Erik Castella

Erik Castella

New York, NY, US



I am a hard worker who appreciates challenges.  I also enjoy the social aspect of working with clients to understand  their needs and desires.  My experiences working under extreme pressure to meet deadlines, budgets, and client satisfaction have taught me valuable lessons in organization, problem solving, and time management.  Every day I work to become a better architect.  



Angle Exhibits, Barcelona, ES, Atlanta, New York, USA, Architect

Architect / Project Manager at Angle Exhibits.
Events and Retail design and construction company, working all around Europe and North America

> Design Exhibitions and interior designs for retail and office spaces.
> Project Management of the set up of retail stores for the jewlery brand TOUS in the USA
> Meetings with owners to understand their needs and offer a design that suits them.
> Prepare construction schedule.
> Oversee buyout process to select subcontractors for the job.
> Attend proposal meeting with owner, discuss scope of work, answer questions, discuss ways to reduce costs, and ask for the job.
> Prepare all necessary working drawings.
> Prepare Budget and Financial Reporting.
> Keep management informed on progress of project and budget.
> Communicate, liaise, and negotiate internally and externally using appropriate methods to facilitate the development of profitable business and sustainable relationships.
> Plan and manage personal business portfolio/territory/business according to an agreed market development strategy.
> Organize the human resource department, creating reliable methods to hire employees.
> Creating of the marketing campaign to reach clients from all over the world.
> Track the SEO and SEM campaign to increase the number of visits at the website.
> Assist the web site manager.
> Create detailed design specifications for the developer team and maintain oversight of builds.

Sep 2010 - current

Freelancer, Barcelona, ES, Architect / Designer / Project Manager

Projectes K October 2007 – June 2013

> Development of site management combining it with my current job.
> Consulting, development, monitoring and documentation of Quality Plans and Programs.
> Processing of certificates of occupancy.
> Design of a mall façade in China for a contest
> Design of residential houses.
> Reports and technical projects.
> Development of License Activity and Legalization Projects.
> Design of retail spaces such as a hair salon, ice cream booth, electronic displays.
> Study of a XIV century church to locate damaged areas in it's chappels.
> Design and project management of a renovation of a XIX century house.
> Studies to remove and protect an art piece from Barcelona's subway.

Albert Aguirre Arquitecte May 2007 – September 2007

> 3D modelling in AutoCAD
> Rendering with 3D studio Max and post rendering in Photoshop
> 2D drawing of residential buildings in Catalonia

UPL Arquitectos January 2007 – May 2007

> Residential development in Barcelona
> Teaching CAD to other employees
> Technical support. Verification of building work.
> Delineation. Development of standard documents

3D·tres September 2005 – December 2006

> Design of custom trade show booths using Autocad 3DS max and Photoshop
> Virtual movies production with 3DS max
> Technical support in design software

COMSA July 2006 – August 2006

> Delineation of a train station in Dublin

Publiarte S.A. October 2001 – July 2002

> General carpentry in a trade show company
> Painting, labelling, small plumbing and electricity jobs
> Basic support to the builders team

Oct 2001 - current

Architectural College of Barcelona, Barcelona, ES, Visiting Professor

Teacher in "Taller Obert". It was a 4 month subject focused on project design, with 8 students.

Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Roberto Suso Arquitecto, Barcelona, ES, Intern Architect

> Construction detailing and tracing of a large retail mall construction. (1M sqft)
> Design of the main façade, with all details.
> Develop preliminary floor plans and elevation designs.
> Modelling and rendering of façades.
> Follow plan closely through production to ensure conformance with design.
> Work with Estimator to develop cost analysis to verify cost compliance of plans.
> Work with Production Manager to oversee flow of plans through department.
> Coordinate work with City departments.

May 2007 - Apr 2010


Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), Barcelona, ES, MArch, Architecture

6 year program including a Masther Thesis approved with honors in 2010

Sep 2002 - Sep 2009

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, ES, foreman builder

I originally started studying to become a foreman builder, but then I decided that I wanted to study to become an architect instead. Before I left this program, I learned a lot about construction detail that I still find useful today.

Sep 2001 - Jun 2002



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