US Handiss Spotlight - Robert Jimenez

Handiss Spotlight: Robert Jimenez – Architectural Designer

Robert’s experience has ranged from providing concept designs to schematic designs all the way through construction documents and project administration. Clients he has dealt with range from fortune 500 companies such as Nike, Hyundai, Ford, and Disney as well as residential clients in over 42 states. He has extensive experience in design/construction of retail stores, restaurants, commercial/residential additions, commercial / residential renovations, multi-family residential, and custom single-family residential homes.

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Q: What do you do exactly as a Brand Manager of Facility Branding Services?

A: As a Brand manager, I am responsible for the design and development of retail showrooms, restaurants, and building prototypes for Fortune 500 corporations. I have worked with Disney, Ford, Hyundai, and many others to improve their facilities as well as provide a new brand image to increase the brands recognition in its industries.

Q: What made you decide to become an Architect?

A: I always found myself stepping into different buildings throughout my life and looking around in awe of the complexity and details of how buildings come together. To me, it is amazing how all building parts come together at just the right points, and how buildings affect sites and communities around them. The way that people interact with buildings was also something I loved. I knew then that I wanted to be able to create, understand, and deliver my own buildings and designs which would impact the lives of many people.

Q: Do you seek freelance projects aside from your main job? Have you ever been involved in any?

A: Yes, absolutely. I currently work as a consultant for many different clients and ready to accept additional freelance projects.

Q: What licenses and certificates would you consider for career growth?

A: Architectural license in many states as well as certifications for Rhino, Grasshopper, and Revit are important to career growth since I believe the future of architecture consists of knowledge of BIM and parametric architecture. BIM gives architects the ability to design but also get involved in fabrication using 3D printing and CNC technology.

Q: What are your aspirations and next steps for your career?

A: I currently aspire to combine designing in the virtual world and constructing in the physical work by means of custom fabrication. This isn’t a new concept, it has been done by many world-renowned architects such as Frank Gehry. However, with advances in modern technology, these types fabrications are within reach for smaller projects. I hope in the next steps in my career to be involved from design to manufacturing to installation.

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