Ally Samaniego

Ally Samaniego

San Antonio, TX, US

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My name is Ally Samaniego, I am a 3D artist and designer working in design and fabrication, looking for a bigger challenge in architecture. I saw the position for junior architectural designers today, and felt that it described a position that I would make a good fit for. With my extensive experience in indoor and outdoor rendering, developing for VR and AR, etc., as well as the experience I have gained in my current position designing and constructing all kinds of products and buildings, I believe I would have a lot to offer as a junior architectural designer.

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a wide range of skills from traditional art to advanced 3D modeling and rendering, specializing in indoor and outdoor architectural spaces. I gained valuable VR and AR development experience after an incredible internship in Germany in 2015, and since graduation, I have been working freelance, non-profit, and as a 3D artist at SRO Associates. With SRO, I work designing and fabricating everything from buildings, exhibits, and environments, to 40+ foot-tall sculptures and props for theme parks all around the world, with clients including Dollywood, Google, and even Universal Studios. I create sketches, drawings, 3D models and renders, shop drawings, guides, and anything else necessary to ease my and my coworkers’ workload as we move a project along from concept to install.

Not only do I think my experience qualifies me for this position, but I think I have a lot to offer as a coworker as well. I am a hard-working, detail-oriented woman who understands the value and importance of criticism in her work, learns quickly and who has a big heart for people and coworkers. The most important aspects of office culture is healthy working relationships and efficient communication in the workplace, breeding creativity and productivity.

Included in my portfolio are the projects I've completed that no longer fall under non-disclosure agreements. If you would like to see any shop drawings, plans, or other renderings of any kind, I would love to go through them with you in person.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend!

-Ally Samaniego



Vital Seed Ministries, San Antonio, TX, US , Architectural Renderer and Draftswoman

For this non-profit operating in Central and Southern American countries, my responsibilities are to

Create models and architectural renders of affordable housing units

Draft plans for said units for marketing purposes, and construction documents for building.

Jan 2019 - current

SRO Associates, San Antonio, TX, US, 3D Artist

A 3D artist at SRO Associates is responsible for many tasks and duties throughout the year. Some of these responsibilities are as follows:

Create accurate 3D models and renders using provided or directed concept art, sketches, or reference materials necessary for client relations and pre-fabrication processes

Produce shop drawings and elevations from 3D models for use by manufacturers and artisans during fabrication

Manage projects throughout all phases of design and construction with strong organization and relationship management skills to ensure accurate visual direction and engineering

Apr 2018 - current

LIVE Lab, College Station, TX, US, 3D Artist

A 3D artist at this research lab creates procedural models and materials for various educational video game titles, and meets each of the following qualities.

Strong time management and multitasking skills -- paramount in managing deadlines and assets for multiple titles at once

Good communication and relationship management skills -- critical in this highly collaborative environment

Proficient problem solving -- key in the creation of quality procedural assets that can be altered dynamically in-game

Strict adherence to workflow guidelines -- ensures all assets are implemented seamlessly

May 2016 - Dec 2016

Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ludwigsburg, DE, Intern

As an undergraduate intern at this prestigious film school’s R&D dept., my responsibilities ranged from the mundane to the cutting-edge:

Research for project presentations at FMX and other conferences

App development using various VR and AR platforms

CG compositing and video editing

Fluid simulation research and shading (VRAY)

Research in real-time animation using motion capture with Cinebox and NCAM

Sep 2015 - Feb 2016

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, Architectural Visualization Specialist

In coordination with the architectural history department of Texas A&M, our team recreated the ruins of the ancient roman marketplace in Libya. My role was to research and create architectural models and common marketplace items in styles accurate to the time, as well as maintaining an organized digital workspace for the team.

Feb 2015 - Mar 2015

Andre Thomas, College Station, TX, US, 3D Artist

A student-led project recreating a scene from the Dreamworks production Kung Fu Panda. My responsibilities were to model and texture the paifang structure in the foreground of the scene.

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015


Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, Bachelors, Visualization

During my time at A&M I was able to study under experienced industry professionals to create a variety of interactive environments over the course of 4 years, using mostly Houdini, Substance Designer, Maya, Unity, Unreal, etc.
In 2015 I was given the opportunity to intern for 6 months at The Filmakademie in their R&D department in Germany where I researched augmented and virtual reality and the development of applications for various AR/VR platforms.
In 2016 I began work at my first studio, The Live Lab, creating 3D procedural assets for their award-winning educational video games with sister-company Triseum.
In December of 2016 I graduated from A&M with honors and currently work in theme park and museum exhibit design, product design, and architecture.

Jan 2012 - Dec 2016

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