Louis Cespedes

Louis Cespedes

New York, NY, US



I have practiced architecture in several high profile firms both in the Americas and Europe. I have been privileged to work both within the public as well as private sectors and across design and technical disciplines.

My greatest interest is in large-scale work, public space, and infrastructure projects. My abilities as a manager and my experience in construction are intertwined with my design sense and make me an effective team leader with specialized knowledge in Construction Documents, Shop Drawings, QC, and Construction Administration. I enjoy challenges, the exchange of ideas, and working in teams.

My work has been primarily technical and administrative in New York, and I have a deep understanding of design and contemporary architectural trends in mixed-use work, with knowledge of the NYC Building Code and Filing process. Particularly, my experience as a Project Architect has allowed me to work directly with clients, negotiate contracts, support leadership, and manage goals and deliverables. I am a critical thinker with excellent oral presentation and writing abilities, fluent in Spanish and English. My skill set is particularly well suited for technical development and solutions. I thrive in communicating with team members and challenging their understanding of production and materialization.



SRA Architecture and Engineering, P.C., New York, NY, US, Director

Management of current mixed use development projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan in direct collaboration with principals. Administrative responsibilities include staffing, project management, and client interface.
I offer mostly a supporting role in design, but carry most of the technical coordination, planning, and production management delegated to PM's.

I also work closely with in-house expediting department, with clear familiarity with code compliance, filing protocols and document preparation for DEP, DOB, and MTA. While I do not lead this department, my coordination is fundamental in our expediting staff's knowledge of projects for Plan Exams and reviews.

My skills are valuable to firm leadership in communication project goals, schedules, deliverables, on client side interactions, as well as team building, and training junior staff.

Nov 2014 - current

S2 Architectura, Guadalajara / New York, Project Architect

In my capacity I was responsible for all in-house project development and administration. I coordinate all technical and contract documents for both private and public sector work. I manage, organize, and staff the teams working on projects. Project managers report to me on daily activities and I set the agenda in consultation with other stakeholders for client interface, presentations, and contract negotiations. Because of my experience with organizing large complex infrastructure projects, I also serve as a consultant to other firms on projects requiring sophisticated file management and CAD organization matrix. I create systems to cross reference information and speed up production capabilities with limited staffing or resources, as well as carry out project management tasks. In our office we carry out a range of projects in many scales, yet our most significant work is for the public sector and public institutions, and large private or public housing development projects.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2014

HOK, New York City, USA, Project Manager / Consultant

Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum – HOK
Location: New York City, USA
Role: Project Manager / Consultant
Type: Architecture, Consulting, and Planning Firm
Date: 2005

I was primarily a consultant asked to review and supervise ongoing project management
tasks for the construction of St. George Terminal on Staten Island

• Project managed and executed contract proposals.
• Oversaw submissions of CD’s for continuing additional services work.
• Worked directly with NVC EDC for retail fit-out and MTA bus terminal project.
• Attended weekly coordination meetings with MEP, Structural, and Mechanical Consultants as
well as with NYC Economic Development Corp managers.
• Wrote proposals for add services and continuing work on passenger waiting hall.

Jun 2004 - Oct 2004

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna, Austria/Mexico, Special Projects Manager

Coop Himmelb(l)au GmbH
Location: Vienna, Austria
Role: Special Projects Manager
Type: Architecture and Planning Firm
Date: 1999-2000

I was a special projects manager, relocated from Vienna to Guadalajara to oversee the
transition of design development to contract phase of a 100,000 sq meter commercial
complex. I oversaw all production and coordinated with all specialist during the transition.

• Worked on large retail-commercial complex in Guadalajara as project manager
• Development all DD and CD sets and quality control standards for submission
• Headed communication and interface with local specialist and client representatives
• Developed production program and supervised - managed in house architects.
• Headed presentations and reviews with / to associate partner.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2001

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York City, Architect

Skidmore Owings and Merrill – New York
Location: New York City
Role: Architect
Type: Architecture and Planning Firm
Date: 1997-1999

Worked as an intermediate architect in the development of DD and CD documentation for 2 major
airports, both airside and landside teams, as well as retail fit-out areas. Developed my skills for team and CAD management.

• Worked on airport projects, among them: JFK Terminal 4 in New York and Continental
Airlines Terminal 3 at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.
• Development and of design of project matrix and file management structure
• Collaborate with project management for different teams working on distinct areas of the
airport (ie. concourse, shopping areas, arrivals, departures, landside operations and
airside operations).
• Evolved my interest in large scale, urban infrastructure projects. I worked closely with project
Managers and Architects to coordinate the flow of data and organize information among
teams and consultants with Port Authority of NY & NJ.
• Tasked with design development and CD production.

Jan 1997 - Sep 1999


Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

B Arch Degree

Sep 1991 - May 1996

Areas of Specialization