Mr. Taveras’ acquired a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo, New York, where he won the most-improved award during his freshman year. By junior year he and fellow classmates had placed 2nd in the 2012 Hive City Competition, falling just short of the graduate student team that won 1st. During reviews he was recognized for is his instinctual design sense and strong graphic abilities to represent a project; specifically through diagrams and renderings.
Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Taveras immediately enrolled at Parsons, The New School for Design. It was there that Mr. Taveras fell in love with lighting as much as architecture, and he completed the dual degree program, earning a Master’s in Architecture and an MFA in Lighting Design. Mr. Taveras believes lighting and architecture should work seamlessly with each other in order to realize a project to its fullest potential; creating a holistic spatial experience for people. In his first year of lighting design he and team partners won first prize in the 2015 IESNY Student Lighting Design competition.
While at Parsons, Sergio worked for Stonehill & Taylor Architects as an Architectural and Interior Renderer (3D Visualization Artist)/ Intern Architect, and was hired as a full-time lighting designer at Cooley Monato Studio shortly after graduating in 2017. At CoMoS he designs and assists Senior Designers with a variety of projects small and large including retail, hospitality, and even an airport.
Outside the design world, Mr. Taveras enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, and djing music whenever he can.