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Victor Barrett Architecture / Urban Design Master Plan Development Email: townarchitect@gmail.com International Mobile: +230 497 6271

CURRICULUM VITAE OBJECTIVE The opportunity to be a key contributor to sustainable, profitable business objectives and develop a high quality built environment in a socially responsible manner is the reason I am interested in working for a leading international design consultancy. In my recent work I have designed and implemented leading edge mixed-use developments in the USA, Mexico, Caribbean, China, and Africa. My extensive international urban and architectural design skills, real estate development experience, and dedication to strategic business objectives will provide the right company with the collaborative elements needed to execute successful design projects and develop new business. Having played lead roles in very successful mixed-use schemes, I understand the importance of project timing and presentation of a strong business case; defining market realities and trends; the critical nature of conceptual planning stages; and the application of practical design integrated with sustainable development. My experience in delivering high quality innovative results, managing design/build logistics in remote and developing areas, location-specific value engineering, and entrepreneurial outlook will add value to the growth and success of a leading design firm committed to international opportunities.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS For the past 20 years, I have focused on the practical application, creative design, and on-the-ground implementation of Sustainable Development Master Plans, working at a detailed level in Architecture, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Regenerative Design. I have unique experience ranging from small infill and urban renewal projects; the development of environmentally sensitive, coastal/desert, flood plain, and remote sites; to the master planning of new cities in China scaled for the settlement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Core strengths include: -

Sustainable Master Planning Innovative Architectural Design Sketch-Up 3D Modeling Creative Planning Solutions Agricultural Urbanism Suburban Retrofitting Application of Emerging Technologies

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Business Development Client Relations and Presentations Rendering and Animation Production Value Engineering and Modular Construction Project Permitting & Approval Process Management Cross Cultural Skills and Desire to Learn Management and Integration of Disciplines


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS March 2011 - Present Position: Senior Urban & Architectural Designer Terra Mauritius, Ltd. – Republic of Mauritius Founded in 1873, Terra is a large sugar and energy firm with international business in Africa, UAE, and the EU. As one of the largest land owners on this tropical Indian Ocean Island of 1.2 million, the company is strategically developing their land holdings as sustainable, innovative, mixed-use communities for this fastgrowing gateway to Africa and India. My role as senior designer is working with EU, Indian, Asian, and African development companies to create forward looking communities that are premier examples of tropical urban excellence. Projects are taken from initial master plan through final platting, landscape, detailed architecture, marketing materials, and regulating design documents.

Master Plan Development


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS (continued)

Agricultural Urbanism

Mixed Use / Adaptive Use


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS (continued) 2009 - Current Position: Consulting Architect and Planner The Balam Escape - Belize Master Planner and Concept Architect for this 9,000 acre oceanfront resort project on the Caribbean Sea, in the Central American nation of Belize.


2009 - 2011 Position: Senior Urban & Architectural Designer | China Based in Shanghai for 2 years and working for Hal crow (www.halcrow.com) and ATKINS (www.atkinsglobal.com), my role was to develop innovative urban designs and concept architecture for new cities and settlements in response to the rapid urbanization of China’s rural population. Both companies are large UK based infrastructure engineering and master planning consultancies with a large regional Asian presence. Major projects included master planning of coastal cities, resort and tourist towns, industrial city expansion, and regeneration based on sustainable practices. Responsibilities involved developing and managing local planners, technicians, and architects within our China / UK joint ventures. Working as a key member of a highly skilled international team, deliverables included the rapid production of all aspects of the master plan and concept architecture, from sketches to detailed schematics, marketing graphics, animation, and regulating plan. Most of these projects encompass a land mass in excess of 20 km2 and are required to provide residential housing for more than 250,000 people, along with all commercial, industry, social, educational, and recreational facilities to ensure a viable urban city that operates efficiently and effectively, and improves the quality of life for the citizens of China. My role included extensive travel and presentation to local government officials and public/private development partnerships. Feng Shui, strict north-south alignment, and other cultural sensitivities along with historic reference are important aspects of every project in China. To fully understand and appreciate the subtle cultural elements, while incorporating esthetics and function in a high density space, are vital to creating vibrant interactive neighborhood environments. Multi-modal transportation systems that accommodate all options ranging from pedestrian, bike, electric bike, public transportation, and the private automobile (in that order), for millions of people is a major factor in all areas of the master plan development. Projects often have varied topography ranging from mountainous to flood plains, low lying coastal areas, and require working within environmentally sensitive areas, regenerating and relocating habitats. The ultimate challenge is to improve the quality of people’s lives, repair a degraded environment, and to better utilize the massive government infrastructure Investment taking place throughout China.


