Gian Villarruel

Gian Villarruel

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Always striving to be a person and designer. I consider myself a thinker, problem solver, team player, hardware-junkie, an architectural devotee, and always a creator. It is about taking that idea in your head and transforming it into something real. Design is about the work you are willing to put in.

I have a strong technical understanding of 3D modeling and rendering software, including AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Rhino, V-Ray and the entire Adobe suite, along with a passion for progressive technology such as 3D-printing and real-time rendering. I learn quickly and work efficiently while cultivating my own creative ambitions as a designer. I am fond of using sustainable solutions that encourage a synergy and mindfulness to the people and values of each environment.

I have had the advantage of working hands-on through the design and construction phases of projects by way of school assistantships and internship. I am fluent in Spanish and have worked in corporate marketing before studying Architecture. I also have degrees in both Studio Art and Film & Media, making me familiar with different aspects of the design world and always open to further develop my skills.



Allen + Killcoyne Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Work on a diverse range of projects that include retail, corporate interiors, high end residential, gyms, facade retrofit, building design and institutional work. The firm is involved in both sustainable and passive house design. The projects are varied in scale and offer opportunities to design, detail and manage the construction of projects.

Aug 2019 - current

Labo Design Studio, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Proposed and created new designs and presentation documents for client review, including detailed plans, construction drawings and 3D model renderings that were innovative, contemporary and practical for high-end developments.

Nov 2018 - Aug 2019

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), New York, Department Associate

Department Associate | (2016-2018) | Worked closely with the heads and faculty of the RISD Architecture Department in managing architectural content and other graphic projects. Organized, researched and created content for The Weekly Exchange, the department's weekly newsletter sent out to all architecture students, faculty and alumni.

Design-Build Internship | (Summer 2017) | BEB Build Box Workshop - Collaborative semi-permanent outdoor workshop constructed for the use of studio testing and material storage space. Coordinated hands-on experience designing and constructing under a budget. Included a re-design of the concrete seating area and barrier facing the street.

Assistantship | (Summer 2016) | SouthLight Performance Center – Focused primarily on outreach and the funding initiative during the final construction stage of this performance venue designed by RISD students for the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island. Working with community leaders, reaching out to sponsors and handling media.

Jun 2016 - May 2018


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, MArch, Architecture

Developed architectural concepts using principles that embraced art and design. Producing within a thoughtful and reflective process that drew from material, social, technological and cultural programs that promoted community and diversity.

Sep 2015 - Jun 2018


Alpha Rho Chi, Award

Showing an affinity for leadership, performing willing service for the department, and giving promise of real professional merit through attitude and personality.


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