Edgardo Vela

Edgardo Vela

San Juan, PR, US




Hapstak Demetriou, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Designer/Project Designer

+ Assist the project team in developing a project vision and design concepts.
+ Responsible for assuring the project’s vision is carried throughout all the design’s phases.
+ Create sketches and drawings as necessary to communicate the design’s intent and participate in design meetings. Design presentation materials for client meetings.
+ Act as a liaison to contractors and consultants throughout the design and construction phases.
+ Develop and manage construction documents to accurately communicate the design’s intent.
+ Coordinate architectural and consultant drawings to ensure consistency in construction documents.
+ Expedite permit sets, bid sets and construction document sets with guidance from the project manager.
+ Establish and maintain RFI log, Submittal Log, Sketches log, and project data files.
+ Attend site visits and issue construction sketches as required and manage project deadlines to assist the project manager in the construction administration process.
+ Standardize & streamline the firm's “Archicad Template” for a more efficient workflow in the project’s execution process.

Selected Projects:
+ Cava Mezze Grill | +25 stores (1500 sf- 3000 sf ) | Multiple Locations Nationwide: DC, VA, MD, NJ, NY, TX, MA Interior restaurant design build-outs and ground-up pad sites construction for a quickly nationalizing DC fast
casual mediterranean restaurant startup.
+ Robinson Landing Projects: Barca Pier (2,500 sf ), Barca (5,000 sf ), Ada’s (7,000 sf ) | Alexandria , VA
Three restaurant projects that consist of two interior design build-outs and the fit-out of two 30-foot-long shipping containers, one as a kitchen and the second as a bar, with retractable canopies above the seating areas.

Other outstanding projects:
+ The Bronx Brewery ( 5000 sf ) | New York City, NY + Lekka Burger (2,000 sf ) | New York City, NY
+ Bear Branch Tavern (7,000 sf ) | Vienna, VA
+ Pupatella | Washington, DC
+Denver Winery | Denver, CO
& more..

Apr 2017 - Jul 2020

CSA Group Architects & Engineers, San Juan ; Puerto Rico / New York City, New York, Architectural Designer

+ Developed and prepared conceptual design, schematic design, and construction documents for more than 20 residential houses that were damaged by hurricane Sandy and that are located in Staten Island, Bronx, and Queens; NY.
+ Coordinated with consultants and assisted in selecting material specifications, detail development within budget, and scheduled deadlines with project architect.
+ Verified that all projects complied with the Department of Building (DOB), ZOLA Regulations, FEMA and New York City's Building Codes and Zoning Regulations.

Jan 2016 - Feb 2017

Cividanes & Rosa Architects, San Juan, PR, US, Architectural Designer

Project: 20,000 sf Toyota Financial Center & Service Center proposal
+ Developed a conceptual and schematic design, and created a three dimensional (3D) Building Information Model (BIM) for a contest proposal of an automobile headquarters and service center that complies with the client's design standards.
+ Designed 3D renderings and wayfinding signage to comply with brand design standards.

Jul 2015 - Jan 2016


Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - Jun 2015


2017 Valentine card Competition (Archdaily) title: "What is Love", Other

My valentine card (gif) for the 2017 archdaily valentine day card competition was chosen & feature in their site article: "105 Valentines for Architects (And Architecture Lovers)".


christmas ornament competition(PUPR), 3rd Place

The purpose was to create a ornament for the christmas tree competition, The concept of the ornament consisted in: modular, sustainability and tectonic.


Areas of Specialization