Jorge Bouffier

Jorge Bouffier

Houston, TX, US



I am a designer and graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at Rice University. I also hold a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. During my academic career, I gained professional experience working at Shigeru Ban Architects in Paris, France, and Bercy Chen Studio in Austin, Texas.

I believe that good design is the best that way our society can have a positive influence in our environment. I am passionate about nature and draw inspiration from the many relationships that humans have had in the past with their environment. I believe that our society needs to continually renovate its habits and customs in order to adapt to the changing environment, and I believe design can be the most effective way to instigate change in the proper direction.



Shigeru Ban Architects, Paris, FR, Competition Group Intern

Submitted winning design for Hafencity Water Towers Competition in Hamburg, Germany. Worked on the competition entry for a footbridge over the Peripherique of Paris. Managed construction documents for the headquarters of Tamedia Co in Switzerland. Assisted in the design proposal for a 30,000 sq ft pavilion for Google’s headquarters in California

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

Grupo Concord SA de CV, Mexico City, Development and Construction Intern

Collaborated in the design of a four-star hotel at the CostaBaja development in La Paz, Mexico. Analyzed construction documents to verify for consistencies and accuracy. Provided analyses and cost estimates for different projects ranging from refinancing construction loans, valorizing land, restructuring sales schemes, and developing new projects. Analyzed logistical challenges involved in CostaBaja’s bid to host the 34th America’s Cup

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, Department Tutor

Tutored undergraduate students in the Properties & Behaviors of Engineering Materials class. Organized and led group reviews and discussions. Administered class grades and assignments through the university’s BlackBoard system. Graded homework assignments.

Jan 2009 - Dec 2009

Bercy Chen Studio LP, Austin, TX, US, Intern

Achieved enhanced communication between the designers and the interns through software effectiveness and efficiency testing. Learned new programs and communicated the knowledge with the designers. Implemented a better method of transmitting files: facilitated the transition of 3D Vectorworks computer files into the Maxwell rendering software. Drafted and detailed architectural plans. Performed graphic design of documents. Assembled presentations and proposals that directly represented the firm. Rendered and enhanced images for architectural projects. Verified consistencies between mechanical, structural, electrical, and architectural elements on drawings.

Jun 2008 - Dec 2008


Rice University, Houston, TX, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Margaret Everson-Fossi Fellowship nomination for best project in graduate studios
Rice University Scholarship Recipient
CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology) Scholarship Recipient
John Crowder Memorial Traveling Fellowship Recipient

Aug 2010 - May 2014

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, Bachelors, Architectural Engineering

Engineering Scholar
University Honors
EIT (Engineer in Training) Certification
TAMS Scholarship Recipient
Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business

Aug 2005 - May 2009


TAMS Scholarship, Scholarship

Tuition assistance given to Mexican students based on both need and merit.


Margaret Everson-Fossi Fellowship, Nomination

Fellowship given to the best project in Rice School of Architecture's graduate studios.


Rice University Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship given upon admission to students of high promise.


CONACYT Scholarship, Scholarship

CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology) scholarships are awarded to students with high academic merit and promising career paths in the sciences and technologies.


John Crowder Memorial Traveling Fellowship, Award

Traveling fellowship from Rice University awarded to student with the strongest proposal.


Engineering Scholar, Award

Recognition for students with GPAs in the top 5%