I am blessed to be from a first-generation family of Mexican immigrants. My parents settled in Denver, CO, where my father started in construction. Over the years, he taught me about the power of hard work and determination. My parents built a life for us, sharing their joy of being multi-cultural in a country where one could realize one’s dreams. Since age 5, mine was to be an architect. I attended Andrews University, studying Architecture and Urbanism at the best Adventist design program in the world. In 2008, the year I graduated. My class won the coveted Academic Charter Award from the Congress of the New Urbanism for our affordable housing design and infill projects for Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
I married my college sweetheart, beautiful Nancy, and shortly thereafter we decided to spend two years teaching English in Guangzhou, China. While in China, I was a part-time designer for the architecture firm, Zhong Jian Heng. This lead to a full-time position with DPZ Asia, a well-known urban design firm with an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Though thrilled by our adventures in Asia, we decide to return to the US after another year.
Since 2014, I have worked for the award-winning firm, Moser Design Group (MDG) under celebrated architect, Eric Moser. The projects we have built are comfortable, yet beautiful, and the work has been incredibly rewarding. Life in bucolic Beaufort, South Carolina, has allowed Nancy and I to focus on our other great passions—art, history, food, nature and culture and our son Saeed. I am very lucky and thankful to have experienced such amazing places, and to have shared them with such wonderful people.