About

Antony Stefan, NCARB

Broadly experienced green architect and humanitarian with relevant project planning, implementation, and evaluation experience. Competent researcher and writer with good capabilities in the creation of technical operational tools. Excellent communication, representation and partnership support abilities. Acquainted with various shelter and WASH operations in Jordan. Focused on adapting private and volunteer experiences toward productive contribution to the international humanitarian shelter sector.

Volunteer Work

Project Assistant • Shelter Centre

Geneva, Switzerland. Jan. – Apr. 2019

Research and writing of funding proposal for a new strategic-level programme for sector-wide shelter response, developing supported self-reliance strategies toward durable solutions in post-conflict settings. Collaborative, virtual, voluntary position.

  • Researched existing publications and web-based resources regarding existing and past supported shelter self-recovery strategies in post-disaster (natural disasters and conflict) settings.
  • Identified and incorporated weatherization, self-repair, and cash assistance programs delivered by Shelter Cluster actors in Ukraine and Iraq into the proposal.
  • Identified gaps and opportunities for the creation of operational and technical tools toward development of a supported shelter self-repair programme.
  • Obtained global data from UNHCR and NRC regarding IDPs, refugees and returnees in post-conflict settings, and authored original data interpretations in support of the programme.

Not-for-Profit Leader • Myakka River Branch of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC MRB)

Sarasota, Florida. Jan. 2010 – Dec. 2017

  • Board of Directors. Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC (GC USGBC). Tampa, Florida. 2011 – 2013
  • Chapter Delegate for Green Schools. GC USGBC. Indianapolis, Indiana 2013 & San Antonio, Texas 2012
  • Green Schools Committee Chair. USGBC MRB. 2011 – 2016
  • Gocio Elementary School Garden Improvements Group Leader. USGBC MRB. 2013 – 2017
  • Panel Speaker. UN World Environment Day. Sarasota. June 5, 2014. https://youtu.be/kgFaP0GW_zg?t=3173
  • Governing Council Chair & Vice Chair. USGBC MRB. 2013 & 2012
  • Government Affairs Committee Chair. USGBC MRB. 2010
  • Volunteer of the Year Award. USGBC MRB. 2010, 2012, 2013

Facilitator for Annual Planning • USGBC MRB

Sarasota, Florida. Jan. 2012 & Jan. 2013

  • Planned, organized and facilitated two annual planning meetings for the local governing council, a group of 6- 10 committee leads, to produce a monthly calendar of educational and community events in support of the organization’s vision of sustainability and mission of education.
  • Incorporated the annual planning calendar into monthly governing council meetings by integrating timely activities from the calendar into each session’s agenda.
  • Implemented relevant activities for each planned event and reported back during following meetings on outcomes of those events: attendance numbers, amounts of funds raised, subjective experience, etc.
  • Utilitized the prior years’ calendar and activities in the formation of succeeding years’ calendar.

School Board Candidate Review Lead • USGBC MRB

Sarasota, Florida. July – Sept. 2010

  • Led 3-person committee in the planning and implementation of structured interviews of candidates running for election to the Sarasota County School Board (primary elections, Sept. 2010).
  • Contributed to the standard questionnaire for the candidates; authored the phone script; and authored the email template, for the introduction and explanation of the structured interview process to the candidates.
  • Recruited 5 governing council members to help perform the interviews and trained them to use the tools.
  • Incorporated constitutional ‘equal protection’ standards in the implementation of the interview process.
  • Collected, collated, and distributed the questionnaire results to the organization’s members and to leadership in allied community organizations (Sierra Club, Audubon Society, etc.).

Advisory Committee Member • Sarasota County’s Development Services Advisory Committee

2009 – 2015


Private Work

Owner and Principal ArchitectAntony Stefan Architect, PLLC

Sarasota, Florida. Jan. 2009 – present

Construction Administrator. Private consultation for a 160 m2 / $250k detached pavilion for the Bradenton Yacht Club, a community not-for-profit. Palmetto, Florida. Apr. – Oct. 2015

  • Authored technical documents for contractor estimating, permitting and construction.
  • Reviewed sub-contractors’ product submittals for conformance with technical documents: pre-engineered wood truss assemblies, concrete mix designs, fire suppression shop drawing, etc.
  • Collaborated with contractor on review and updating of project schedule.
  • Performed weekly on-site construction observation, QA, and communication procedures.
  • Reviewed periodic contractor payment applications and approved them for payment.
  • Project completed on time and on budget.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Administrator. Private consultation for LEED certification of a 290 m2 / $350k office building for the Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council, a community not-for-profit. Parrish, Florida. Nov. 2011 – May 2013

  • Organized and led the LEED ‘charette’, a group planning session to identify sustainability goals with the owner, the construction contractor, and engineering consultants.
  • Aligned the owners’ goals with the standards and procedures for credits described in the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition. Identified the credits to be pursued.
  • Authored the Basis of Design and the Owner’s Project Requirements; policy documents used for project team alignment and certification submission.
  • Administered the LEED certification application and authored the various credit application documents using the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI) online submission platform.
  • Project earned ‘LEED Certified’ certification, a GBCI designation of sustainability.

