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rafael berkowitz

New York, NY, US

 
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Rafael Berkowitz

445 West 19th Street Apt 6F

New York, NY 10011

Phone: 917- 679-0472

rbarchitect177@gmail.com

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Project Architect | Design Director with residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality high end design experienced  in all project phases, from master planning, schematic design through construction, responsible for design direction, control of project documentation, internal team and consultants coordination, shop drawing review, RFI, and site visits.

Registered architect in New York State since 1995

Professional Experience

Wilson Associates                                           Design Director

New York, NY                                                      

01/2015– present                                                

Responsible for conceptualizing the design intent of the entire project and interpreting the requirements of client, operator and consultants.  Direct and oversee a team of designers and consultants on multiple, large scale projects, coordinating the design and documentation for successful project completion.  

                                                                                Projects include: 

  • Zizhu Courtyard Shanghai
  • St Tropez Condominium, New York
  • Canopy Jersey City
  • Canopy SouthPark
  • Jinan Kempinski
  • Huafa Villas, Shanghai
  • Lansdwone Resort and Spa, Virginia
  • Londoner, Macao
  • Grand Hyatt  Chengdu
  • Grand Hyatt Gurgaon
  • Rosewood London
  • Rosewood Hong Kong
  • Ritz Carlton Millennia Singapore
  • Ritz Carlton Mumbai
  • NU Beijing
  • Residential apartment renovations in New York City 
  • Christian Dior store concept and boutiques worldwide. Design implementation in Paris, New York, Beverly Hills
  • Residence renovation, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France
  • Helly Nahmad Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York City
  • Chanel store concept

                                                                                               

                                                                               

tonychi and associates                                    Senior Associate

New York, NY                                                       Responsible for project direction working with Principal, design and 

11/2010 – 05/2014                                             develop master planning and interior environments from conceptual through construction documentation, control of project documentation and specifications, teams leadership and coordination, review and coordination of consultant information and documents, review shop drawings, RFI, communication with project teams, clients, consultants, contractors, and vendors

                                                                                Projects include:                                                                 

                       

rb | architect                                                       Principal

New York, NY                                                       As sole proprietor responsible for all aspects of business: from

2/2003 – 10/2010                                                schematic design through construction documentation and construction administration and site visits, secure DOB approvals  client relation and development, marketing and new business

                                                                                Projects include:                 

-          Puls-Ricco Residence, Cutchogue NY

-          Bar Milano, NYC

-          Chris Chase Salon, NYC

-          Wish, retail store, Atlanta          

-          Yujin, sushi restaurant, NYC     

                                                                                                                                               

Peter Marino Architects                                   Senior Project Architect

New York, NY                                                       Responsible for design, client presentation, construction documents, construction

8/1995 – 9/2003                                                  management and supervision on various residential and commercial projects

                                                                                Projects include:

Marren and Newman Architects                Staff Architect

New York, NY                                                       Responsibilities included design, model making, client presentation, 

8/1992 – 8/1995                                                  construction documents on various commercial and residential projects

                                                                               

1100 Architects                                                  Staff Architect

New York, NY                                                       Responsibilities included model making and construction documents for Esprit Des  10/1991– 1/1992                                                         Corps concept

Diller + Scofidio                                                 Assistant

New York, NY                                                       Responsibilities included design and preparation of artwork for publication projects:

7/1991 – 10/1991                                                                Flesh, Princeton Architectural Press

                                                                                Case No 00.17163, Incorporations, Zone Books

Arkitekta C.A.                                                      Project Architect

Caracas, Venezuela                                           Responsibilities included conceptual, schematic, design development and construction

4/1988 – 12/1989                                                documents, model making and client presentation for various residential projects in Caracas.

Education       

Columbia University                                          Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation

New York, NY                                                       Master in Advanced Architectural Design

5/1990 – 5/1991

University Simon Bolivar                          School of Architecture

Caracas, Venezuela                                           Bachelor Degree in Architecture

6/1980 – 9/1986

Skills                                                   Proficient with AutoCAD, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, excellent verbal and graphics communication skills, fluent in English and Spanish

Teaching                                             Guest critic, New York School of Interior Design

Employment 

Wilson Associates, New York, NY, US, design director

Responsible for conceptualizing the design intent of the entire project and interpreting the requirements of client, operator and consultants. Direct and oversee a team of designers and consultants on multiple, large scale projects, coordinating the design and documentation for successful project completion.

Jan 2014 - current
 

tonychi and associates, New York, NY, US, senior associate

Responsible for project direction working with Principal, design and develop master planning and interior environments from conceptual through construction documentation, control of project documentation and specifications, teams leadership and coordination, review and coordination of consultant information and documents, review shop drawings, RFI, communication with project teams, clients, consultants, contractors, and vendors

Nov 2010 - Feb 2014
 

rb | architect, New York, NY, US, principal

As sole proprietor responsible for all aspects of business: from schematic design through construction documentation and construction administration and site visits, secure DOB approvals client relation and development, marketing and new business

Feb 2003 - Oct 2010
 

Areas of Specialization