Daniel Penalva Serrano

Daniel Penalva Serrano

Blacksburg, VA, US

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I'm a fresh graduate from Virginia Tech's BArch program, with a passion for thoughtful and considerate architecture.

My main design inspirations revolve around the people, nature and history of the project so I can produce the best possible design. When working, one of my biggest strengths is my work ethic, punctuality and attention to detail.

I believe that my variety of experiences and skills make me a unique candidate, determined to improve and grow to produce the best work with the available time and resources.



Virginia tech, Blacksburg, VA, US, Student Manager

student supervisor, food storage, management. Food preparation, teaching students how to prepare food properly.

Aug 2019 - Apr 2024

House + House Architects, Guanajuato, MX, Aprentice

Designing around site, local culture, and solar paths. Client centric design and client communication.

May 2023 - Jun 2023

GCS Sigal, Washington, DC, US, Summer intern

Reviewing and sending RFI’s, correspondence with subs. Creating and manning the material tracking log.

May 2022 - Aug 2022

LLRRarq Architecture Studio, Barcelona, ES, Summer Intern

Completing and revising CAD files, adding legends. CAD sections and creating a kitchen design.

Jun 2021 - Jul 2021

Zuasti Arquitectos, Pamplona, ES, Intern

Brainstorming ideas, plotting room distributions on AutoCAD.

Jun 2018 - Jul 2018


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

Starting off learning design under Donna Dunay. Second year under Marcus Breitschmid. Third year under Aki Ishida and Edward Becker. Integrative design under Michael Ermann. Solar decathlon at the WAAC under Peter Vanderpoel. And finally thesis under Aki Ishida.

Minor in War and Society; classes in history with specific consideration for the societal aspects.

Aug 2019 - Apr 2024


Multi family housing Solar Decathlon Design division, 1st Place

As a classwide team we competed and won the Multi-Family Category of the Solar Decathlon (U.S. Department of Energy) Design Division. I was personally involved in the energy aspect of the project, going beyond net zero and helping the team achieve energy surplus.


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