Julia Fidelis

Julia Fidelis

New York, NY, US

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As my background, I was born in the USA but grew up and studied in Brazil. I have received my bachelor in architecture in 2016 at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), a renowned architecture school in Brazil. In my third year, through a federal program, I had the honor to be selected for a one-year academic program in Madrid, Spain, at the University of Alcala de Henares.

I’ve been working in New York for the past four years at an architecture and interior design firm. I have worked mainly with interior design projects for high end buildings in the city , both commercial and residential. Being part of a small team gave me the opportunity to learn a lot and grow fast. Since the beginning I was given vast responsibilities, and was able to have big input on the development of each project. Therefore, I have vast experience on every project step: from design concepts, design development, bid and filling phase, to shop drawings and construction management. I am also the one responsible for the presentation’s graphic design, renderings and 3D modeling of almost every project in the office, as well as some marketing campaigns.

I also have significant practical work experience back in Brazil, as I worked for almost a year as an architect in an interior design office and did part-time internships in architectural firms since 2013, and in Brazil the internship programs are not just in the summer, but all-year round. Therefore I have experience in interior design, urban planning and graphic design.

Besides the office, I have been improving my skills by taking courses and looking for accreditations that I believe will help me to deliver conscious designs. In 2020 I focused on becoming a WELL AP and at the moment I am studying to achieve my LEED AP. I am also interested in getting my architect license in NYC, which I have already submitted the requested experience hours.

Now, I am looking to make a change by joining a more diverse team and, hopefully, being able to positively impact people’s life. I have the hunger to grow with a company that inspires me, at the same time that it challenges me. I want to collaborate with a team, and also learn from it.


Specter DeSouza Architects P.C., New York, NY, US, designer

During my time in New York, I have been part of a small team working mostly with interior design projects for both residential and commercial buildings. With this studio, I have had the opportunity to execute all project phases, encompassing concept and design development, bid management and drawing filing, together with overseeing projects through the construction phase. Wearing many different hats has allowed me to grow quickly and acquire versed capabilities in both creative areas as well as detailing and management.
project types: lobbies and mailrooms, lounges, playrooms, health-clubs, office designs, test fits, retail storefronts, and more.

Mar 2017 - current

Bel Castro Architects, Rio de Janeiro, BR, junior architect

After receiving a degree in architecture and obtaining licensure in Brazil, I was hired by a design firm to join a team responsible for residential projects. Working primarily with single-family residential projects, I developed skills to maintain positive, professional relationships with clients while interpreting and satisfying their requests. projects: residential and commercial projects.

Feb 2016 - Sep 2016

Def Projects, New York, intern

Interested in working on larger scale projects, I joined a medium-size office team, focused on urban design projects and research. I was initially hired to contribute to the development of a green corridor along a river in Rio de Janeiro. After completing this project, I was kept on the team to investigate master plans, allotments, and legal projects for the city hall of Rio de Janeiro.

Sep 2014 - Jan 2016

Studio MK27, São Paulo, BR, intern

During a break from university coursework, I made a move to São Paulo to join the graphic design team of one of the top architecture offices in Brazil; Studio MK27 owned by Marcio Kogan. The vast portfolio of the office provided me diversified experiences in project presentation, as well as technical practice in image preparation and website production.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Flávia de Faria Architects, Rio de Janeiro, BR, intern

Once available time was made in my university schedule, I was invited to work in the office of Flávia de Faria, a professor at UFRJ. In this setting, I was made a part of the design concept team where I was responsible for detailing and presenting 3D physical, as well as digitally rendered models.

Dec 2013 - May 2014


UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BR, BArch, Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism

Apr 2010 - Mar 2016

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, ES, BArch, Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013


Ópera Prima Award, Nomination

in progress


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