Nivine Perez

Nivine Perez

Chicago, IL, US

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I am a Chicago based designer interested in giving back and designing for a purpose. I approach every project with a fresh perspective in order to innovate, create something brand new while making a positive impact. I devote time to researching, analyzing and experimenting in order to find the best possible solution. I have worked as a designer in Chicago, Cairo, and Tokyo.

I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I earned my Master of Architecture. While studying architecture, my work developed with a great sensitivity to the natural environment, designing not only for people, but for the plant and animals in which humans share the world with. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Purdue University where my emphasis was in sculpture and ceramics. 



Eastlake Studio, Chicago, IL, US, Technical Coordinator

• Participated in every phase from conceptual design through punch list­. Manage and build
construction documents, design drawings, conduct code analysis and life safety drawings.

• Managed and schedule client meetings,, organize and deliver design presentations, coordinate
scheduling and budget with engineers, contractors, and furniture dealers.

• Conducted analysis of existing site conditions, programming requirements, design activities,
construction administration and obtaining permits.

Oct 2016 - Jun 2017

Field Museum, Chicago, IL, US, Exhibition Designer

• Lead designer for award-winning natural history exhibition projects ranging from 900 to
8000 sf. Contributed to museum wide design projects including exhibition proposals, interior
design of the museum, and landscape projects.

• Supervised construction and installation of projects from start to finish. Responsible for making
quick on-site decisions providing any technical and design solutions for staff and contractors.

• Contributed creative and functional solutions to meet tight budgets while influencing new design
techniques and approaches through complex digital modeling and fabrication.

Jul 2012 - Oct 2015

IA Interior Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Designer

• Collaborated closely with architects, designers, and project managers to prepare, organize and
generate 3D models, presentation drawings, and renderings for weekly client meetings.

• Created construction drawing documents and managed multiple finish and equipment
schedules. Produced floor plans, elevations, ceiling details, and wall sections.

• Selected fabrication techniques, materials, hardware, finishes and furnishings­ and managed
finishing, architectural component, and equipment schedules.

Mar 2012 - Jul 2012

Living IN, Cairo, Egypt , Designer

• Conducted research of the current Egyptian housing market to broaden the methodologies
and approaches of design team through the identification of community building themes.

• Brought forth critical thinking and conceptual studies for a residential project located in a new
development outside of Cairo. Communicated ideas through hand sketching, physical model
making and digital rendering.

Oct 2010 - Mar 2011

Sou Fujimoto, Tokyo, Japan, Intern

• Fabricated highly detailed architecture and topography models from plan, section, and elevation
drawings for conceptual study and client presentations.

• Envisioned radical mountain living concepts to contribute to the conceptual study of a new city
development located in China.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

While studying architecture, my work developed with a great sensitivity to the natural environment, designing not only for people, but for the plants and animals in which humans share the world with.

Jun 2007 - May 2010

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts and Design

Aug 2001 - May 2006

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