|Home Town:||Havana, Cuba|
|Education:||AD, New York Institute of Technology
BA Architecture, Hunter College
Over a career that has spanned more than 35 years, Emilio has served as project manager for a wide variety of commercial design projects, ranging from college facilities to commercial offices to retail showrooms. His responsibilities involve all aspects of the design process, from site selection through contract documents and construction administration phases. He smoothly coordinates the production of contract documents, and protects the integrity of design by guiding engineers, suppliers and contractors.
Emilio has been part of the BGA team since 2008.
His experience with educational projects is particularly extensive, and includes designs for façade modifications, biomedical research labs and classroom renovations. For a recent project for Weill Cornell Medical College, a world-renowned teaching hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and a long-time BGA client, Emilio spearheaded the renovation of the education center. This project involved 20 classrooms and a mix of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ labs. The design included the development of flexible, reconfigurable furniture layouts for the classrooms. This added flexibility allowed these classrooms to adapt to the teaching method best suited to the class curriculum.
Moreover, Emilio’s comprehensive knowledge of New York City’s Building Codes is impressive in its depth. His proficiency in this important area enables him to expertly educate clients and manage expectations regarding the Building Department processes.
Proactive in every phase of a project, Emilio has the reputation of a top-notch problem solver, with the knowledge, aptitude and drive to create solutions and make them happen. He is an acute listener who gives full attention to what clients say and takes the time to understand their needs. Emilio believes success hinges not only on creative solutions, but also on the commitment of an architect who is hands-on and willing to learn from his clients and protect their interests.