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Sergio Socolovsky, RA, LEED AP, Dipl. Arch.

Sergio Socolovsky, RA, LEED AP, Dipl. Arch.

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

I have over 15 years of international experience working with a variety of architectural styles, use groups, and building types involving new constructions, enlargements, and conversions.

• Architectural Designer: I was an Architectural Designer for several award-winning teams of renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid (London), Peter Eisenman (New York), and Itsuko Hasegawa (Tokyo). While designing, I implement avant-garde ideas in conjunction with sustainable architecture, environmental psychology, and neuroscience concepts. This enables me to create projects that are not only aesthetically beautiful and functional, but that also strive to improve the users’ physical, mental, and social well being.

• Project Architect/Project Manager: For the past fifteen years I have worked as a Project Architect/Project Manager in New York City. As such, I have been responsible for feasibility studies and conceptual design through construction documents, construction administration and field reviews. I have also coordinated the designs across MEP, structural engineering, and interior design disciplines, as well as reviewed both shop drawings and contractor’s submissions.

• Principal: I established and managed my own architectural and real estate development firm in Uruguay for four years.  I handled all stages of business development and preliminary design through construction management. Combining my organizational, multi-tasking, problem solving, and communication skills along with well developed high rate of return real estate business plans, allowed me to seek out potential investors and attract new clientele.

    I am a self starter and a team player with extensive experience interacting with clients, consultants, and contractors. When supervising project teams, I always strive to encourage the utmost best and exceeded the client’s expectations. My ability to develop sets of drawings with accuracy, deliver results in a timely manner, and provide quality assurance have increased the quality of the design delivery process, as well as the architectural firms and clients’ profitability by greatly reducing the amount of change orders, request for information, and future liabilities. My extensive experience in real estate development and entrepreneurship has enhanced my understanding of the financial impacts associated throughout all phases of design, increasing the client profitability, retention, and recurrence.

    I am a New York State Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional. I hold a Diploma in Architecture and Architect’s License from the University of Uruguay, and a Master of Architecture (Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship and graduated with honors) from Science University of Tokyo-Japan.

    Throughout my career I have maintained a commitment to high quality design, construction, and business ethics. I am confident that my extensive design, technical, managerial, and business development experience would make me an asset to your firm.

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Employment 

Karl Fischer Architecture, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Architect/Project Manager

- Designed and managed new residential and mixed-use building projects.
- Developed zoning calculations, feasibility studies, and schematic designs through construction administration.
- Coordinated Department of Building sets and design across engineering disciplines.
- Planned construction methods, selected materials and finishes, and made presentations to clients.
- Dealt extensively with the New York City Zoning Resolution, Building Code, and ADA Regulations.
- Prepared proposals for the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) and applications with Landmarks Preservation Commission.
- Managed teams of architects and consultants.

Selected Projects:
• Mixed-Use: New, 160,000 SF, 8-story residential/commercial/community facility building. Variance application submitted to the Board of Standards and Appeals for an increase up to 240,000 SF and 17 stories. Washington Heights, Manhattan.
• Residential: New, 85,000 SF, 8-story residential building, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Completed..
• Residential: New, 55,000 SF, 5-story residential building, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Under Construction.
• Residential: New, 20,000 SF, 4-story residential building. Bushwick, Brooklyn. Under Construction.
• Commercial: New, 6,000 SF, 3-story rooftop addition to a 12 story Landmarks building. Chelsea, Manhattan. Completed.
* Community Facility: New. 95,000 SF. 6-story Synagogue. Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Mar 2013 - current
 

George Rycar Architects, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Architect/Project Manager

Responsible for zoning calculations, feasibility studies, preliminary/schematic and design development through construction administration (answer to RFI, review change orders and payment requisitions, create punch list and field review reports).
Reviewed shop drawings (concrete, steel, GFRC panels, windows, sprinklers, elevators, stairs) and other submittals.
Coordinated Department of Building sets and design across disciplines (MEP, structural engineering, and interior design).
Ensured accurate submission and verification of construction controlled inspections (technical reports).
Researched and selected materials and finishes.
Developed construction details and planned construction procedures.
Managed consultant teams and directed staff.
Made presentations to clients.
Prepared AIA contract documents and specifications.
Implemented energy code compliance, REScheck and COMcheck calculations.
Developed building envelope design and implementation, with emphasis on GFRC design and installation.
Performed Local Law 11 Reports (building’s façade repair and maintenance program) and field review reports for compliance.
Dealt extensively with the New York City Zoning Resolution, Building Code, and ADA Regulations.
Developed proposals for City Planning and applications with Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Designed and managed new buildings, conversion-enlargements, luxury apartments’ gut renovations, medical offices, and remediation projects.

