Tzara Peterson

Tzara Peterson

New York, NY, US



I am Tzara, an intelligent, highly motivated Project Architect. My rigorous education and work experience have honed my ability to turnaround detailed work quickly, without compromising creativity or technical expertise. I am energetic, organized and detail oriented. I thrive as part of a team but am confident on solo projects.

Resume, Portfolio & References Available Upon Request.


ODA, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Translate real estate developer-driven objectives into intelligent design solutions for NYC-based end users. Galvanize and lead large consultant teams for document coordination and production. Resolve practicality and constructability issues during detailed coordination and value-engineering exercises.

Represent design applicant during DOB/HUB meetings. Write and coordinate detailed offering plan report for submission to NYS Attorney General. Prepare time-estimates for staffing workflow, document production and project deadlines.

Jun 2018 - current

Zyscovich Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Oversaw the DD, CD and CA responsibilities for ground-up retail and existing building repositioning for office, retail, healthcare and other community uses. Reviewed and enhanced zoning compliance data for projects under DOB/CPC review and entitlement processes.

Apr 2016 - Jun 2018

Silberstang Lasky Architects, New York, NY, US, Job Captain

Executed architect of record duties for ongoing upgrades to a historic, 42 story, midtown Manhattan hotel built in 1929.

Performed construction administration work for a six-story core and shell renovation in Manhattan's famous "Diamond District." Concurrently developed an intricate jewelry exchange fit-out design for the first two-stories of the same building. Prepared and updated construction documents for the coordination of MEP, structural engineers and lighting consultants. Attended weekly on-site construction meetings with the GC/CM and informed the client of any changes in progress or budget.

Aug 2013 - Mar 2016

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Assistant | Digital Media & the Constructed Environment

Jan 2013 - Jan 2013

IBI Group - Gruzen Samton, New York, NY, US, Intern Architect

Implemented and drafted changes to the Ben Gurion Station in a complete 50% Construction Document (CD) drawing set for the Tel Aviv Red Line, Light Rail project.

Coordinated construction drawings for HVAC, electrical, structural, fire and life safety consultants for the Ben Gurion Station.

Facilitated drawing markups for New York, Tel Aviv and Toronto project teams working on the Tel Aviv Red Line under Project Manager Marla Gayle.

Prepared graphics of the Human Ecology Building in Ithaca, NY for various award entries

May 2012 - Jan 2013

Portosa Studios, Interlaken, NY, US, Project Manager/Designer

Conceptualized and designed custom art, including but not limited to murals, paintings, glass-work and mosaics for a worldwide, family-oriented cruise line. Produced construction drawings for the installation and execution of complex art works. Directed and managed five out-of-house art and fabrication studios.

May 2008 - Jul 2010

The Cornellian, Student Agencies Inc., Ithaca, NY, US, Photo Editor

Aug 2007 - May 2008

Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Ithaca, NY, US, LEED Coordinator

Researched and recommended solutions to sustainable building problems with water technologies, construction materials and finishes for the LEED certification of the Human Ecology building.

Coordinated pilot test and corresponding research for the first waterless urinals on Cornell University's campus.

Monitored specifications and documentation to ensure that all measures, plans and processes were followed in accordance with the requirements of the LEED rating system.

May 2007 - May 2008


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Master of Architecture I

Aug 2010 - May 2013

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design - Design & Environmental Analysis

Aug 2004 - May 2008

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