Juan G. Benavides

Juan G. Benavides

Los Angeles, CA, US



Architect with 7 years of experience in the US and Colombia in a great variety of project types, sizes and clients.  Currently in the US doing post-completion OPT.


P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Architect

 Staff Architect involved in projects ranging from Massing FAR studies for possible commercial development to residential design.
 Development of construction details.
 Research and preparation for RFQ/RFP package proposals

Sep 2013 - current

UNION TEMPORAL ROJAS CUBILLOS BENAVIDES, Bogotá, CO, Legal Representative - Co-Principal

 Equal share associate of architects Angélica Rojas and Marco Cubillos in an ad hoc association for the fulfillment of a contract acquired through open public architectural competition to design a public school, including structural, electrical and hydro-sanitary projects, budget and construction schedule as well as acquiring the permits and licenses necessary for the execution of construction.
 Main supervisor of the execution of designs during construction.
 Partner in charge of contract follow up after completion of construction.

Mar 2013 - current

Juan Benavides - Independent Practice, Bogotá, CO, Principal

 Participation architectural competitions independently and in ad hoc associations
 Design Consultant
 Construction supervision
 Free-lance work supporting other architects and offices.

Feb 2009 - Sep 2012


 Architect in charge of resolution of construction issues related to design, Wall sections, Shop drawings and schedules for Windows, doors and construction details.

Apr 2011 - Sep 2011


 Staff architect with a focus in Design development, Wall Sections and Construction Drawings and Details.
 Staff architect for architectural competition.

Mar 2010 - Apr 2011

Angélica Rojas Gracia (ACTIVARQUITECTURA)., Bogotá, CO, Architect

 Staff Architect with an emphasis on technical coordination, wall sections, construction details, budgeting and construction scheduling.

Feb 2009 - Jul 2009

CONSORCIO AQUATRO, Architect Doris Tarchópulos, Bogotá, CO, Studio Director

 Architect in charge of the design and urban planning coordination. Architect in charge of construction documents for the public space.
 Architect in charge of coordination of landscape architecture and lighting projects

Sep 2008 - Feb 2009

EXACTA-PROYECTO TOTAL, Architecture Department, Bogotá, CO, Architect

 Architect in charge of design and coordination of urban planning and integration of structural and landscaping projects. (Project: Playa Manzanillo)
 Preparation of presentations before clients and prospective investors (Project: Playa Manzanillo)
 Other responsibilities: Graphic Design, schematic design for Laundromat franchise Pressto.

May 2007 - Sep 2008

Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Centro de Extension Academica CEA, Bogotá, CO, Design Architect

 Architect in charge of Architectural Design, Technical Coordination (Structural, Electrical, Hydro-sanitary) and architectural coordination of any educational infrastructure assigned by the head of the Studio of the Project Director
 Updating the Educational infrastructure Project Data Base.
 Project Evaluation according to the standards and indicators set by Bogotá’s Department of Education (SED).
 Preparation for refurbishment proposals.

Jan 2007 - Apr 2007

Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Centro Inter Facultades CEIF, Bogotá, CO, Architect

 Architect in charge of proposals for the refurbishment and betterment of laboratories in the main campus of the National University of Colombia in Bogotá.
 Architect in charge of revision, evaluation and diagnostic assessments of buildings with laboratory facilities in the main campus of the National University of Colombia.

Oct 2006 - Dec 2006

Shalom Baranes Associates, PC, Washington, DC, US, Inter Architect

 Assistance in urban and architectural design. CAD support in 2D and 3D. Model making. Graphic Design. Photographer.

Aug 2005 - Aug 2006

University of Maryland College Park - School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, College Park, MD, US, Designer

 Member of ad hoc interdisciplinary team developed by the school of architecture for the entry of an architectural competition with a strong focus on sustainable architecture.
 Presenter before the community and the Washington D.C. Major’s Office

Jan 2005 - Apr 2005


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Emergent Systems, Technologies and Media

1 year, 3 term post professional program that awards a Master's Degree in Design Research Studies with a focus on the effects and consequences of recent developments in the areas of software, fabrication, animation and presentation in design.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

2 year, 4 term (including thesis) professional degree in architecture with strong emphasis on tectonic issues, design practice and urban design considerations. Also awarded a certificate in Urban Design.

Sep 2003 - Aug 2005

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO, Bachelors, Architecture

5 year, 10 term program (including thesis) Bachelor of Architecture that awards a professional degree in Colombia.

Feb 1996 - Sep 2001

Areas of Specialization