Silvia Ott

Silvia Ott

New York, NY, US

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I’m a licensed architect with 15 years of experience in new construction and interior design and with knowledge of the NYC Building Codes. With my design expertise and high level of organizational skills I can ensure that the client's expectations will be met and that a project will be successfully completed. I have a solid understanding of all phases of a construction project and have experience in both residential and commercial designs.

I’m currently looking for project management opportunities in the NYC real estate and construction sector.


WATG, New York, Project Manager

Overseeing all phases of design and documentation for international high-end hospitality projects, including renovations and new construction. Responsibilities include overseeing design from concept to design development; supervision of in-house teams, outside consultants and client management; supervision of preparation of construction documents. Construction Administration. Responsible for bidding, budget and schedule review.

• Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos: 640 keys and all-inclusive amenities incl. 12 F&B outlets

• Hard Rock Hotel Dalian, China: 200 keys and amenities incl. 2 restaurants and spa

• Viceroy Bocas del Toro: 457 acre resort with overwater villas, treehouses and rainforest spa

• Viceroy Quinta da Ombria, Portugal: Secluded resort featuring villas, luxe rooms and residences

• Marriott Syracuse Downtown: Historic hotel restored to its 1924 glory w/ restaurants, ballrooms

• Private Residence, Riyadh: Palace for royal family with guest salons, diwaniyas and gym

Feb 2015 - current

BR Design, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Simultaneously managed 10 to 15 commercial interior projects in various stages. Managed outside consultants and clients. Reviewed all designs for compliance with NYC building codes and State laws, coordinated DOB filing. Prepared and monitored budgets & construction schedules; negotiated costs for client. Conducted Construction Administration and controlled quality of construction work.

• Winklevoss Capital, NY: Office for Venture capitalists Winklevoss brothers; 4,000 sf

• ION Media Networks, NY & Miami: Offices & broadcasting studios for media company; 40,000 sf

• Cache, NY: headquarters for fashion company; 5 floors of interactive office & meeting spaces; 75,000 sf

• New York Bankers Association, NY: full floor office renovation; 25,000 sf

Sep 2011 - Jan 2015

David Smotrich & Partners LLP, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Architect of Record for Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. Lead designer and project manager for all ongoing renovations and alterations. Managed consultants, clients and in-house team through all phases of project from conceptual design through construction administration, including material & product research and building code analyses.

• FIT, NY: space optimization analysis of 5-acre campus. Conducted architectural programming based on evaluation of curriculum, space use and discussion with department heads.

• FIT, NY: Re-design and alteration of 2,500 sf lobby

Mar 2010 - Aug 2011

Beehive - Centre for Social Enterprise, Malawi, Africa, Lead Architect

Set up office structure for in-house design team consisting of expat and local architects and engineers. Led local in-house design team of 5 people through design and detailing process of several buildings. Performed on-site assistance during construction. All project were completed successfully.

• Five acre community development Master plan for educational and small business purposes

• 3-story educational training facilities and low-cost volunteer accommodation

• Developed standardized construction methods and details for Hydraform, a low cost, low tech, energy efficient building system. (

Jun 2009 - Dec 2009

Stephen B. Jacobs Group, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Project Architect for large scale new development project from Design Development to completion. Prepared construction documents in accordance with building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, environmental consideration, and local ordinances. Managed team of architects and consultants to meet project parameters including design constraints, environmental purpose, budget, construction details, and equipment installation.

• The Edge, Williamsburg, NY: 575 high-end condos in two towers with amenities incl. indoor pool, spa, lounges

• 350 subsidized rental apartments

• 60,000 sf of retail space, parking for 500 cars, 34,000 sf of open public space

Jan 2006 - Apr 2009

Scarano Associates, Brooklyn, NY, US, Designer/Project Manager

Managed several new commercial, residential, and alteration projects across all phases including hands-on site visits during construction. Performed NYC zoning, building code and land use analyses for new constructions and alterations. Prepared presentation for Landmark Preservation Commission and received unanimous approval of project.

• Fort Greene Sanctuary, Brooklyn: Conversion of 19th Century Church into apartments; 17,000 sf

• Ten Eyck Tower, Brooklyn: New construction of 4-story residential building; 14 units, 14,000 sf

Jul 2002 - Jan 2006

Architektur & Entwicklung, Munich, Germany, Designer/ Project Manager

Designed and coordinated retail projects – shop-in-shops, stand-alone shops, and showrooms – tailoring designs and communication to different geographies including Asia, Middle East, and Europe. Supervised design, setup, and maintenance of company’s internet presentation.

Feb 2001 - May 2002


Workshop In Business Opportunities, New York, NY, US, Business Class

16 week course on ‘How to Build a Growing Profitable Business’

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

New York University (NYU), New York, NY, US, Continuing Education

Continuing Education:
High Performance Energy Efficient Buildings (Summer 2010)
Real Estate Law (Summer 2007)

Jan 2007 - Jan 2010

Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, MArch, Architecture

Oct 1994 - Dec 2002

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