Jorge Castillo

Jorge Castillo

New York, NY, US

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Accomplished development, design and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience performing small- and large-scale designs in both agency and in-house corporate environments, including high-end hospitality, retail, luxury residential, theme parks, commercial, and adaptive re-use projects. Liaise effectively between architects, designers, consultants, owners, and investors to achieve project goals and objectives within stated timelines and budget constraints. Entrusted with achieving optimal utilization of financial and human resources through proactive workflow planning and coordination. Ability to juggle several projects simultaneously while working under pressure in fast-paced environment. Effectively define, develop, and implement targeted action plans to maximize productivity, efficiency, and profitability. Skilled identifying industry trends, trendsetter’s ideas and their accomplishments to effectively produce innovative development concepts.



Jeffrey Beers International, Studio Leader

Studio leader directing 15 person architectural design studio through all phases of design with commercial projects, developing design vision and philosophy in alignment with firm vision as well as design standards, best practices and goals.
responsible for leadership, mentor-ship and growth of designers and junior staff.
Collaborated with clients and developers creating cutting edge environments for hospitality and luxury residential.

Jun 2015 - current

Ismael Leyva Architects, New York, Design Director

Steered planning, development, and implementation of numerous projects, including leading and delegating all related scheduling, planning, budget development, and resource coordination and allocation. Developed designs for complete and complex engineering systems, structures, and plants for various key projects on a global scale.
Selected Projects
Flower of the East, Kish Island, Masterplanning [540 acres]
The project includes three hotels, three residential areas, villas and apartment complexes, coffee shops, showrooms, stores, sports facilities and a marina.
Falling Water Hotel, Architecture & Interior Design. Golf club and luxury villas development. Five star-1200 keys hotel resort, luxury spa, conference facilities, ballrooms, pro-golf shop and training facilities.

Dec 2008 - May 2015

JCJ Architecture, New York, Managing Arch/Senior Associate

Design directed multiple Indian and non-Indian casinos, resorts and hotels. Introduced new techniques for designers to increase creativity and efficiency developing insightful concepts used across the boards of hospitality projects.
Selected Projects
Lincoln Park Casino, RI Architecture & Interior Design
[250,000 sq ft] 2000 slot casino, mixed-used entertainment renovation. Providence, Rhode Island.
Table Mountain Casino, CA Architecture & Interior Design
[850,000 sq ft] 3000 slot casino, 400 room hotel, showroom and mixed-used entertainment, Fresno, California
Sunrise Rock Resort Development, Masterplanning
[500 acres] 3 star 400 room resort hotel, casino and conference center, 300 room 5 star hotel, casino and mixed-used entertainment. Golf clubhouse with 200 villa development.

May 2005 - Sep 2008

Rockwell Group, Associate/Studio Leader

Studio leader directing 15 person architectural design studio through all phases of design with commercial projects based in Europe, Asia, South Africa and South America. Responsible for project design and management of high-end architectural interior projects. Responsible for developing schematic designs within program and cost requirements. Supervised construction document production, coordinated with consultants and contractors, mentor junior and CAD staff. Designed environments that combined high-end video technology, fixtures and furniture. Principal designer on adaptive re-use and renovation projects. Advised across projects and design teams on integration of “interiors” with formal strategies of the design projects. Responsible for project scheduling, project storybooks, project budgets and man-hour projections. Management of construction administration through project close-out.

Apr 1993 - Aug 2003

Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects, llc, Project Designer/ Project Manager

Project Architect for fit out of bespoke apartments. Responsible for Design Development, documentation, administration and site supervision of high end residential projects.
Selected projects
Gwathmey Apartment, Interior Design New York, New York
Meyer Residence, Interior Design Malibu, California
Koppelman Apartment, Interior Design New York, New York

Jun 1991 - Nov 1992

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Project Architect

Responsible for project design, site assemblage, historic preservation and restoration. Developed strategic programs and occupancy requirements with appropriated solutions, designed concepts, façade details and plan and elevational studies.
Selected projects
Ronald Regan Building and International Trade center, Washington D.C. Architecture. 3.1M sq.ft. A multi-use international office and trade center uniquely combining government offices, private business and public amenities.
Warner Building, Washington D.C. Architecture. 12-story, 550,000 sq. ft investment office with atrium, retail spine and restored Landmark Theater.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. Architecture & Interior Design 258,000sq.ft. Museum and memorial building with permanent and temporary exhibition space, conference, research and educational facilities.
Buck Institute for Age Research, Masterplanning Marin County, California 165,000 sq. ft. A multi-disciplinary biomedical and psychosocial research and education complex

Sep 1989 - May 1991


The Cooper Union, BArch, School of Architecture

5 year program

Sep 1992 - Jul 1997

Areas of Specialization