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Graphic Designer and Architecture S in Calgary

Location:Calgary, AB, Canada (Anywhere)

Education level: College/University
Education field: Architecture
Years of experience: 2 - 5 years
Attributes that best describes:
Team player
Independent worker
Strong analytical skills

I am a second year student in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Calgary. Prior to pursuing my passion for architecture and design full-time, I worked in cancer immunology since my background is in microbiology. My job also enabled me to combine my passion for design. During my time at the BC Cancer Agency I designed the new website for my research team(, and used my graphic design skills to help with our re-branding strategy. I also served as lead graphic designer for Vancouver Island's Almost Free Magazine while also working as a research assistant. I was responsible for the layout and the overall look of the magazine, as well as designing ads for clients.

As a research assistant I acted as an effective liaison between patients, clinicians, and researchers, and a keen collaborator in a large and varied team whose needs changed on a daily basis. Hence I learned to be adaptable, self-guided, and resourceful. My job required me to focus on long term objectives and time-sensitive immediate ones, and this furthermore strengthened my coordination and multi-tasking skills.

The skills I honed in my former scientific career translate well into my current role as an architecture student. I am rigorous and thorough in the work and research I conduct for each of my projects, yet equally adaptable and creative in finding solutions. Last year, I had the pleasure of learning from professor Alan R. Collyer, principal emeritus at Dialog Architecture, and under his mentorship designed a homeless shelter and bio-recycling high rise electrically powered by algae. This project allowed me to explore my passion for community service, environmental stewardship, and innovative design.

I have also translated several scientific articles from Spanish to English and taught ESL classes for graduate students, since both Spanish and English are my first languages.

Languages: English, Spanish


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