Kimberly Taracena

Kimberly Taracena

Astoria, NY, US

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Highly motivated designer looking for the opportunity to create thoughtful, detailed,innovative architectural designs. With a diverse background and experience in architectural design, I offer the technical and creative knowledge to not only provide great and valuable work, but  an innovative approach that promotes sustainable and ethical materials and practices to the quickly evolving field of architecture and design.


Oliver Cope Architect, LLC, New York, NY, US, Architect | Designer I

Worked on the design of primarily residential architecture with a variation of styles ranging from classical to modern. Design work is based in Manhattan, Long Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Responsibilities include managing projects, producing CD sets, submitting drawings sets for LPC, detailing millwork and working directly with high end Interior Designers and craftsmen.

Jan 2019 - current

Damien Blumetti Architecture Inc, Sarasota, FL, Architectural Designer

Worked on the design of multiple residential homes with a modern aesthetic. Produced detail architectural drawings and BIM models. Worked primarily on ArchiCad to produce CDs and rendered images.

Aug 2018 - Feb 2019

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Research Team Member

Gathered research information to assist in the development and implementation of the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant- The State of Universal Design Education in University-Level Design Curricula; $30,000 [Supv. By Beth Tauke (PI), Korydon Smith, Eric]

Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

WJE Associates, Inc., New York, NY, Architectural Technician

Worked on the design of multiple commercial/residential projects, heavily
involved in the design and development of a high-rise facade project in
midtown NY, produced CDs, detail drawings, and submissions for LPC,
performed site visits involving photo documentation, facade water-testing,
facade material inspection, and on-site damage sketch documentation.

May 2017 - Sep 2017


University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

+Research in Inclusive Design
+Masters Research & Thesis Publication
+Awarded the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship (Full Tuition and Research
+GPA: 3.9

Aug 2016 - May 2018

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Bachelors, Architecture and Environmental Design

+Environmental Design Minor
+Summer Studio in Ireland and Scotland

Aug 2012 - Dec 2015


Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship, 1st Place

The Schomburg Fellowship Program is intended to support high achieving doctoral and professional students in pursuit of terminal degrees. Only in exceptional cases may master’s students who meet all eligibility requirements for this program be selected for funding. Recipients of Schomburg Fellowships must be new to the degree program; however, students who have previously earned a master’s degree or who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program and are applying to transition into a doctoral program are eligible to receive a Schomburg Fellowship.


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