Javier Velez

Javier Velez

San Diego, CA, US



I am originally from Mexico D.F. I recently graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in Architecture. I am currently looking for an entry level job in a Design/Build firm anywhere in the world; as I am not opposed to relocating if needed. Doing architecture renderings and physical models are a big interest and I put a lot of passion into what i create. My interest in architecture came from a high school architecture class and the teacher who pushed me to think about design. From there I took an internship position with Casillas+Casillas in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) and that placed me on a mindset to go after an architecture degree. Through my college experience I gained interest in architecture that values its connection to its environment; that connects with nature and revolves around sustainability. I want to further develop my understanding of structures and construction to push sustainability in my design.

I started graduate school at NSAD (NewSchool of Architecture & Design) in San Diego, Ca. 

I attended a study abroad program in London for 5 weeks in summer 2011. In which I participated in an Architecture Studio based on sustainable design. We visited numerous sites and architecture firms around the London area, as well as in Whales. Apart from those trips, I also visited Barcelona and Munich. Being in Europe expanded my vision of design and helped to push my design process further.



Plan Gator, San Diego, CA, US, Freelance

Freelance work, involving making interactive floor plans. Using Adobe Illustrator and Fireworks.
For examples feel free to check out the website

Oct 2013 - current

M.I.A Food Drink Entertainment, Oxford, OH, US, Bar Tender

bar tender, keep a list of supplies, crowd control, and various tasks in the kitchen

Nov 2011 - current

Burrito Loco Mexican Restaurant, Oxford, OH, US, Bar tender/ Host

Prefomed various tasks ranging from cleaning tables to bar tending and hosting.

Sep 2008 - Apr 2010

Casillas + Casillas, Guadalajara, MX, Architect Assistant

Shadowed and assisted a professional architect for 3 months. In that time I visited the construction site of 3 urban housing developments to understand the process of concrete building construction.

May 2008 - Aug 2008


Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, BArch, Fine Arts (Architecture)

My first year of college was mostly taken up by drawing classes; I had not applied to the architecture program and was looking to gain stronger art pieces for my portfolio. I knew I wanted to apply but I was unsure until I spend a summer working at my uncle's architecture firm Casillas + Casillas in Guadalajara, Mexico; that was the deciding factor to apply to the architecture program at Miami University.

Aug 2007 - Dec 2011


AFC Architecture drawing competition, Honorable Mention

This was a small competition set up by the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati; asking to submit a piece that depicted an aspect of architecture.


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