James Nalepa

James Nalepa

Chicago, IL, US



I have completed the three year Masters of Architecture program from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Also, I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.

I would like to pursue an architectural career that can assist me with additional skills and further assist my design education.  I am proficient in AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 4.0, Sketchup, Vray Rendering, Adobe products (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Word, and Digital Fabrication Procedures.



Charles Vincent George, Naperville, IL, US, Intern Architect

Nov 2012 - current

!ndie Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Designer

Composed and illustrated design proposals for Denver City Park Reimagine Play competition. Duties included computer modeling and drafting line drawings for final presentation.

May 2012 - Jul 2012

DiaMoo Productions, Wheeling, IL, US, Personal Assistant

Lead scenic design for documentary film production including erection of set, technical organization, media management; a national non-profit anti-bullying campaign recognized on NPR, Yahoo, NBC and 40 additional news/entertainment sites.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

America Printing, Wheeling, IL, US, Print Shop Assistant

Worked in team environment to complete major deadlines. Specializing in the organization of materials for distribution.

May 2007 - Aug 2008


University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Topics in Architecture Theory (ARCH 520)
Topics in Architecture Technology (ARCH 522)
Professional Practices (ARCH 544)
Architectural Design III (ARCH 553)
Architectural Design IV (ARCH 554)
Architectural Technology III (ARCH 563)
Architectural Technology IV (ARCH 564)
Architectural Topic Studio (ARCH 565)
Research Seminar (ARCH 566)
Research Studio (ARCH 567)
Architectural Structures II (ARCH 574)
Architecture Theory & History III (ARCH 585)
Architecture Theory & History IV (ARCH 586)

Aug 2010 - May 2012

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

Design Foundations: Visual (ARCH 105)
Design Foundations: Physical (ARCH 106)
Building Design I (ARCH 205)
Building Design II (ARCH 206)
Architectural Analysis (ARCH 251)
Modern Architectural Theory (ARCH 252)
Building Science I: Ethics (ARCH 359)
Building Design Studio III (ARCH 365)
Design and the Environment (ARCH 371)
Building Science II: Technics (ARCH 360)
Building Design Studio IV (ARCH 391)
Design & the City (Arch 372)
Professional Practices (ARCH 414)
Comprehensive Studio (ARCH 465)
Structures I: Statics (ARCH 470)

Aug 2006 - May 2010


Schiff Foundation Fellowship Nominee, Nomination

The Schiff Foundation recognizes 5 student projects from the UIC M. Arch program to promote critical thinking and writing skills among advanced students of architecture and related fields


AIA Chicago Award in Architecture Nominee, Nomination

The AIA Chicago Award in Architecture is a juried competition of student projects completed during the 2011-2012 school year. Recognition is given to recognize and promote the pursuit of design excellence in architecture.


Selected Exhibitor, Year End Show, Other

Selected to display book from studio research, "Export>Import"


Talent Tuition Scholarship, Scholarship

Multiple semester recipient of scholarship from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Winners are chosen based upon current student academic work.


Selected Exhibitor, Year End Show, Other

Selected to represent design studio and display modular screen wall titled, "Haze"


Areas of Specialization