Jean-Pierre Villafañe

Jean-Pierre Villafañe

New York, NY, US

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Multi-disciplinary designer, working to ignite creative initiatives at various scales. I strive for an architecture that produces a balance between strategy and form, rigor and freedom, specific and generic, immediacy and evolutivity.

I have engaged with foundation to detail design and construction, implementing deep-driven contextual surveys to produce bold ideas that forge strategic relationships for sustained success. Beyond conceiving ideas from ground up, I skillfully execute with methodical coordination, merging innovative strategy and project management. 


Havas Worldwide, New York City, Freelance Designer

Managed design and development of Camel Crush Cigarette Packs for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Worked with HAVAS Agency to design three variations of packages in three types of flavors. The project included an interview featured by Camel Cigarettes. Packages are currently sold in the United States.

Aug 2018 - May 2019

Columbia University Woodshop, New York, NY, US, Wood Shop Fabricator

Assisted wood shop operations and monitored fabrication lab at Columbia University. Managed maintanance and operation of CNC routers, laser-cutting equipment, 3D printers, and woodworking machinery. Oversaw execution of student projects and machinery assemblage, usage and safety

Aug 2016 - May 2019

Cabourg Mon Amour, Normandy, France, Furniture Designer

Designed and built installations for a week long music festival in Normandy, FR. Worked closely in conceptual, design, production and construction stages of project installations. Developed CAD drawings and performed woodworking on site.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Atelier Manferdini, Venice, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Designed, managed and coordinated BIM/CAD drawings for multi-family residential
building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Worked closely with contractors, structural, foundations, mechanical and electrical engineers to assure design quality. Consulted drawings with building department and regulatory agencies for zoning laws.

May 2016 - Dec 2016

White Box Art Center, New York, NY, US, In-House Architect

Selected for a design-bid-build project delivery on a renovation and several exhibition designs for Whitebox Gallery on Broome Street in Manhattan. Scheduled drawings and calculated expenses including professional fees and cost of construction. Managed design development phase drawings for contractor’s approval.

May 2015 - Sep 2015

Newman Architects, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Intern

Managed working drawings for several project manuals including detailed specifications for three school constructions. Coordinated phasing requirements for the buildings. Assisted bidding and negotiation sessions during initial stage. Coordinated project schedule combining task timeline, architect’s staffing, hours and billing rates.

May 2014 - Sep 2014


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Masters of Architecture

Sep 2016 - May 2019

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, BArch, Bachelors of Architecture

Sep 2011 - May 2016

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