the design team. At IOM I was involved in every phase of the design and construction of more than 15 institutional projects. Prior to working in Afghanistan, I designed residential projects in Nicaragua where I am also a registered architect.

Employment 

ARQUINE Magazine, Mexico, MX, New York City Correspondent

Architecture journalist in charge or preparing articles and interviewed leader practitioners and emergent design voices for the online and paper magazine

Sep 2013 - current
 

Workshop/APD, 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, and Office Principals

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
 

IOM – INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION, Kabul, Afghanistan , Lead Designer and Program Architect

Responsible for designing over 15 institutional buildings such as large medical and educational facilities. Supervisor and team leader of a 30-plus-member team of Afghan national architects and engineers. Responsible for the production of schematic design, working drawings and final design packages.

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 - current
 

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 

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 

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