Jose Zarate

Jose Zarate

San Francisco, CA, US

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My name is Jose Zarate, I was born in Peru and move the United States about 10 years ago. For twenty- one years, I grew up in Peru which is one of the poorest countries in South America. During these years I witnessed firsthand how poverty can translate into a lack of restful sleeping conditions, proper nutrition or drive for individual progress. This image remained alive in my mind as I started developing a perspective of changing lives through architecture. One of the most important lessons that came from my search was the discovery of how architecture can be used to better lives in a poor community using the most accessible resources (e.g., light, wind, heat, etc.) to promote self-sustainability. 



University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Cultural Mentor for International Students

• Assist first year or transfer students with their transitions
• Facilitate and/or execute meetings, programs, or events for mentees
• Communicate regularly and effectively with your mentees during the summer as well as the Fall semester

Aug 2016 - May 2017

DS-Arquitectos, Arequipa, Peru, Architecture intern

• Create inspiration imagery, conceptual designs, schematic layouts and space plans
• Project documentation and monitor schedules
• Administrative work from meeting notes
• Onsite construction Oversee progress and assist with trouble shooting as needed
• Participate in and help coordinate program-wide events
• Complete reports

May 2016 - Aug 2016


UC Berkeley CED, Berkeley, CA, US, BArch, Architecture intern

The program combines required courses in environmental design and architecture with opportunities for highly varied individual programs. Through its core courses, the program offers a broad introduction to the field of architecture, and through studies in the various areas it provides opportunities to prepare for specialization in the field in the areas of architectural design and representation, architectural technologies and building performance, architectural history, and society and culture. In addition to offering a sound and well-rounded education, undergraduate studies can also provide pre-professional competency for entry-level employment in architecture, the option for graduate work in architecture, or further studies in a related environmental design field.

Jan 2017 - current



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