Manuel Padilla

Manuel Padilla

Nutley, NJ, US



As an Assistant Project Manager in a high-volume architectural firm, I have learned how to manage all phases of a variety of architectural projects.  From initial concept sketches to construction administration, I am involved with the project throughout its life.  Working with senior staff members and the client, I produce project manuals and specifications that are specific to each project type. During the construction administration phase I am the main point of contact for both the client and the contractor. I coordinate project meetings, review submittals and payment applications, conduct field visits and ensure that the project meets specification.   
In addition to my work at Parette-Somjen Architects, I have also had previous experience working in larger firms including Hillier Group, RMJM and Cannon Design. These experiences afforded me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in large scale architectural projects and its many moving parts.


Parette Somjen Architects (in cooperation with Lawrence Lam and Associates Architects), Rockaway, NJ, US, Assistant Project Manager

* Responsible for daily management of all phases of architectural projects throughout Northern New Jersey for a high volume architectural firm
* Generate client-specific contract documents for public bid projects by closely working with business administrators and client attorneys to develop documents that protect client interests and budgetary goals
* Conduct compliance reviews of contractor bids for award recommendations
* Involved with initial client design and scope meetings to assist in determining client needs by identifying key priorities and establishing and implementing a plan to reach desired goals
*Establish and maintain clear and open lines of communication with the client and contractor and manage expectations
*Daily management of internal production team by establishing clearly defined goals and regular team meetings in order to identify areas for improvement
*Coordination with external, multi-disciplinary teams throughout the development of the project in order to meet client goals and expectations
*Management of construction administration phase by attending and documenting construction progress meetings, ensuring that submittals are in accordance with specifications and reviewing payment applications and change orders.
*Daily guidance and mentorship of internal, junior team members

Apr 2012 - current

CannonDesign, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

*Generated Architectural drawings in accordance with project specifications
*Coordination of architectural details with other disciplines
*Documented project timeline by attending construction progress meeting and generating project meeting minutes

Mar 2011 - Apr 2012

RMJM Hillier, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

* Constructed physical study and presentational models by interpreting rendered images and CAD models.
* Produced graphic renderings and presentational material for numerous design competition entries.
* Worked closely with design principal to create vignettes for studio critique.
* Generate construction documents in accordance with firm's graphic standards.

Jun 2008 - Mar 2011


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Student at the Pratt Institute's School of Architecture.

Sep 2005 - Jun 2009

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