Christian Barragan

Christian Barragan

Los Angeles, CA, US

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With Over 15 Years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, I have led multiple projects in the commercial and residential sector.  My expertise is in workplace interior design and construction.  I am also a licensed architect in California and Florida with NCARB Certification.  


Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA, US, Director of Planning, Design & Construction

• Led site selection, acquisition, and leasing processes for new locations, assessing internal programming needs and financial viability.
• Developed and executed space and occupancy planning projects for reconfigurations, relocations and restacks as required to accommodate company growth.
• Directed the design process ensuring alignment with project requirements and design standards, including selection and oversight of design consultants.
• Oversaw all phases of construction projects, from pre-construction planning to project closeout, coordinating activities to deliver high-quality results on schedule and within budget.
• Developed and reported on project budgets, forecasts, and cash flow projections, monitoring expenses and controlling costs to optimize financial performance and profitability.

Aug 2019 - Jan 2024

The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA, US, Design Manager

• Provide strategic direction and oversight for all design-related aspects of design projects, ensuring alignment with the design intent, goals, and budget.
• Contract and coordinate architects, engineers, consultants, and contractors to develop and execute design strategies that meet objectives and regulatory requirements.
• Manage the design development process, from initial concept to final approval, overseeing the production of drawings, specifications, and other deliverables.
• Define corporate design standards for space utlilization rates, construction, furniture, fixtures and equipment.
• QA/QC during design and construction phases to ensure adherence to established corporate design standards.

Aug 2018 - Aug 2019

Wolcott Architecture Interiors, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Project Manager

• Lead and manage multidisciplinary design projects from conception to completion, ensuring adherence to client requirements, budget, and timeline.
• Serve as the primary point of contact for clients, providing regular updates on project progress, addressing concerns, and managing expectations.
• Conduct feasibility studies, site analysis, and research to inform design decisions and ensure project viability.
• Oversee the development of conceptual designs, construction drawings, and specifications, ensuring alignment with project goals and regulatory requirements.
• Provide leadership and mentorship to junior staff members, supporting their professional development and growth within the firm.

Apr 2016 - Aug 2018

Estée Lauder Companies, New York City, Design and Construction Project Manager

• Managed corporate (office, retail, education, institiutional) capital improvement projects throughout North America.
• Collaborated with internal and external project stakeholders to successfully deliver design and construction projects on time and budget.
• Initiated project requirements starting with initial feasibility studies, creating concept space planning and eventually outsourcing design to external consultants.
• Managed space and occupancy planning for company relocations, reconfigurations and restacks to accommodate company growth.

Dec 2012 - Mar 2016

DBI Construction Consultants, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

• Represent Owners in construction projects as liaison with design consultants and contractors
• Coordinate construction projects from schematic design through project close-out phase
• Research and analyze development projects in Greater New York City area

Aug 2011 - Jun 2012

BAM Studio, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

• 6 month internship with small interior design firm
• Chief duties to review submittals, develop construction documents and drawing details
• Collaborated hands on with a team on several design projects in New York City

Nov 2010 - May 2011

Europa Stairways, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer

• Worked in close relation with CEO to learn business, including traveling to meet with clients across the United States.
• Conceptualize and design custom luxury staircases to fit customer's wants and budget.
• Collaborated with suppliers and contractors to manage quality control.

Aug 2009 - Jul 2010


New York University (NYU), New York, NY, US, Masters, Construction Management

Aug 2010 - May 2012

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

Aug 2004 - May 2009

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