Richard Rivera

Richard Rivera

New York, NY, US



An ambitious young designer with international experience, a broad range of architectural skills, and having a strong interest in project management, architectural competitions, and international design. My ambition is to work in a dynamic design operation doing a variety of projects around the world


HOK, New York, NY, US, Architectural Technician

Nov 2012 - current

rodriguez studio architecture p.c., New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

• Design assist on a 1,400 s.f. three unit apartment renvoation from SD to CD
• Translate site visit surveys into a 3D Revit model for developing design options, renderings and construction drawings for client and contractors
• Research + contact suppliers to obtain cut sheets and product information

May 2012 - Jul 2012

ARCHIPELAGOS, New York, NY, US, Architect Intern

• Design assist on the Klaksvik City Center (Faroe Islands) Urban Design Competition

Apr 2012 - Apr 2012

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, Architecture Library Assistant

• Systematized publications at the John and Maria Lynn Reading Room
• Assembled exhibitions in the Haigo & Irene Shen Gallery
• Monitored the Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture & Architecture Design Awards

Aug 2006 - Dec 2011

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, Teaching Assistant

• Conducted design lectures + labs for SketchUp, AutoCAD, Rhino, and Adobe CS5
• Assisted professor with grading and with critique of student work and progress

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), New York, NY, US, Architect Intern

• Harbin Bank Headquarters in Harbin, China - SD through CD/Fang-An Design Phase
• Design assist Project Architect on the Harbin Bank HQ facade treatment through 3D visualization and physical model
• Physical model coordination with KPF Office Shanghai to ensure proper execution and deadlines of presentation deliverables to clients in China
• Executed diagrams to visually display and document a complete project analysis
• Tackled additional duties for the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, the Abu Dhabi Media Company HQ, the KPF Office Renovation, a pair of office towers in Suzhou Industrial Park, and the Hyundai Tower in Seoul

Dec 2009 - Aug 2010

Peter Vincent Architects, Honolulu, HI, US, Graphic Design + Marketing Intern

• Redesigned Peter Vincent Architects marketing portfolio
• Designed advertisements for print in local publications
• Assisted Marketing Manager with the preparation of RFPs for residential projects

Nov 2007 - Apr 2009


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, Architecture

Doctor of Architecture | Summer 2003 - Dec. 2011
University of Hawai’i at Manoa School of Architecture (UHM-SoA)

Research | January 2009 – Dec. 2011
Doctor of Architecture Theses, “Student + Design + Competition: Decoding the Competition Culture,” explored the history of the design competition system, analyzed historic and current contests, and synthesized recommendations for students who desire to undertake the process

Study Abroad | Summer | 2006: Japan, 2008: Western Europe, 2010: China

Practicum Studio | Fall 2009 | Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York

BA in Project Management and Design | Spring 2008
University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Graduated on the Dean’s List)

Aug 2004 - Dec 2011


Finalist for the Hawai’i Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Competition, Nomination


School of Architecture Practicum Fund Recipient, Scholarship


Sen Soshitsu Travel Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

Study Abroad | Summer 2006 | Japan


Areas of Specialization