Cynthia is a senior designer and project manager at William Lane Architect, and an adjunct professor at Florida International University teaching design studio. Cynthia brings extensive experience in project management and design on an international level, having worked for renowned firms Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. Cynthia taught at Harvard and McGill Universities before moving to Miami and focused on digital design and urban landscape projects.
Cynthia was involved in developing new urban planning initiatives in Dubai working directly with the government Urban Planning Council in the UAE and recently worked on the new Porsche Tower interiors in Sunny Isles. Prior to working in Dubai, she held senior positions at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, directing Research and Innovation (developing new design methodologies including parametrics and sustainable approaches, and forming strategic collaborations with other offices, schools and consultants) and where she was Head of Internal Affairs, overseeing and coordinating all the projects in the office.
Cynthia has been a licensed architect in Florida since 2002.
Cambridge University, Graduate School of Architecture, Cambridge, UK
Master of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Architecture, 1996
Rice University School of Architecture, Houston, TXMaster of Architecture, 1987
Morris Pitman Travelling Fellowship, Rice University School of Architecture
“The Future of Form: The Location of Meaning in Data-Driven Design”
Peer reviewed Academic Paper, ACSA, 2008
“The Future of Information Modelling and the End of Theory: Less is Limited, More is Different”
Professional Paper, AD Architectural Design (Journal), 2009
Professional Registrations / Certifications:
Registered Architect, State of Florida - AR0017793
OMA/ Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam NL, Head of Internal Affairs 05-08
Cynthia held a senior managerial role in direct support of both the founding principal, Rem Koolhaas, and the Managing Director, Victor van der Chijs, personally reporting to them while coordinating and mediating between all six architectural Partners. The role required diplomatic negotiating skills in liaising with all parties that ultimately included the Business Development Manager, the Finance Head, Project Leaders, project teams and individual architects. The main responsibility was to have the overview and strategize the office as a whole, while overseeing, coordinating and supporting all the projects in Rotterdam. OMA’s international architectural practice (including all three locations) grew from 100 to 300 (as of July 2008) during this period.
Daily duties included the planning, budgeting, staffing and monitoring of all active projects. Strategic duties: researching and advising the partners on strategy and organisational models for the rapid growth and efficiency of the office, assessment and recruitment of architects, initiating and supervising special research projects and innovations for the office, setting up an office-wide technical department, organising sustainability and other consultants to support projects, creating, modernising and maintaining the infrastructure (implementation of office systems including reports, planning sheets, office databases, project management tools and software), modernising the modelshop with new technologies such as rapid prototyping, developing image libraries systems, strategising and organising office space and IT for all 3 offices in Rotterdam, Beijing, and New York.
OMA, Rotterdam NL, Director of Research and Innovation, 07-08
This design research role involved setting up and leading a new department to investigate new design methodologies (especially digital software such as parametric or BIM, and new rapid prototyping methods including 3D.This role included the formation and development of strategic external collaborations and software consortiums to invent and utilise generative digital design methods. Collaborations and cooperations were developed with the AA EmTech programme [Michael Weinstock, director of programme, and Brett Steele, chairman of the school, London], the Building Technology Department at the Delft School of Design [TUDelft], SOM / NY Digital Design Department, and Gehry Technologies:
Zaha Hadid Architects, London 05
Senior Managerial Consultant to reorganize the office
Adams Architects. ARCHITECT [IDP], Houston, TX 89-90
Designer, Cultural and high-end Residential Projects.
Kendall/Heaton/Associates, ARCHITECT [IDP], Houston, TX 87-8
Executive Architects for Philip Johnson, Cesar Pelli, Robert Stern, OMA, SANAA, etc.
Attained experience in every phase, scale and aspect of architecture, including feasibility, programming, concept, design development, bidding, construction, calculations, specification writing, selection of materials, construction administration.