suha samara

suha samara

New York, NY, US



Since my graduation in 2001, I have been passionately working as an Architect and Interior Designer. I experienced all sorts of projects residential, commercial, fire stations, institutional and recently I finished a photography Studio project.

My role in these projects started as an Architect and Designer doing schematic, design development and construction documents/permits. 7 years ago when I moved to NYC, I advanced in my career to become a Project Manager. I was also assigned as Head of ID Department for Kocache, an Interior contracting company, to oversee the production of construction drawings and shop drawings for Interiors and finishing for a 5 star Hotel project.

I am LEED AP BD+C certified and in the process of earning my license. I have strong management and communication skills and can overcome any challenge. In addition, I have strong computer skills in AutoCAD, Microstation, Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office and 3D Max. I am getting familiar with REVIT and Sketch Up.


Independant contractor, New York, NY, US, Project Manager and Designer

Project: Splashlight Photography Studios @ 112 W 20th st
• Designed layout for 23,000 sqft space to be renovated into high end photography studios.
Project: Splashlight Photography Studios @ 225 Varick St
• Managed renovation of 8,400 sqft into photography studios for high end fashion retailer.
• Reviewed and approved design, materials, construction drawings, shop drawings and specifications and contracts with contractors and consultants.
• Supervised Architect and followed up with expeditor from issuing to closing of DOB permits.
• Negotiated bids with Architect, contractors and vendors to keep project within budget
• Followed up with contractors, resolved site issues and made sure project is on schedule.
Project: High-end Single Family Houses - Spiral Group Architecture
• Executed design development and construction drawings including Structural and Mechanical drawings.
• Coordinated MEP, shoring, underpinning and site drawings with other Engineers.
• Executed Building sets for DOB approval and followed up with Expeditor for permit issuance.

Mar 2013 - current

Consolidated Contractors Company, Amman, Jordan, Project Manager / Senior Architect

Project: Hasib Sabbagh Regional Academy for Health, Safety and Environmental Studies.
• Managed and coordinated $5M high end exterior/interior renovation of 43,000 sqft built up area on 2.4acres. Renovation included site, architectural, MEP, landscape and interior work.
• Developed, reviewed and approved drawings, materials and specifications, construction documents, bids and contracts for all phases of the project from schematic to Bidding.

Mar 2012 - Jan 2013

Kocache International Holdings, Amman, Jordan, Head of Interior Design Department (Contract)

Project: The Boulevard – Rotana Hotel
• Managed department of (10) Architects/ID and responsible for execution of shop drawings in timely manner for $12M finishing/interior works of 82,000 sqft, 6 floors hotel.
• Coordinated with other departments, the General Contractor, Consultant and Client.

Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

Reddymade, New York, NY, US, Project Manager and Designer

Projects: Celebrity/High-end Residential
• Project Manager and Construction Administrator of gut renovations of interior spaces including lofts, apartments and high-rise buildings, as well as furniture selection.
• Worked on design and executed and coordinated all drawings, documents and materials for the project from schematic stage till completion of construction.

Apr 2007 - Oct 2009

Independent Contractor at Rosenberg Kolb Architects, New York, NY, US, Architect and Interior Designer

• Designed the new gut renovation for Guy &Gallard Cafe
• Worked on schematic design for the NYU Law School Office building infill project

Nov 2006 - Apr 2007

WDG Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Architect

Projects: Pearson Square luxury Apartments - 100,000 sqft.
Plaza Residential Tower Luxury Apartments – 42,000 sq ft.
• Team member of design team working on preliminary and schematic designs.
• Executed drawing sets at all stages and coordinated with other disciplines.
• Construction administration for Pearson Square Apartments.

Nov 2004 - Oct 2006

Stephen Boruff AIA, West Palm Beach, FL, US, Architect

• Worked on master plan, schematic design and 3D for Fire Rescue Training Facility.
• Proposed design proposals for Okechobee Office Building.
• Worked on schematic design for Southbay Headstart., including murals for classrooms.
• In charge of all Palm Beach County Fire Stations at all stages; schematic, design development, construction drawings and permits.

Jul 2003 - Oct 2004

Khatib and Alami CEC, United Arab Emirates, Architect

Project: Uptown Mirdiff Development - $40M - 5,400,000 sqft
• Part of the design team working on the luxury mixed use project.
• Produced drawing sets at all stages and coordinated with other disciplines.
Projects: Al Ali Villa, AlHamed Villas, and Abdelrahim Villa
• Worked with Head of Architecture Department on design proposals for high end villas.
• Executed schematic, design development and permit sets.
Project: Al Batha Compound Office Building - $4M - 190,000 sqft
• Worked on design development and construction drawing sets.
Project: H.H. Sheikha Sheikha Commercial and Residential center- $2.6M - 840,000 sqft
• Executed design development and construction drawings for the mixed use project.

Jan 2002 - Jun 2003

Arabtec Jardaneh CEA, Amman, JO, Intern Resident Architect

Project: Four Seasons Hotel
• Revised and approved shop drawings for the interior finishes of the hotel.
• Site inspections, prepared meeting minutes, responded to RFIs and correspondences.

Jul 2001 - Dec 2001


Jan 2013 - current

Applied Science University, Bachelors, Bachelors of Science in Architecture

Sep 1996 - Jun 2001


Graduation Project displayed at Jordanian Engineers exhibition for best graduation projects 2001, 1st Place


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