Dakota Hendon

Dakota Hendon

New York, NY, US



I am an Urban Designer that was trained in architecture and interested in becoming more involved in all aspects of the profession. My interests range from master planning, to schematic design to construction documents; with particular interest in becoming involved with construction management. 



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

- Member of zoning project team on post Hurricane Sandy recovery, including analyzing existing building and zoning codes to identify and develop amendments to allow speedy and intelligent rebuilding.

Jan 2013 - current

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

 Create schematic design presentation drawings to be presented to client, including pre-design analysis of the Site and conceptual drawings and models
 Create design development and construction documents to be submitted to clients, for permitting and for fabrication of custom elements
 Maintain consistency with firm practices for drawings standards, document filing and client interaction
 Respond to contractor and sub-contractor requests for documents regarding design and construction and creating sketches and other clarifications, as necessary

Jan 2012 - Jan 2013

City of Miami Building and Zoning Department, Miami, FL, US, Project Manager

 Manage the implementation of the form-based Miami 21 Zoning Code, the 2011 American Planning Association Best Practices Award recipient.
 Review of all building permits for compliance with the zoning ordinance and overall objectives and goals of the City of Miami, including the promotion of smart growth principles, through mixed-use, sustainable, pedestrian friendly infill development
 Develop, review and implement amendments to the Miami 21 Code and other City codes, including the preparation of legislation, briefing and explanation to elected officials, presentation at public hearings and final implementation of requirements through review of building permit plans
 Oversee daily Zoning Department functions and staff of ten personnel, including delegation of responsibilities to individuals and oversight of all permit reviews
 Development of diagrams, drawings, charts and written explanations of unique code requirements, to convey information to public entities and individuals

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

City of Miami Planning Department, Miami, FL, US, Planner I - Urban Design

 Reviewed and implemented multiple urban design and master plan projects including: Museum Park (Master Plan, wayfinding package, museum and plaza designs); Miami Marlins Stadium (Plaza design, streetscape, street activation, landscape design); Publics Works Street Design Manual updates (to incorporate “Complete Streets” with engineering standards) and Streetscape improvement projects (S. Miami Ave; Commodore trail/Main Hwy.)
 Lead trainer of all City departments for implementation of Miami 21 Code, including the Capital Improvements Program, Public Works, Code Enforcement as well as the Planning and Zoning Departments
 Reviewed for approval thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of commercial space for compliance with City’s urban design guidelines as coordinator of the Internal Design Review Committee and Urban Development Review Board
 Participated in the coordination, development and implementation of a complete overhaul of City’s Zoning regulations to a form-based code
 Met with clients, architects, land-use professionals and consultants to translate requirements of the former zoning ordinance to the new Miami 21 Code and to analyze properties under the new code for compliance

Aug 2006 - Sep 2010

Oliva-Meoz Architects and Town Planners, Coral Gables, FL, US, Junior Designer

 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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