Oscar Ontiveros

Oscar Ontiveros

Cudahy, WI, US



Art in all its shapes and forms are what bring joy to my everyday life. Whether it's in architecture, food, photography, music or actual art itself. Architecture however was always my dream. When I was younger my father would describe to me how awesome it was to see students carrying floor plans in a storage tube. I wanted to achieve that very goal. 

The philosophy and training that I received at the Andrews University School of Architecture is one that I have come to appreciate even more over time. Learning the true craft of traditional architecture and urban design has helped me to understand the reason for a sense of place and what is worth loving and what is not. The execution of traditional, beautiful and sustainable architecture is what I hope to achieve. Ultimately, it is all about relationships. Buildings, cities and squares all help shape the way humans interact with each other. To master the execution of such a craft will be my ultimate, life-long journey. In terms of architecture, for me personally, if it is not beautiful it is not worth loving. 

I'm originally from Chicago, Illinois. I recently married my beautiful wife Emely this past summer and have been living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since then. I'm ready for the next chapter in my life and am working diligently toward achieving my goal to become a professional and work in an architecture firm.  



CSD Structural Engineers, Milwaukee, WI, US, Revit Designer

Execute technical design of structural steel engineering with Revit (Building Information Modeling). Responsibilities included drafting and detailing of structural systems using Revit (BIM) software: foundation/steel/roof plans, cross sections, X-Bracing, CMP’s, platforms, stairs, sections and details, schedules, 3D modeling and overall drawing sheet layouts.

Oct 2018 - Jun 2020

ADVANCED FOOT & ANKLE OF WI, Milwaukee, WI, US, Clerical/administrative

Handle clerical/administrative duties as needed. Position requires the task of insurance data entry along with patient demographics. Scanning, faxing and filing sensitive documentation. I was fortunate enough to be trained in performing podiatry X-Rays.

Nov 2015 - Sep 2018

EDWARD HOSPITAL, Milwaukee, Patient Transport

Transported patients to and from all areas of the hospital via stretcher or wheelchair. Transported various items/equipment throughout the hospital according to departmental policies and protocols.

Apr 2014 - Jul 2015

REDSPEED ILLINOIS, Lombard, IL, US, Phone Representative

Responded to calls in regards to vehicle violations acquired via surveillance technology. Extensively used company software along with Microsoft Word & Excel.

Jul 2013 - Jan 2014


Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Chicago, IL, US, Member

Became a member of the ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter as a means to acquire continued education in the realm of classical architecture. Joining the ICAA is primary for educational advances and networking in regards to the classical tradition.

Feb 2018 - current

Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI, US, CAD & REVIT (BIM)

Introduction to the use of AutoCad 2018 and Revit 2017. I enrolled in these two courses specifically to continue my education and supplement my degree in Architecture. The ultimate goal is to keep increasing my skill set and attract future opportunities.

Jan 2018 - current

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, US, BArch, Architecture

"Students at Andrews University are asked to consider architecture as a craft which can shape our material culture through the studied application of accumulated skill, knowledge and understanding. The program generally seeks to integrate technical and aesthetic knowledge in the making of artifacts, the decorative arts, buildings, cultivated landscapes, urban form and public art. Students are challenged to be guided by the principles of durability, purpose and beauty as they make choices in material, design and methods of workmanship. The emphasis on craftsmanship informs architectural design within the entire studio curriculum, but has also shaped a rich culture of drawing, rendering, model building and furniture making at Andrews University."

"The Andrews University School of Architecture & Interior Design is a NAAB-accredited program located in southwest Michigan. Students can pursue a Master of Architecture professional degree or the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. Architecture at Andrews University is taught within the context of a Christian mission. The School is one of only two fully accredited schools of architecture to be found within protestant Christian universities in the United States.

The curriculum at the School of Architecture & Interior Design is centered on principles which promote craft, civil communities, service and Christian values. All design studios and core courses are organized to build on each other to provide the student with a rich and coherent learning experience. The design studio lies at the heart of the curriculum and offers a venue for theoretical discussion, constructive critique, and application of skill and knowledge. Students are asked to integrate technical and aesthetic knowledge throughout the curriculum, where hand-drawing serves as a primary medium for the training of architectural thought. Professional review of student work, study tours to precedent-setting places and hands-on application are valued as indispensable parts of architectural education at Andrews University.

Throughout the educational process, students are challenged to base architectural decisions on thoughtful and learned criteria, including the body of knowledge found within vernacular and classical traditions. Ultimately, the School of Architecture & Interior Design seeks to prepare students to serve as conscientious citizens and able professionals."

Aug 2005 - May 2009

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