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Kristopher Fuentes

Kristopher Fuentes

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Kris is a recent graduate from the M.Arch I program at UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design. He has been working for architectural firms throughout Los Angeles and Orange County since high school and formally began his design education at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Having earned his Master's degree, he now intends to advance his career by becoming a licensed architect in California.

While at UCLA, Kris received the King's Award for design excellence. Concurrently, he has been involved with the Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, where he served as a juror for the undergraduate program. He has been advising students at all levels of design, from introductory studios to fifth year final thesis projects.

Prior to entering the University of Michigan's architecture program, Kris was allowed to study abroad in Switzerland with advanced students. Before graduating, he had the opportunity to study in Tokyo and visit Venice for the Architectural Biennele in 2009. Outside of studio, he has traveled to India, Costa Rica, several countries in Europe, and the South Pacific.

In 2011, Kris successfully raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while training for an Ironman Triathlon. The race consists of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles (marathon distance) within 18 hours. He was able to raise over $9,000 for blood cancer research and remains committed to the cause.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Bowery Group, Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Architect

Project Manager - researched code for project initiative and navigated permitting process for concise drawing set

Job Captain - coordinated working drawings for architectural team with clients and consultants for high end, hillsdie residential remodels in Beverly Hills

Sep 2012 - current
 

Fuentes Design Group, Whittier, CA, US, Junior Designer

-Managed small tenant improvement projects throughout design, permit, and construction phases under architect's supervision.
-Captured and communicated clients' designs and planning throughout conceptual development phase for retail, warehouse, and office projects.
-Developed conceptual presentation boards for City/County/Client's approval.
-Coordinated meetings with City/Contractor in Architect's place.
-Researched building and planning requirements for residential project.
-Assisted developers in marketing drawings for governmental projects.

Jun 2006 - current
 

Brooks + Scarpa, Culver City, Model Builder

-Created physical and digital model for GSA Competition

Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
 

Hill Pinkert Architects, Newport Beach, CA, US, Summer Intern

-Assisted in design and construction documents for commercial and office projects.
-Assisted in public agency's permitting process for commercial projects.
-Organized archival space for office relocation.

May 2004 - Sep 2006
 

Education 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture and Urban Design

-Thesis topic is focused on abandonment throughout the American landscape under Thom Mayne.
-Design work in architecture, infrastructure, urbanism, and furniture.
-Material research in bent plywood, metal forming, and ceramic.
-Granted King's Award for Design Excellence in 2011

Sep 2008 - current
 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Architecture and Urban Planning

-Studied abroad in Switzerland, Italy, and Japan in summer studios.
-Studio collaboration with Tokyo University students while studying abroad.
-Craft of work ranges from hand drafting to digital fabrication.

Sep 2004 - May 2008
 

Awards 

King's Award, 1st Place

The award was granted for design excellence from a jury at UCLA.

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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