Karen E. Martin, A.I.A., C.D.T.

Karen E. Martin, A.I.A., C.D.T.

Hillsdale, NJ, US



My career of 17 years experience and knowledge in the building industry, both in architecture and construction is wide spread. My experience ranges over every stage of Project Development from inception to completion. It includes large scale retail projects, small tenant fit-up, retail leasing support, educational structures, construction administration of large scale fast-track projects, as well as design build experience. 


Street-Works Studio, White Plains, NY, US, Senior Project Manager

New Quincy Center —Quincy, Massachusetts - 40 acre redevelopment of downtown Quincy.
Masterplan encompasses 11 Parcels in the heart of the city. The mixed-use proposal to
revitalize the fabric of the existing city includes both streetscape elements and new structures.
Urban renewal incorporates residential towers with street retail opportunities, offices
buildings, assisted living and retail “centers”. Site has a strong historical element including
historical sites and buildings on the national registry.

Managed/coordinated first C.O.C. (Certificate of Consistency) submission under the newly
established Quincy Center District - Urban Revitalization and Development Plan (URDP). The first
block of New Quincy Center redevelopment was the first project to adhere to these newly
established design guidelines. Managed submission and coordinated with local officials and third party
reviewers to ensure compliance with new standards. The first parcel to be submitted under
the new guidelines included a building on the National Register of Historic Places, a 15 story
residential tower with street retail and underground parking structure, a 5 story residential
tower with street retail, Hardscape and landscape elements, pedestrian vias and courtyards.

Managed /developed Design Development documents & C.O.C submission documents for two of
the largest retail parcels. Design for these parcels include 2 -7 tier parking structures, an
office tower with 2- 4 story retail structures including a cinema, health club, restaurants and
grocery store.

Coordinated with clients to incorporate their needs relative to retail leasing while maintaining
adherence to C.O.C. guidelines through preliminary meetings and approvals.

Prepared leasing documents for development opportunities. Prepared numerous schemes for
flexibility in marketing of the space.

Jul 2012 - current

Studio 5 Architects, Glen Rock, NJ, US, Associate

Ridge Hill—Yonkers, New York Forest City owned, H3 Designed, Lifestyle Center on an 81.4-acre site containing 1.3 million square feet of retail space & 160,000 square feet of office.

Construction Phase: (2007 - 2012)

Responsible for the Construction Administration (CA) for the entire retail section of the project.

Managed/coordinated CA efforts involving 7 prime contractors and numerous sub-consultants in fast-track construction of 13 retail buildings, 5 pedestrian bridges, 5 parking structures and landscape elements (play structures, kiosks, WET designed fountain).

Responsible for processing large volume of CA information (e.g. RFIs, submittals, and field issues) ensuring they were processed in a timely manner and the multiple primes remained on the fast-track schedule.

Coordinated and reviewed tenant leasing requirements to produce construction document to meet landlord requirements of retail lease agreements.

Coordinated documents and reviewed anchor tenants leasing requirements with owner, tenant, and design teams for full building fit-ups. Attended coordination meetings from beginning to end of tenant turnover to ensure agreements and schedules were met.

Coordinate Construction Administration and Construction Documents (CD) development occurring simultaneously with numerous sub-consultants in areas including landscaping, vertical transportation, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering and signage.

Managed in-house staff and workload of architects, designers, and interns at varying stages of construction/CD development at a given time to ensure fast track schedules were maintained.

Weekly on site presence and meeting attendance ensuring that communication remains open between contractors, ownership, Consultants and tenants. Ensure that schedules and design intent are maintained.

Design Development/Construction Documents Phase (2004 - 2012)

Project Architect/Project Manager for over 1.3 million square feet of retail space

Lead architect on multiple buildings, including main anchor parcel - three building cinema/retail complex.

Prepare CDs by interpreting design concept drawings supplied by the design architect.

Coordinate with consultants, clients, tenants and design architect to produce a set of drawings while maintaining design intent.

Incorporated tenant design specifications to develop a core & shell retail space.

Coordination with numerous sub -consultants

Spearheaded pre-design phase of project to maintain existing tenant inhabitance during construction.

Responsibilities included construction phase plan, consultant coordination, CD and CA.

Attended bi-weekly meetings with Yonkers’ building Commissioner to ensure project met all codes and concerns of the City of Yonkers.

Sep 2004 - May 2012

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, New York, NY, US, Construction Adminstrator

Assisted with Construction Administration efforts prior to Grand Opening of Retail Center In
Natick, MA

Resolved coordination issues through on-site review and issuance of field sketches.

Assisted with resolving open issues, Responded to RFIs, Reviewed Shop Drawings

Apr 2007 - Sep 2007

Rivardo Schnitzer & Capazzi, P.C., Cliffside Park, NJ , Team Architect- Educational

Prepare architectural drawings throughout all stages of project development. (e.g. design to construction documents)
Utilize construction & educational code knowledge in preparing architectural drawings.
Assist with project development process to ensure project compliance with SCC guidelines.

Oct 2002 - Sep 2004

Kullman Industries Inc. (Design / Build), Lebanon, NJ, Senior Designer – Manager of Educational and Institutional Division

Managed all educational and institutional projects.
Performed all architectural duties (e.g. site visits, project development, sub-contractors, consultants and plant coordination).
Managed staff, sub-contractors, and construction personnel pertaining to all educational and institutional projects.
Met with clients to ensure projects stayed on schedule throughout the building process and met all design criteria.
Guided Project from beginning to end of turn-key construction.
Implemented all procedures and design criteria pertaining to modular construction.

Aug 1999 - Jul 2002


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1991 - Dec 1996

Areas of Specialization