I am currently a project manager at Sciame Construction, a construction management/consulting/building company specializing in architecturally sophisticated projects.
Recognized throughout the Tri-State Area as the builder of choice for highly designed and technically sophisticated projects, Sciame Construction brings a 43-year history and a proven track record of completing a wide range of buildings and interior spaces on time, within budget and for demanding clients. The firm’s experience includes: commercial office buildings, residential, hospitality, educational facilities, museums/cultural centers, corporate interiors, retail facilities, restaurants, medical & research facilities, and historic restorations.
I am currently working on the renovation of 335 Madison designed by SHoP Architects. The multi-phased renovation consists of converting an existing 210,000 SF office tower to a central hub for New York City’s tech ecosystem to offer new office and amenity spaces on floors five though seven. In addition, the project includes lobby upgrades, new building entries, stair changes, a bar, health club, retail spaces, an atrium upgrade and infrastructural upgrades. The project will provide temporary facilities for displaced building occupants; and upgrade elevators and cooling towers.
I served as Designer and Project Manager for CFA Designs, an architectural and interior design consulting and project management company representing high-end Italian door, kitchen, bathroom, wardrobe, furniture, and lighting brands. I represented brands including Ernestomeda, Flexform, Tre-Piu, Rifra, Viva Porte, Bertolotto, Pail, Henry Glass, Composit, Europlak, Grattarola, Abimis, Fimes, Busnelli, Cinova, Black Tie, La Murrina, Karboxx, as well as bespoke millworkers.
I developed and executed project management strategies coordinating clients, developers, architects, and contractors to ensure successful execution of our scope of work.
I managed projects from initial client consultation involving project analysis, RFI submittals, schematic design, budgeting, and estimating, to bid and proposal preparation including bid leveling and comparisons of various product suppliers, freight forwarders, and installers, to actual product implementation involving full design development, technical product consulting, coordination of drawings and details with designer/architect/contractor/manufacturer, construction scheduling and field verifications, ordering and international shipping coordination, scheduling and supervision of installation, and punch list/project closeout.
I collaborated with manufacturers in Italy by providing feedback from my field observations and working with them to improve technical details on their products. I also worked with manufacturers in Italy in designing and engineering product details to realize custom designs envisioned by architects. I generated shop drawings through extensive drafting using CAD software.
I was the designer and project manager for many luxury private and multi-unit residential buildings around the US including: Faena House designed by Foster + Partners (Miami), 300 Collins designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen (Miami), The Sheffield designed by Cetra Ruddy (NYC), 471 Washington designed by Ben Hansen (NYC), The Townhouses of Cobble Hill designed by Morris Adjmi (NYC), and V33 at 33 Vestry designed by Archi-Tectonics (NYC), among others.
Together with Shervin Rezaie, I formed .Doc.Rez. x Tanhands. The project started as a DJ duo, but quickly developed into event producers/promoters/hosts and art curators/dealers.
As DJs, we were two dudes that just wanted to host events with our friends, make new friends, and have an impact on the community we live in, all while listening to a variety of feel good music. Our fans know we carefully and obsessively make our music selection cater to the feel of the night. You’ll recognize us as the two kids having the most fun behind the turntables, laughing and high-fiving all night long. We performed at various venues including Mr. H at Mondrian Soho, Max Fish, Lorenzo’s, as well as pop-ups for Steven Alan and launch parties for Irving Bottle.
Together with Donna Cocktail Club, we put on a series of events celebrating local art, music, and community called Small Change. Understanding that the City is constantly changing and recognizing the importance of having an active role in the cultural evolution of our community, we created Small Change for our City’s smaller players and dreamers to come together, support one another and cultivate the change we want to see in our community. Over the span of several months, we showcased the works from five New York City artists (Hula, Netz, Foote, Cool Cool NYC, and Hair Barrels). Each artist had a solo or collaborative show at Donna. We created sets to compliment the artists’ work and, with the help of Donna’s carefully crafted libations, progressed the nights into celebrations of our community. We curated the art at Donna and handled all sales of the work. The inspiration for Small Change came in large part from Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and his response to the political issues facing our nation. Consistent with his constructive criticism regarding today’s society, is a constant call for individuals to take responsibility, engage in their local community and be part of the change you would like to see. Today, New Yorkers are far too familiar with the fear mongering of gentrification and the often-echoed complaints that things were better the way they once were. Small Change is here to say the hell with that! The City will change, it’s alive, it’s inevitable and that’s one of the reasons why we all moved here. Small Change represents a group of individuals who refuse to dwell on how great things once were, and instead choose to celebrate how great things will be.
Hair Barrels is my collaborative work with Peter Turba. We photoshopped surfers onto celebrities with hair resembling waves and accompany them with surf-related puns to make our friends laugh. Our work has gone viral and reposted by many professional surfers (including Stephanie Gilmore, Rob Machado, Sally Fitzgibbons, Alana Blanchard, Jeremy Flores, Mark Healy) as well as countless websites and social media accounts including Surfer Magazine, Quiksilver, Roxy, Vans, Rip Curl, MTV, Complex Magazine, CollegeHumor, @thefatjewish, @fuckjerry, and the number one spot on the front page of Reddit.
I designed and edited the Find Your California x Valdez Panama Hats collection lookbook.
I shot and edited a series of photographs around New York City for Miron Properties Real Estate’s use in their marketing materials.
I designed and edited the posters and flyers for the shows and events of DJs and art curators .Doc.Rez. x Tanhands.
I designed and developed the websites, visual identity, and branding for various clients including sports associations, insurance agencies, architects, recording artists, fashion labels, and designers.
Presented by .Doc.Rez. x Tanhands in collaboration with Donna Cocktail Club, Small Change is a series of events celebrating local art, music, and community. I produced, directed, and edited teaser clips to advertise the shows.
I designed investment guide booklets and mailers for Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s use in their marketing materials.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Central Park/Midtown/Greenwich Village/Soho/Nolita/Lower East Side, New York, NY
I designed, fabricated, and installed a wall-mounted rack for my surfboards and snowboard.
Durps::dapper.burp cloths are burp cloths with graphics on them highlighting a target area for a baby’s barfs to become part of the art… so they don’t like, get all embarrassed ya know?!
Dapkins::dapper.napkins is an idea I had for napkins with graphics of formalwear on them intended for the classy but messy eater. Each napkin would come with a signature Justin-wishes-he-could-grow-this-mustache mustache printed on the backside for bonus novelty when wiping your mouth.
Various digital/video projects I directed, filmed, and edited.