Mario Cruz

Mario Cruz

Chicago, IL, US



A seasoned professional with broad experience and business acumen resulting from managing new and rehabilitation of, institutional, commercial and residential projects throughout career. Experience in City of Chicago Building Code and the Illinois Accessibility code. Hands-on, results-oriented professional adept at successful architecture and design project development and management, identifying problems, defining solutions and implementing new processes and procedures. Extraordinary background of construction experience in US and Mexico. Successful track record of ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with clients, management and industry professionals. Skillful in interior and architectural design. Proven ability to prepared detailed drawings of architectural designs. Proficient in the use of Revit  Architecture, Structure & MEP (BIM), Auto Cad Architecture, Chiefarchitect, Corel X6, Sketch UP, 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Showcase, Excel, Word, Power Point, Adobe Premier and  Photoshop to create exceptional presentations and 3D illustrations. Fully bilingual: English and Spanish


LAM Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Oversaw a team of architects and engineers delivering a full concept of interior and exterior design of several kinds of projects. Supervised the implementation of building codes and required permits. Collaborated to enhance client relations taking an active participation in decision making in order to satisfy client’s requirements. Preparation and supervision of construction documents. Review architectural documents for potential conflict with all disciplines. Applied expertise and technical skills to create sketches, models, renders and architectural presentations.

Jun 2008 - current

Fox & Fox Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Architect Designer

Worked in the Delivering of design and construction documents for Institutional and commercial Buildings. Develop design ideas and create design presentations. Generally act as the leading individual contributor and coordinator of design problem-solving.

Feb 2008 - May 2008

Eduardo Proenza Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Worked closely with client and users from the earliest stages of a building project start with developing ideas with the client, to make sure that projected designs match their needs and are sustainable, functional, safe, economical and aesthetically pleasing. I usually control a project from start to finish and work with a number of construction professionals, including surveyors and engineers, producing drawings that the construction team works too.

Jan 1995 - Dec 2007


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Master in Architecture

I dressed principles of design concepts, materials, construction, systems, planning, history and visual judgment which are fundamental for development of the creative process. The curriculum was progressive with required core coursework offering foundation knowledge, skills and vocabulary, while upper-level study seeks a broader understanding of architecture by combining theoretical exploration with practical considerations.

I culminate the program in an independent Masters Project which demonstrates excellence in design with a final product that is environmentally conscious, socially responsible, and technologically advanced. My Masters Projects are grouped into areas of focus that include but are not limited to: sustainable cities, building delivery practices, community based planning, history and theory, advanced technologies, housing and urban design, high rise typology, and cultural institutions.

Sep 2007 - May 2009

The Pachuca Institute of Technology, Mexico, MX, BArch, Bachelor in Architecture

I acquire a highly structured curriculum provides solid foundations for:
- architectural practice, including studio work;
- structural and mechanical engineering, math, and physics;
- art and architectural history;
- housing and ecological planning.

During my architectural studio, I pursued independent, comprehensive, applied-design projects in collaboration with senior faculty and practicing architects.
I had been well prepare to achieve a portfolio of more advanced projects during the fourth and fifth years that will demonstrate my professional competence and strengthen with employment opportunities.

Jan 1998 - Jan 2002

Areas of Specialization