Ruben Valenzuela

Ruben Valenzuela

West Chicago, IL, US



Recent M.Arch graduate seeking full licensure. Interested in design, art, photography, urbanism and sustainability. Seeking to leave a positive mark on this world. 



Chipman Design Architecture, Des Plaines, IL, US, Production Architect

Assist with construction documents, permit and code research for retail projects.

Feb 2013 - current

Menard Inc., West Chicago, IL, US, Hardware Sales Team Member

Experience in customer services and sales of a variety of home improvement products.

Jul 2003 - current

Steven J. Barnes Jr. Architects, Naperville, IL, US, Architectural Intern / Freelance

Worked for a local practitioner specializing in residential and small commercial buildings. Developed digital models and renderings for the master plan of a small retail center. Developed CAD details for new residential developments. Produced renderings for the approval of a small medical building a high-end automotive repair shop.

Aug 2010 - Feb 2011

Dewberry, Naperville, IL, US, Architectural Intern

Was involved in schematic and design development phases of new designs for civic and government buildings such as libraries, police stations, and schools under the mentorship of the senior project architect. Performed initial site and scheme exploration and master plan studies through digital and physical models and prepared working CAD drawings, details, and digital renderings for later stages of design. Also helped in the development of board layouts for presentations and marketing.

Jan 2008 - Aug 2008


Judson University, Elgin, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Emphasis on urbanism and sustainability and community outreach. Elective studies in Finance and Management for Architecture, Advanced Digital Representation, and Small Scale (furniture) Design.

Jun 2011 - Apr 2012

Judson University, Elgin, IL, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Received Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the nation's only accredited architecture program in a Christian university with an emphasis on sustainability and stewardship. Was part of the school's European Architectural History Tour Summer 2009. Elective studies in Daylighting.

Aug 2008 - May 2010

College of DuPage (COD), Glen Ellyn, IL, US, Pre-Architecture

Received Associate in Applied Science Degree in Pre-Architecture with Honors. Studied basic Architectural design principles.

Aug 2005 - May 2008

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