Stephen Olivarez

Stephen Olivarez

Secaucus, NJ, US



My drive to become an architect stemmed from a desire to create something that would outlast me. As I have grown in my experiences, this desire has evolved. While I still strive to develop lasting designs, I have also realized the potential to create designs that not only last, but also can positively impact the livelihoods of others. Through my studies and research, I have discovered how much this tenant aligns with the humanistic design approach. I strive to be apart of a hardworking team using my skills to help create architecture that will change the way people think about and see the world.


Michael Graves Architecture & Design, Princeton, NJ, US, Architectural Designer

· Develop and maintain a complex REVIT model for a 600,000 Sq. Ft. office building
· Operate as BIM Manager to coordinate a complete, detailed design and construction model
· Collaborate with consultants to ensure clear, accurate project deliverables and drawings
· Actively evaluate and provide technical design input to programming needs
· Construct visual diagrams and digital graphics for meetings and presentations
· Perform construction administration duties including reviewing submittals, RFI’s, and shop drawings
· Manage REVIT standards and templates for projects throughout the office

Jun 2015 - current

FZAD Architecture & Design, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

· Managed multiple projects, including residential and commercial, from budgeting and scheduling
to development and construction
· Coordinated work of consultants and suppliers to ensure project goals are met
· Facilitated on-site walk-throughs with GC’s to ensure design intent appropriately executed
· Generated schematic, design development, and construction drawings and specifications in
compliance with project scope and design intent
· Analyzed and interpreted zoning, accessibility, and life safety code procedures and requirements
· Presented and communicated verbal, written, and visual concept design elements to clients
· Constructed digital renderings, models, and sketches in close collaboration with project staff

Apr 2014 - Jun 2015

Illinois State University - Office of the Provost, Normal, IL, US, Civil Service Assistant

· Created digital presentations and documents used in high profile meetings
· Provided assistance to supervisors by drafting reports and creating spreadsheets
· Managed and updated multiple calendars and databases for senior staff
· Assisted in the coordination of projects, meetings, and conferences
· Enhanced communication skills through interactions in a collaborative team environment

Jun 2013 - Feb 2014


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

3 years of design studios.
1 year study abroad in Versailles, France program.
Classes in mechanics and statics, theory of concrete, theory of lighting and acoustics, and mechanical and HVAC.
3 Years of architectural history classes.

Aug 2009 - May 2013

Areas of Specialization