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Maria Elena

Maria Elena

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

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About 

Hello! I'm a 29 years old female Leed GA architect living in Brooklyn, NY.  I recently started a master degree in Design Management at Pratt Institute which is similar to an MBA but focuses on how to improve life experiences in a sustainable way through the Triple Bottom Line by Design.  This program is designed for working entrepreneurs providing it's students the flexibility to apply the knwoledge learned in school in real life jobs.  One of its advantages is that courses are held during the weekend (saturdays and sundays) allowing the students to work from monday to friday.  Personally, I would prefer to start with a part-time job for a few months before commiting to a full-time job schedule.  Please see below my professional experience:

 

ACADEMIC:

Bachelor of Architecture (professional degree, NAAB accredited)
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
The New School of Architecture 2004 - 2010
GPA 3.43

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Biology Sciences Faculty 2002 - 2004

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Junior Architect

HERNÁNDEZ - BAUZÁ PSC, Architects
San Juan, PR — 07/2011 – 07/2012

+ In charge of the project’s schematic and preliminary design processes.  Collaborate with the construction documents phases.
+ Participate in the weekly construction supervisions and site visits. Responsible for preparing weekly construction’s status reports and to solve any arising issue of the ongoing projects.
+ Coordinate and work solving Submittals resolution.
+  Developed the Qualifications Proposal of the firm for government projects and other private proposals in general.
+ Projects include large scale Public Housing Modernizations, Demolitions and Structural Seismic Retrofit design projects, Private Residential projects, and Institutional projects such as Churches.


Production Studio Coordinator / 3D Modeler 
KOI ALCOM Development Communications
San Juan, PR — 07/2010 – 07/2011

+ 3D Modeling expert specialized in the Real Estate industry.
+ Artistic renderings and floor plans elaboration of residential and commercial developments for marketing targets.
+ Residential and commercial conceptual renovation design, space planning, AutoCad drawings and home staging preparation.
+ Virtual landscaping arrangement and design.
+ Photo retouching expert.
+ Broad skills working with clients, consultants and contractors to communicate the impact of architectural design within advertising alternatives.

 

Junior Addressing Analyst
INNOV+ARCH
Washingtong, DC — 04/2010 – 06/2010

+  Temporary Job as a contractor with the US Census Bureau/ Geography Division for the PR Non ID-Project.
+  Strong performance working with satellite and imagery systems using SUMO and MAGIC software.
+ Developed skills working with mapping and geographic analysis.
+ Security Clearance:
Favorably adjudicated for a position of Public Trust.
Moderate Background Investigation (MBI)
 

Sales Representative
D’ MI TIERRA Cloth Apparel Distributors
San Juan, PR — 11/2009 – 03/2010

+ The job consists of multi-tasking responsibilities which envolves the operation of a clothing and apparel distribution business. This work includes sales, communication with designers and local buyers, fashion consultation and showcase design.
 

Intern Architect
FUSTER+PARTNERS, Architects
San Juan, PR — 11/2009 – 03/2010

+ Developed skills working with the conceptualization and schematic design process development, production of diagrams and graphic representations, Cad drawings and as-builts.

Intern Architect
HERNÁNDEZ - BAUZÁ PSC, Architects
San Juan, PR — 06/2004 – 08/2007

+ Acquire great organizational skills working with the office management material and others administrative labors of an architectural firm such as specifications preparation, construction documents paperwork and projects permisology procedures.

 

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
 
2008/ Hercules Project – American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS), Honor Award .
Micro urbanism strategies project in the San Juan metropolitan area.

2008/ Supersudaca -  Think Tank of Architecture & Urban Research
The recreation of an urban installation in 'Isla Verde', Puerto Rico with the collaboration of Supersudaca members.

2006/ Charrette: Green Infrastructure and Our Cities, PR
Design development to articulate an ecologic network through the southwest coast.

1998/ High School Student Exchange, Düsseldorf-Germany
Developed the German language and explored intercultural experiences.

 

ORGANIZATIONS:
Current - NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) member.

Current - AIA (American Institute of Architects) member, PR Chapter.

Current - USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) member, Caribbean Chapter

Current - CAAPPR (Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajístas de Puerto Rico), AIT

2007/2009 - OPEA (Organización Puertorriqueña de Estudiantes de Arquitectura) member.

2007/2009 - AIAS (American Institute of Architects Students) member, PR Chapter.


COMPUTER PROGRAMS:

Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X platforms

Autodesk Autocad 2000 - 2011
Adobe Illustrator CS2 - CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS2 - CS5
Google Sketchup Pro 5 -8
3D Studio Max 2010
Maya 5-8
GIS
Acrobat Pro 9
Foxit Reader 5.1
Microsoft Office 2008

 

LANGUAGES:

English, Spanish, and basic German.

 

ADDITIONAL SKILLS & CREDENTIALS:

+ Environmental design Credentials – LEED GA Certified 

+ Additional skills and interests include 3d expert, graphic design and photography. Great skills in presentation management that includes the production and design of graphic elements and organization of total layouts.


PORTFOLIO:
http://issuu.com/m.elena/docs/portfolio

 

REFERENCES:

Upon request.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Hernandez-Bauza, PSC Architects, San Juan, PR, Junior Architect

+ In charge of the project’s schematic and preliminary design processes. Collaborate with the construction documents phases.
+ Participate in the weekly construction supervisions and site visits. Responsible for preparing weekly construction’s status reports and to solve any arising issue of the ongoing projects.
+ Coordinate and work solving Submittals resolution.
+ Developed the Qualifications Proposal of the firm for government projects and other private proposals in general.
+ Projects include large scale Public Housing Modernizations, Demolitions and Structural Seismic Retrofit design projects, Private Residential projects, and Institutional projects such as Churches.

Jul 2011 - Jul 2012
 

Koi Alcom Development Communications, San Juan, PR, Production Studio Coordinator

+ 3D Modeling expert specialized in the Real Estate industry.
+ Artistic renderings and floor plans elaboration of residential and commercial developments for marketing targets.
+ Residential and commercial conceptual renovation design, space planning, AutoCad drawings and home staging preparation.
+ Virtual landscaping arrangement and design.
+ Photo retouching expert.
+ Broad skills working with clients, consultants and contractors to communicate the impact of architectural design within advertising alternatives.

Jul 2010 - Jul 2011
 

Innov+Arch, Washington, DC, Junior Addressing Analyst

+ Temporary Job as a contractor with the US Census Bureau/ Geography Division for the PR Non ID-Project.
+ Strong performance working with satellite and imagery systems using SUMO and MAGIC software.
+ Developed skills working with mapping and geographic analysis.
+ Security Clearance:
Favorably adjudicated for a position of Public Trust.
Moderate Background Investigation (MBI)

May 2010 - Jul 2010
 

Fuster+Partners, Architects, San Juan, PR, Intern Architect

+ Developed skills working with the conceptualization and schematic design process development, production of diagrams and graphic representations, Cad drawings and as-builts.

Dec 2009 - Mar 2010
 

Hernandez-Bauza, PSC Architects, San Juan, PR, Intern Architect

+ Acquire great organizational skills working with the office management material and others administrative labors of an architectural firm such as specifications preparation, construction documents paperwork and projects permisology procedures.

Jul 2004 - Aug 2007
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Masters, Design Management

Aug 2012 - current
 

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2004 - Jul 2010
 

Areas of Specialization 



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