Raquel Vega

Raquel Vega

Chicago, US

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Junior Urban Planner based in the Los Angeles area with a background in architecture design with experience including architecture products manufacturing trades and construction in Chicago, LA & NYC.

Passionate studying the relationships of cities in their metro areas and using research, diagraming and mapping to investigate solutions for complex urban issues.


Mike's Home Solution, GC, Brooklyn, Architectural Design + Project Management Consultant

+ On-site project management for residential and commercial environments, including exhibition / pop-up projects.
+ Finalized BID packages, reported on daily work progress, and invoiced clients.
+ Produce web content and curated photos (
+ Photographed final product.
+ Drafted 2D CAD design drawings and 3D models for client approval.
+ Succeeded to spice up construction services with architectural processes.

Mar 2017 - current

Community Development Department, Montebello, CA, US, Planning Intern

+ Review construction proposals comply with zoning and general map.
+ Approve permits requiring planning approval over the counter.
+ Communicate requested changes via email for initial planning review approval.
+ Review issues relating to set-backs, allowed number of dwelling units, lot coverate, parking requirement, fencing, traffic flow, aesthetics and other Title 17 planning requirements.
+ Provide customer service at counter and on phone inquiries on land use, and code enforcement.

Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

Cardone Concrete, Queens, NY, Structural Drafter/Construction Project Manager

+ Produced architectural + structural detailing for steel and structural concrete projects for vaulted sidewalks and high-rise additions.
+ Documented existing site conditions: sketched, measured + photograph.
+ Attended client meetings

Jun 2016 - Aug 2018

Accurate Specialty Metal Fabricators, Middle Village, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager

+ Developed architectural + shop drawings for the manufacturing of sheet-metal projects, on convector enclosures for commercial installation in Manhattan.
+ Attended GC's contractor progress meetings on high-rise projects.
+ Coordinated schedule of projects with field super + shop foreman.
+ Monitored progress throughout project installation.
+ Met + followed up with clients in field to deliver product samples & sealed bids and assed metal fabrication needs.
+ Documented field conditions sketches & photographs
+ Provided estimates for bid packages
+ Updated and modernize business stationary + set up new graphic standards

Mar 2015 - Oct 2015

DentalEZ dba NevinLabs, Chicago, IL, US, Facility Planner

+ Quickly became one of the leading drafters sharpening speed and accuracy in AutoCAD and in product estimating.
+ Organized programmatic flow for new construction and renovations of dental laboratories for large public & private institutions.
+ Utilized technical knowledge of dental laboratories and equipment to produce accurate plans, elevations, MEPs and product specifications, and 3D SketchUp models.
+ Provided detailed cost breakdown of all components required for metal casework and equipment.
+ Ensured satisfactory collaboration across different departments and with clients.
+ Fine tuned implementation of new quoting software with IT department remotely to integrate AutoCAD Lisp programming with MS Access quoting system.
+ Updated marketing material and product specification documentation.

Mar 2013 - Jul 2014

PRL Glass Systems Inc., City of Industry, CA, Manufacturing CAD Designer

+ Collaborated with marketing manager, IT, CEO and other designer to produce graphic content for website
+ Consolidated product images for website from photographs, 3D renderings, formatted existing images of all relevant components for shower doors, railings, glass entrances
+ Customized product specification information for customer download by with technical data to fit PRL products specific requirements of placement, clearance, etc.

May 2010 - Oct 2010

Yung Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Architect’s Assistant

+ Drafted building plans, elevations and MEPs for new construction and renovations, projects included residential, retail spaces, beauty salons, and restaurants, in addition to home porch/deck redesign.
+ Measured existing conditions, clarified plan with clients.
+ Independently managed simultaneous projects.
+ Presented architectural drawings projects to zoning department and open-plan-review at city hall
+ Partnered up on projects as recently as Summer of 2015.

Jun 2007 - Jan 2008

Cedicci Interiors, Chicago, IL, Architectural CAD Designer

+ Created as-built drawings for hospitality, residential, and commercial renovations
+ Liaison between real estate developer, building engineer and construction foreman to discuss design proposals and review the progression of projects
+ Proposed design alternatives for corporate suites, and created fence railing systems and main entrance for a condominium, and wrought iron decor for windows and entrance of hotel

Aug 2006 - Mar 2007


CUNY - Hunter College, New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Planning + Policy

Covering the most important issues confronting urban areas in the modern age and created real-world projects with clients directly related to housing, transportation, sprawl, global warming and sea-level rise, resource consumption and other environmental and social issues. Course taken include "Land use, people and the environment," "Governing the City," "Urban Data Analysis," "Research Methods," "Cartographic GIS Studio," "Participatory Planning & GIS," "Urban Design Theory," "East Harlem Waterfront Planning Studio," "Environmental Review," "Transportation Planning," etc.

Sep 2015 - current

Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles, CA - Online, Project Management

PMP Prep and PMOK Guide online program.

Nov 2013 - Jul 2014

Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Visual Studies

Strengthened visual communication skills through enrolling in:
Drawing, Color & Design, and Watercolor Painting I/II. Studio artist internship with Ann Thiermann, landscape painter.

Mar 2012 - Dec 2012

Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA, US, Architecture

Architectural BIM Design (Revit) - create architectural plans using revit & AutoCAD Architecture.
Parametric Modeling (SolidWorks) - Design models and plastic molds for 3D printing.

Mar 2010 - Jun 2010

Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL, Art and Design

+ 3D Art - clay, ceramics, and found art projects
+ Digtal Media Design - utilized Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create Digital Art
+ Advanced B&W Darkroom Photography
+ Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Jan 2009 - May 2009

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, BArch, Architecture Studies

A liberal arts education in critical architecture theory, aesthetics, functionality and other aspects of design. The program stresses an emphasis in presentation quality graphics with costruction concept, as well as, urban and envrironmental integration.

Coursework in:
Studio projects, Computer and Hand Graphics, Structural Design, Design in the City + Environment, Art History, New Orleans (re)Building (Independent Study), Industrial Design I, Graphic Design I, Photography I

Sep 2003 - Jun 2007

Triton College, River Grove, IL, Architecture

+ Architectural REVIT Drafting Fundamentals
+ Architecture Drawing and Models

Sep 2005 - Dec 2005


HMC Architects, Scholarship

$500 Award for students seeking to become Architects.


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