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Senior Architect and Design Management Professional

Stoneham, MA
October 21, 2019

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Steven Savonen, AIA NCARB Stoneham, MA 02180 612-***-**** Senior Architect and Design Management Professional 25 years of success in planning, design, and architecture Dynamic, highly dedicated architect with expertise in pre-design, design, project planning and management, creative problem solving, and multidisciplinary team leadership. Proven ability to identify and manage risk. Strong track record of client relationship building. Excels in articulating a vision and setting practical production targets for daily operations. Personable and engaging with the communication skills needed to build consensus on critical initiatives, set and manage expectations, inspire and motivate for successful results. Areas of Expertise

• Effective Communication • Project Planning • K-12 Educational Facilities

• Team Building & Collaboration • Architectural Design • Commercial & Public Projects

• Meeting Schedules & Budgets

• Client Relations & Satisfaction

• Construction Documents

• Project Management

• Conversion & Renovation

• Parking & Parking Structures

Professional Experience


SENIOR EXECUTIVE AND SENIOR ARCHITECT, 2018 - Present Orchestrate all aspects of residential design and construction operations management with ownership over process definition, production volume and income targets, project review, quality assurance/quality control, and client relations/client satisfaction. Coach and mentor designers and carpenters for optimum performance and quality. Establish standard design phases and design deliverables. Collaborate with CEO and Dept Heads to define strategic direction. Interview and hire new staff, participate in job performance reviews.

Created client-paid predesign service to establish client expectations and improve design process.

Increased average construction project gross profit by 5% within first six months.

Boosted average project gross profit by 12% over a one year period.

Promoted from Operations Manager to COO and Chief Quality Officer within 18 months. ARCHITECTS REGO + YOUNGQUIST, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER AND SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECT, 2015 - 2018 Spearheaded architectural design work of K-12 Educational Facilities. Directed ten architects/designers and eight consultants on diverse projects. Designed, coordinated and reviewed work. Handled building code and fire marshal reviews, documentation, bidding, and office construction administration. Served as lead client contact.

Delivered the $53M Willmar Public Schools District 347 Bond Referendum building improvement projects, one new construction project and ten building upgrade projects including the following: o New Lakeland Elementary School, $27M, 103,000 sq. ft. o Kennedy Elementary School, partial remodel, door and window replacement, site upgrades. o Middle School science classroom addition, courtyard infill, sprinkler improvements. o Senior High School partial remodel, sprinkler improvements and equipment improvements. Steven Savonen, AIA NCARB Page 2


PROJECT ARCHITECT AND PROJECT COORDINATOR, 2012 - 2015 Collaborated with Principal Architect to deliver all aspects of architecture and parking projects including proposal writing, pre-design, as-builts, design studies and modeling, design phases, documentation, project management and coordination, office construction administration, site visits, and client contact. Prepared architectural programming, cost estimates, project planning, design drawings, product research and specifications.

Provided parking consultation for Minnesota Multi-purpose (Vikings) Stadium - $1B total project.

Coordinated, developed the design and prepared construction drawings for City of St. Cloud new parking structure, and carried out condition audits and repair of existing parking structures.

Completed sanctuary, office and classroom additions, parking for St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church.

Performed and delivered FEMA Cloquet Flood Damage and Restoration Survey, and design work. CS INTERNATIONAL LIAISON OFFICE, LOS ANGELES, CA

PROJECT DESIGNER, LEAD SPACE PLANNER, PROMOTIONS, 1997 - 2010 Completed both contract and volunteer work for numerous non-profit organizations in the US and abroad. Managed production activities of two to four space planners and two to twelve draft persons in a 50-person design and planning office. Linked Design Architect and local Architect of Record.

Personally produced 350+ pre-design 'test-fit' block plans for potential international building acquisitions, and 75 custom space plans based on detailed organizational policy.

Served as Project Designer for seven-story gut conversion/renovation project in New York that encompassed all design and construction phases for interior work.

Interviewed, hired, and coordinated design work of sign company and structural engineer for $1M LED rooftop billboard off Times Square.


Master of Architecture, Architecture

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


• Registered Architect in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Florida

• American Institute of Architects (AIA)

• National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Training & Development

• Graduate Teaching Assistantships - Architectural History Technical Proficiencies

Software Microsoft Office, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketch up, AutoCAD, Revit coursework

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