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Chee Wai (Christopher) CHEW

Chee Wai (Christopher) CHEW

Brooklyn, NY, US

 
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About 

With a dual role as Project Architect/Designer and Project Manager I have extensive experience in high-end residential projects and commerical offices overseeing all phases of project management from conceptual, schematic and design development, client presentation, construction documentation, budgeting and financial monitoring to construction administration. 

My ability to understand the various components of design and construction; to appreciate the importance of the many stakeholders, trouble-shoot problems and obstacles (invariably on every project), coupled with my seasoned organizational skills, have helped me to be a valued team member in the projects I have been involved in. I have also participated in conceptualizing design schemes and lent my organizational expertise to assist in the production of the firm’s website, brochure, presentation materials and coordination on RFP submittals to institutional and public agencies. 

I am fastidious, industrious, self-motivated and I approach challenges with a sense of fortitude. I believe with these qualities, I will be an asset to the firm.

Employment 

Calvert Wright Architecture, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

key projects involved:

project manager | Chelsea West Townhouse
In addition to a restoration of the landmarked façade, the logistically complex scope of work of a 5 storeys 8 apartment units townhouse include:
• bulk enlargements both vertically and horizontally
• additional structural component to existing party walls
• installing both temporary and permanent steel structure while demolishing floor joists and rear façade
• coordination of tree picking and obtaining approvals from various city agencies.
involvement:
• design development
• construction documentation
• project management
• project administration & coordination
• furniture, finishes, equipment specification
• budget and financing monitoring

project designer | Cooperman Library, Hunter College
An overall multi-floors library planning exercise was initiated. Because of the public nature of the project, much of the design and construction processes included coordination with:
• university’s design and construction team
• college / client representative
• outside construction management administrator
• library technology and construction/engineering consultants
involvement:
• design development
• construction documentation
• graphic design and signage
• furniture, finishes, equipment specification

Jan 2011 - Jun 2017
 

Buck Moorhead Architect / ACME Passive, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Key projects involved:

project manager/designer | Pier-i Cafe
Physically limited in size and with site constraints, the small footprint of this free standing cafe was strategically located in order to maximize its visible frontage. Built on public land, this small project was:
• under the purview of the NYC Parks and Recreation Department
• had to undergo public hearing with the community board
• meet aesthetic appropriateness with the Design Commission guidelines
• NYC Department of Transportation review, since it was located beneath a highway bridge
involvement:
• schematic design
• design development
• construction documentation
• project management
• project administration & coordination
• furniture, finishes, equipment specification

project manager/designer | Tanya Creations Jewelry Showroom
The project came about because the client was impressed with our firm’s innovative space-planning strategies at their competitor’s offices at the neighboring floor in the same building. The main design component were:
• custom storage and display cases that lined the corridor wall
• open plan that accommodate both a showroom and workspace at different times.
• custom open grid soffit fabricated to meet lighting requirements and concealed all surface mounted electrical conduit at the ceiling.
involvement:
• schematic design
• design development
• construction documentation
• project management
• project administration & coordination
• furniture, finishes, equipment specification

Dec 2006 - Dec 2011
 

TAO Design, Trenton, NJ, US, Project Architect

key project involved:

project designer | SES Americom Corporate Office and Showroom
I was also tapped to be the lead designer/manager for a customized exhibition and corporate showroom for high tech equipment and instruments on the 1st storey of a 3 storey (120,000 sf) corporate offices renovation which included the layout, specification and site supervision of:
• office system workstations and furniture (Knoll)
• modular partitions (Clestra Wall system) setup.
involvement:
• schematic design
• design development
• construction documentation
• project management
• project administration & coordination
• furniture, finishes, equipment specification

Jan 2002 - Dec 2006
 

Hanrahan and Meyers Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

key projects involved:

assistant architect | Queens Museum of Art Competition
assistant architect | Pratt Pavilion, Pratt Institute
Assisted in developing conceptual designs into 3 dimensional physical models and presentation drawings.
involvement:
• schematic design
• design development

Oct 2001 - Jan 2002
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture

Sep 1998 - May 2001
 

National University of Singapore, Singapore, SG, Bachelors, Architectural Studies

Mar 1994 - Aug 1997
 

Areas of Specialization 

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