Profile

Mr. Christian Nielsen-Palacios, AIA

Contact Details

Ithaca, NY

Bio

Born and raised in Venezuela (1956), Danish father, Venezuelan mother.
Attended Colegio San Ignacio (1973-Caracas) and the Lawrenceville School (1974-New Jersey). Studied architecture at Universidad Simon Bolivar (1981-Caracas) and had own firm prior to coming to Cornell University (1984) to pursue graduate degree in Architectural History.
Remained in Ithaca, married Edith M. Reagan (minister/social worker), have two sons (Austin1994, Joseph 1998). Worked 7+ years at Egner & Associates, 13+ years at the Thomas Group (now TetraTech), and joined Ashley McGraw Architects in 2008.
In addition to my work as an architect, I enjoy translating to and from English and Spanish.

Education

Cornell University
1984 To 1991

Universidad Simón Bolívar
Arquitecto
1974 To 1981

The Lawrenceville School
1973 To 1974

Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
Bachiller en Ciencias
1968 To 1973

Job History

Ashley McGraw Architects
Senior Architect/Project Manager
September 2008 - present

Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair
Organizer
January 2005 - present

U.S. Green Building Council
LEED AP
January 2002 - present

First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Member
January 1997 - present

Opus 2 Translation Services
Owner
January 1995 - present

Ithaca Green Building Alliance
Member
January 2005 - January 2009

Tetratech A/E (formerly The Thomas Group)
Architect and Associate Principal
June 1995 - September 2008

The Thomas Group
Associate, Project Manager
June 1995 - September 2008

New York Interfaith Power and Light
Board of Directors
January 2006 - January 2008

Leadership Tompkins
Class of 2007
January 2006 - January 2007

Egner and Associates
Architect
January 1987 - January 1994

Perspecta, C.A.
Partner
August 1981 - August 1984

Specialties

  • Analysis of Alternates / Substitutions
  • Architectural Design
  • Bidding / Negotiation
  • Construction Documentation: Drawings
  • Construction Documentation: Specifications
  • Contract Administration
  • Existing Facilities Surveys
  • Facility Evaluation Services
  • LEED Certification Services
  • Materials Research / Specifications
  • Project Administration
  • Research Services
  • Sustainable Building Design

Affiliations

  • Colegio de Arquitectos de Venezuela

Interests

  • Sustainability, School Design, Green Building, Voluntary Simplicity, Venezuela, Denmark