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Javier Velez

Javier Velez

San Diego, CA, US

 

About 

I am originally from Mexico D.F. I recently graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in Architecture. I am currently looking for an entry level job in a Design/Build firm anywhere in the world; as I am not opposed to relocating if needed. Doing architecture renderings and physical models are a big interest and I put a lot of passion into what i create. My interest in architecture came from a high school architecture class and the teacher who pushed me to think about design. From there I took an internship position with Casillas+Casillas in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) and that placed me on a mindset to go after an architecture degree. Through my college experience I gained interest in architecture that values its connection to its environment; that connects with nature and revolves around sustainability. I want to further develop my understanding of structures and construction to push sustainability in my design.

I started graduate school at NSAD (NewSchool of Architecture & Design) in San Diego, Ca. 

I attended a study abroad program in London for 5 weeks in summer 2011. In which I participated in an Architecture Studio based on sustainable design. We visited numerous sites and architecture firms around the London area, as well as in Whales. Apart from those trips, I also visited Barcelona and Munich. Being in Europe expanded my vision of design and helped to push my design process further.


Elsewhere:

Employment 

Plan Gator, San Diego, CA, US, Freelance

Freelance work, involving making interactive floor plans. Using Adobe Illustrator and Fireworks.
For examples feel free to check out the website http://www.plangator.com

Oct 2013 - current
 

M.I.A Food Drink Entertainment, Oxford, OH, US, Bar Tender

bar tender, keep a list of supplies, crowd control, and various tasks in the kitchen

Dec 2011 - current
 

Burrito Loco Mexican Restaurant, Oxford, OH, US, Bar tender/ Host

Prefomed various tasks ranging from cleaning tables to bar tending and hosting.

Oct 2008 - May 2010
 

Casillas + Casillas, Guadalajara, MX, Architect Assistant

Shadowed and assisted a professional architect for 3 months. In that time I visited the construction site of 3 urban housing developments to understand the process of concrete building construction.

May 2008 - Aug 2008
 

Education 

Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, BArch, Fine Arts (Architecture)

My first year of college was mostly taken up by drawing classes; I had not applied to the architecture program and was looking to gain stronger art pieces for my portfolio. I knew I wanted to apply but I was unsure until I spend a summer working at my uncle's architecture firm Casillas + Casillas in Guadalajara, Mexico; that was the deciding factor to apply to the architecture program at Miami University.

Aug 2007 - Dec 2011
 

Awards 

AFC Architecture drawing competition, Honorable Mention

This was a small competition set up by the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati; asking to submit a piece that depicted an aspect of architecture.

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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