Karisa Vargas

Karisa Vargas

Chicago, IL, US



Karisa  was intrigued by architecture and design since high school and formally began her education at the Iberoamerican University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which has a leading and omnibus school program. Having earned her Bachelor's degree, she has planned to continue her education with a Master degree in Interior Architecture at SAIC and also pretends to advance in her career by becoming a licensed architect in Illinois.

During her studies she was able to make an architecture tour around Europe. She has seen and analyzed important architecture buildings like: The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, The Jude Museum in Berlin, Villa Savoye in Poissy, Pompidou Museum in Paris, The chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp and more to be mentioned.

She is a creative person with initiative and independence of thought, which provides input and makes decisions during the search for architectural and urban solutions, able to integrate and assume her role in interdisciplinary teams involved in different stages of design, planning and project implementation.

Knowledgeable of architectural practice in the national and global reality, that while serving the country with her exercise, can also act as agent of change in urban and architectural transformations. She has a bilingual proficiency and can manage to work as an international designer on a Spanish/English construction industry.



KVM - designsolutions, Global, President

Small and independent business based in the offer of architectural design and graphic design services.

Sep 2010 - current

Soto Real Estate, Methuen, MA, US, Architect / Designer

-Assisted in remodeling of residential projects.

Jan 2012 - Aug 2012

Contemega, Santo Domingo, DR, Architect / Designer

-Assisted in design and construction documents for commercial and luxury residential projects.
-Assisted engineer with onsite management of projects.
-Assisted in all phases of design. Software platforms utilized include Revit, 3d Studio Max, Adobe CS4, and AutoCAD.

Jan 2009 - Jan 2012


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

Sep 2012 - current

Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, DR, BArch, Architecture

-International workshop of Interior Design with the Architect Mario Cucinella. Eco Design, light projection.
-International workshop of Architecture with the Architect Jack Sansili.
-Seminar of Architectural Design Concept with the Architect Rafael Alvarez.
-Seminar of Architecture for the XXI century, talk by The Architect Richard Moretta.
-Disaster relief projects with the Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban, in coordination with the universities of Harvard and Cornell, at the city of Pourt au Prince, Haiti.

Sep 2006 - Nov 2010

Altos de chavon, La Romana, DR, Graphic Design

-Advertising pamphlet design and flyers.
-Design of corporative identity.
-Design and layout. (Magazines and books)

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006

Alliance francaise, Santo Domingo, DR, French Language

May 2004 - Jun 2006

Areas of Specialization 


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