Roni Abona

Roni Abona

Chicago, IL, US



Innovative and detail-oriented architect and urban designer with over six years of experience in the field of architecture, including more than two years as an urban designer across United States. Possess Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design; knowledgeable in all aspects of design solutions in integration and implementation of architecture projects in built environment with background in strategic urban design, landscape design, architectural design, interior design sustainability analysis and programming leading an integrated design process. Working toward becoming a licensed architect in the USA through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Multilingual in English, Arabic, and Aramaic.



Antunovich Associates, Chicago, IL, US, AIA Associate, Intern Architect and Urban Designer

Jan 2013 - current

Independent Contractor, Austin, TX, US, Architect and Urban Designer

 Spearheaded the New Sub-Division project in Hutto, Texas; participated in meeting with the city representative.
 Provided assessment on client’s needs, opportunities, and constraints; established sustainable goals for the project; and developed and reviewed client’s design standards and guidelines.
 Ensured the preparation of ArcGIS maps; conducted site analysis; assessed environmental conditions related to project; performed city and Building Codes, SmartCode reading and interpretation; zoning; master plan development and review.
 Developed Buildings Typology, residential plans, public realm design, along with open spaces and landscape design.

Apr 2010 - Aug 2012

Baghdad University, Baghdadi, IQ, Assistant Lecturer

 Rendered support to professors in terms of advising, critiquing, and grading the projects of students.
 Oversaw the application of architectural exhibitions, meetings, conferences, architecture-related certifications, and exams.
 Assumed full accountability in educating students on architecture core courses, including construction drawings, building construction methods, architecture design studio, and AutoCAD courses.

Nov 2005 - Aug 2008


 Provided expert oversight to multi-scale projects that include residential, hotels, interiors, and rehabilitation.
 Streamline the schematic design documents; prepared presentation materials such as models, renderings, and drawings.
 Organized meetings with clients in order to discuss first drafts and schematic design proposals; review programs; establish a vision and goals for the project; and revise drawings and renderings.
 Prepared information regarding structure; conducted construction documents; coordinated construction documents (e.g., architectural, structural, mechanical, civil, electrical); researched, selected materials and specifications.
 Conducted site visits to compile measurements as necessary to process shop drawings and submittal.
 Actively participated in negotiating phase and handled bid documents including addenda.
 Maintained coordination with engineers and architects; Respond to Requests for Information (RFI).

Jun 2001 - Sep 2003


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, Masters, Urban Design

Aug 2008 - Dec 2011

University of Baghdad, Baghdad, IQ, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2003 - Aug 2005

University of Baghdad, Baghdad, IQ, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1996 - Jun 2001


Fulbright, Scholarship


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