Karina Gonzales

Karina Gonzales

New York, NY, US




Innovative and insightful architect with extensive experience working with residential,
commercial, transportation, and government clients. Gains the trust of key decision makers
while directing high-profile projects and overseeing the work of contractors and diverse team
members. Excels at managing stakeholder communications and meeting all time, budget, and
quality expectations. Spanish and English fluency.

Areas of Expertise:
-Leadership & Supervision
-Contract Administration
-Conceptual Design
-Digital & Physical Modeling
-Construction Documentation
-Interior & Exterior Design
-Budget Management
-Client & Vendor Relations
-Contractor Management
-Architectural Detailing
-Purchasing Oversight
-Quality Control
-Proposal Development
-Project Management


Avant Guards, Brooklyn, NY, US, Manager

-Oversee construction and renovation for a manufacturer of windows and related accessories.
-Manage the full project life cycle, from needs identification through technical specifications,
quality control, and final sign-off.
-Establish and maintain strong relationships with clients, colleagues, suppliers, contractors,
subcontractors, and others.
-Identify and proactively pursue new business opportunities.
-Deliver exceptional service that maximizes revenues with existing accounts.
-Design windows, columns, railings, and other interior/exterior detailing.
-Maintain personal responsibility for all drafting and shop drawings.
-Administer budgets in excess of $1M.
-Supervise up to 20 workers on an average project.
-Create and deliver compelling, competitive proposals.
-Design additions/renovations for school, office, hospital, prison, and transportation clients.
-Direct site surveys and inspections.
-Ensure manufacturing/installation accuracy and compliance with specifications.
-Work closely with major clients that include the MTA and NY city schools.
-Coordinate all aspects of construction with general contractor and various subcontractors.
-Maintain/update documentation and drawings to reflect all design changes.

Sep 2009 - current

Kenneth Park Architects, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

-Recruited to join the architectural staff of a 40-person, internationally recognized, full-service
firm specializing in retail, mixed-use, and site planning/development.
-Created detailed space-planning drawings.
-Analyzed building codes.
-Researched retail interior renovation projects.
-Prepared construction documents for high-end retail clients such as Macy’s and Tiffany.
-Reviewed/adapted retail spaces for adherence with international building code (IBC).
-Facilitated interactions and communications among architectural, structural, electrical, HVAC and
plumbing consultants.
-Partnered with clients and design team to meet stringent deadlines and control costs.

May 2007 - Sep 2008

Urbahn Architects PLLC, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

-Hired at a full-service planning and design architectural practice focusing on the healthcare,
education, justice, science, and infrastructure sectors.
-Developed schematics to accompany bids and proposals.
-Worked on projects for private companies and governmental agencies such as NYCSCA, HHC,
BOP, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
-Created digital models and traditional presentations of interior and exterior designs that enabled
clients to visualize completed work.
-Researched and designed interior projects.
-Participated in site visits and field surveys.
-Prepared and maintained construction documents

Nov 2005 - Apr 2007


The City College Architecture Center, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

The fundamentals of Architecture as construction, AutoCad, design, rendering, and presentation.

Jan 2001 - Jun 2005