•826-28 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan. New, 15,000 SF, commercial building (Under Construction).
•1928-36 Bay Avenue, Brooklyn. New, 8,000 SF, 5-story medical facility building.
•37-10 23RD Avenue, Queens. New, 5,000 SF, two family dwelling.
•217 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan. Conversion-enlargement, 25,000 SF, of a 7-story commercial and residential building.
•175 W 90th Street, Manhattan. Exterior and interior ground floor gut renovation, 10,000 SF, of a 20-story residential building including lobby, community and laundry rooms, commercial spaces, and exterior plaza.
•124 W 34th Street, Manhattan. New, 10,000 SF, T-Mobile retail store. Responsible for the complete structural upgrade of the existing building.

Dec 2003 - Feb 2013
 

CetraRuddy, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Responsible for zoning calculations, feasibility studies, preliminary/schematic and design development thru CD.
Coordinated Department of Building sets and design across disciplines (MEP, structural engineering, and interior design).
Managed consultant teams.
Researched and selected materials and finishes.
Developed construction details and planned construction procedures.
Dealt extensively with the New York City Zoning Resolution, Building Code, and ADA Regulations.

• 426 W 58Th Street, Manhattan. Conversion-enlargement, 60,000 SF, of an 11-story luxury residential building.
• 49 E 21st Street, Manhattan. Conversion, 80,000 SF, of a 12-story commercial building to luxury residential use.
• 19-35 Houston Street, Manhattan. Responsible for the lobby interior design and construction documentation.
• KBW Investment Bank, Manhattan. Responsible for the office furniture design and detailing.
• Bronx Zoo, Bronx. Responsible for the Tigers exhibition’s construction detailing.

Jan 2002 - Dec 2003
 

RKTB Architects, P.C., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

• New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn. New, 80,000 SF, 7-story building. Responsible from schematic design through Construction Documents.

Apr 2001 - Jan 2002
 

Zaha Hadid Architects, London, GB, Architectural Designer

• Salerno Maritime Terminal Competition, Italy. 50,000 SF - First Prize (Under Construction).
• Phaeno Science Center Competition, Wolfsburg, Germany. 200,000 SF - First Prize (Completed 2005).

Dec 1999 - Feb 2000
 

Eisenman Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

• IFCCA Prize Competition for the Design of Cities, West Side, New York City - First Prize.
• Galicia City of Culture Competition, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 1,000,000 SF - First Prize (Under Construction).
• Museum of Quai Branly Competition, Paris, France - Second Prize.

May 1999 - Dec 1999
 

Itsuko Hasegawa Architect, Tokyo, JP, Architectural Designer

• Takarazuka Garden Village, Hyogo. 200 Units Residential Complex. Responsible for schematic design and design development.
• Osaka Bay Area Renovation Urban Project, Osaka. Responsible for conceptual design.

Jul 1996 - Jul 1997
 

Sergio Socolovsky Architect, New York, NY, US, Principal

Worked as an independendent Architect from 1993 through 1995, 1998, and 2000.
Responsible for site selection, zoning calculations, feasibility studies, preliminary/schematic and design development through construction administration, construction management, budgeting and scheduling, business development.
Reviewed shop drawings and other submittals.
Coordinated Department of Building sets and design across disciplines (MEP, structural engineering, and interior design).
Researched and selection of materials and finishes.
Developed construction details and planned construction procedures.
Prepared construction contracts and specifications.
Managed consultant teams and directed staff.
Made presentations to clients.
Developed real estate investment business plans, including market and financial analysis, and marketing strategies.
Designed and managed projects which include residential, retail, cultural, parking garage, and a student dormitory.

• Cultural Center, Uruguay - New, 45,000 SF, 2-story building. Responsible from programming and schematic design through construction documents. Developed MEP, acoustic, and structural engineering designs, calculations, and specifications.
• Private Summer House, Uruguay - New, 4,000 SF, house. Responsible for site acquisition, schematic design through construction administration, construction management, landscape design, selecting contractor and subcontractors, scheduling and budgeting, buying materials.
• Student Dormitory, Uruguay - Responsible for business development of the first student dormitory of Uruguay, 25,000 SF, 6-story building. Developed real estate business plan, including market and financial analysis, and marketing strategies. Developed feasibility studies through design development.

Jan 1993 - Oct 1995
 

Education 

Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, JP, MArch, Master of Architecture

Graduated with Honors - Year’s Best Architecture Master Thesis
Studied under renowned architect Kazuhiro Kojima, president of C+A Coelacanth Architects

Apr 1996 - Apr 1998
 

University of the Republic (Uruguay), Montevideo, UY, Diploma in Architecture

Graduated with Honors - First Architectural Diploma Thesis to be presented via CAD

Mar 1986 - Feb 1993
 

Awards 

Architecture of Israel, Project of the Year 2009/2010 Competition, Israel, Nomination

Design of a floating hotel on the Gulf of Aqaba-Eilat, Middle East.
Selected amongst the top 10 of 100 projects

2010
 

The Environs of Barcelona Football Club Competition, Spain, Nomination

Selected amongst the top 20 of 160 projects.

1996
 

Japanese Ministry of Education, Monbusho, Scholarship, Scholarship

Master of Architecture

1995
 

Probides, Biotechnological Laboratory Competition, Uruguay, Nomination

Selected amongst the top 10 of 120 projects,

1994
 

Areas of Specialization 

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