Work History

Work History
Dec 2010 - Apr 2012

Assistant Design Manager

Venetian Orient Limited

Main responsibility has been to bridge the design and delivery gap between the Consultant Team, Construction Team, Estimators, and Client exceptions of eleven food and beverages throughout the podium level and pool decks for Sheraton Hotel, Venetian and Holiday Inn Hotel. This consist of 10% of the total square footage of the casino floor; roughly 100,000sqft (9300sqm).

  • Consultants, this includes: checking all work and managing drawing and submittal process; closely monitoring design and construction solutions that are feasible within the site, budget and schedule constraints; overseeing delivery of accurate and attractive 3D renderings; and ensuring follow through off-site coordination of design.
  • Construction Team; working with the PM's and the Contractors on material standard, design standards and structured a methodological system on how to resolve any scope gaps between design and site conditions.
  • Estimators; verifying that all initial design elements were translated and captured with most accuracy to comply with the budget set by the client.  
  • For the Client, I strive to ensure design integrity during the design development as well as the construction process. Prior to construction I have worked to make the operators of the venues aware of the product they will be receiving in all key areas, beyond the level of simple visual understanding of the 3D renderings.
Apr 2007 - Dec 2010

Project Architect

Kostow Greenwood Architects LLP

Key Projects:

  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network – construction admin

Project Architect  2009-2010

12,000 sqft retrofit television station with new media training, broadband access facilities as well as performance and production space. Brought into project to restart stalled construction in collaboration with a new contractor team, consultant team and client representative.  Current project is on schedule with target open date of January 2011.  

  • New Bedford Waterfront Development Master Plan - schematic design

Design Architect - 2009

Due Diligence Phase, for redevelopment of an abandoned early 1900’s industrial Power Plant, located along the New Bedford, Massachusetts waterfront. Responsible for

survey documentation of all existing structures. Assisted on the master plan design of a one million sqft future complex, which will include two hotels, retail, entertainment center, conference center, theater, structured parking and an energized waterfront to accommodate both tourists and the local thriving fishing industry. Aided on the development of renderings and preparation of animations for the presentations to the Massachusetts Gaming License committee.

  • Elias Arts Studio – construction admin/closeout

Junior Architect - 2008

3,000 sqft Audio recording and mixing studio. Lead the development of the construction document phase under limited supervision of project manager. Coordinated with client on the selection of furniture & fixtures. Assisted on the construction administration of the project all through closeout.

  • 92nd Street Y Makor / Steinhardt Center - construction documents

Junior Architect - 2007

Worked with the team on FF&E selection and construction document phase for a 11,000 sqft cultural, educational and community center, located in lower Manhattan. Program elements in the facility include a 72-seat film screening room, a live Music performance space seating up to 200 patrons, a street-level cafe with food prep and kitchen, 4 lecture/Seminar rooms, a production suite for live broadcasts, and administrative offices.

Overall Projects:

Commercial:

  • New Bedford Waterfront Development Master Plan - schematic design
  • Center Street Hotel - schematic design

Institutional and Broadcasting:

  • 92nd Street Y Makor / Steinhardt Center - construction documents
  • Elias Arts Studio - construction admin/closeout
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network - construction admin
  • New York Public Library, Pelham Bay - construction admin/closeout
  • Salvation Army - construction admin
  • San Miguel de Allende Centro de Arte Contemporaneo - schematic design
  • Trinity Parish Hall Renovation - construction admin/closeout
  • Tribeca Film Institute - schematic design

Residential:

  • 133 Mercer Street Lobby Renovation - construction admin/closeout
Jun 2006 - Feb 2007

Architect

Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Luxemburg Pavilion: Collaborated on the final construction administration phase of Luxemburg Pavilion project.  Participated on the design and construction  of the furniture and natural lighting analysis of the Pavilion under project architect. Aided with the fabrication of the skylights developed under the lighting analyses which following the parameters I specified.
  • Copenhagen School: Engaged with design team on the site documentation, preliminary design, and design presentation for Casper Copenhagen school competition. Developed the 3D concept models which were later used on the final presentation and the proposal.

