bolívar iñiguez

bolívar iñiguez

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I have been working in architecture for 25 years. 6 1/2 of those i spent at Omgivning, working as a project lead on the adaptive reuse of existing and historic structures, including rooftop additions. Another 13 years i worked for Richard Barron (who leads the LA Cultural Heritage Commission) working on affordable and special needs housing, both rehabbing existing buildings, and new construction. Three of those projects won preservation awards from the Los Angeles Conservancy.

The average per capita CO2 emissions of us in the US is 2 ½ times higher than those of our peers in the EU. This is due to the prevalence of suburbia associated high-carbon lifestyle of extensive driving and large homes, in the US. I believe in the city, with its density, walkability and liveliness, both as a better environment for people to live in, and as a way to reduce our carbon footprint. I want to help make the city better and more efficient, and to help solve its affordability problems.

When i'm not in front of a computer, i like to ride a bike, practice yoga, or play guitar.


Omgivning Architecture / Interior Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, senior job captain

Adaptive reuse of historic structures and rooftop addi- tions, primarily in downtown LA. Responsibilities: Oversee production of project CD set, plan check, code analysis, construction administration, consultant coordination, production. Often assigned to more technical and coordination intensive areas of a project, such as rooftop additions. In charge of moving office to BIM 360 in response to covid.

Selected projects: Landmark Sears: Adaptive reuse of historic 1.8 million sf NDC structure for dining and retail, creative office, and 1,030 residential units. Responsible for programming studies, consultant coordination, plan check, design and detailing of site and rooftop addi- tion. Desmond’s: Conversion of 64,000 sf historic NDC structure to core-and-shell retail and bar/restaurant, and 40,000 sf office TI. Respon- sible for overall CD set, developing and incorporating TI designer’s DD set into main CD set, design and detailing of rooftop addition, consul- tant coordination, plan check, construction administration. Traction: Conversion of 59,000 sf historic NDC structure from Artist In Residence to core-and-shell office. Responsible for overall CD set, project design, consultant coordination.

Apr 2015 - Sep 2021

Rivers & Christian, Los Angeles, CA, US, Job Captain

Airport-related projects, such as code analysis of temporary terminal, baggage-handling conveyor routing, small airline TI.

Sep 2013 - Oct 2014

Richard BARRON Architect, Los Angeles, CA, US, Job Captain

Low income and special needs housing, both rehabilitation and new construction. Responsibilities: schematic design, design develop- ment, production of construction documents, coordination with consultants, assist in construc- tion administration, 3D modeling and rendering, architectural illustration, web design.

Jan 2000 - Mar 2013

ENV, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Tenant improvements for financial institutions, advertising, entertainment, real estate, retail. Responsibilities: production of construction documents, development of office CAD standards.

Jun 1997 - Jun 1999

JY Design Planning, Inc., West Covina, CA, US, Designer

Preliminary design and design development of multi-story ground-up and repurposing projects. Responsibilities: production of design development drawings.

Jun 1996 - Jun 1997


Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, architecture

Bachelor of Architecture degree, Woodbury University, 1988-93. Publi- cations: WU journal of architecture: Definition, first issue. Honors: exhibition of artwork, first WU Art Gallery student show. Exhibition of thesis project models, boards and written proposal, NAAB accreditation visit. Affiliations: AIAS publicity chair; co-founder of 10x15, an art gallery; vice president, Architectural Publications Club.

Oct 1988 - Jun 1993


Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award, Award

For Boyle Hotel / Cummings Block, for which I was job captain, but also in previous years for St. George Hotel, and for Norwalk Hospital


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