Stephen Oppenheimer

Stephen Oppenheimer

Weston, MA, US



Senior-level architect and project manager highly committed to sustainable building practices.  Master of Science in Management from M.I.T.  A proven track record as a strong leader with operations experience and a creative, team-oriented professional with excellent planning and problem-solving skills.


NELSON, Boston, MA, US, Sr. Project Manager/Operations Manager

Sr. Project Manager for the Boston office of a Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary design firm. Managed commercial interiors projects for clients including Bank of America, Biogen Idec, Comverse, 3D Systems, Boston Community Capital, Dartmouth College Investment Office and GLC Development Resources. As Operations Manager, primarily oversaw staffing of projects and supported other project managers as required.

Nov 2010 - Jul 2013

Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Cambridge, MA, US, Project Manager/Director of Operations

Project Manager for an architectural firm. As an Associate, also played leadership role in firm. Oversaw commercial, academic and health-care projects. Planned and managed the design process, ensuring that projects were completed within established time frames and budgets while providing the highest design quality possible.

• Prepared proposals, derived fees, and negotiated terms and conditions of contracts.
• Established and monitored adherence to budgets, schedules and staffing requirements.
• Developed and utilized software applications for budgeting and scheduling tools.
• Directed and coordinated the work of the project team, including external consultants.
• Interviewed and hired staff for projects on an as-needed basis.
• Maintained all communication with clients, consultants and project teams.

Director of Operations from 2002 - 2005. Responsible for resource allocation for all project teams and departments, oversight of project management standards, and collaboration with principals and other members of leadership group in support of service and profitability goals. Provided corporate oversight on policy administration and operational issues.

• Projected staffing needs and ensured that appropriate resources were available to meet projected service and marketing commitments. Assigned project teams after consultation with principals.
• Reviewed and maintained state regulatory requirements for all active commissions.
• Monitored performance of and assisted project managers to ensure that project budget, billing and contractual controls were maintained.
• Implemented new resource management module of software system (Deltek Vision); trained project managers to use software for budgeting and scheduling projects.

Jun 1998 - Sep 2010

Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA, US, Project Manager

Project Manager as well as Senior Associate in the interiors department (in the architectural department until 1995) of a multidisciplinary design firm. Managed institutional, commercial and hospitality projects. In addition to project management responsibilities described under Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, performed space planning on selected interiors projects.

Jul 1986 - Jan 1997


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Sloan School of Management

Concentration in the management of design firms. Curriculum included courses at the Departments of Architecture and Civil Engineering at M.I.T. and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Sep 1978 - May 1980

Rice University, Houston, TX, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Sep 1971 - May 1975


Contract Magazine - Inspirations Award, 1st Place

Contract Magazine recognized two top winners in the built environment category, each of which received a $5,000 cash award from Tandus as a donation to the cause that their project work supported. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates teamed with Commodore Builders and Cambridge Family & Children’s Service on “Community Build,” a project to renovate the basement and backyard of Putnam Place, a group home for boys aged 16-19 who are moving toward independent living. The renovation, which will include a lounge, music studio, woodworking shop, study space and laundry room.


Boston Business Journal - Green Business Award, Innovation, Award

Tsoi/Kobus & Associates was awarded a 2010 Green Business Award by The Boston Business Journal for “The Cost of LEED”, a database designed to help architects, designers, builders, and clients better understand the true costs of LEED certification and make informed decisions about sustainable strategies. The two-year study was initiated in 2008 and published in 2010 by BuildingGreen.


Tau Sigma Delta, Other

Elected to honorary society in architecture and allied arts at Rice University.


Edward B. Arrants Medal, Award

Awarded to one fourth-year graduate of the architecture school at Rice University for outstanding promise to the profession of architecture.


Chillman Prize, Award

Awarded to one fourth-year graduate of the architecture school at Rice University for best portfolio.


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