A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, (It's Colombia. Not Columbia), Oscar De las salas is an award-winning international architectural designer with more than two decades of experience with municipal and community development projects. Since 2017, he has served as Design Manager and Business Development lead, and currently is the Clients Relationship Manager for the Gensler Phoenix office, reporting to the Southwest Region.
Oscar completed his Master’s in Architecture and Interior Architecture by the University of Salamanca in 1998 and moved directly to Arizona to study the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, School of Architecture, Taliesin West. in search of on-site information to write his thesis project about “American Modernism through the eye of Frank Lloyd Wright”. His European tenure allowed him to pursue internships in the EU within several European countries, and to work as an Interior Architect.
Oscar’s early career led him to serve as Project Architect, and as the Interior Finishes specification lead and field coordination superintendent for four U.S. Embassies around the world: Bolivia, Colombia, Singapore, and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. As a curious note, Oscar held US Government Clearance, while working side by side with the Federal Building Office team in Washington D.C., all via Facsimile and during the early days of email correspondence. Ask him about the protocol to send secured architectural details of the ambassador’s office or the U.S. Marine’s headquarters information back then.
Oscar’s work with the community in Arizona has developed into a variety of volunteering efforts with local charities, and by infusing his personal strategies for fundraising and using all his known talents. helping to raise about 30 million dollars in the last decade, to some of the most accredited local, regional and national organizations. He was recognized for his contribution to the community by the Arizona House of Representatives and in 2019, and June 29, his birthday, was declared “Oscar Day” by City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
His passion for design, architecture, and his early work in the fashion industry at a young age as a catalogue model, set designer and stylist, has expanded Oscar’s community and media involvement locally, making him a familiar face when it comes to the world of design and style.
GENSLER Phoenix, Arizona, United States 2018 - present
Title: Client Relationships Manager | SW Region - Design Contract Management, Construction Documents and Master Specifications, Construction Management & Administration, Architectural Job Captain, Draftsman.
ARCHITECTURAL ALLIANCE INC Phoenix, Arizona, United States 1998 - 2008
Title: Principal, Marketing Manager, Contract Management, Construction Documents and Master Specifications, Construction Management & Administration, Architectural Job Captain, Draftsman.
NUCLEUS Bogota, Colombia June 1996 to November 1996
Title: Architect Residential Condominiums - 157 Acre site - custom 12 Units (12,000 sf each)
Architectural Management and Field Supervision, Finishes Superintendent & Interior architecture.
M.E. STUDIO- INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO Bogota, Colombia 1995 - 1996
Title: Job Captain, Finishes and Architectural supervisor, Architecture detailing, Interior Design and Interior Architecture of Custom Homes (Design & Supervision) Marketing Director.
DILLINGHAM CONSTRUCTION INC. Bogota, Colombia 1993 - 1996
Title: Architect American Embassy Office Building Pleasanton - California - USA
Building area: 90,000 sf; 3 Acres Site Area, Total Budget: $6.5 Mil - Staff Architect, Interior Finishes & Interior Architectural Details, Finishes Superintendent, Draftsman. Coordination of finishes for four international sites.
RIGHETTI INTERNATIONAL Bogota, Colombia 1992 - 1993
Title: Space Planning & Design and development, Showrooms & Vignettes Design, Open Office System Design, International Marketing Manager’s Assistant.
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JAMIE HERZLINGER INTERIORS Scottsdale, New York City, United States 2001 to 2018
Contract Management & Contract Review, Construction Documents and Master Specifications for
Interior Finishes, Construction Management & Administration, Design Development, Renderings.