Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Winter Haven, FL, US



  • Excellent design skills and strong interest in materials and details.

  • Advanced knowledge of architectural discipline, practices and methods.

  • Strong knowledge of building codes and accessibility guidelines and ability to incorporate into design and documents.

  • Knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.

  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, in English and Spanish.

  • Ability to work effectively with clients, contractors, and consultants, manage a project team, and maintain quality control and drawing standards.

  • High work ethic.

  • Strong organizational and collaborative skills.

  • Over 15 years of experience in residential projects

  • Over 8 years in commercial/ institutional projects.


Margarita Nielsen-Palacios, Architect, Winter Haven, FL, US, Architect

Contract work for Lynn Milam Architects, P.A.: develop conceptual plans for residential renovation and addition; church's new Gymnasium, offices and welcome center; and, tenant improvement for child care facility.

Contract work for interior designer: develop conceptual plans into working documents for remodeled kitchen and master bathroom.

Design Consultant for Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects in design-build project for a youth camp/sports complex, for which I was responsible for schematic design of residential, administrative, dining/multiuse buildings as well as maintenance, horse barn and concesion facilities, through preparation of construction documents.

Design consultant for Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Tampa: interior and exterior color and finish overhaul of existing headquarters.

Jan 2012 - current

Gibson & Associates, Architects, Inc., Vero Beach, FL, US, Project architect

Part time position in well established firm specializing in high-end residential projects.
Acting as project architect to develop principal's concepts into construction documents for new projects, and assisting in preparation of selected archival projects into website, suitable for purchase.

Dec 2012 - Aug 2013

Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects, Inc., Lakeland, FL, US, Project Architect

Participated in wide variety of project types: residential (high end and low-income), business, institutional (assisted living facilities), and educational (elementary and college) from conceptual design through construction administration.
Proposed design concept to principals and developed same with their input.
Assisted with code research, fee structure, quality control.
Coordinated information to and from consultants and general contractors.

Sep 2005 - Oct 2011

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios, Architect, P.A., President

Offered architectural services for renovations, additions and new construction of residential and commercial projects.
• Private residences.
• Dermatology Office, remodeling

Jan 1994 - Sep 2005

Palm Coast Development of Vero Beach, Inc., Vero Beach, FL, US, Director of Design

Headed the Design Department responsible for design development and construction document production of high end custom and speculative residential projects.

Mar 2001 - Oct 2002

Moor and Associates, Architects, P.A., Vero Beach, FL, US, Intern architect/ Project Architect/ Associate

Design Development thru Construction Administration of high-end custom residential projects in John’s Island, Windsor, and other exclusive subdivisions.
 Built models.
 Liaison between clients, consultants and contractors.
 Detailed wall sections, built-ins, interior elevations.

Sep 1992 - Mar 2001


University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, US, Architecture

Completed courses on Architectural Professional Practice to satisfy requirement from Board of Architecture and Interior Design of Florida, in pursuit of state registration as architect.

Jan 1989 - Aug 1989

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, VE, BArch, Architecture

6-year Professional Degree, Architecture.
Thesis: “Universalism and Regionalism in Architecture- Embassy of Venezuela in Washington, D.C.”

Sep 1978 - Oct 1985

George Washington University, Washington, DC, US/ Mount Vernon College, none

Fortunate to attend as freshman to study English, Calculus, Architectural Drafting and Photography, among other subjects.
Returned to Venezuela to study Architecture.

Sep 1977 - Jun 1978

Areas of Specialization