Victor Santana

Victor Santana

Miami, FL, US



Over the past eighteen years I have been actively involved in the production, management and execution of a variety of projects as both a licensed architect and a certified general contractor in the State of Florida.  Before establishing a private practice in Miami six years ago, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with some of the most prominent architecture firms in the country on large and complex projects.  As evidenced by my resume, these projects demonstrate a range of building types and experiences which have shaped and informed my career.  During the past six years, a large percentage of my practice has been devoted to the management of construction projects and as an owner’s representative in a consultant capacity.  My familiarity with the Florida Building Code, South Florida building departments and local Construction firms and practices has given me a unique perspective of the construction industry from the vantage point of both architect and contractor.  As an owner’s representative I have been charged with assisting in the definition of scope for projects, negotiation and selection of consultants, management of construction activities, payment application reviews and approvals with the lending institutions, close-out of projects and preliminary tenant negotiations.  

Furthermore, I recently completed a Master of Real Estate Development & Urbanism degree at the University of Miami.  The University Of Miami School Of Architecture has a strong tradition of urban planning, and the MRED+U degree program combines the fundamentals of real estate development with principles of smart growth planning practices.  As a graduate student, I led an inter-disciplinary team of graduate students from the School of Business and School of Architecture to the final four of the Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.  The annual event held by the Urban Land Institute is a prestigious competition in which Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Columbia University to name a few, regularly place in the final four.  In addition, through the School of Business, I participated in the annual George Washington University REIDO case competition in which we were tasked to master plan and finance the expansion of Gallaudet University’s campus in Washington, D.C.

As a faculty member at the School of Architecture, I’ve had the privilege of teaching architecture design studios in both the undergraduate and graduate level and construction management courses since 2006.  During this time, I have collaborated with other professors on publications and urban design charrettes that have involved the community at large. 



University of Miami, Lecturer

Teach undergraduate and graduate level design studios and construction management courses at the School of Architecture.

Aug 2006 - current

Victor Manuel Santana III, R.A., Principal

Manage and operate private practice in Miami.

Oct 2005 - current

Sousa Architecture, P.A., Project Manager

Project manager and architect for the office. Supervision over all projects and staff in the office.

Aug 2002 - Oct 2005

Gresham Smith, Project Architect

As Project Architect would supervise the production of construction documents and project coordinators on a variety of projects.

Dec 2000 - Aug 2002

HNTB, Project Coordinator

As project coordinator was responsible for the production and coordination of construction documents.

Jan 1997 - Dec 2000

Sackman 2, Inc., Project Coordinator

As project coordinator was responsible for the production and coordination of construction documents.

Dec 1993 - Jan 1997


University of Miami, Masters, Real Estate

Master of Real Estate Develoment and Urbanism at the School of Architecture.

Aug 2008 - Jul 2010

University of Miami, BArch, Architecture

May 1989 - Dec 1993


2010 Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award, Honorable Mention

Alameda Market: A New Sustainable Urbanism


2009 Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, Other

Finalist in the 2009 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.


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