Specification Writer.  Private consultation for development of a product specification template for Engrave-A-Crete, Inc. May – June 2011

  • Reviewed existing company marketing and training literature and extracted relevant data.
  • Authored Division 03 MasterSpec-format specifications in conformance with proprietary product qualities, including referenced industry standards such as American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for various performance characteristics, using MS Word.
  • Final specifications available for download at https://engraveacrete.com/architectural-specs/

Architect & Estimator • Kiernan Remodeling + Design, Inc.

Bradenton, Florida. Apr. 2008 – Jan. 2009

Designer & Estimator • Kiernan Remodeling + Design, Inc.

Bradenton, Florida. Sept. 2003 – Apr. 2008

Organizational Innovator. Expanded leadership role in company. Oct. 2006 – Sept. 2008

  • Only employee to participate in Remodeler’s Advantage, an intensive small-group biannual conference with company partners, for the improvement of company operations.
  • Participated in the conceptualization, implementation and monitoring of new company operations: sales, estimating, purchasing, sales-to-production handoff, job autopsies.
  • Participated in the development of organizational chart, written job descriptions, operational flow charts, and standard operating procedures for various company processes. Communicated with and monitored fellow employees in the implementation of new processes.
  • Authored and implemented new pre-sale estimating and purchasing procedure, and associated tool. Trained construction manager in new procedure and usage of the operational tool.
  • Authored and implemented sales package format. Trained and monitored interior designer in use of the format.

Independent Design and Construction

Sarasota, Florida. June 2002 – Sept. 2003

Intern Architect • George Palermo Architect, Inc.

Sarasota, Florida. July 2001 – June 2002

Construction Administrator for a 1,400 m2 / $1.9m build-out of Sarasota County Government Commission chambers, offices of Property Appraiser, Clerk of Court, and Supervisor of Elections; renovation of 12th Circuit Court facilities and Building Department. Oct. 2001 – June 2002

  • Reviewed sub-contractors’ product submittals for conformance with technical documents: fire rated assemblies, custom cabinetry, specialty furnishings, etc.
  • Collaborated with contractor on review and updating of project schedule.
  • Performed weekly on-site construction observation, QA, and communication procedures.
  • Compiled weekly construction progress reports for client and delivered report at weekly client meeting.
  • Reviewed periodic contractor payment applications and approved them for payment.

Intern Architect • Stevenson Architects, Inc.

Bradenton, Florida. Feb. 1999 – June 2001


Formal Education

Master of Architecture • University of Washington

Seattle, Washington. Sept. 1995 – Aug. 1998

“Design/ Build Mexico” Studio. Community engagement, collaborative design, and collaborative community construction of a 350m2  classroom building for the Escuela Primaria Emiliano Zapata, located within the informal settlement of Colonia San Lucas in Tejalpa, Mexico. Jan. – Mar. 1997

Bachelor of Design of Architecture • University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida. Aug.1989 – June 1994

Certificate in Environmental Studies


Recent Education

Intermediate (March 2019 – current) & Beginning Intensive Arabic (Summer 2017). Institute Française de Jordanie.

UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum Attendee. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Feb. 2018

Social Entrepreneurship, 3-course specialization. Copenhagen Business School (online). Sept. 2017 – Jan. 2018

Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Systems. Ecole Polytechnic Fédérale de Laussanne (online). July 2017

A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction. Ecole Polytechnic Fédérale de Laussanne (online). Nov. 2016 – Jan. 2017


Skills

Office Management: Financial Mgmt (Professional) • Contract Review (Competent)
Computer Literacy: Revit, Sketchup, Autocad (Professional); MS Word / Excel / Project, Quickbooks, Photoshop, Google Docs, Skype (Competent)
Languages: English (native) • German (working proficiency) • Levantine Arabic (basic)


Credentials

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (USA) • Certified, 2009 – present
Licensed Architect. State of Florida #AR94274 • 2008 – present
General Contractors’ Licensure Examination. State of Florida • Passed, Dec. 2008
Patent Holder • Portable Solar Powered Water Purifier. US #10,093,553 B1


Citizenship

United States • Austria