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Santiago Suarez

Santiago Suarez

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

 

Santiago E. Suarez, LEED AP

(323) 401-6995

santiago.e.suarez@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION                                                                                                                                                            

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA                                                                              Los Angeles, CA

B.A., Architecture                                                                                                                                         May 2003

  • Achievements: Mexican-American Alumni Association Scholarship recipient and self-funded remaining educational expenses through full-time employment

 

ACCREDITATIONS AND SKILLS                                                                                                                         

 

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Accredited professional
  • Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3D Max and Microsoft Office applications
  • Design experience in residential, mixed-use, healthcare, and public sector projects
  • Project management execution, including schematics, construction documents, permit processing, and RFIs
  • Field construction observation and construction administration
  • Relationship management with city officials, clients and consulting engineers

 

EXPERIENCE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SJ DESIGNS                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles, CA Freelance Designer                                                                                                      December 2009 – present

SJ Designs is an architectural firm that focuses on domestic and international design projects

• Currently managing projects with contemporary design elements, from initial design development to final construction; systematized processes with foreign construction managers and licensed architects to decrease project lead-time

 

HKS, INC.                                                                                                                                          Beverly Hills, CA Junior Architect (Contractor)                                                                                            March 2011 – April 2011

HKS’s primary area of design is in the public sector with a focus on medical facilities                                                                   

• Collaborated on construction documents for a 4 level medical facility in Camp Pendleton for the U.S. Navy; matched all mechanical and medical equipment drawings with architectural drawings according to client specifications

 

 

TETRA DESIGN, INC.                                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA Project Coordinator/Design Associate                                                                         April 2008 – August 2009

Tetra Design’s core expertise is in the public sector, in addition to ADA upgrades for medical facilities. 

  • Co-led project management responsibilities for hospitals and educational institutions, including general administration and final construction documents; mentored team members on the modifications process of construction documents, resulting in increased productivity
  • Managed and developed client relationships as projects progressed; formalized presentation materials and processes for face-to-face meetings, earning the opportunity to be the point liaison for a key account
  • Collaborated with city officials and on-site construction personnel on detailing project specifications; systematized quality control measures resulting in timely approval of city permits, leading to greater cost efficiencies

STUDIO R, INC.                                                                                                                                    Pasadena, CA Design Associate                                                                                               December 2005 – February 2008

Studio R’s primary areas of design are mixed-use buildings and educational facilities, with unique and elegant contemporary design elements

  • Oversaw and ensured the integrity and accuracy of architectural drawings with consultant feedback; initiated meetings with consultants to assure all requirements were met in a timely manner, resulting in 100% approval
  • Researched construction materials and construction methods; coordinated vendor presentations that led to the purchase of key construction elements, helping better optimize building designs and costs
  • Co-created construction documents based on guidelines from senior architects and clients; referenced the CBC or IBC to clarify building regulations, leading to full compliance with city regulations
  • Partnered as a construction consultant for a multi-unit complex; coordinated duties on the construction site with managers and instituted decisions during field visits, bringing project back to original construction timeline

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

ADDITIONAL

  • Registered under NCARB for the IDP process
  • Fluent in Spanish and volunteer of the Lupus Foundation

Employment 

SJ Designs, Los Angeles, CA, US, Freelance

Currently managing projects with contemporary design elements, from initial design development to final construction; systematized processes with foreign construction managers and licensed architects to decrease project lead-time

Dec 2009 - current
 

HKS Architects, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Junior Architect (Contract)

Currently managing projects with contemporary design elements, from initial design development to final construction; systematized processes with foreign construction managers and licensed architects to decrease project lead-time

Mar 2011 - May 2011
 

Tetra Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Coordinator/Design Associate

• Co-led project management responsibilities for hospitals and educational institutions, including general administration and final construction documents; mentored team members on the modifications process of construction documents, resulting in increased productivity
• Managed and developed client relationships as projects progressed; formalized presentation materials and processes for face-to-face meetings, earning the opportunity to be the point liaison for a key account
• Collaborated with city officials and on-site construction personnel on detailing project specifications; systematized quality control measures resulting in timely approval of city permits, leading to greater cost efficiencies

May 2008 - Aug 2009
 

Studio R, Inc., Pasadena, CA, US, Design Assoicate

• Oversaw and ensured the integrity and accuracy of architectural drawings with consultant feedback; initiated meetings with consultants to assure all requirements were met in a timely manner, resulting in 100% approval
• Researched construction materials and construction methods; coordinated vendor presentations that led to the purchase of key construction elements, helping better optimize building designs and costs
• Co-created construction documents based on guidelines from senior architects and clients; referenced the CBC or IBC to clarify building regulations, leading to full compliance with city regulations
• Partnered as a construction consultant for a multi-unit complex; coordinated duties on the construction site with managers and instituted decisions during field visits, bringing project back to original construction timeline

Dec 2005 - Mar 2008
 

Education 

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Architecture

Aug 1998 - May 2003
 

Eagle Rock High School, Los Angeles, CA, US, High School, High School

Graduated with Honors

Aug 1988 - May 1991
 


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