Andrea Ortiz Vivas

Andrea Ortiz Vivas

Savannah, GA, US

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Architecture is the bridge that connects nature, culture and people. 

It is a medium that asks for continuous refinement, and allows me to practice materiality, emotions, and observations. Architecture gives me the opportunity to reconnect the natural environment with its people.

I studied Architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design with a minor in Architectural History. I enjoy traveling, sailing, running, photography, and reading, all of which inspire my work. I am a foreign in the pursuit of new and inspiring experiences that will impact my design.

I characterize myself as a curious person. Since I was a little kid I had the opportunity to travel outside of my country and get exposed to many different cultures. This exposure has given me a broad understanding of our world. From a young age I saw and understood that there are a million ways to find a solution to a problem, it is just a matter of being creative and analytical. Today, being curious has become a way of keeping my mind active. By asking questions and trying to understand what goes around me I get to learn something different from everyone that surrounds me every day. 



Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, Student Ambassador

Served as SCAD’s representative for prospective students and their families.

Mar 2016 - Jun 2018

United Reaction | SCAD, Savannah, GA, US, Regional Director | Mexico

Student organization created to propose innovative ideas and concrete projects for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mar 2016 - Jun 2017

Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, FR, Resident Assistant

Assisted the SCAD Lacoste students, Student Services Coordinator and Academic Director with operational, day-to-day program needs and activities.

Sep 2016 - Nov 2016

Proyecto Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta, MX, Social Service | Volunteer

Assisted people with physical and learning disabilities with reading and writing, as well as physical therapy.

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014

Privite Sailing Classes, Puerto Vallarta, MX, Sailing Instructor

Facilitated one on one classes with advanced or intermediate sailors focusing on technique. Payed attention to detail in order to correct or teach each sailor’s needs.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

La Cruz Sailing Summer Camp, Puerto Vallarta, MX, Sailing Instructor

Organized and led sailing exercises for children between 10 and 15 years old. The sailing level among the kids ranged from beginners to intermediates. Goal was to create a fun and safe environment.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2010


Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2014 - Jun 2018


F. Larkin McCommon Scholarship, Scholarship

Offered to accepted students who have a strong academic profile and whose portfolio, audition or writing submission is judged to be superior by the Admission Review Committee.

The scholarship covers full tuition.


National Mexican Sailing Ranking, Other

Positioned myself on the top 3 for 8 years. | 2006 - 2014


International Competitions, Other

Traveled to 8 different countries to represent Mexico.
Including 2 World\ Cups, 2 North American Championships, and 4 South American Championships. | 2006 - 2014


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