Jacqueline Villa

Jacqueline Villa

Chicago, IL, US



Overall, I am a recent graduate who travels extensively and regularly, enjoys living in downtown Chicago, and cooks as much as possible. I stay involved in the city, through the AIA, Friends of Downtown, dancing, and as a board member of the NSDAR Chicago Chapter. I build my own furniture and continue to make improvements to my new home. Philosophy, discussions of new technologies, and the intertwined nature of our world on a cultural and physical level remains a constant interest. I am fluent in French, and understand Spanish well, something that is a great asset in my travels.

As an junior architect I have a background in BIM, graphics, campus planning and historic preservation research, building systems documentation and sustainable concrete technologies. I graduated with honors from the B. Arch program of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a double specialization in digital media and landscape architecture. I later followed my interest in construction materials by completing a thesis for the M.S Arch program as an extensive study of the innovations in sustainable concrete technology and potential affects on future design. I recently returned from an advanced internship with the Building Systems Innovation Team of Lafarge Concrete in their central lab outside Lyon, France. I have had a couple of temporary positions since my return, but as I have recently graduated, am more interested in a challenging full time position with a firm who works with various program types, restoration, and preferably utilizes BIM and other advanced technologies. Although I am open to staying in the concrete industry, I would rather return to a design environment and employ my past experience towards directly advancing current works. I have found that bridging the gap between design and materials engineering is becoming more and more relevant to current construction practices and sustainable design advancements.


Chipman Design Architecture, Des Plaines, IL, US, Architectural Intern

Working with team on Revit document production, and construction coordination with consultants and contractors.

Mar 2013 - Mar 2013

SmithGroup, Chicago, IL, US, Production Intern (Revit)

Assisting with final phase of permit submittal for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In charge of accessing and managing the Revit model for vertical transportation drawings and
addressing ADA compliance issues.

Feb 2013 - Feb 2013

LAFARGE CEMENT, Lyon, FR, Intern with Building Systems Innovation Team - Lafarge Service Group

Creating research documents, technical dwgs, graphics, and layouts in conjunction with interdisciplinary team of engineers. Recreating case study dwgs as Revit model to be used for future research collaborations within the company. Systems comparisons based on economical, cultural and environmental context, structural comparisons, thermodynamic properties, cost, and life cycle analysis.

Jun 2012 - Nov 2012

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern for Planning + Design Group

Creating various graphics and presentations for key planning projects. Assisting with various smaller projects such as the removal of test samples for material analysis of the historic Cob Gate. Editing executive documents for historic and iconic campus architecture.Organizing and planning the 3D scanning of historic architecture by a consultant.

Jun 2011 - Feb 2012

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, Teachers Assistant for Architectural Model Shop

Teach advanced wood, plastic, and metal working techniques, survey class safety, and grade student projects.

Jan 2007 - May 2011

Oisse Architects Inc., Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern

Assisting with laser cutter production of intricate architectural model of interior for Vosges Chocolate Co. store on Lake St.
Producing laser cutter CAD files from working drawings
Assisting with set up for the laser cutting process for the intricate paper model.

Nov 2008 - Nov 2008

Ghafari Associates, Chicago, Architectural Intern

Formatting Project Proposals and designing advertising brochures
Formatting Architectural portion of current web page
Drawing construction details for the Structural Engineering Department, assisting in editing electrical plans

Oct 2007 - Mar 2008

SKJN Architekten, Chicago, Architectural Intern

Creating dwg sets for bid with Revit. Working on additions to residential and commercial projects. Studied historic restoration of Frank Lloyd Write Play House which had been completed by the office.

Jun 2006 - Aug 2006

Wilson and Associates, Dallas, TX, US, Intern

During High School, I organized the resource library, returned samples, and helped put presentation boards together and organize spec. books for hospitality projects.

Jun 2003 - Jun 2004


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Masters, Masters of Science in Architecture

Masters Thesis on advancements in sustainable concrete and potential affects on design and construction. I conducted my research through interview, laboratory visit and conference attendance with various leading professionals and academic researchers including but not limited to: Professor Ulm of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT, Wiss Janey Elstner Laboratory tour by VP Laura Powers, and attendance of ACI Spring conferences.
Elective courses concentrating on Architectural History and BIM.

Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), BArch, 5 year Architecture Bachelors

Obtained a double specialization in landscape architecture and digital media
Concentrated on parametric modeling, rendering, animation, and digital fabrication as well as landscape planning in advanced studio work.
Arranged two independent study elective courses and was the only undergraduate student to take an advanced graduate research course, in which my paper was later used as an example to the other students.
Graduated with honors and maintained deans list status for the last five semesters with a 4.0 for the last year.
Was accepted for the selective CTBUH tall and green studio which included a site research trip to Mumbai, India.

Aug 2004 - Jun 2009

Areas of Specialization