architecture - graphic design - photography
architecture & graphic design consultancy
Linda A.S. Dias (MA, BA)
Address: P.O. Box 36, Lookout, MSR1110, Montserrat, W.I.
Tel: +664.495.2411 (MNI)
A Caribbean woman with a global mentality and a passion for creating and discovering our heritage through architecture and the visual arts I believe that professional development in these technical fields is crucial in moving towards our overall goal of sustainable development.
My perspective is fundamentally cultural, therefore I am particularly interested in the dynamic aspect of social identity, as well as the defining factors which influence and emphasize the design methodologies of a society.
Government Architect - Government of Montserrat
Oct 2014 - Present
The Government Architect is the principal technical advisor to the Government of Montserrat on matters relating to the development of the built environment. I have thusly provided professional building design and supervision services for the construction, rehabilitation, refurbishment, and maintenance of Government building stock. As head of the Architectural Division of the Infrastructure Services Department, I effectively manage seven (7) professional staff, inclusive of Architects, Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, CAD Technicians, Electricians, and Interns. Additionally, I have worked alongside international development funding agencies such as the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to implement government initiated infrastructure projects.
Preparing designs for the reconstruction, development and maintenance of Government buildings, infrastructure projects and assets;
Ensuring working drawings and specifications for building works and/or related projects are prepared in a correct and timely manner;
Supervising and coordinating building works on site and prepare as necessary Architectural Instructions and Variations;
Maintaining records of all aspects of the design and construction activities;
Coordinating and managing all Government building contracts;
Liaising and coordinating with client ministries on design and technical aspect of projects;
Preparing Terms of Reference for the appointment of consultants, evaluation of fee bids and make appropriate recommendations;
Overseeing relevant services provided by professional consultants;
Checking fee calculations for architectural, engineering, quantity surveying and other consultants;
Advising the Public Works Department and other Ministries/Departments on design and costing for building and infrastructure projects;
Preparing Work Programmes for projects and maintenance activities;
Preparing all related tender documentation for projects, overseeing and participating as required in tendering processes;
Developing, managing and coordinating the Annual Maintenance Plan for Government Buildings and leased property, inclusive of related infrastructure;
Organizing and coordinating surveys of land and buildings when required for project and maintenance activities;
Preparing and submitting project reports as requested by the Government of Montserrat and funding agencies;
Facilitating and leading Departmental meetings and Project Team Meetings within the Infrastructure Services Division;
Developing and presenting Project Briefs to the Director of Public Works Department of all projects undertaken by the Infrastructure Services Division;
Expediting all Planning Applications when received;
Providing architectural services to support corporate and business plans of the Government;
Conducting mentoring and coaching sessions for Human Resource Capacity Building for staff under the supervision of the Government Architect.
Conducting and recording performance evaluation of senior members of staff under the supervision of the Government Architect.
· Rotary Club of Montserrat (District 7030)
· British Red Cross (MNI Branch)
· Montserrat Civil Service Association
· Montserrat National Trust
· Montserrat Taekwon Do Club
· Affiliate Member of RICS (Facilities Management)
· AutoCAD 2016
· Vector Works 2008
· Adobe Photoshop CS6
· Sketchup 8 Pro
· MS Office
· Arch GIS
· Capable of functioning on both Mac OS X (Yosemite) and Windows (Windows 8) operating systems.
· Experience in laser cutting software (Revit) and hardware (Mies 60w Laser Cutting Machine)
· Proficient in constructing physical design models, as well as experienced in hand drawing and hand rendering.
2010 - present
2010 - present
Architect - Montserrat Development Corporation (seconded from the Government of Montserrat)
Nov 2012 - Aug 2013
- Assisted in the design, the preparation of working drawings, and the preparation of specifications for the Marine Village of the Little Bay Development Project.
- Assisted in presentations to potential investors outlining the progress and the available investment opportunities of the Little Bay Development Project.
- Assisted in the Project Management of the Marine Village construction.
- Liaised with colleagues to determine strategic solutions to potential design construction issues.
- Administrator of the MDC’s Social Media Pages – including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Architect - Government of Montserrat
Sep 2011 - Nov 2012
Prepared drawings for reconstruction, development and maintenance projects, and assisted in the preparation of working drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for building projects.
Maintained records of all aspects of the design and construction of projects.
Ascertained through meetings and written correspondence, the wants and needs of Client Ministries, with a view to prepare relevant documents for the appropriate course of action.
Prepared architectural drawings, specifications, and contract documents for development and maintenance of building projects.
Coordinated the activities of Client Ministries with essential services for the maintenance of buildings.
Prepared payroll figures for minor contracted work.
Prepared and recorded purchase orders and invoices for building projects.
Assistant Architect - Government of Montserrat
July 2010 - Sept 2011
Under the supervision of the Government Architect assisted in the preparation of drawings for reconstruction, development and maintenance projects, and assisted in the preparation of working drawings, specifications, cost estimates and contract documents for building projects.
University of Westminster - London, U.K.
2013 - 2014
Master of Arts in Architecture, Cultural Identity & Globalisation
University of Technology, Jamaica - Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.
2006 - 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies
Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the MCSA Youth Awards - Montserrat Civil Service Association
Received a recognition award for outstanding contribution to the Montserrat Civil Service Association 2016 Youth Awards. As a part of a small core team of 5 young trade unionists, I assisted in organizing the inaugural Youth Awards for the MCSA Young Workers. This awards ceremony was deemed a first-class success, setting an impressive precedent for future awards ceremonies.
Chevening Scholarship - Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK Government
Sept 2013 - Sept 2014
Received one of only two prestigious UK Chevening Scholarships offered to the 14 British Overseas Territories around the world in the year 2013. This highly competitive scholarship allowed me to pursue a Masters of Arts in Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation at the University of Westminster in London, UK.
Honouree for World Telecommunication & Information Society Day - LIME Montserrat
For World Telecoms Day 2012, I was identified and honoured by LIME Montserrat as 1 of 7 ladies on island who have contributed in tangible ways to the development of Information & Communication Technology in Montserrat. For the year 2012, the focus was on women and girls - using the power of ICTs to provide new digital opportunities to end discrimination and empower the female half of the world’s population to achieve our rightful place as equals in the world.
Winner of the Statistics' Department's 2011 Population & Housing Census Logo Competition - Government of Montserrat
For Census Day 2011, my submission was the winning entry for the logo competition that was hosted by the Statistics Department of the Ministry of Economic Development & Trade in Montserrat.