Manuel Ávila

Manuel Ávila

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Manuel is an architect and urban designer. In 2012 his project Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism  was part of the exhibit Spontaneous Interventions at the US Pavilion at Architecture Venice Biennial. In the past years Manuel has been working as architectural designer for different architectural design firms in New York City. Parallel to his design practice he has been experimenting with sound and music.

Manuel holds a Master In Architecture and Urban design from Columbia University and Bachelor in Architecture from Universidad de las Américas



Jeffrey Beers International, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer

Prepared design development and construction documents for high end hospitality project in Mexico City and a high end hotel spa & resort development in Costa Rica.

Aug 2019 - May 2020

DDG Partners, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Freelance Architect

Apr 2019 - Jul 2019

WXY Architecture + Urban Design, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Prepared construction documents for a rail infrastructure project in Long Island, New York.

Mar 2018 - Sep 2018

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), New York City, Intermediate Architect (Consultant)

Prepared conceptual three dimensional digital models and construction documents for a mixed used high rise in Dubai and a prepared construction administration documents for a mixed use development in Hudson Yards in NYC.

Aug 2016 - Jan 2018

S. Russell Groves Architect, P.C., New York, Intermediate Architet

S. Russell Groves Architect, New York, NY - Intermediate Architectural Designer
Prepare conceptual design, construction documents and oversee construction administration of high end residential projects including: One Seaport, New York, NY & Riverside Building 4, New York, NY

Nov 2013 - Apr 2015

Stephen Alton Architect, P.C., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Conceptual design, development and construction documents for different high end residential projects in New York City and metro area including, 400 Park Avenue South, 1000 Maxwell Place & 21 West Street - Le Rivage

Feb 2012 - Feb 2012

SuperFront, New York, NY, US, Architect-in-Residence

Prepared a community informed design proposal for six public spaces along the Franklin Ave shuttle train in Brooklyn, New York.

Feb 2011 - Oct 2011


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

May 2007 - May 2008

Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Puebla, MX, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1999 - Dec 2004
Sep 2002 - Sep 2003


Superfront Architect-in-Residence, Award


By the City for the City competition, 1st Place


Red Hook Bicycle Paths Master Plan Competition, Honorable Mention


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