Karisa Vargas

Karisa Vargas

Santo Domingo, DO





Karisa Vargas | Design Studio | designing globally, Global, Founder / Principal

Small and independent creative studio offering architectural design and graphic design services.

Jan 2019 - current

JDJ Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Interior Architect / Project Manager

Worked with JDJ full time for about three years, became design lead and thrived at developing successful space plans that where approved for construction and increasing business.
-Space Planning
-Design Palettes and Boards
-Client Presentations / Meetings
-Site Visits
-Construction Drawings

Sep 2016 - Jan 2021

IA Interior Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Designer

While working at IA I was able to gain experience in large scale comercial projects. Tasks included: Brainstorming conceptual design ideas, preparing unique design presentations, multiple test fit development, finish palette and schedules, and all aspects of construction documents.

Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

Contemega, Santo Domingo, DR, Junior Architect

-Assisted in design and construction documents for commercial and luxury residential projects.
-Assisted engineer with onsite management of projects.
-Assisted in all phases of design. Software platforms utilized include Revit, 3d Studio Max, Adobe CS4, and AutoCAD.

Aug 2009 - Jul 2013


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

-Phenomenology and Architecture (Thesis Research).
-Adaptive reuse project research.
-Patented furniture design.
-Collaborate design of the SAIC 2014 Fashion Show runway.
-Seminar of Architecture by Architect Toyo Ito.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2014

Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, DR, BArch, Architecture

-International workshop of Interior Design with the Architect Mario Cucinella. Eco Design, light projection.
-International workshop of Architecture with the Architect Jack Sansili.
-Seminar of Architectural Design Concept with the Architect Rafael Alvarez.
-Seminar of Architecture for the XXI century, talk by The Architect Richard Moretta.
-Disaster relief projects with the Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban, in coordination with the universities of Harvard and Cornell, at the city of Pourt au Prince, Haiti.

Sep 2006 - Nov 2010

Altos de chavon, La Romana, DR, Graphic Design

-Advertising pamphlet design and flyers.
-Design of corporative identity.
-Design and layout. (Magazines and books)

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006


Presidential Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization