Raquel Vega

Raquel Vega

Queens, NY



I have developed my graphic communication skills over the last (13+) years of education and experience in a variety of media.

I am committed to completing projects to throughly and to the highest standard. Currently, I am pursuing a master's degree in urban planning, and am eager to find design solutions for the everyday urban condition.

With (6) years of architectural designer/drafter experience in various aspects of the A/E/C industry, and with just under a year of experience as an assistant project manager.

I am interested in a position that challenges me intellectually with a team that is always looking for innovated solutions, and where I feel like I am making an impact on the world's problems.

I am curious, always, eager to tackle the next challenge and find the appropriate design solutions. Areas of interest include: how integration into public spaces can activate underutilized spaces, street and public space re-design to make safer more enjoyable cities, improvement of urban public transportation systems, sustainable and regeneration of the environment to make our cities  healthy for people, and community engagement, and questions of housing affordability. 


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

· Assisted the with the sheet-metal projects, with a focus on convector enclosures
· Attended GC's contractor weekly meetings to provide project status
· Developed technical & shop drawings for both architectural and manufacturing purposes
· Coordinated schedule of projects with field superintendent
· Visited projects throughout the installation process
· Followed up with client request, deliver product samples & sealed bids
· Met new clients and assed metal fabrication needs
· Documented field conditions, with sketches & photographs
· Assisted super in field measuring
· Provided estimates for bid packages and upon request
· Tracked project status throughout fabrication process

· Updated and modernize business stationary
· Set graphic standards for technical drawings
· Introduced technological solutions for scheduling
· Suggested more efficient planning processes

Skills Used
· Graphic, Written & Verbal Communication, Problem Solving, Time management, Prioritization, Interpersonal Skills, Patience & Honesty, Assertiveness

Feb 2015 - Oct 2015

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

· Quickly became one of the leading designers in the planning department.

· Utilized technical knowledge for programming of dental laboratories to produce accurate plans, elevations, MEP specifications, and 3D Sketch Up models

· Ensured satisfactory functional and technical requirements with facility users, architects/contractors, and dealers, as well as, with internal sales and manufacturing departments

· Provided detailed cost breakdown of all components required for metal casework and equipment

· Fine tuned implementation of new quoting software with computer programmer for smoother work flow

Mar 2013 - Jul 2014

PRL Architectural Aluminum Products/PRL Glass Systems Inc., City of Industry, CA, Manufacturing CAD Designer

· Collaborated with marketing manager, computer engineer, other designers, and owner to begin to update existing company website ( by providing necessary graphics assistance

· 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

Arbor Engineers LDT, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Drafter (temp.)

· Translated the architect/engineer's sketches into CAD site plans, building elevations, sections, plans, and details for construction documents on new and existing projects

· Ensured accuracy and consistency throughout drawing sets, included making all corresponding modifications of site-specific conditions of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing details, notes, and schedules using red-lining process

· Projects included a new recycling facility, retail strip mall, and residential rehab

Oct 2008 - Jan 2009

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

· Developed detailed plans, sections, elevations and schedules for new construction and renovations of residential buildings, retail spaces, beauty salons, and Asian restaurant kitchens

· Redesigned residential wood and metal porches to bring up to current city building codes

· Presented architectural drawings projects to zoning department and open-plan-review at city hall

· Recorded existing site conditions through photographs and sketches

· Worked independently on multiple projects simultaneously up to completion

· Met with clients to discuss and review project status and performed other office duties

Jun 2007 - Jan 2008

Cedicci Interiors, Chicago, IL, Architectural CAD Designer

· Liaison between real estate developer, engineer, and contractor to discuss design proposals and review the progression of projects

· Created as-built drawings for hospitality, residential, and commercial renovations

· 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 - Feb 2007


CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Planning

Tackling the most important issues confronting cities today, such as, housing, transportation, land use, etc.
I am interested in exploring physical planning and urban design of public spaces.

Sep 2015 - current

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

Certificate program where I learned the different phases and subtopics of a project Initiate, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Control, and Closing using the PMP Prep and PMOK Guide.

Nov 2013 - Jul 2014

Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Visual Studies

To strengthen visual communication and to continue to fine tune my artistic skills, I enrolled in Drawing I, Color & Design, and Watercolor I & II

Feb 2012 - Dec 2012

Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA, US, Architecture

To sharpen my technical skill in architectural visual software I enrolled in:Architectural BIM Design (Revit) and Parametric Modeling (SolidWorks)

Feb 2010 - Jun 2010

Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL, Art and Design

After the crash of 2008, to stay active after being laided off, explore artistic interests, and to gain further design experience I enrolled in: 3D Art, Digtal Media Design, Photography I & II, Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Jan 2009 - May 2009

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

In addition to offering a rounded liberal arts education, at one of the most diverse university campuses in the country, Chicago continues to be an excellent place to study to study arts and architecture considering the critical role of of the city in the history or architecture and urban development.

The excellent staff of art and architecture professors gave priority only to aesthetics but the appropriateness and functionality of design emphasizing the development of strong graphic skills and visual presentation, basic understanding building construction and environmental impact, as well as, urban integration.

Architecture Coursework included:
Architecture Studio I, II, & III, Architecture Hand Drawing, Architecture in Computers, Structures, History of Renaissance Architecture, Design in the CIty, Design in the Environment, New Orleans Re-design Independent Study

Other Design Coursework:
Drawing, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Photography

Sep 2003 - Jun 2007

Triton College, River Grove, IL, Architecture

To supplement my architectural drawing and modeling skills, I enrolled concurrently with coursework at UIC in the following classes: Architectural Drafting Fundamentals and Architecture Drawing and Models

Sep 2005 - Dec 2005


HMC Architects, Scholarship

$500 Award for students seeking to become Architects.


Areas of Specialization