Berna Yilmaz

Berna Yilmaz

New York, NY, US

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Skilled architect with international professional experience in all project phases, from designing through completion of construction. I have gained valuable expertise in high-end residential and hospitality projects, having worked on various notable projects across the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. With a strong focus on attention to detail and a commitment to delivering exceptional designs, I have successfully navigated the complexities of the design process. From conceptualization and permit sets preparation to construction document development, code compliance review, and site coordination, I bring a comprehensive skill set honed through years of hands-on experience. I am always eager to learn and collaborate, and I believe in the power of design to positively impact people's lives.


David Bucovy Architect, New York, NY, US, Architect

- Focused on delivering design solutions for high-end residential and hospitality projects.
- Responsible for preparing construction documents for filing with the New York City Department of Buildings and Landmarks Preservation Commission, ensuring compliance with local regulations and guidelines.
- Conduct thorough reviews of design documents to ensure code compliance and adherence to relevant building regulations.
- Actively involved in construction site visits, closely observing progress and coordinating with subcontractors based on meticulously prepared drawings.
- Conduct surveys to assess existing conditions on projects, leveraging findings to identify unique design opportunities while respecting historical and architectural context.

Apr 2017 - current

Grand Street Pizza, New York, Freelance Architect

- Led the successful design and management of Grand Street Pizza's interior, overseeing the project from Schematic Design through Design Development and completion of construction.
- Collaborated with consultants to ensure seamless integration of their expertise into the design, resulting in a captivating and cohesive interior space.
- Specified finishes, fixtures, and FF&E to curate a unique ambiance that reflected the brand and identity of Grand Street Pizza.
- Created detailed renderings and prepared construction documents to communicate design concepts and facilitate accurate implementation.
- Played a key role in obtaining necessary approvals and licenses, including successfully passing health inspections and acquiring the liquor license for Grand Street Pizza.

Feb 2021 - Oct 2021

CAZA, Brooklyn, Architectural Intern

- Collaborated closely with engineers and other consultants to ensure seamless integration of their expertise into the design process.
- Designed and managed projects, including the Supreme Court competition project and Baler Hospital in the Philippines.

Jan 2017 - Apr 2017

Eismenman Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

-Prepared comprehensive construction documents for Yenikapi Archeology Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
-built physical models to visualize and communicate design concepts effectively.
-Revised and corrected CAD drawings, ensuring accuracy and adherence to project specifications.

Aug 2016 - Jan 2017

studio vural, New York, Architectural Intern

-Designed the interior of Alycea Ungaro Pilates Studio, creating a space that harmonizes functionality and aesthetics.
-Structured CAD drawings and built physical models to effectively visualize and communicate design concepts.
-Collaborated closely with clients to understand their needs and develop designs that align with the studio's vision and customer requirements.
-Developed cost-effective and creative interior designs for Midtown Salon, considering both budgetary constraints and design excellence.
-Conducted thorough research to identify new materials and systems, implementing innovative solutions in project designs.

Jul 2012 - Sep 2012


Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2014 - May 2016

Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, TR, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2009 - Sep 2013

Kent State University, Florence, IT, Art

During my academic journey, I had the privilege of joining the summer school organized by Kent University in collaboration with Bahcesehir University. The program aimed to enhance drawing skills and explore watercolor painting techniques. I dedicated myself to honing these skills and was thrilled when my drawings were selected for display in the prestigious exhibition held at Bahcesehir University. This experience not only enriched my artistic abilities but also allowed me to connect with fellow artists and share my passion for visual expression.

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010

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