Ricky Vega

Ricky Vega

Los Angeles, CA, US



I've recently finished my graduate studies at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. I am living in Los Angeles and looking for work. 

Personal Website


R. A. Heintges & Associates / Tishman Construction, New York, NY, US, Curtain Wall Inspector

Field inspection of unitized curtain wall components for a high profile tower in Jersey City. Intensive training and certification for construction site, suspended scaffold and fall protection.

May 2014 - current

DesignArc Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Desing Intern (Summer)

• Collaborated in creating project renders and presentation sheets.
• Surveyed dimensions for new construction project on site.
• Updated computer models of residence projects based on drawing revisions.

• Software: Vectorworks, SketchUp

Jul 2012 - Aug 2012

MODU, Brooklyn, NY, US, Design Intern (Summer)

• Led design for a New York City public installation consisting of helium-filled mylar balloons
covered with camouflage netting.
• Calculated, analyzed, and documented required physical characteristics of the balloon
structures and designed various options for installation.
• Fabricated and tested prototypes under actual physical and environmental constrains of
the venue and documented through design and construction sheets.

Software: Rhino 3D, Adobe CS6

May 2011 - Jul 2011

Kwan Henmi Architecture Planning, San Francisco, CA, US, Intern (Summers)

• Led re-design of the company’s RFP updated template and other marketing materials.
• Brochure design influenced revision of firm’s other marketing materials.
• Assisted in creating office’s projects database and delegated projects to newer interns.

Software: Adobe CS4

Jul 2008 - Aug 2009


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Current: M. Arch 3rd Year


Core Studio I Critic: Mark Rakatansky
Core Studio II Critic: Mabel Wilson
Core Studio III Critic: Ada Tolla & Giuseppe Lignano | LOT-EK
Adv. Studio IV Critic: Geoff Manaugh

Oct 2011 - current

Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD), Los Angeles, CA, US, Graduate Studies Preparation

Developed conceptual architecture systems and corresponding physical models, learned hand drafting, honed Photoshop and Illustrator skills.

Developed a portfolio of models that helped build a work sample for graduate school applications.

Mar 2010 - Aug 2010

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, History and the Visual Arts

Fine Art Studios: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing and Mixed Media.
Art History: Emphasis on Chinese and Early European art history.

Aug 2005 - May 2009


Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, Award

Awarded for the best final semester design problem in my studio, with Lise Anne Couture.


Selection: Abstract Publication 2011-2012, 2012-2013, Award

• Published studio work for Core Studio II - Critic: Mabel Wilson
• Published studio work for Core Studio III - Critic: LOT-EK
• Published studio work for Advanced Studio IV - Critic: Geoff Manaugh
• Published studio work for Arch. Tech. I - Critic: Phil Anzalone


GSAPP Nauheim Grant Recipient 2011-2014, Scholarship

Tuition scholarship to the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning.
High Pass Standing: Core Studio (I,II & III), Adv. Studio (IV), Arch. Tech. (I & II), History (III & IV)


Areas of Specialization