Ricardo Cardenas

Ricardo Cardenas

Chicago, IL, US



An ideation minded professional who likes to blur the lines between business, strategy and creativity, with the ability to translate cultural, marketing, technical and financial information into a coherent strategy to program, design and build master plans and architecture in a varied array of scales. Confident working in collaboration or independently in ambiguous and dynamic international environments, with demonstrated experience in all development and operation phases
of mixed use projects and a strong hold around economic development and the hospitality industry. Highly entrepreneurial, self motivated and results oriented.   


Richard Knorr International, Ltd., Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Project Management

Reporting to the Director of the company, licensed architect in Illinois, and liaising with the real estate marketing CPR Accelerators Denver CO, leaded a team of 10 architects and graphic designers in the creation of the residential products offered in the 2006 launch in the Dominican Republic, setting a U$100MN record in sales for the Caribbean real estate market.

Assembled the Interior Design division of the company liaising with Lichten Craig Architects in Chicago and Patricia Reid Baquero in Santo Domingo, setting up its creative direction, reviewing the deliverables of the interior design packages offered along with the residential products.

Assisted the collaboration between infrastructure, environmental, architecture, landscape, golf and marina international consultants in the programming of the Roco Ki master plan and served as a node for storage and share of deliverables from pre schematics through construction, identifying discrepancies and ensuring a well coordinated and designed master plan.

From RKI’s base in Chicago managed the contract, maintained and updated the project data and the schedule for the Roco Ki Faldo Legacy Golf Course design in the United Kingdom

Served as liaison with Roko Ki’s legal team in Seattle WA,, and managed the surveyor’s team Casa del Agrimensor C por A in the Dominican Republic in order to produce the drawings that supported Roco Ki’s legal structure and contracts.


Westin Roco Ki Hotel and Conference Center. 144 Key hotel, 108 condominium villas, Spa and Conference Center schematic design according to Starwood Westin standards and the Chicago Building Code. Liaised with OBM Miami, reviewed design development and construction documents deliverables.

Roco Ki Arena Beach Club and Bamboo Beach Club. Collaborating with Michael Sunders & Co. Sarasota FL programmed and designed two options for the Roco Ki Beach Club.

Production & Coordination

Bancredito Tower. Santiago. Dominican Republic. Contributed to the detailed preparation of design and construction documents for a 7 stories 3,500SM [35,000SF] U$14MN office building, developed associated research, checked, coordinated and integrated work with other project team members during all project phases,

Oct 2000 - May 2010

Horacio Hermida & Cia Ltda, Bogota, Colombia, Arquitecto

Prepared conceptual, schematic, design development, construction documents, and managed the construction administration of residential projects ranging from custom high-end homes to social housing and multifamily buildings.

Jan 1995 - Aug 2000


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Real Estate Development

May 2010 - May 2011

Universidad de los Andes, COLOMBIA, BArch, Arquitectura

Jan 1984 - Mar 1990

Areas of Specialization