“President Obama’s new urban czar, Adolfo Carrión, admitted Tuesday he has not paid an architect who designed a renovation of his Bronx home two years ago. That presents conflict-of-interest issues because at the time the architect was a key player in a Bronx development that needed approval from Carrión, then the Bronx borough president…Carrión claimed the architect spent 51.5 hours on the renovation for a total bill of $3,627.50, “based on their usual rates.” That works out to about $71 per hour.”
BY Greg B. Smith, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Aside: What Architect in NYC do you know that charges $71/hr for his work? That’s even slightly below the rate that Interior Design students charge their clients ($75/hr) when first starting out. With an avg hourly rate of $130 (for Arch and asst) the amount due would equal $9,230. Still very low for construction documents and handling of a project.