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Sixto Cordero

Sixto Cordero

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Sixto Cordero Maisonet is an architect, designer and artist. Born in Puerto Rico, he initially pursued a bachelor degree in Environmental Design at he University of Puerto Rico and subsequently he completed his Architecture Masters degree in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked for internationally recognized studios such as SelgasCano, Zaha Hadid Architects, Cliff Garten Studios, Mater Design, CPArchitects and ODB Engineering as well as serving as a fabrication consultant for the Foster Foundation.

His collaborative practice helloeverything (cofounded with two partners, Austin Smith and Julian Ocampo) has exhibited work in the first Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Helloeverything also has produced built work, two educational facilities in Kenya and a prototype house which will be fabricated and sold by Revolution Pre-Crafted Properties.

Sixto’s work employs digital technologies and attempts to coalesce these with social, environmental and cultural parameters. As design frameworks, his work explores methods of geometric discretization as well as critical approaches to the social function of architecture and design.

Employment 

SelgasCano, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Coordinator

Im currently the project coordinator and on site supervisor for a large office space being built in Los Angeles, California designed by internationally recognized studio Selgascano.

Jun 2017 - current
 

Cliff Garten Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer- Project Coordinator

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
 

ODB Engineering- Norman Foster Foundation, Los Angeles, Project Manager

Venice Biennial Drone-port Vault Prototype for ODB + the Norman Foster Foundation- I served as a fabrication consultant, a designer and an on-site project manager. My roles included reviewing the initial design of the vault, realizing a half scale prototype, designing the geometrical formwork and coordinating with and between the contractors on site in Venice.

Dec 2015 - May 2016
 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Teaching Assistant- Shop Monitor

I was a Teaching Assistant at MIT for 5 semesters and 4 different courses. Through this I had the opportunity to lead and prepare clases, assist and prepare students for their presentations, be an invited critic at reviews and come up with lectures and presentations. The teaching assistant job varied with the professor but in some cases I had the opportunity to lead and teach the class without the professor for half of the clases giving me a lot of freedom and allowing me to develop confidence and trust in my own teaching abilities. I also served as a Shop Monitor for 2.5 years which gave me a lot of exposure and developed my technical skills in terms of geometric discretization and digital manufacturing.

Dec 2012 - Nov 2015
 

Zaha Hadid Architects, Hong Kong, HK, Intern Architect

I worked for the Hong Kong Zaha Hadid office as an Architectural intern back in winter 2014-15, The main project I worked on was a major cultural complex in China composed of 3 buildings. My responsibilities included managing complex digital models, checking and adjusting collisions between the skin and the structure, adjusting the models to account for the mechanical systems and making facade proposals.

Dec 2014 - Feb 2015
 

SelgasCano, Madrid, ES, Design Collaborator/ Project Manager

I studied under Jose Selgas some years ago and have been a longtime collaborator of SelgasCano ever since. I have worked on several projects for and with them. On Konokono our first project in Kenya, I served as Project Manager and worked/lived in a very remote region overviewing the construction of a vaccination and adult education facility.

May 2014 - Aug 2014
 

Cristina Parreño Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Architectural Designer,/ Researcher

While working at CPA I worked on several projects with several levels of responsibility bellow are some described in detail.

8字 Garden in the Park (2012) for CPA- I served as a designer and visualization artist, my roles included designing elements and creating the project’s visual renders.

Housing Munich (2013) for CPA- I served as lead designer and visualization artist, my roles included leading the design and creating the visual renders and drawings.

Makers in the Making Exhibition (2014) for CPA- I served as a lead designer and lead fabricator and exhibition assistant. My roles included the parametric design and development of the prototype, the cutting and assembly of the mold and of the components and the setup of the exhibition space as well as prototyping

Tectonics of Transparency (2014) for CPA- I served as a lead designer and researcher as well as the fabricator. My roles included the design and discretization of the floor to ceiling installation, the fabrication assessment, testing of adhesives and materials the CNC machining of the formwork and the final assembly.

Jan 2013 - Aug 2014
 

Matter Design, Cambridge, MA, US, Installation Assistant

I worked as an installer for several Matter design installations, the roles included troubleshooting and coming up with on site solutions to complex geometrical and assembly problems. Listed bellow are the two main installations i worked on:

Helix (2013) for Matter Design- I served as a fabrication assistant, my roles included the casting of the components and assisting on the final assembly

Round Room (2014) for Matter Design- I served as a fabrication assistant, my roles included the on site modification of the components and assisting on the final assembly and disassembly.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
 

Education 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

This 3.5 program is focused on the development of critical thinking and the refinement of technical skills. It provides exposure to an amazing community and its continuously challenging and engaging. MIT transformed many of my preconceptions regarding architecture and provided me with the space to refine and expand my technical skills. While there i was the recipient of several grants and was able to travel to many locations both under courses and to engage in scholarly research and activities.

Sep 2012 - Jan 2016
 

Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR, US, Certificate in Urban Studies

This is a one year certification on Urban Studies I received form the University of Puerto Rico. The development of this short undergraduate+graduate additive program served as a precursor and proof of concept of a doctoral degree program on Urban Studies at the School of Architecture of the UPR.

Aug 2011 - May 2012
 

Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR, US, Bachelors, Enviromental Design

This 4 year program is the oldest architecture program in Puerto Rico and the only one in existence till very recently. its a non professional degree, hence its referred only as an Environmental Design Bachelors degree. However, it provides students with a comprehensive curriculum that includes 8 architectural studios, 4 Building Technology courses and 3 Structures courses and 5 Architecture History/Theory courses. A lot of my technical background is due to this program.

Aug 2007 - May 2012
 

Awards 

Marvin Goody Thesis Award, Award

The aims of the award, which was established in 1983, are to extend the horizons of existing building techniques and use of materials, to encourage links between the academic world and the building industry, and to increase appreciation of the bond between good design and good building – criteria that are intended to reflect the range of Marvin Goody's interests as a teacher, researcher, and designer. To be appropriate for the Goody Award a thesis proposal must address one or more of the stated aims.

2015
 

Avalon Travel Scholarship, Scholarship

I received this award twice for my contributions to the ACADIA in 2013 Conference and the 2015 inaugural Architecture Biennial. It funds travel related to scholarly pursuits

2013
 

Architecture Department Merit Scholarship, Scholarship

Based on merit Architecture Department Merit Scholarship is an award by the Dept. of Architecture at MIT which grants full financial assistance to student that have proven excellence in design and critical thinking.

2013
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills