Raquel Vega

Raquel Vega

Mexico City, MX

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Seeking an early urban planning professional, passionate about urban design, improving safety and walkability, community engagement, analysis and mapping with a background architecture design and construction management.


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

* Coordinate directly with the general contractor on residential and commercial projects in NYC
* Communicate via email, video/phone calls and in person meetings with clients, architects and in-house crew throughout all phases of the project
* Assist with bid estimates, document site conditions for status reports, draft/design architectural permit sets, compile interiors specifications, send change order invoices
* Curate visual and written content for company website:

Mar 2017 - current

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

* Supported planning division in administrative task and assisting developers, residents, business owners and building professions with questions related to municipal code, land use, general map and other local regulation for purposes of new build or renovation construction
* Shadowed planning manager in open-plan-review on new affordable housing proposals and accessory dwelling units, and attended meeting with residential developers and architects
* Checked architectural plans for ordinance compliance with general map, land-use and zoning

Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

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

* Spent ( 2 ) summers assisting GC specializing in structural concrete and steel structures in NYC
* Sketched existing site conditions and measured multi-family residential units, vaulted sidewalks in Manhattan, drafted working drawings and modeled structural connections for penthouse additions in SoHo & Midtown
* Drafted post-construction plans and elevations of a 3-story custom home with structural steel pulleys, residential elevator, ADA ramps and in-garage van turntable for increase mobility
* Responsible for attending stakeholder meetings with building managers and site supervisors
* Coordinated project goals with welders, carpenters, and demolition crew,
Organized efficient sizing cuts for steel I-beams, Manhattan penthouse 

Jun 2016 - Aug 2018

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

* Prepared project bid estimates, designed and organized scheduling for fabrication, delivery and installation of radiator enclosures for mid/high rise commercial and other commercial and residential architectural sheet metal projects
* Coordinated with GC's attended subcontractors weekly meetings documented existing site conditions and supervised installation of field mechanics

Feb 2015 - Oct 2015

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

* Created technical drawings and placed dental casework systems and workbenches for GSA contracts in hospitals, in addition, public/private dental universities and private dental laboratories
* Prepared accurate detailed cost estimate breakdown and specifications for casework and lab equipment using Lisp dynamic Autocad Blocks and MS Access

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

* Measured existing conditions of residences and businesses for renovations
* Drafted existing site conditions in plan and elevation, in addition to proposed mechanical, electrical and plumbing plans, diagrams, and structural details
* Participated in open-plan-review with city planners and architects at the building department

Jun 2007 - Jan 2008


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 - Aug 2021

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.

Feb 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.

Feb 2010 - Jun 2010

Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL, Art and Design

* 3D Art - clay, ceramics, and found art projects
* Digital 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 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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