Rodrigo Araujo Toca

Rodrigo Araujo Toca

New York, NY, US




CAPITAL C INTERIORS, New York, NY, US, Design Manager

Implemented a set of comprehensive tracking processes to monitor to follow up with orders, payments, times and performance for the office creating a template of a detailed design operations plan for the design, development.
Recommended process and systems improvements such as Gantt charts that helped us monitor timelines and flag potential issues.
Interfaced with design team members, including contractors, consultants, fabricators, architects.
Specified proper products and materials for the project giving using the new systems introduced to the office.
Developed concept design and supervise schematic design phase controlling and developing design details.
Supervised and drafted visuals whilst introducing a new way to present the images generated by using video.
Mentored less experienced interior designers and trained them on how to use the new systems.
Drafted furniture designs and art placement adapted to floor plans, working closely with multiple furniture vendors.

May 2014 - current

FOSTER+PARTNERS, Hong Kong, HK, Assistant Architect / Interior Designer

Discussed zoning laws, building codes with governing agencies while developing different ideas to integrate nature and commercial heart of the complex generating a beautiful and functional solution at the same time as introducing cultural aspect of the region e.g. feng shui.
Responsible of visuals during both concept and schematic design, generating 3D, drafting inspiration images and coordinating the team in charge of developing the visuals for Singbridge and HSBC building.
Coordinated and developed design with engineers, interior designers landscape architects for Singbridge’s clubhouse and Sales Gallery and level 40 in HSBC tower.
Involved in weekly meeting resolving design and managing problems e.g. How will we resolve the new A/C system taking in consideration the amount of people in the floor and limitations due to structural elements.
Supervise construction and mock ups, controlling samples and coordinating with suppliers, contractors and cateress e.g. Resolved the stone counters for bakery and buffet coordinating it with “The Peninsula” Cateress and contractors for CX lounges.
Assisted during workshops, meetings and discussions of the contract, translating and working with engineers.
Worked in multidisciplinary teams both in-house and in remote locations to discuss solutions and opportunities to tackle difficult problems that cannot be effectively addressed without collaboration with specialist e.g. found a strategic and creative luxurious solution that solved previous aesthetic problems, passenger flow and capacity issues while following airport regulations.

Nov 2010 - Aug 2012

TDM ARQUITECTOS, Mexico, MX, Project Manager / Architect / Interior Designer

Supervised the work of a team of 7 members, offering constructive feedback on their work performance through the concept, schematic design development stages followed by development of construction documents.
Chaired and documented weekly meetings where we discussed and resolved different topics e.g. How to intervene a historic building with people of INAH or how to achieve LEED certification.
Coordinated, developed and review designs with other architects, engineers,museum specialist, landscape architects for Parque Bicentenario’s zoning laws, regulations, building codes and land environmental remediation with healthcare and governing agencies.

May 2008 - May 2010

NMM Inc., Milan, IT, Junior Architect / Interior Designer

Responsible for room design for Mamilla Hotel, worked closely with client to develop concept designs, schematic and details for mock-ups.
Designed and drafted during concept design, schematic and construction documents e.g. developed furniture designs adapted to floor plans, working closely with multiple specialist like food and beverages specialist, landscape and engineers.
Assisted and verified during mock ups and construction of Salone del Mobile stands and Villa Faraboli dealing with time constrains and controlling quality while maintaining best practice standards.

Jun 2006 - Feb 2008


Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, Masters, M.P.S. Design Management

The mission of the Design Management (DM) graduate program is to build on Pratt Institute's international reputation for developing creative leaders and to provide an educational experience that can help shape 21st century strategic leaders able to bridge the disciplines of design and business and who can catalyze innovation. Our program objective is to develop reflective leaders who can collaborate to create sustainable strategic advantage using our Triple Bottom Line by Design plus Culture (TBLD+C) strategic framework.

Aug 2012 - May 2014

Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico, MX, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture Program is a professional program that requires a minimum of five years of study. Individuals intending to become architects hold an accredited degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration and licensure to practice as architects.

Jan 2001 - May 2006

Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, IT, Interior Design

The interior design program is an architecturally oriented program with emphasis on spatial design as well as surface embellishment. All aspects of space—scale, proportion, configuration, and light source, as well as textures, materials, and color—are studied in relation to their effect on the human spirit.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2005

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