Vice President, Business Intelligence
Luiz A. Fonseca joined I-Grace in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager. He has a strong background in managing many high-end residential projects and has designed and engineered the execution of complex renovations.
“If it doesn’t exist, we will invent it. I love to transform the most daring design intents into reality.”
Originally from Brazil, where his family owned a residential development company, Luiz enjoyed visiting job sites and started working as a helper and, eventually, skilled tradesmen at a very young age. Following in his father’s footsteps, Luiz went to school for engineering and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from PUC-MG in Brazil. At the age of 20, Luiz was drafted into the Brazilian army from which he graduated as a Second Lieutenant Commander and earned a Special Forces Mountain tab after 18 months.
Exploring new opportunities, Luiz came to New York and in 1998 joined a small construction company. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks and began supervising jobs and working directly with architects. Shortly after, Luiz began working for David McMahon, the former Chief-Architect for Parish-Hadley, as a CAD draftsman and designer. Luiz was responsible for providing design and drafting services to New York interior designers such as Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Kitty Hawks and Thomas Jayne. In 2004, Luiz decided to return to the building and construction industry where he worked as a Project Executive managing a high-end millwork department in New York. Following that, he became the Construction Manager for two ultra high-end renovations, which included a full gut duplex conversion on 5th Avenue and a full gut renovation of Oprah’s former Penthouse at the Place 57 Building.