Nathan Solano

Nathan Solano

Chicago, IL, US

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Problem Solver.


University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Architect II, Campus and Space Planning

- Prepares detailed architectural drawings, sketches, and test-fit layouts for proposed renovations of classrooms, offices and teaching and support spaces for senior leadership through use of AutoCAD, SketchUp, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, PowerPoint, and other design tools.
- Develops furniture and preliminary space plans for office and accessory spaces to determine optimal space uses.
- Creates architectural drawings, maps and spatial diagrams to help implement the UIC Master Plan using AutoCAD, SketchUp, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and other design tools
- Coordinates with PSPM colleagues on conceptual design for new construction and renovation that ensures compliance with the UIC Master Plan

Mar 2018 - current

Grand Designs LLC, Oak Park, IL, US, Architectural Designer

- Created detailed architectural drawings approved by the architect and the city for residential and commercial projects, containing site, floors plan, MEP plans, building sections, details, and elevations using AutoCAD.
- Conducted site visits regularly to ensure the quality and adherence to standards, codes, and consistency with drawings
- Used modeling tools such as Sketchup and Rhino to covey ideas to clients.
- Conceptualized ideas based on verbal or written communication from both the client and architect via hand sketching, or computer aided drafting and modeling programs.
- Prioritized and problem solved in a fast-paced environment.
- Gained hand-on experience as well as AXP hour experience from project conception all the way through completion.
- Developed strong technical expertise related to design and construction.

Jun 2015 - Mar 2018


Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Graduate thesis focused on sustainable/passive building design

Aug 2019 - Dec 2020

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - Dec 2017

Areas of Specialization