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Jimena Amaral is a designer and teacher. Currently operating in the New York City area, Jimena practiced, lived, taught and learned in Washington, DC before moving in 2011. With a professional education in architecture, Jimena’s research, practice and teaching focuses on the exploration of visual and spatial overlaps of cultural, architectural and representational conditions. In Washington, Jimena was a full-time employee for Square134 Architects, a practice founded by three University of Maryland adjunct faculty. After joining the firm, Jimena participated in establishing its local identity and graphic image.
Jimena earned a Master of Architecture (2011), a BS in Art with concentration in graphic design (2009) and a BS in Architecture (2007) from the University of Maryland. While in school, Jimena initiated creative research with faculty and worked as a design critic and teaching assistant for the first undergraduate design studio and Introduction to Digital Media. In addition to her role as instructor, Jimena has served as a guest reviewer for Architecture studios at the University of Maryland and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Recently, Jimena’s work was included in an exhibit and publication, DIGITAL conception(s), which traced multiple trajectories of digital pedagogy from 2005-2010 at the University of Maryland.
graphic design: book layout, typesetting, illustration, branding, logos, and information graphics.
architectural design: conceptual design, rendering, drafting, modeling, digital modeling, exhibit design and signage.
Art: mixed media, collage, screen print and oil paint.
Square 134 Architects, Staff Architect / Consultant
- Provided CAD work for architectural drawing sets that included as built, demolition, lightning and
electrical plans; elevations and sections as well as plan and section details.
- Generated 3 dimensional computer renderings as well as hand drawn perspectives.
- Conducted site analysis and produced as built drawing sets for existing buildings.
- Developed programming and feasibility studies for several small to medium size projects.
- Conducted schematic design and design development for small renovation projects.
- Conducted code and zoning analysis for small to medium size residential and commercial projects.
- Collaborated with engineers on a construction drawings set for two office buildings in San Antonio,
- Interpreted drawing markups and implemented drawing revisions provided by engineers for plan and
- Completed and submitted a construction document set for a parking garage.
- Performed construction administration duties.
- Reviewed and revised an entire construction document set before permit submission.
- Collaborated in the design of the company’s graphic image such as the logo, business cards and
Wohlmuth Associate Architects, Intern
- Provided CAD work for architectural drawing sets and generated hand drawn perspectives.
- Developed project proposals and constructions documents for small renovation projects.
- Generated models for housing projects.
University of Maryland, MArch, Architecture
Courses included: Regionalism, Urbanism, Technology, Aesthetic | Media | Politics, Site analysis and design, Reading Architecture, Explorations in dry media, French Gothic, Professional practice, etc.
- Design Critic and Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Digital Media. Spring 2011.
- Design Critic and Teaching Assistant, First Undergraduate Design Studio. Fall 2010.
- Review Critic, Introduction to Digital Media, midterm and ﬁnal review. Spring & Fall 2010.
University of Maryland, Bachelors, Studio Art
Studio art and concentration in graphic design.
Courses included: oil paint, drawing, experimentation with mixed media, wood sculpture, screen printing and screen printing with digital media.
Art history, art theory, design history, graphic design, package design, exhibition design.
University of Maryland, BArch, Architecture
Architecture Thesis Award, Award
Winner of the University of Maryland Architecture Thesis Award at the Master's level for the project entitled: OPPOSITIONS: A UNited Nations Conflict Resolution Building
Excellence in Design at Master’s Level Award, Award
winner of excellence in design award at master's level.
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Assistanship, Award
Award given by the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Architecture for outstanding assistanship for the courses titled: First Undergraduate Design Studio and Introduction to Digital Media.
Andrew Winters AIA Scholarship, Other
2009 - 2010 and 2010-2011