Acosta Design Studio, Houston, TX
Aug 2016 - Present
Principal Designer, Owner
We work directly with architects to provide on-demand support in all aspects of the architectural process, from zoning & code research and programming to schematic design, design development and construction documentation drafting. We cultivate longstanding relationships with the architects and designers we work with, enabling them to take on a larger volume of work without ballooning overhead costs.
Our streamlined rendering process takes Revit or Sketchup models and delivers detailed and texturally rich renderings in a variety of styles, showing viewers the possibilities of your project.
We work with our clients to deliver high quality branding and design services including the creation of logos, style sheets, print materials, illustrations, album art and custom hand lettering.
Perez, APC, New Orleans, LA
Oct 2013-Aug 2016
take projects from schematic design through construction: experience in case study and white paper research, programming, space planning, building and site design, zoning, code, life safety and ADA considerations, design development, construction documentation, detailing, specification writing, agency reviews, bidding, contracts, and construction administration (including submittal and rfi reviews, change orders, and punch lists).
manage client and consultant relationships
sustainability director: spearhead implementation of sustainable design initiatives, coordinate consultant and design team work as Living Building Challenge and Living Community Challenge ambassador.
project types: planning, mixed use development, residential development, housing authority projects, hospitality, resilience and post-disaster rebuilding, historic renovation, government facility, office, retail.
Manning Architects, New Orleans, LA
Oct 2011-March 2013
Architectural Designer / Graphic Designer / Marketing Associate
space plan according to applicable zoning, codes, and structural restrictions.
execute schematic building and site design and design development.
directly manage client relationships and present design implementations.
provide final building documentation.
manage graphic identity of firm in all in-house and public media.
provide graphic design services to clients (logos, print media, digital media, large-scale installations).
provide 2D and 3D graphics (both digital and hand-drawn) for client presentation and project representation.
format and manage content for RFQs, RFPs and awards submissions.
research economic forecasts and apply results to annual marketing plan.
involved in cultivating the cultural and public identity of the firm/office
Dreiling Terrones Architecture, Inc, Burlingame, CA
Jun 2005 – Aug 2009
Produced as-built drawings from site measurements, attended and assisted in client and DSA meetings, executed independent research for design-phase projects, digitally drafted construction documents, hand drafted and rendered for project schematics.
Participated in site visits, on-site measuring, punch lists and walk-throughs with contractors, consultants and owners.
Developed graphic design layouts for publication and in-house materials.
Answered phones, coordinated in-house and outsourced printing and mailing.
Cataloged and maintained materials, document and file libraries.
April 2010 - Aug 2016
- design solutions, drafting, fabrication
- branding, logos, web layouts, print materials, apparel, album art
- promotional photos, studio portraits/headshots, events, travel, land and cityscape photography
LEED Green Associate
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Bachelor of Architecture, 2010
La Magia Institute, Rome, IT
Urban Design Studies, Fall 2008
Fluent: Swiss-German, German, English
Conversational/Proficient: Spanish, Italian
Design: Sketching; Drawing; Painting; Hand Rendering; Model Building; Furniture
Computer: Revit, AutoCAD, Chief Architect, Sketch-Up, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator CS6, Microsoft Office Suite
Media/Fabrication: Physical/Digital Modeling; Graphite; Inkwash; Watercolors; Photography; Casting; Wood & Metal Working; Digital Prototyping