Michael Vega

Michael Vega

New Orleans, LA, US



Experienced Architect with demonstrated skills in Sustainable Design, Design Research, Project Management, and Construction Administration.  10+ years of well-rounded experience with a focus on educational, healthcare, and performing arts facilities, but also with experience in multifamily residential, government, and hospitality designs.  Self-driven innovator in the latest technologies, including Revit, Dynamo, AutoCAD, digital fabrication, and aviation, both manned and unmanned. 


Grace & Hebert Architects, New Orleans, LA, US, Licensed Architect / Project Manager

Practiced architecture:
Managed multiple projects in various phases from conceptual design to construction.
Met with clients, contractors, and code officials.
Flew a drone as the office's licensed commercial remote pilot.

Mar 2018 - Nov 2018

HMS architects, New Orleans, LA, US, Architect

Practiced Architecture:
Designed buildings,
Produced Construction Documents,
Coordinated with engineers,
Calculated downspouts & gutters,
Calculated acoustics
Integrated formulas for maximally efficient building layouts,
Researched code compliance,
Performed Construction Administration,
Reviewed submittals and shop drawings,
Held construction progress meetings,
Documented existing conditions,
Produced Renderings.

Helped lead office Revit implementation:
Developed time-saving tools & techniques for design and documenting,
Developed many families for use,
Helped develop the template for projects,
Solved technical problems as they arose,

Maintained office website:
Developed innovative site coding infrastructure to encourage easy and continual updating,
Managed search rankings,
Transferred all projects to the new system,
Maintained and added new projects as they arose
Repeatedly updated/refreshed entire website layout & design,
Started office blog,
Started office Flickr page,
Started office Youtube Channel,
Kept blog, news page, and project pages continuously updated,
Produced marketing materials,
Fixed implementation problems as they arose,
Created a revised office intranet.

Jun 2008 - Mar 2018

Ford | Dickinson Architects, Baton Rouge, LA, US, Architectural Intern

Produced construction documents,
Produced renderings,
Produced website to communicate with owner,
Participated in design charrettes.

Feb 2008 - May 2008

SmithGroup, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Intern

Aided in production of construction documents,
Produced architectural models, both rough massing and detailed final versions,
Produced renderings.

Feb 2007 - May 2007


Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, with Honors, including Sophomore Honors Distinction
Community Design and Architectural History Minors
3.595 Grade Point Average
Chancellor’s Student Aide / Out-Of-State Tuition Waiver
Dean’s List

Aug 2003 - May 2008

Areas of Specialization