Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Brooklyn, NY, US



My name is Chris Nelson and I have architectural/design experience ranging from high end hospitality, retail, branding and residential projects in NYC.  I've worked on everything from conceptual design to construction administration for small architecture/design studios in the city.  I'm an artist/designer as well and I look forward to opportunities to utilize my creative and technical skills.



Gensler, New York, NY, US, Project Architect/Project Manager

Mar 2015 - current

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture (JPDA), Brooklyn, NY, US, Design Director

Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

SawickiTarella Architecture+Design, P.C., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

executive architecture, prepare construction drawings for high end retail projects across the country, construction administration, prepare/submit appropriate forms/drawings to landmarks preservation commission and/or the department of buildings, liaison for the client/client representative, design coordination with all trades, file post approval amendments (PAA), prepare marketing/presentation materials for principals

Oct 2012 - Aug 2014

ICRAVE, New York, NY, US, Designer/Job Captain

Develop concept, schematic and 100% DD drawings for two branding/hospitality projects on a freelance basis.

May 2012 - Sep 2012

DAS Concepts, Inc., New York, NY, US, Design Project Manager

Responsibilities: construction administration, prepare conceptual, schematic and 100% construction drawings, prepare/review shop drawings, attend project meetings, coordination meetings and manage production of sketches and drawings, provide IT assistance

May 2008 - Dec 2011

Incorporated, Project Architect

Responsibilities: create photo realistic renderings for conceptual presentations, schematic drawings, construction documents, coordinate with consultants, review shop drawings, produce marketing material and provide IT assistance

Jun 2006 - Mar 2008

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Intern

Responsibilities: produce digital models for a large scale project in Chicago using Microstation

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Meyer, Scherer, & Rockastle, Model Shop Manager & Model Maker

Responsibilities: manage deadlines, duties & hours for 3 model makers, produce models from fundraising models to white foam core study models and model photography

Sep 2001 - Aug 2004

Leonard Parker & Associates, Intern

Responsibilities: produce study models, prepare presentation boards, organize slide and sample libraries

Mar 2000 - Mar 2001


University of Illinois at Chicago, MArch, Architecture

UIC redirected their initiatives to Landscape Urbanism during my studies. Urban planning, architecture and interior design directed my projects to explore the potential for any given project with a strong focus on conceptual design. I participated in the UIC study abroad program which included walking tours of Paris, Barcelona, Genova, Florence and Rome. The studio for this semester was in Barcelona where we focused on a high density housing project in El Raval, just outside the Gothic Quarter.

Aug 2004 - May 2006

University of Minnesota, BArch, CALA

During my studies at the University of Minnesota, I explored and really connected to urban planning, the effects of a building on an urban scale and responded to what I thought was appropriate based on the given contextual conditions. I also decided to focus my minor studies on studio arts with an emphasis on photography. Art is still prevalent in my life today as I draw, paint and design outside of the regular day in a studio. Photography was closely connected to my understanding of a site, exploring and observing the context and it has continued to be an interest of mine.

Aug 1998 - Dec 2002


Neely Portfolio Award, 1st Place

This scholarship was awarded based on a portfolio exhibition within the School of Architecture on behalf of the Neely Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Alumni Choice Award, 1st Place

The Alumni Choice award is rewarded to the portfolio submission that receives the most votes by UIC SoA Alumni.


Best of Show, 1st Place

As a competition, AIA Minnesota hosts a young architects forum to highlight young talent in Minnesota. I entered photography of mine and I won first place in 2003.


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