Student Critiques

University of Houston: College of Architecture

third year final project

Project: performing art theater in downtown Houston

Professor: Cord Bowen

New Jersey Institute of Technology: School of Architecture

first year final project

Project: Montessori school in Newark NJ

Professor: Josh Breeden

Awards/ Scholarships

2006 Internship at EMBT - Gerald D. Hines Internship to Barcelona.

2006 Award - Advance Computer Graphics and Technologies.

2006 Award - Best Group Design - University of Houston Urban Housing Development.

2005 2nd place - Houston Symphony poster competition. 

2005 Award - IEFS study abroad Scholarship to France.

Summary

Carlos graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Architecture. After graduation he embarked on an internship with Enric Miralles Benedetta Tangliabue in Barcelona, Spain. During his time in Barcelona, he also joined two design groups to compete in international competitions.Practicing Architecture in Barcelona he evolved a new personal design language, focusing on an organic and fluid approach.  In the US market, this organic method can be easily dismissed as avante guarde or eccentric.

Working next in New York at Kostow Greenwood, collaborating with real estate developers added an understanding of the relationship between the Developer and the Architect. Most often the opposite of Avant-garde and eccentric extremes, the formulaic approach of a corporate giant's perspective-- boxes with holes (we call those windows)-- was often used to create maximize profit.

Moving on to Asia and becoming the client gave Los a new perspective on the interactions of operators and end users. Representing the Venetian Orient Limited in Macau, China gave definition to the measure of value in programming and understating the client's needs for an effective building. (In the Hospitality domain he could now see some potential in the combined use of Avant-garde ideas and maximized profit margins.

Returning to Houston for a period of sabbatical from the paid design profession, Los launched TheShOp studio to pursue a pure design path.  Revisiting the language developed in Barcelona, he again participated in several international design competitions.  Using intense research, combined with a new understanding of the end users, as a robust base from which to flow organically toward advanced design ideas.

The next challenge for Los is to find the right studio, or client, who comprehends the marriage of the great opposites -- profit and clear design aesthetics -- as a way to build cohesive, successful, and long lasting structures.

Competitions

2009 - Vertical Zoo – Argentina Buenos Aires (Puerto Madero) -

The focus was to design a vertical building at least 100 meters high that could house a number of distinct animals, administrative services for education and recreation associated with the running of a zoo.

2010 - Miami Civic Center – Miami FL USA - HONORABLE MENTION

The project consists in the creation of an urban center for the city at a strategic location. The development consists in achieving a language and organization  to Miami’s identity and lifestyle, which direct the citizens to a downtown, non-existing at the time.

2010 - Williamsburg Waterfront Performance Venue – Brooklyn NY USA - TOP 20

The competition is for the integrated design of an innovative music venue in the east river state park located in Williamsburg BROOKLYN. The challenge is to develop a network of stages and facilities which can accommodate and enhance these performances through a progressive design strategy.

2010 - HuB Competition – Charleston SC USA

A basis for exploration, the HuB design competition proposes that a new light rail system has been established that will provide a connection between Charleston’s downtown peninsula and its surrounding communities.

2010 - Downtown Fargo: an urban-infill competition – Fargo ND USA -

- Concept stage only -

Competition is based on making Downtown Fargo a place to live, work, and play. The goal of this competition is to generate ideas, passion, interest, momentum, and dialog to fill that void Downtown Fargo.

2012 - Daegu Gosan Public Library – Daegu, South Korea

Competition asks entrances to reimagine a way forward for a library. The proposal’s mission is to use the library as a knowledge of information, education center, social and cultural center and finally as leisure center.

Education

Education
Jan 2004 - May 2004

Centre d’Estude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme

Architecture Urban program under the University of Houston.

Skills

Skills

Software

Medium level 3D studio max Flash Vray    

Software

Computer Skills: Proficient AutoCAD Sketch-up Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Adobe Acrobat SketchUp Rhino Revit 2010      

Language

Bilingual:  Fluent in both English and Spanish.        

Certifications

Certifications

Architecture Licensing ARE

TBAE (Texas)