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George James Ducas
local time: 2023-06-04 02:34 (-05:00 DST)
George James Ducas (About)
CNPS Member

I am a registered architect in Texas and Arizona. I am also a registered Interior Design in Texas. Since I am NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Certified, I have a file in Washington DC that allows me to become registered in other states. I am currently a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and also have in the past been a member of IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America), and ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). I have a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Architecture.

My career has had three phases, which are architecture, construction management (owner's style representation), and financial (banking) related to construction. I have represented parties involved on all sides of the development process to include real estate developer, bank, architect, interior designer, owner, contractor, and construction management team. My interest is to further my credentials with a real estate license and apply my skills to a directorship level position with a real estate, design, or construction development team. I am open to international opportunities.

My architecture experience is very broad. I have worked on projects as large as 2 billion dollars (Broadgate in London) and coordinated the efforts of those in an office setting as large as 20, which included consultants. Firms that I have been associated with directly or indirectly have involved many prestigious architects, corporations, government entities, real estate developers, and contractors. These companies, authorities, and architects include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM Chicago & London), Ford Powel and Carson (San Antonio), CH2MHill (Dallas), Arcadis (Phoenix), Giffels (Phoenix & Michigan), Arata Isosaki (Japan), Pei (NY), CRSS (Dallas), Lockheed Martin (AZ & DC), Rosehaugh Stanhope Developments (London), Frank Gehry (Santa Monica), City of Dallas, Disney (FL), Nissan (TX), Regional Transit Authority (Phoenix), TSA (AZ), DFW Airport (DFW), Peninsula Hotel (CA), Rosewood Properties (Dallas), Sheraton Hotel (MA), Marriott Hotel (AZ), and others. The largest architectural company I worked for was SOM Chicago and had a staff over 1000. My career in architecture and project management spans from 1981 to 2000. Within a 2 year period from 1983 to 1985 I completed a master of architecture degree at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. I also had this same degree approved by the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil as equivalent to degree in said University. Additional skills from this period include value engineering, project management, technical support, construction administration, and a lead role since 1988. Projects were national and international to include Europe, Asia, South Pacific, and Africa.

The Second phase of my career include owners representative style construction management services from 2000-2009.  This includes on site field representation, cost estimating, budget evaluation, client coordination, and generally supervising and advising on the process from pre-construction through construction to substantial completion of the project and or final inspection. The positions were responsible for pre-construction such as management and assistance related to data gathering, coordination with project team players, establishing scope of work, establishing bill of materials, interviewing architect/contractors, establishing facility construction or modifications requirements, following design standards, permits, security passes, and developing construction solicitation packages. The various positions were responsible for construction supervision such as awarding contracts, supervising construction progress & procedures, post-construction inspection, and compliance with specifications. I resolved issues between client and government authorities, agencies, and stakeholders. During this phase I supervised the work of as many as 350 workers in the field, 6 prime contractors, and 10 projects simultaneously with 100 percent travel. Projects were in Arizona and New York.

The third phase involved financial construction development from 2004 to 2006 and is included as a specialized development of phase two. My experience involved establishing the construction department for a bank that lends money to real estate developers. The position involved architecture, construction management, risk review, banking, knowledge of multi-state construction issues-laws, coordination with developers, hiring inspectors, site inspections, budget review, documentation, and multi-state supervision of 200 construction/land projects (budget over 500 million) . I supervised over 100 active projects reporting on them on a monthly basis, wrote a monthly executive report, and also developed the department construction manual on processes, procedures, and risk controls. Project types included commercial, retail, office, multi-family residential, single-family residential, industrial, education, multi-use, hospitality, automotive, restaurant, and land development. Marketing also involved approximately one billion in referrals.

My background now incorporates experiences in financial construction (banking), architecture, interior design, real estate development, construction management, budgeting, and risk review.