Gabriel Hernandez

Gabriel Hernandez

Miami, FL, US

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Delivering forward thinking, detail oriented management and leadership with international experience. An imaginative, enthusiastic and dedicated professional offering a combination of skills and talents to a creative workplace environment that strives for innovation and endorses multidisciplinary teams. A motivator and team leader working with clients, public entities, senior management, consultants, vendors and staff to achieve a common goal. Committed to the realization of a first class product based on financial and analytical strength.

Core Competencies and Personal Attributes: Team Building and Leadership / Independent and Collaborative / Design Lead / Sophisticated Design Sensibility / Facilitate Decision Making / Client Management / Community Outreach / Business Development / Public Relations / Ability to Think Conceptually / Interpersonal Skills / Time Management / Multi-tasker / Research / Editing / Mentor / Punctual / Resourceful / Quality Control / Excellent Visual, Oral, and Written Communication

Skills: Strong Design Sensibility and Sophisticated Taste, Excellent Visual, Oral, and Written Communication, Hand Sketching, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Rhino, Sketchup and other CAD / 3D softwares, and hands-on carpentry / welding fabrication.

• Liaison between client, consultants, vendors, and contractor
• Define the project’s deliverables, budget, schedule timeline, and resources
• Communicate key responsibilities, deadlines and expectations clearly to all involved parties
• Maintain schedules for various projects to meet deadlines simultaneously
• Monitor progress of individual tasks as well as the entire project
• Organize status meetings on a regular basis
• Resolve resource and/or scheduling conflicts
• Invoicing and productivity reports
• Build and maintain client/department relationships
• Developing promotional and fund-raising materials
• Strong storytelling skills for written and oral communication
• Hand sketching, model making, digital 3D modeling and other presentation skills for visual communication
• Managing third party providers of creative / production initiatives (renderers, model makers, photographers)
• Quality control from design and documentation through production and construction process
• Project/process education assistance to client, donors, staff, public groups and government entities
• Training and annual performance review of staff
• Understanding of brand guardianship

• Senior architectural designer of domestic and international projects of various building types and project sizes
• Competition and award-winning designs; sensitivity to local cultural, social, and architectural traditions
• Direct involvement with client, consultants, contractor, donors, community groups and government entities
• Travel extensively for project meetings and presentations
• Lead the creative design process from preliminary concepts through final design
• Work with senior management, work independently with little or no supervision, as well as collaboratively in multi-discipline project  team environment  through construction; mentorship to junior staff
• Advanced knowledge of sustainable strategies and building materials
• Art/artist selection and integration/installation

• Master planning studies to interior space planning
• Create preliminary schedules and budgets
• Feasibility reports
• Zoning analysis for site selection and acquisition
• Site planning including parking, amenities and landscape architecture
• Building codes under local and federal regulations
• Local planning and zoning laws
• Public safety and accessibility codes
• Community design guidelines
• Historic preservation guidelines
• Understanding local construction techniques and building systems
• Programming/space planning and function analysis
• Building envelope to interior detailing
• Sustainability, technology and media integration
• Value engineering
• Job captain/project management and marketing
• Schematic and design development, contract documents, tender/bidding and construction administration


Coastal Systems Development, Miami, FL, US, Director of Architecture and Design

Lead designer in a multi-disciplinary design / build / real estate development firm specializing in unique hospitality, residential and civic waterfront projects in the Caribbean. Committed to providing design value and technical services in all aspects of planning and construction of small to large-scale developments that capture the high-end real estate market with authenticity, artistry and sustainability. Managing an in-house team of architects, interior, landscape, and graphic designers; in conjunction with the management, marketing, estimating, and construction teams.

Jul 2016 - Dec 2017

Independent, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Quality Assurance / Quality Control / Design Consultant

Reviewer and editor of written and graphic documentation for the architectural service under development to ensure they meet specified requirements and to avoid omissions and errors. Documentation at all phases of the architectural process includes at minimum marketing materials, contracts, design and construction documents, and material specifications. Quality control during construction observation through project delivery.

Nov 2015 - Jun 2016

Raymond Jungles, Inc., Miami, FL, US, Senior Project Manager

Leadership and mentoring role in an acclaimed landscape architecture firm simultaneously managing over a dozen high-profile projects ranging in complexity, scale and budget from concept through construction. Working with internationally-renowned architects to collaborate on and coordinate unique design solutions that integrate both disciplines. Direct involvement with clients, consultants, contractors and government entities. Proven experience in project management includes preparation of fee proposals and contracts, creating and managing project schedules, fee/budget management and quality control of all documentation.

Jan 2014 - Oct 2015

Fofo's Fudge, New York, NY, US, Creative Manager, Marketing and Production

Invested management associate with key role in integrated product development team in a high-energy fast-paced deadline-driven environment. Direct involvement with Creative Director to execute relevant design strategies by incorporating consumer insights, drive value engineering and improve products both in form and function with a focus on achieving financial objectives. Collaborating with Creative Director on branding material for retail/website use and developing concept retail display strategies. Principal lead from initial order through delivery prioritizing several projects and deadlines simultaneously. Implements colleague training. Conceptual thinker with business acumen and a focus on the big idea.

Oct 2012 - Dec 2013

HOK, New York, NY, US, Associate / Senior Project Designer / Manager

Senior project designer of competition and award-winning designs for domestic and international civic, commercial, cultural, educational, healthcare, hospitality, residential, and retail projects. Manager with direct involvement with clients, consultants, contractors, donors, community groups and government entities. Traveled extensively for project meetings and presentations. Within the office, managed the design team and had direct involvement with senior management, marketing / public relations group, technical team, and construction architects. Led projects from initial concept through construction administration and opening for quality control.

Oct 2007 - May 2012

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates / H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York, NY, US, Associate / Project Designer / Project Architect

Mar 1998 - Sep 2007

Corgan, Dallas, TX, US, Project Architect / Project Designer

Feb 1996 - Feb 1998

Garland & Hilles Architects, El Paso, TX, US, Project Manager / Project Designer

Aug 1993 - Sep 1995

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa, Italy, Architectural Collaborator

Jan 1991 - Jan 1992


School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY, US, Sculpture

Jun 2005 - May 2007

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1985 - Dec 1992


AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Award of Merit, Award

Awarded for U.S. Courthouse, Jackson, MS


AIA Fort Worth Excellence in Sustainable Development, Award

Awarded for Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, TX


AIA Western NY Merit Award, Award

Awarded for Chautauqua Institution School of Music, Chautauqua, NY


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