Rafael Delgado Sepúlveda

Rafael Delgado Sepúlveda

San Juan, PR, US - Willing to relocate



Certified Architect-in-Training with great skills in urban design and mixed use development, sustainable architecture and passive technologies that both enhance and complement new and existing structures. Highly knowledgeable and keenly interested in construction process, restorative and reuse design, sustainable materials, renewable energy systems, permaculture and industrial design. An analytical thinker; acknowledged for research and investigative talents, inventive and imaginative solutions, and communication capabilities. Focused, creative, and systematic in approach to problem solving.

Technology Snapshot – AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketch Up, Rhino 4.0, Maxwell Render and Microsoft Office.



Small Business Administration (SBA), San Juan, PR, US, Loss Verifier

As a Construction Analyst for the Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), Damage Verification Center - DVC in Herndon, Virginia. We are trained to respond to disaster emergencies, often within 48 hours or less, throughout the United States and its territories. During the process I conducted site damage assessments of personal, real and business property that resulted from a disaster declared by the President or the SBA. It determines the extent of the damage, calculates the cost of repairs or replacement of damaged properties and works mainly in the areas affected by the disaster.

- Determining the cause and extent of damages and methods of making repairs to residential and business structures.
- Estimating the cost to repair and replace personal, business and commercial property.
- Using computers and iPads to upload, retrieve, and complete work assignments and perform internet research.

Dec 2017 - current

Pieri and Associates Architects, Guaynabo, PR, US, Architect in Training

As a designer at PIERI + ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS, we worked on the provision of design and construction management services for a new 170,000 square foot factory, offices, warehouses and support facilities for Sartorius Stedim Filters. We were also working for the LEED Platinum certification, energy modeling, natural light modeling and commissioning services. The project is an addition to existing manufacturing facilities.

- Develop programming and design concepts for site planning, building design and interior space planning.
- Architectural design and graphic presentations, schematics, development of designs, construction plans and preparation of technical specifications.
- Develop and prepare construction documents and coordination of works and designs related to Engineers and Consultants.
- Perform code reviews to ensure that the project complies with the codes and regulations of Puerto Rico; zoning, construction, life safety, etc.

Dec 2015 - Aug 2017

Recurso Ciudad, San Juan, PR, US, Junior Architect

As a designer at RECURSO:CIUDAD, we worked on the preparation of construction documents and presentation panels for the revitalization of the coastal counties and / or the municipalities of the Island of PR, as well as other allocations of private design projects. During this process, we worked on the research and integration of innovative design materials and concepts, combining different areas of design within architecture, landscaping and interior design.

- Initial Project Conceptualization: Develop preliminary designs for the proposed project.
- Construction Documents Design: Developed construction Documents for the design of three major projects for the revitalization of the coastal shoreline. Collaborated with consultants and landscape architects in order to meet the specifications of the project at hand.
- Construction materials research: Assisted and collaborated with the firm team in the research of cost-effective construction materials and distributors.
- Presentation boards: Developed presentation boards and renders for the clients. Assisted in the presentation of the final design presentation to the clients.

Mar 2014 - Aug 2015

Adaptable Paths, San Juan, PR, US, Designer/Graphic Designer/Researcher

In collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of the south region of Puerto Rico and other private and public agencies, weconveyed an exhaustive research of its most important assets. Its purpose was to generate a document that combines written and graphic design techniques to highlight the regional assets and territorial identity of the south. In addition, we also collaborated with the development of the master plan design for two coastal regions in Isabela, a municipality on the northwest part of Puerto Rico.

- Research and Analysis: Extensive research was performed in collaboration with the private and public sector including government agencies among others to describe and consolidate the assets of the region and its potential for development.
- Graphics and Illustrations: Data analysis and generation of illustrative and graphic renders highlighting specific region characteristics to promote a cultural and socioeconomic development.
- Publishing: Assisted in the selection of graphics and renders used for publication.

Mar 2011 - Jun 2011


Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2007 - May 2009

Università di Corsica Pasquale Paoli, Corsica, France, Historic Patrimonial Studies

Studies Abroad
Coursework focused on French language, Corsican history, architecture, art, emigration, sociopolitical condition and the relationship between Puerto Rico and Corsica.
CERTIFICATE – Historic Patrimonial Studies

May 2008 - Jul 2008

Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Aug 2002 - May 2007


CSI Student Competition, Honorable Mention

Construction Specification Institute (CSI) 2007 Student Competition, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity in support of Hurricane Katrina victims. Designed eco-friendly, hurricane resistant, wheel-chair access home in elevated state with natural ventilation and illumination.


Sierra Cardona y Ferrer (SCF) and UPR Student Competition, 1st Place

Sierra Cardona y Ferrer (SCF) and UPR Student Competition for 3rd Year Architecture Students: Driven by energy efficiency, designed terrace for mixed-use property with building integrated vegetation, passive ventilation and natural illumination.


Areas of Specialization