Joseph Messick

Joseph Messick

Woodbridge, NJ, US



I began my architectural career with some of the most noted designers and craftsman in the northeast, and includes 10 years in the construction trades.  Time spent in this profession taught me superior building skills while forging my strong work ethic.

My education credentials include a B.S. in Facility Management, and a Master of Architecture through a 3-1/2 year program.  My thesis, The Crafting of Architecture, focused on a design-build approach to architecture, culminating in the re-design and construction of an art gallery in Buffalo, NY, and garnered the judges’ choice award at the AIAS Design Competition in 2003 (open to all architectural students worldwide).

Following my Master’s degree, I worked for 2Morrow Studio (principal, John Connell, is the founder of the Yestermorrow School of Design-Build, and was engaged in the Winvian Farm resort project In Connecticut, and included the design and construction of a 2-story treehouse built on three trees.  As the most experienced builder, I helped translate a unique and challenging abstract design into a buildable structure.

After my work with the treehouse, I continued at Winvian working with Design Giants (headquartered in Vermont) on “The Woodland Cottage” which is truly one of the best-detailed buildings I have ever had the pleasure of making.  My responsibilities included management of the project and field office, lead builder, design documents, and design collaboration.

Upon relocating to the New York City area, I worked with a local architecture firm where I became acquainted with the required codes and procedures of New York City.  Since then I have continually taken on various contracted positions including designing and building furniture, plan review and job estimation for contractors, creating residential designs, and managing construction projects.



Guardian Life Insurance, New York, NY, US, Space Planner/ Designer/ CAFM Manager

-Design management for new offices:
* meet with all department heads to understand spatial requirements and projections for office space.
* work with real estate team to create initial plans for prospective locations
* Manage Architects in creating spaces, holding them and other vendors to deadlines and obligations, and managing payments for their services.

-CAFM Management:
* Generated reports and gave presentations on occupancy/ vacancy rates, RSF use, etc - using Archibus, and data collection.

-Management of large departmental or building moves.

- Enforcement of changing company space standards.

-Training interns and new staff on CAFM, Office design, and AutoCAD.


Mar 2015 - Jan 2020

JM Designs, Woodbridge, NJ, US, Owner

- Custom designed and built furniture and small projects.
- Cost estimation for commercial finish contractors in NY metro area.

Dec 2006 - Mar 2019

Robotech CAD Solutions, Hoboken, NJ, US, Computer Aided Facility Management Specialist (CAFM)

- Worked with several fortune 500 companies, providing space planning management, custom furniture design, and Archibus database management.
- When Hurricane Sandy crippled the NY Headquarters of Guardian Life, I organized and led a team of Architects to move the entire NY operation to New Jersey, in three weeks time.

May 2011 - Mar 2015

Glen Cutrona Associates, Staten Island, NY, Intermediate Architect

- Attained proficiency of AutoCAD use in an office environment, NYC Building and Zoning codes.
- Projects included commercial , educational, residential and day care facilities.
- Drafted and managed projects from the SD-CD phase.including coordination and change orders.

Feb 2008 - Oct 2009

Design Giants, Montpelier, VT, US, Project Manager

- Primarily involved with the design and management of the“Woodland Cottage” in Morris, CT
- Lead Builder- Managed construction personnel, and trained them on timberframing techniques that they were unfamilliar with.
- Office management-material orders, timesheets, equipment orders and meetings with owners and other contractors on site, design drawings for this and several company projects.

Feb 2005 - Nov 2007

2Morrow Studio, Warren VT, Design-Builder

- Assisted in the design and construction of a steel- framed treehouse for a 5-star luxury resort located in Morris, CT.
- Mentored staff in proper construction techniques, and helped in translating a concept into a building.

Sep 2004 - Feb 2005

Pauly Construction, Amherst, NY, US, Builder

- Assisted in the construction on hundreds of projects that included both high-end residential and commercial - new builds, additions, and renovations.
- Acquired a mastery of every level of the construction process including rough & finish carpentry, roofing, drywall, tile, plumbing, electrical, concrete flat & form work.
- Responsibilities also included design work and renderings for customers and drawings for permits, as well as training new crew members.

Sep 1996 - Jul 2004


Center For Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME, US, 3 Month Furniture Intensive

Furniture design and Construction techniques

Feb 2020 - Apr 2020

Robotech CAD Solutions, Hoboken, NJ, US, Computer Rendering, BIM

-Authorized Autodesk training center.
-Certificates from Autodesk in AutoCAD 2012, Revit 2011, and 3D Studio Max 2011; Certifications in each

May 2011 - Oct 2011

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

- 3-1/2 yr Master Program
Thesis: Design/Build: The Crafting of Architecture

Sep 1999 - Jul 2003

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, Bachelors, Facilities Management

- Concentration: Environmental Design

Sep 1990 - Aug 1995


Design Review Award (AIAS), 1st Place

- Open to architecture students worldwide for all studio projects.


Design Excellence, Award

- This award is given to one student based on criteria that acknowledges innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architecture.


Logo Competition, 1st Place

UB Aids Logo Competition- Now used as their official Logo


Areas of Specialization