Desiree Savarese

Desiree Savarese

Atlanta, GA, US



I am a Project Architect with a diverse range of experience and knowledge of the architecture & construction industry.  Experience across a wide range of project types including government, commercial, design-build and residential in all project development phases from initial programming to construction document.  Well versed in working with small, medium and large firms as well as public and private clients.  Extensive knowledge of LEED/Green building practices, techniques and materials.  Practical experience in construction management, administration as well as move management.  QA/QC review of documents across all disciplines.  Focus in project management, design, construction documents, technical specifications, construction administration and all aspects of Project Delivery.  Extensive experience with architectural concepts, practices, procedures, final documents, specifications, materials and construction practices.

Registrations in GA, DC, TX (pending)

LEED Green Associate (LEED AP BD+C desired)

NCARB Certificate Holder


John Group Internatioanl, Atlanta, GA, US, Project Architect

Project Architect
•Planning, directing, and monitoring of all aspects of various multi-discipline architectural and engineering projects.
•Coordinates workload with the project team through the entire project development, including the scheduling of subcontractors, attending project meetings, and developing project budgets.
•Conducts schematic, design development and contract document work sessions at project sites in conjunction with other Project Managers, Project Architects, and other disciplines.
•Manage project implementation and ensure that team members fulfill responsibilities within budgeted timeframe
•Coordinates all sub-consultants and manages flow of information throughout entire project team
•Participate in fee proposal preparation, estimating, and preliminary project management

Projects Include:
•Emirates Airlines Ticketing Office, Washington, DC.
•JGI Atlanta Headquarters Renovations & Improvements, Atlanta, GA

Feb 2012 - current

Heery International Inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Architect

•Design and drafting of justice, healthcare and design-build projects throughout the country on local, state and federal levels.
•Involved in all project development phases from initial programming through design development into bid and construction documents.
•Drafting of drawings through schematics, design development and construction documents
•Coordinated efforts of a project team across multiple locations
•Hand sketching of schematic design concepts
•QA/QC of construction documents with all disciplines
•Demonstrated ability in phased construction document preparation, new construction, renovation and shell space fit-up.
•Proficient in presentation and production software programs

Relocation Manager
•Move management preparation & execution for various K-12 schools throughout the Atlanta Public School (APS) system.
•Successfully completed over 25 moves involving 20 schools across
•Supervision & management of teams of movers up to 15 across multiple sites
•Acted as on-site representation for APS Facilities Services
•Creation, administration & implementation of move plans
•Collaboration and coordination of activities between project managers, vendors, general contractors, school staff and in-house APS staff
•Furniture coordination consisting of identifying and surplussing furniture no longer needed by schools. Coordination, procurement, delivery and installation of new furniture

Jul 2006 - May 2011

Precision Planning, Inc., Lawrenceville, GA, US, Intern Architect

Intern Architect
•Design and drafting of commercial projects throughout Georgia, new construction & addition/renovation
•Involved in all phases of the design process
•Training in the creation of field reports from site visits
•Familiarity and experience in the Gwinnett County Permitting process
•Knowledge & practical experience with both in-office & field construction administration
•Plan review of construction documents for permitting
•QC of engineers’ plans with architectural construction documents

May 2005 - Jun 2006

Appel Design Group, Union, NJ, US, Junior Architect

Junior Architect
•Design and drafting of high-end residential homes throughout NJ, NY and PA
•Experience in site visits, client meetings & field verification
•New construction and addition/renovation projects
•Hand sketching and rendering of schematic design concepts for presentation to clients

Feb 2004 - Apr 2005


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), BArch, School of Architecture

Aug 1999 - May 2004

Areas of Specialization