Helpern Architects


“It’s truly special to announce that Amauri Guillen has become a Senior Associate,” says David Paul Helpern, founder of Helpern Architects. “Amauri came to the firm at the start of 2006 right after an internship, and he has become essential to the firm.”

Amauri joined Helpern on the recommendation of the director of CUNY’s Office of Space Planning & Capital Budget, where he had done a post-graduate internship on campus space needs and utilization. He has been involved in many of the firm’s physical and capital master plans, feasibility studies, zoning analyses, and space planning.

“Besides being an exceptionally strong analyst who understands the implications of zoning, Amauri is a project manager well-known to such enduring Helpern clients as Con Edison, the Collegiate Church Corporation, and Madison Equities,” notes Helpern Principal and VP/Business Operations Bennet Dunkley.

Self-described as a “problem solver,” Amauri has been interested in computer-aided design since he completed high school on Long Island, taking courses in AutoCAD when still in its early versions (but now used universally). He completed his Bachelor of Architecture studies at what became known as CUNY/NYC College of Technology, where he also taught architectural history and computer-generated presentation drawing. He heads Helpern Architects’ Technology Committee, whose goal is to achieve quality design documents and efficient work through the proper use of CAD technology.

Amauri has been involved in the long-range restoration and expansion of Marble Collegiate Church [including its new organ and its new South Portal] and the mixed-use development potential for the adjacent property held by Marble; master plans for Collegiate School; and reports regarding the [unrealized] renovation of the UN’s Dag Hammarskjold Library. Current projects include the logistics for replacing 2,000 windows of a NYC-landmarked office building and design of an industrial complex in northern Manhattan.