Michael Villegas

Michael Villegas

Philadelphia, PA, US



Hello, my name is Michael Villegas / @mikelasvegas. I am a designer, artist, and problem solver from Pennsylvania who works creatively to unify big picture concepts with finely crafted details through simple and refined aesthetics. From music to architecture, graphic design to photography, technology to fitness, my passions are as diverse as my personality.


D2 Groups, King of Prussia, PA, US, Design Coordinator

• leads design of commercial architecture, interior, and signage projects over $1M
• collaborates closely with design director to set in-house architectural standards
• researches applicable codes and ordinances to offer viable responses to RFPs
• provides flexible solutions that maintain quality while notably reducing job cost

Apr 2016 - current

Freelance, Creative Strategist

• reinforced brand identity and created visual media for CASA, a national nonprofit
• generated prints, wireframes, and web assets for a range of clients and projects
• conducted site analysis and produced conceptual models for 750 SF hair salon
• offered consultation services involving strategy, aesthetics, and copywriting

Jun 2010 - current

Minshara, Harrisburg, PA, US, Musician & Producer

• performed and interviewed on live TV, iHeartMedia radio, and Vans Warped Tour
• wrote, produced, and released two 5-track EPs, 10-track LP, and music videos
• curated and managed all social media content and physical merchandise

Dec 2010 - Dec 2016

AP Williams, Harrisburg, PA, US, Architectural Designer

• utilized AutoCAD and Revit to document both steel and wood frame construction
• led design of a 30,000+ SF office building, 15,000+ SF fitness centers, and more
• implemented graphic standards, produced renderings, animations, and models

Mar 2012 - Oct 2015

DIGSAU, Philadelphia, PA, US, Junior Designer

• established first successful prototype for “Parklet" pilot program in Philadelphia
• contributed to designs of dormitory, dining hall, office, and hospitality projects
• completed drawings, infographics, study models, and programming diagrams

Apr 2011 - Sep 2011

TU Snowboard Club, Philadelphia, PA, US, Graphic Designer

• assumed leadership responsibilities for a 200+ member organization
• developed website, blog, promotional material, and apparel design

Sep 2008 - May 2010

TU Wood Shop, Philadelphia, PA, US, Shop Supervisor

• demonstrated and promoted proper shop use and tool safety standards
• explored various model building and woodworking techniques

Jan 2008 - May 2010

HABS/HAER, Amboy, CA, US, Draftsman

• composed technical drawings of historic structures for US Library of Congress
• displayed aptitude for time-management and self-management

May 2008 - Aug 2008


Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2005 - May 2010

Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2009 - May 2009


Hard Rock Cafe Hard Rock Rising Finalist, Other

Won 2 out of 3 round performance based competition in Philadelphia, PA.


Musikarmageddon Winner, 1st Place

Won 4-round performance based competition in Wilmington, DE.


Warped Tour "Battle of the Bands" Finalist, Other

Selected to perform on Ernie Ball Stage at 2014 Warped Tour in Camden, NJ.


2010 AIA Henry Adams Medal, Award

Temple Architecture top-ranked student graduating with the highest GPA in 10 previous studio courses.


2010 Bachelor of Architecture Award, Award

Temple Architecture top-ranked student graduating with with honors and highest scholastic average in the Bachelor of Architecture Program.


Da Vinci Thesis Prize Nominee, Nomination


Diener Brick Thesis Award Nominee, Nomination


ARCC Graduation Award Nominee, Nomination


2008 Vitetta “Best and Brightest” Nominee, Nomination


Rosen, Harry Scholastic Tyler Award, Scholarship


2010 John Stewardson Competition Finalist, Nomination


Gleason, Jewell & Rutherford Award, Scholarship


1st Place Portfolio Design Winner, 1st Place


Temple University Full Tuition Scholarship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization