Carlos A. Menéndez was born in Havana, Cuba and studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1986. In architecture school, Mr. Menendez studied high-rise building design with Natalie de Blois (renowned architect of the Lever House, NY 1952) and British urban, interior and landscape design as part of a UT / Oxford program. Upon graduation, Carlos joined the New York architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates where he worked as an architect on high-rise commercial buildings such as ABC Phase III Corporate Headquarters, the Rizzoli Tower on 5th Avenue in New York, Mellon Bank Tower in Philadelphia and the IBM corporate headquarters at 1225 Avenue Rene-Levesque, Montreal, Canada.
Inspired by the filmmaking process and employing architecture as an aesthetic foundation, Mr. Menendez began designing film sets in the early 1990s starting as art director on the television series South Beach (1992). Since then, he has worked as production designer on The Equalizer (2020), Emergence (2019), NYPD Blue (2019), Dietland (2018), The Breaks (2017), Madoff (2016) South of Hell (2015) Rob the Mob (2014) Step Up Revolution (2012), Love Wedding Marriage (2011) and Stopping Power (2007) as well as art director and set designer on The Dictator (2012), Larry Crowne (2011), Miami Vice (2006), The Lost City (2005), Any Given Sunday (1999), Analyze This (1999), The Horse Whisperer (1998), Wild Things (1998), Speed 2 (1997), Ransom (1996), and Bad Boys (1995).
In addition to his work on feature films, Carlos has designed numerous award-winning commercials in South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia receiving three nominations from the Art Directors Guild for excellence in production design for Capital One ('What's in your Wallet?'), and the Macy's 2012 Christmas campaign. In 2012, Mr. Menendez' set design for Step Up Revolution was featured on the cover of Perspective magazine where he is a frequent contributor. In 2014, Carlos began a collaboration with Pinewood Studios, UK and Entrnamientos Cinematograficos del Caribe to teach art direction in the Dominican Republic. Carlos is a licensed architect and a member of The American Institute of Architects.