About

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I was born in North Bergen, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Mexico and Colombia. Travel has been an important part of my life, as my family moved frequently and regulary visited relatives in different parts of the world. My family settled in the state of Texas in the early 2000’s, a place where I spent a signifcant part of my childhood.

I attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey with a scholarship, a truly formative experience, and later Syracuse Univeristy School of Architecture in New York. This decision was influenced by my father’s architectural background and my own understanding that architecture is the intersection between art and science, which I both loved to study. The dream to start a family business also led me to receive a minor in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises while at college. But it was during my thesis year that I discovered my true passion: architectural technology.

After graduation, I accepted a job opportunity in New York City with Rafael Vinoly Architects as a Junior Designer. While at RVA, I participated in the Computational Research and Design group, where I was able to research emergent technology and develop parametric workflows for conceptual design projects. I shifted my career more towards the technological side of the industry by enrolling into a computer programming bootcamp and after, worked at an AEC tech startup in San Francisco, California.

Currently, I am working at VIATechnik, a Virtual Design and Construction firm in Chicago, Illinois as a Computational BIM Specialist.