Dakota Hendon

Dakota Hendon

New York, NY, US

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// Architect // Urban Designer //


City of New York Department of Design and Construction, New York, NY, US, Design Manager - Modular Construction Unit

• Managed the planning, design, and execution of NYC’s Hurricane Sandy housing recovery program, Build It Back, in the Borough of Queens; entailing the rehabilitation, elevation or reconstruction of hundreds of storm-damaged homes in neighborhoods surrounding Jamaica Bay, approximate construction budget of $300 million;
• Implemented a new modular construction unit, in collaboration with an integrated construction management team, that achieved fifty percent reduction in construction duration and twenty percent reduction in average cost through use of prefabricated modular units in lieu of traditional construction;
• Resolved complex design and construction issues throughout all phases of the project, from programming to close out, while ensuring adherence to Build It Back program policies and goals;
• Supervised and managed communication with all stakeholders, including individual property owners, agency leadership, outside agencies, contractors and vendors through in-person meetings and written correspondence;
• Ensured adherence to local, state and federal regulations through close collaboration with the design team on the production of contract documents and during on-site inspection throughout all phases of construction; and
• Coordinated with the project controls team to verify that schedules and budgets aligned with program needs and utilized DDC’s project management systems to track and monitor the project daily.

Apr 2015 - current

New York City Department of City Planning, New York, NY, US, Urban Designer

 Authored emergency legislation containing significant changes to the Department’s flood zone regulations to cut bureaucracy and timeframes required to rebuild damaged homes and buildings, involving analysis of complex planning and urban design issues related to flood resiliency and climate change;
 Prepared and delivered presentations to the City Planning Commission, department staff, community boards, elected officials and public agencies, including the creation of custom graphic and written materials;
 Analyzed large scale urban development through two and three-dimensional analysis to assist in visualizing planning proposals and evaluating compliance with state and local building and environmental regulations, such as New York City’s City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR);
 Established an extensive knowledge of the NYC Zoning Resolution and general planning and entitlement regulations to provide information to applicants and citizens over the phone and in-person.

Jan 2013 - Apr 2015

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP, New York, Project Manager

 Managed a major renovation of an historically designated townhome in the Upper East Side of New York City, including participating in all phases of the project from design development through construction administration, with a total budget of 2.4 million dollars;
 Created schematic design drawings to be presented to the client, including conceptual drawings and models;
 Created design development and construction documents to be submitted to clients, for permitting and for fabrication of custom elements, including issuing drawings for construction and providing mark-ups of shop drawings to verify consistency with design parameters;
 Responded to contractor requests for information by creating sketches and providing clarifications; and
 Maintained consistency with firm practices for drawings standards, document filing and client interaction.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2013

City of Miami Planning and Zoning, Miami, FL, US, Zoning Manager and Urban Designer

 Managed the implementation of Miami 21, a complete overhaul of the City’s zoning regulations to a form-based code, which was awarded the 2011 American Planning Association Best Practices Award for guiding Miami’s core towards sustainable and walkable mixed-use development;
 Collaborated with external consultants and internal stakeholders to develop the Miami 21 Code, including initial analysis, development of regulations, preparation of legislation, briefing of elected officials, presentation at public hearings and final implementation of requirements through review of building permit applications;
 Trained all City departments during the implementation of the Miami 21 Code on new zoning regulations and their impacts on different departments, including Public Works, Capital Improvement and Code Enforcement;
 Oversaw daily Zoning Department functions and staff of ten personnel, including delegation of responsibilities to individuals and supervision of all permit and entitlement reviews;
 Led the Department’s Internal Design Review Committee, tasked with ensuring new development and entitlements complied with the City’s urban design guidelines, which promoted smart-growth principles, sustainable design and walkable and engaging mixed-use neighborhoods;
 Reviewed and helped implement multiple large-scale urban design and master plan projects aimed at converting Miami’s downtown core into a desirable, mixed-use community, including: Museum Park (Large scale urban park redevelopment master plan designed by Cooper Robertson Partners with two anchor museums designed by Herzog and De Meuron and Grimshaw Partners); Miami Marlins Stadium (Major urban stadium redevelopment); Publics Works Street Design Manual (updated to incorporate innovative complete streets concepts) and Streetscape improvement projects (S. Miami Ave; Commodore Trail);
 Met with clients, architects, land-use professionals and consultants as a representative of the department in one-on-one meetings and public events to explain complicated city regulations and planning concepts.

Aug 2006 - Sep 2011

Oliva-Meoz Architects and Town Planners, Coral Gables, FL, US, Intern Architect

 Developed conceptual site plan designs for Heck Retirement Estate and architectural and site conceptual design for Grec Custom Homes, Coral Gables, FL
 Executed Site Plan and construction documents for Silver Palms Estates, Homestead, FL and Village of San Sebastian, FL
 Trained new staff on unique firm practices for project tracking

Sep 2004 - Jun 2005


University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US, BArch, Architecture

Studied abroad in Rome (twice), China, and Vietnam. Concentration on urban design and rationalist architecture.

Aug 2003 - Jun 2008


National Planning Excellance Award - APA (Part of Project Team), 1st Place

Miami 21 — Creating the Blueprint for the Miami of the 21st Century
Miami, Florida

In the past 10 years, Miami has experienced unprecedented growth. The city needed to address the city's historical sprawl and automobile-dependent and use-segregated communities. The new plan had to protect existing residential neighborhoods while accommodating downtown growth and growth along the city's commercial corridors.

For the first time ever in a major U.S. city, Miami 21 uses a form-based zoning code — a method of regulating development to achieve a specific urban form that promotes sustainable and livable communities. Such codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, transitions between different types and sizes of buildings, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The code pays particular attention to interaction between the public and private realms, especially to encourage walkable and vibrant streetscapes.


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