Abraham N. Rodríguez Guzmán

Abraham N. Rodríguez Guzmán


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Puerto Rican architect with over 15 years of professional experience. My main focus has been K-12 Education; however, I have experience working on a variety of different project types, including retail, food service, hospitality, multifamily, mixed-use, and higher ed. I am very interested in design justice, and I am an active member of the Portland Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA PDX). I am licensed in the state of Oregon and have worked on projects in Illinois, Oregon, and California, as well as internationally in México and the UAE. 

Se habla español.


MacKenzie, Portland, OR, US, Project Architect

May 2024 - current

Arcadis, Portland, OR, US, Project Architect

Continuing my work on K-12 projects in the Pacific Northwest after Arcadis acquired IBI Group.

May 2023 - Feb 2024

IBI Group, Portland, OR, US, Architect

Project architect on K-12 projects including renovations, additions, and new construction. Responsibilities included design, code analysis, documentation, specification review, QAQC, consultant/client coordination, bidding, permitting, and construction administration. Member of firmwide DEI committee.

Jun 2018 - May 2023

Deca Architecture, Inc., Portland, OR, US, Architect

Responsibilities included architectural/interior design, construction documents, construction administration, consultant coordination, product/materials research on a variety of hospitality, higher education projects, multifamily, and commercial adaptive-reuse projects.

Oct 2015 - Jun 2018

Myhre Group Architects, Portland, Architectural Intern III

Working on a large variety of senior living projects, from small-scale additions and renovations to a 150,000 SF high-end community with accommodations for Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory care residents. Responsibilities include site analysis, massing studies, solar studies, presentation drawings, material selection, construction documents, consultant coordination, and site visits. Involved and assisted in the initial transition of the project team from AutoCAD to Revit.

Apr 2014 - Oct 2015

Studio 3 Architecture, Salem, OR, US, Intern Architect

Work included large-scale adaptive re-use project in downtown Salem Oregon, mid-scale administrative building for higher education, along with high-end multifamily housing and small tenant improvements. Involved from initial project meetings thru CD’s, biddings, and construction meetings. Created renderings for marketings, and coordinated permit submitting and code reviews with municipal authorities.

Apr 2013 - Apr 2014

University of Oregon in Portland, Portland, OR, US, Graduate Research Fellow

Research assistant to associate professor Nancy Cheng's "Shaping Light" project; created laser cut patters for 2D sheets that would be folded to create 3D forms to be used as sun-shading devices. Built day-lighting models and tested of a variety of shading devices, co-authored research paper on the subject that was be presented at the 100th ACSA Annual Meeting in Boston.

Worked on bringing more diversity to the university and School of Architecture and Allied Arts, thru exploring an affiliation with the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Assisted the school in preparation for NAAB accreditation review.

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

SWWB Architects, Ltd., Chicago, IL, US, Project Designer

Worked on multiple K-12 projects, both renovations, and new construction, including a 42,000 SF LEED Silver elementary school addition. Participated in project and construction meetings. Responsible for updating product library.

Oct 2009 - Jul 2010

GREC Architects LLC, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect

Major projects included a 125,000 SF LEED Silver middle school for Chicago Public Schools and a large-scale luxury resort hotel at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Responsibilities included architectural design, interior design, landscape design, construction documents, construction specification, furniture and casework design, and code review. Coordinated information between various international consultants including interior designers, landscape designers, lighting designers, engineers (MEP, structural, utilities, civil), water feature designers, kitchen consultants, and audiovisual consultants. Participated in site visits and construction meetings during construction.

Dec 2007 - Jan 2009

Sarfatty Associates, Wilmette, IL, US, Intern Architect

Projects included small to mid-size commercial retail and foodservice tenant improvements and small to mid-scale scale hospitality projects. Performed site analysis, code studies, space planning, schematic review, product coordination, construction specification, casework drawings, construction documents, and permitting. Coordinated information between the various A/E/C disciplines including engineers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, and owners.

Jun 2006 - Dec 2007


University of Oregon in Portland, Portland, OR, US, MArch, Architecture

Studies focused on, among others, design for disenfranchised communities, disaster relief, urban architecture, sun-shading systems, and high performance building envelopes.

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Attended Paris/Florence Study Abroad - Spring Semester 2005
Activities and Societies: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

Aug 2004 - May 2006


ACSA 100th Anual Meeting - Paper Presenter, Other

Presented "Folded Sun-Shades: from Origami to Architecture". Co-author with Nancy Cheng and Ashley Koger.


AIA Chicago Bridge Mentorship Program, Nomination

Founding Member


AIA Milwaukee Latino Architecture Exhibition, Other

Exhibitor; Equinox Skin Boat School


UWM SARUP Design Awards, Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention for Equinox Skin Boat School


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