ROLAND BODDEN                             
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT

Roland Bodden has been involved in the construction and design industries for 15 years. Following his passion, he enrolled in the Construction Management program at Louisiana State University in 1999. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Roland worked with Inglewood Homes as a laborer on many high-end residential projects. Upon graduating he was hired by Thompson Construction Company as a Field Office Manager andwas quickly promoted to Assistant Superintendent/Quality Control Manager. He also becamea certified Storm Water Prevention Program Coordinator. During his time with TCC he helped manage the day-to-day co-ordination of subcontractors, suppliers, and scheduling for the construction of three Wal-Mart Supercenters in Southeast Louisiana, including a 225,000 square foot facility in Arabi, La.Here he played a key role as an intermediary between St. Bernard Parish Government officials, Wal-Mart upper management and company officials to clear numerous regulatory issues that ensured the on-time delivery of the project.

After the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina Roland decided to leave TCC and establish Construction Services of New Orleans in order to assist the residents of NOLA in their rebuilding efforts. During this turbulent period for the city, he gained very valuable experience managing numerous projects while being responsible for estimating/bidding and company payroll. In August 2006 Roland returned to LSU to pursue a Master of Architecture. MetroStudio first hired him in 2007 for a summer/winter internship where he helped develop the master plan of a 60-unit garden home development in LaPlace. With the thought of broadening his experience, he later worked as an intern at Nelson Water Gardens in Katy, Texas in the summer of 2008. Here he served as a design consultant on many landscaping and water feature installations.

Upon graduating in 2009 Roland returned to his hometown and rejoined the MetroStudio team where he was assigned to work in the historic restoration of the Joy Theater and 600 Bourbon Street. He has assisted in the process of acquiring historic tax credits for a number of the restoration projects that MetroStudio has managed. Roland has played an integral part of the design development, project management and/or construction administration of 14 residencies and 8 commercial projects throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area.On the business development front, he represents the firm as member of the New Orleans and Jefferson Chambers of Commerce and the Jefferson Parish Governmental Committee.