Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodriguez

Washington, DC, US



A versatile leader with 10+ years of experience in design strategy, project management, career-driven community engagement & business development. Passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and tackling problems within the built / urban environment. Dedicated to furthering the use of design skills as problem-solving tools, emergent technologies (AR/VR) & leadership development. Excelled at leading multidisciplinary teams, adept at fostering strategic relationships & assessment of physical assets. Selected lecturer at AIA's National Conference on Architecture in June 2018; Presentation will focus on how design practices are being disrupted by emerging technologies.


BASF THE CHEMICAL COMPANY, Silver Spring, MD, US, Global BIM Specialist

Global EB / BIM Specialist & Emerging Design/Construction Technology Advisor.

Feb 2018 - current

WDG Interior Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Associate

Managed building repositioning & capital improvement projects ($2M-$7M). Directed business development proposals, project publications, branding & client interviews at the department level. Researched emerging workplace, hospitality & multifamily amenity trends. Assisted clients with phasing, bidding & contract negotiation. Coordinated feasibility & design studies for hospitality clients. Supervised concurrent project teams & consultants. Allocated resources, budgets, schedules & reviewed billing. Developed integrated project delivery solutions, workflow strategies & supported recruiting efforts. Implemented BIM transition & technology continuing education. Mentored junior staff & fostered professional involvement. Produced comprehensive design solutions & specifications. Clients served: EQR, Beacon Capital, CassidyTurley, DTZ, CapGemini, Fairfield, Bozzuto, WREIT, GSA, and NSF. Portfolio: Rotonda Community Center Renovation, McLean VA (28,000s qft / $5.2M); Studio Plaza Apartments, Silver Spring MD (400-unit / $85M); NSF Headquarters, Alexandria, VA (667,000 sqft / 16 stories); Sushi Zen a high-end Japanese restaurant in Midtown, New York City (6,000 sqft / $3.2M)

May 2012 - Mar 2018

NIKA Architects + Engineers, Silver Spring, Designer II

Project Manager & designer on international design/build IDIQ contracts. Reported directly to Joint-Venture stake holders on international capital improvement projects. Developed fee proposals, negotiated with clients, supported V/E efforts & advised owners on execution strategies. Monitored cross-discipline project metrics, established task priorities & developed performance reports. Coordinated international travel plans & security details. Provided general oversight for document control. Led programs to analyze project profitability, establish product standards & BIM practices. Supervised work & staffing of ten employees (architects & engineers). Clients served: NAVFAC, Army Corps of Engineers, US Department of State & VA Medical Centers. Portfolio: US Consulate México, ($4.7M) PSU and workplace renovation; Spearheaded the Design/Build of NIKA A+E’s Headquarters ($1.2M/ LEED). US Army Veterinary Pathology Laboratory ($3.1M); USAID Fit‐Out and PSU ($6.6M) at the US Embassy in Lima, Perú.

Feb 2010 - May 2012

Gensler, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Designer

Construction Administration task-force member specialized in the use of innovative tablet technologies for the 2,000-key Gaylord National Harbor Hotel & Convention Center. Higher-Education base-building envelope designer for the renovation of George Washington University’s Smith Arena. Traveled weekly to other offices to support deadlines. Experienced designing commercial interiors, hospitality & urbanism.

Feb 2008 - Apr 2009

Edgardo Perez Architect & Associates, Hato Rey, PR, Project Architect / Job Captain

Project lead and designer for an urban renewal proposal to develop four urban blocks in Bayamón PR. Involved in all phases of project development within a boutique design firm. Reported directly to firm principals. Managed four concurrent design projects and coordinated deliverables with clients.

Jan 2007 - Feb 2008

Luis Flores FAIA, Architects, Miramar, PR, US, Assistant Designer

Created urban master plans and produced construction documents for social housing. Mentored by Firm’s founder and contributed in renewing a vacant building into an urban community college.

Apr 2005 - Jan 2006


Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Architecture

Cum Laude

Jan 2000 - Jan 2007


Emerging Architect of the Year, Award

2015 Emerging Architects Award for exceptional leadership early in a career


Areas of Specialization