Biography

Nopales, Oak, and Ferns - the flora of places I have rooted in, uprooted from, and grown. Hailing from Brownsville, TX, a Hispanic-majority border-town, I slowly found my talents within architecture, my conscience in social responsibility and my joy through art. After completing a B.Arch at Rice University in Houston, TX, I had my first full-time internship at NBBJ, forever sealing my fate to the great Pacific Northwest. I now work with a small 8-person design firm in Pioneer Square. While architecture happens with every mouse click, trace paper crumble, and tak-tak of keyboard, I am also refining my art, my activism, and my many crafts.

When I'm not doing design, I live for foggy summers, biking, RPGs, puzzles and bare feet.


Education

Bachelors of Architecture
Rice University, May 2012

Bachelors of Art in Architecture
Rice University, May 2010


Work

Artist/Writer
from August 2015 to Present
Null/Thread/Press
Seattle, WA 98102

Indie comics about urbanism, magic, feminism, cultural identity and everything in between.

Designer
from February 2013 to Present
Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects  240 Second Ave S, Suite 450
Seattle, WA 98104
www.sklarchitects.com

Project Manager for house remodels/additions, TIs and DADUs. Architectural staff for high-production SD, DD and CD phases for school, library and mixed use projects, including design review documents, feasibility studies, fundraising material and proposals. Writer, graphic designer and manager of marketing material for social media, website and pamphlets.

Designer
from August 2010 to July 2011
NBBJ
223 Yale Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
www.nbbj.com

Architectural Designer involved in DD and CD phases of courthouses and hospitals in California, including interiors package, graphic design, and client review-related deliverables. 


Skills

Computer
Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhinoceros, Sketch-Up, Manga Studio, Procreate, html & css (basic)

Craft
sewing, knitting, woodwork, pattern-making, paper and wood architectural models, charcoal, gouache, graphite, storyboard, comics, books and zines

Languages
Spanish (native, fluent)
Javascript (elementary)

Social
advocacy, fundraising, social media, marketing, research, "guerilla" art, informational diagrams, data visualization, zines & graphics

Interests
density, urbanism, bottom-up design, environmental justice, sustainability, racial and social justice, queer justice, infill development, community, microhousing, zoning reform, accessibility, education, storytelling, nonfiction through comics, character design, feminism, texture, autobiographical story, magical realism, gay and trans rights, mass transit, bicycle infrastructure, and more


Activities

Artist (2015 - present)
Short Run 2015, Exterminator City 5, VanCAF 2016, Exterminator City 6  [Next up:  Short Run 2016, EUZine 2016]

Volunteer and Activist
Capitol Hill Renter's Initiative
[website]

Volunteer/Designer (2014,2015)
Seattle Design Festival
[website]

Graphic Coordinator  (2008 to present)
OwlCon
[website]

Artist (currently on hold)
907: End of the Road