Susana Alanis

Susana Alanis

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I am a New York City based architectural designer with a focus in modern design, including detailing, architectural lighting, and project management. With10+ years of experience in small to medium sized design-focused firms, I have been responsible for all stages of design, documentation, and construction administration. My projects include high-end custom residential projects, gut and new construction homes, hotel amenity space design, restaurants, retail and product design. 

Susana's strengths lie in her adaptive method of communication and articulating concise and cohesive drawings for the professional and client alike.

Susana has a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Houston. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has lived in New York City for 14 years.


Cass Calder Smith, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Residential, Commercial and Retail Project Management
- I am currently working on a new high end residence in Los Angeles, multiple
commercial projects, including high end pavilion for a hotel in Florida, a boutique
jewelry stores in NYC and Boston, and a restaurant in NYC.
- Manage all consultant coordination for all projects, including timelines, RFIs, and
any client communication
- Produce all drawings for all phases of design, including DOB and Landmark
filings, presentation to clients and construction documents

Dec 2018 - current

Jeff Jordan Architects LLC, Jersey City, NJ, US, Project Manager

Residential Renovations and New Building Construction

Worked on numerous projects in the Jersey City area, ranging from new residential buildings and renovations. I created details and completed drawing sets for projects ranging from new large multi-townhouse to small cottage renovations and additions.

Dec 2017 - Aug 2018

Gary Gordon Architectural Lighting, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Project Manager

Work with renowned lighting designer, Gary Gordon, in all aspects of lighting design. Produce necessary drawings and lighting calculations for all office projects. Projects scale from small to large private art collections, galleries, hotels, and offices.

Oct 2014 - Nov 2017

Cass Calder Smith, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Residential Renovations and New Building Construction

Designed and expedited two new-construction Hampton homes and swimming pools and an exclusive and unique timber construction club house in upstate NY. Projects ranged from 3,000 sf to 6,000 sf. Responsible for all drawing sets at every necessary stage of the process.

Oct 2011 - Aug 2014

raad studio, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Commercial and Residential Renovations, Prototyping, and Product Design

Managed a team of four project architects in this design-build architecture office. Project Architect to three residential full-gut renovations ranging from 2000sf - 5,000 sf. Collaborated with trades in a hands-on experience for face-paced production. Lead designer of award winning high-end hen house, Chicken Co-Op NYC. Produced the initial design package promoting the Low Line to the NYC MTA.

Feb 2008 - Sep 2011


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - Post Professional

Sep 2006 - Jan 2008

University of Houston, Houston, TX, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture - Professional

May 2002 - May 2006

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