Aric Barcena

Aric Barcena

Oxford, GB



I'm a qualified architect in the UK. I specialise in conservation, project management and planning. I believe in the collective and creative design process as a key to any successful project.  


University of Oxford, Oxford, GB, Architect

Oxford University Estates Services

Architect for the Conservation and Buildings Team. I specialise in Historic Buildings, Planning and procurement of small to large projects.

My responsibilities are:

1. Preparation of feasibility studies, option appraisals and cost reports for small and medium scale projects

2. Project management and conservation advisor for larger university projects

3. Planning Consultant for University departments and Estates Services. This role consists of providing clients and colleagues with the necessary planning advice to develop their design aspirations, and in most cases to provide them with the necessary design advice and development to obtain planning consent. I have developed and successfully obtain consent for over 40 applications at my current role. Most of the work involved is for internal interventions in Grade I and II listed buildings.

3. Repairs and Maintenance Projects – Design, planning and project management across all RIBA design stages. The projects I'm responsible for range from small internal alterations in historic buildings to larger refurbishment projects. Including external building fabric repairs and conservation projects, full internal building refurbishments and modernisation to historic properties

I'm responsible for leading projects across all RIBA stages, producing the necessary design, planning and construction information by liaising with clients (department reps), university stakeholder, and internal and external consultants.
I have a great understanding of the construction industry, design and planning of academic projects.

Sep 2013 - current

Green Unit, Oxford, GB, Designer

Architectural Designer for Green Unit. Involved in the design process of all their architectural projects. I also prepared digital models for 3d printing and developed design information into technical drawings for construction.

Mar 2013 - Sep 2013

Sanson Arquitectos, Managua, Nicaragua, CAD technician

Development of CGIs, 3d modelling and digital fly-through of Cafe Las Flores (coffee processing company) Warehouses in Managua, Nicaragua (Equivalent to RIBA stage 2 design)

Apr 2011 - May 2011

Private Client - Residential/Commercial, Managua, Designer

Designer of Vela's students' apartments proposal in Managua. A 2-storey apartment complex for students in Managua city centre. I was responsible for the project's programme, budget, planning application and developed design (equivalent to RIBA Stage 3 design)

Nov 2010 - May 2011

DEPSA, Managua, NI, Designer

The project consisted on design and development of new churches in the East Coast of Nicaragua. My responsibilities were development of photomontages and CGI information (equivalent to RIBA stage 1)

Oct 2010 - Dec 2010

Euromarcas Arquitectura, Managua, NI, Designer and CAD technician

Responsible for multiple architectural projects at Euromarcas. Liaising with clients and engineers to develop concept design (equivalent to RIBA stages 3 to 4). Worked on 4 different projects: the urban design of a residential project in Managua, Nicaragua (plot and land distribution, electric and water infrastructure); 2 Residential projects, including design and development of technical drawings (Equivalent to RIBA stage 4 design). My last project at Euromarcas was in partnership with MGA-LAB. I was in charge of the 3d modelling and presentation to the UNICEF office in Managua, equivalent to RIBA stage 1 and 2.

Dec 2009 - Mar 2010

MGA-LAB, Managua, NI, Designer and CAD technician

I was responsible for 3 different projects, including development of concept design, project brief, presentations and CGI information

Project 1: Renders and drawings of KPMG Office in Nicaragua;
Project 2: the COAN-Colegio de Arquitectos Nicaragua (The federation of architecture in Nicaragua) office competition; and
Project 3:the CCEN office competition- Centro Cultural de Espana Nicaragua (The Cooperation office of the Spanish Embassy in Nicaragua).

Nov 2008 - Dec 2009

Arquitectura4 Studio, Managua, NI, Cad technician

I developed detailed technical drawings for 2 different projects. The AMULAC Library (Ave Maria University Latin American Campus) in Nicaragua and a residential project for a private client. Both projects were equivalent of RIBA stage 4 design, consisting of construction issue drawings and coordination with building services

Oct 2008 - Mar 2009


Oxford Brookes University, RIBA PART 3

Completion of RIBA part 3 allowed me to qualify as an Architect in the UK. My current registration number is 089298J available at

Jan 2016 - Nov 2016

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, GB, MArch, Master in Applied Design in Architecture

With focus on Architectural Regeneration, which then led me to work in Conservation

Sep 2011 - May 2013

Universidad Americana, Oxford, Bachelors, Architecture

Mar 2006 - Jul 2011

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