Raul Chavez

Raul Chavez

Mexico, MX

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I am Mexican architect, I studied in Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. I graduated and obtained my degree in 2011 and I obtained my architect professional license in Mexico City on 2012.

During my first job at Arquitectura Experimental S.C I developed design skills. I participated in the 2010 Venice Biennale creating the video, which documented the design and fabrication process of the art installation “Enjoy the View” - I also participated in the 2012 Venice Biennale, I developed the 3D model for the art installation “CONTRAposición” pieza-de-casapublica-en-la bienal-de-venecia/-. I also participated in the digital manufacturing of a 191,059 square feet parametric facade for the Mexican department store Liverpool, through a computational design that controlled more than 6,000 panels, according to sunlight conditions -

A turning point in my career took place when I worked at Liverpool Department Store; during this time, I learned how to use BIM technologies. I further developed this skill when I worked at FR-EE, where I developed the framework for BIM projects; this framework enabled the office to establish a quality standard for both the design and construction process, through the analysis of data and the coordination of all components of the project. Currently, I am working for a US construction company that has recently expanded their operations to Mexico; this new job has developed my construction skills, interlacing my technical knowledge in software with the construction process.


Magleby Construction, Tijuana, MX, Project Architect

My current job at Magleby Construction requires me to develop a project using BIM technologies. My job is to take a design from an architect firm and develop the documentation required to receive a construction permit from the issuing authorities and then, to provide the documentation necessary to build a project.

Job Responsibilities
· Develop a project from a design development to a construction document phase.
· Create and maintain a library with construction details
· Review and correct projects until they receive a construction permit.
· Respond to RFIs during construction process.
· Participate in the development of MEP models.
· Provide assistance and training for new employees.

Oct 2016 - current

5TF, Torreón, MX, Project Manager

5TF is a company dedicated to interior design, furniture manufacturing and interior construction. Working in 5TF I have been in charge of developing the project management framework, including the required processes, formats and templates.
I have also been working as a project manager, taking projects from the conceptual design phase through the final construction.
I have also been assessing the possibilities to develop furniture systems, that can help projects to achieve LEED® credits and prerequisites, by evaluating possible materials and construction systems.

Job Responsibilities
• Develop conceptual design
• Develop design processes
• Manage construction processes
• Establish a project management framework
• Assess the feasibility of incursion on LEED projects

Nov 2014 - Oct 2016

FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, Mexico, MX, BIM Architect

Working in FR-EE I developed the framework for BIM projects, which included a Technical Handbook with the process to be followed in other to work in such projects and the templates which enables to implement particular needs of the office and allows consultants to work outside the office and different architects inside FR-EE simultaneously in the same file.
I also take projects that are considered complex, either by it scale, its geometry or its context; and contribute to enrich the design process.

Job Responsibilities
• Create the framework to develop BIM projects
• Review BIM projects to ensure compliance with quality standards
• Work on BIM projects with large scale and/or complex geometries
• Create bridges to link geometries between BIM software to NURB software
• Participate in the design process where scripting or visual programming is needed to develop parametric architecture

Oct 2013 - Sep 2014

LIVERPOOL SA DE CV, Mexico, MX, Project Chief

Working in Liverpool Department Stores I coordinated the activities necessary to make remodelings of the different departments, my work focused in the development of construction plans and paper work necessary to obtain internal and authorities permits.

Job Responsibilities
• Coordinate all departments to develop construction plans
• Manage authorization process within internal departments
• Review budgets
• Develop a specification letter for the legal department to obtain authorities permits
• Follow construction process to ensure the work is been done correctly

Jun 2013 - Oct 2013


During the time I worked at Arquitectura Experimental I participated in the 2010 Venice Biennale; creating the documentary video for the design and production process for the art installation “Enjoy the View” -, in the 2012 Venice Biennale; translating the ideas from a design team into a 3D model driven by a script that mapped Mexico City information, for the art installation contra(POSICION) - and on the digital manufacturing of a 191,059 square feet parametric façade for a Mexican department store, creating a Grasshopper definition that modified a modulus according to lighting conditions, creating a 3D model and generating construction plans-

Job Responsibilities
• Work on design team
• Create scripts to solve design problems
• Ensure progress toward the completion of the projects
• Monitor construction phase to ensure quality standards
• Optimize designs to comply with a budget
• Make and review final budget
• Review other designers plans and make corrections

Sep 2010 - Dec 2012


Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Santa Fe, Mexico, MX, BArch, Santa Fe II

The main purpose of the academic program at Universidad Iberoamericana is described in the following statements:
• Analyze habitation problems in different cultures, and solutions given in its time and space.
• Propose a sustainable architecture adapted to the cultural, urban and natural environment.
• Understand the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials, technologies, tools, procedures and construction systems and apply them with an ethical perspective.
• Apply the basic principles of management in its planning methodology and the evaluation and control systems.
• Know and apply the official regulations governing the construction and the procedures required, as well; the rights, obligations and responsibilities in the workplace.

Jan 2005 - Dec 2010


Concurso Barragan Intervención Urbana, Honorable Mention

It was a competition for Casa Barragan Foundaition at Mexico City, which aimed to create an urban connection between the World Heritage House and the near by subway station "Constituyentes".


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