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                                                                                           123 Elm Street, Miami, FL 33183
Interior Design ~ Construction Administration ~ Project Team Leadership

Quality-focused Project Architect offering nearly ten years of innovative, client-focused, stylistically diverse interior and
building design experience. Collaboration-orient ed relationship manager talented at building strong working partnerships
with clients. Visionary designer accomplished at incorporating the best features from a multitude of styles to create quality
designs while balancing form, color, proportion, and utility. Detail-oriented project leader with the unique ability to manage
both the creative and business aspects of various construction projects including retail stores, office buildings, single
family homes, apartment complexes, and exhibitions. Cost conscious financial manager able to provide alternative design
solutions that meet the client’s budget. Core strengths include:
       Project Management                Business Development                 Budgeting & Res ource Estimates
       Permits & Codes                   Construction Management              Quality Assurance
       Bids & RFPs                       Cont ract Negotiations               Relationship Management


ABC ARCHITE CTURE, M IAMI, FL                                                                          20XX TO 20XX
Staff Archi tect: Created comprehensive schematics and c onstruction designs for home / office renovation and new
construction projects. Functioned as project manager; developed design and construction drawings, responded t o RFIs
and submittals, and supervised construction efforts.

   Kanatli Residence: Oversaw the design and construction of a 30,000 sq./ft. single-family home as the Project
    Architect / Job Captain.
   ETI Plaza: Produced designs and drawings for the renovation of a single-floor office building and restaurant.
   Subdivi sion of Badem RFP: Created master plans and prototypes for a single-family home subdivision.
   Saab Exhibition: Led the design of exhibition space as the Project Architect / Job Captain at the Hilton Hotel in
    Istanbul, Turkey.

BCD A RCHITECTS, M IAMI, FL                                                                            20XX TO 20XX
Staff Archi tect: Demonstrated consistent positive results in the full-service architectural design and c onstruction
drawings services industry. Secured all approvals, managed LEE D compliance information flow, and coordinat ed with
outside consultants to ensure deadlines were met.

   Established work schedules and determined resource needs; reviewed drawings and applied for necessary approvals
    from local enforcement agencies.
   Conducted job status meetings and directly addressed any construction or design issues through to resolution.
   Organized and implemented “Green Building” practices, in addition to being the first in the firm to achieve LEED
   Produced detailed and fast responses to projects for Miami Public Schools, which resulted in the award of additional
    projects and referrals, providing for increased exposure and revenue.

Master of Archi tecture Degree (20xx)
XY Z Institute of Tec hnology, Miami, FL

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture (20xx)
XY Z University, Miami, FL

Technical Proficiencies
AutoCA D, Adobe Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Illustrat or, and Photoshop,
Google SketchUp, Microsoft Project, Rhino
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