Hand Drawing - Concept


2009| Zoning & Planning Administrator Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Western Pacific Director of Planning & Zoning, Executive Branch of the Government

A strategic U.S. territory, Saipan was rebuilt after World War II without the benefit central planning or zoning. With the large sugarcane industry destroyed during World War II, the island became totally dependent on imported fossil fuel for all electricity generation and transportation. It is now a model example of uncontrolled, environmentally insensitive growth and sprawl. My role included working daily with legislators, businesses, and citizens to implement and update the newly adopted Zoning Law of 2008, the first zoning code for this island nation in the Western Pacific. This included the proposed implementation of the SmartCode, Tropical Island Energy Code, and outlining efforts for the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan for the island. Key responsibilities included:   

Managing a multi-cultural planning and zoning staff, and dealing with budget issues, reporting to the Zoning Board, and numerous public hearings and television interviews. Working daily with the island’s Micronesian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Russian citizens and visitors, liaison with government employees across multiple disciplines of planning, architectural review, and code enforcement. Identifying and directing a major revitalization effort, including planning and design of the Beach Road Corridor Improvement Plan. The primary goal of this project was to reduce dependence and use of automobiles and develop the islands first public transportation, alleviating fossil fuel dependency and establishing an environment for sustainable reinvestment and growth.


2006-2009 | Director of Town Planning, Architecture, and Sustainable Development Loreto Bay Company – Sea of Cortes, Baja California Sur, México The Villages of Loreto Bay development was the largest and fastest selling sustainable residential/eco-resort development in North America from 2004 to 2008. Over 900 homes, condos, and neighborhood commercial buildings were sold during the project’s first 3 years. This $500 Million development, backed by CitiGroup Property Investors and the Mexican Government’s FONATUR Tourism Authority, encompasses 8000 acres on the Sea of Cortes National Marine Park, and addresses the challenges of planning for a dry tropical seaside climate where water is scarce. The project includes a saline-tolerant paspalum turf grass golf course. The master plan for the village is tightly integrated within one of the largest estuarian and mangrove regeneration projects in the world. This was envisioned as a fifteen year project to establish a new town planned on the principles of new urbanism. The mission statement called for the village to adhere to sustainable and low carbon building practices, environmental stewardship, regenerative design, and to produce more bio-diversity, fresh water, and energy than it consumed. As the Director of Town Planning & Architecture, my responsibilities included: 

Master planning infrastructure within budget and working with Land Development and local government to obtain approvals for implementation.

Forming a cross-cultural team to quickly complete Architectural and Engineering documents for delivery to the project construction manager, BECK International.

Working closely with key senior management, sales and marketing, and external A&E firms to develop schematic design proposals, budgeting, and proforma for various resort projects.

Regular progress presentations to lead investor, CitiGroup, on status of project and justification of funding requests.

Providing value engineering solutions that saved ~20% on construction costs, reduced construction time by two months, and reduced energy consumption significantly.

Developing pedestrian/electric cart/automobile traffic plans and integration of landscape design with courtyard & plaza amenities, common areas, beach access, and various resort features.

Designing systems and managing a team of account managers to quickly coordinate customer choices and finalize prices and options/upgrades for Village Homes, Custom Homes, Beach Club, and Commercial Development.


1995 to 2007 | Founder and Managing Director New Urbanist Design, LLC - St. Louis, Missouri, USA This firm specialized nationwide in the emerging field of New Urbanist Planning, focusing on Innovative and Authentic Architecture, Urban Preservation & Regeneration, Town Planning, and Sustainable Development. New Urbanist Design was awarded the position of lead planning/architectural firm for New Town at St. Charles, Missouri (www.newtownatstcharles.com). This new town development was a turning point for the acceptance of compact mixed use development in the USA, and was based on a conceptual Master Plan designed by Andres Duany/DPZ, under the guiding principles of the Seaside Institute and Leon Krier’s work in Poundbury, Dorchester, UK. In 2005 and 2006, New Town was named the best-selling community in the continental USA, and continues to develop as a model New Urbanist community today. My firm worked on all aspects of the master plan development from concept through to engineered drawings, ensuring quality of product delivery, creating development, architectural, and urban guidelines, specifications of materials and finishes, providing value added services, and finally working with local contractors and suppliers onsite. Responsibilities included obtaining numerous local government, public works, and architectural review board project approvals for Smart Code Zoning Regulations, Historic Preservation Districts, Architecture and Urban Plans. In addition, architectural and development guidelines, marketing and streetscape design services, 3D visualizations, animations, and marketing materials were developed for:     

Affordable residential and flexible live/work buildings; Five Commercial Town Centers, including retail, office, and open spaces; Planned for Civic Infrastructure, including an organic farm, neighborhood Water Park; 3000 seat outdoor amphitheater and commercial district, outdoor 10,000 sq. ft. ice rink; Designed and managed construction of over 200 unique buildings, including single family, row houses, condominiums, live/work and commercial units, Town Hall, Town Center, Chapel, and civic structures.


1986 to 1995 | Co-Founder and President Coddbarrett Associates, Inc. - Providence, Rhode Island Co-founder and president of a Computer Aided Design technology company, providing proprietary system solutions to the graphic arts, CAD, 3D modeling/animation, and printing industries. Doing business in the USA, EU, and Japan, the company grew rapidly, and was listed 3 years in a row on the INC 500 List of America’s fastest growing privately held companies in 1988, 1989, and 1990.

Education 1979-1980 Brandies University, Waltham, MA - Course Study-Business Administration & Accounting 1977-1978 Boston Architectural Center – Architecture/Planning - Post Graduate Study 1974-1977 Wentworth College, Boston, MA – Architectural Engineering Degree, A.S.Arch

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