Hi, my name is Clara Catoggio. I’m an architect born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I got my architectural degree. Currently, I live in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Architecture is my passion, and I consider myself a designer first.  I’m mostly interested in the architecture that implements design technologies to create spaces that embrace and harvest education, healthcare, environmental issues, and social relationships.  As a creative and hardworking person, I'm always in constant pursuit of knowledge. And so, I seek involvement in an enriched workspace where I can learn more about these aspects and develop as a well-rounded professional. I believe great design comes from collaboration and teamwork, and I consider myself a flexible individual who can lead, be part of a team, and work independently.

 

In my free time, I’m investigating and learning about parametric and biomimetic design.  I’ve always been interested in biology and been amazed by nature’s design. I always thought most of the solutions to our design problems lie there, and the fact that there is a branch of knowledge that is dedicated to this motivates my passion for design and architecture even more.

ABOUT ME

EXPERIENCE

2018 - 2020

Freelance Architectural Designer

2011 - Current

Architectural and Interior designer of ADUs in Los Angeles, CA. 
In charge of concept design, SD, DD and CD phases. In charge of Plan check and permit process. Involved in RFIs during CA phase.

Freelance Graphic Designer, illustrator and digital artist.

Preliminary ideas for clients meetings. - Logo and branding. - Illustrations, and digital artwork. - Invitations, banners, guest books, and more for events. 

2015 - 2017

Amado Cattaneo Arquitecto - amadocattaneo.com.ar -

Junior Architect

Involved in the construction documentation process for high-end residential homes (DD and CD phases): floorplans, sections, elevations, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing plans, enlarged kitchen and bathroom detail plans, custom made millwork and ironworks,  formwork plans for reinforced concrete, equipment and finish material schedules.
Responsible for all interior design projects and the overseas projects (they did not go through) (SD phase): Car Rental Outlet in Las Vegas, USA, and an extension for the Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix, USA.

2012 - 2015

Centoira Galeria de Arte - Art Gallery

Graphic designer, secretary and saleswoman in an art gallery in the neighborgood of recoleta, the arts district of Buenos Aires.

2020 - Current

Urban Architecture Lab - ww.u-a-lab.com - Los Angeles, CA - Architectural Designer/Project Lead

Project lead for mixed-use multifamily projects. Working directly with the PA and PM in all phases of design (Concept design, SD, DD, CD, and CA). From 3d modeling, concept design to construction documentation and coordination with 
consultants/owners/clients. 
Revit Model lead/owner: in charge of 3D modeling, involved with Revit families/templates/worksets and more, main drafter producing accurate and detailed construction documentation (main and enlarged plans, code diagrams, details, etc.) and team manager of other drafters assisting the project. 
Involved in coordination meetings with consultants and clients, assisting PA/PM and creating exhibits to complement them.
Involved during Plan Check phase providing responses requested by the city Plan Checker.
Intermediate knowledge of the California Building Codes, Accessibility Codes, Cal Green Codes, and the GA-Fire Resistance Design Manual.
Flexible when adapting to the office’s software standards and involved in the process of making these more efficient per PA/PM’s needs. 

EDUCATION

2012 - 2018

Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

6-year Architectural Degree program - GPA 8.50/10
National Licensing enabled

1999 - 2011

St. Andrew’s Scots School. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bilingual Bachelor with Natural Science Orientation. GPA 8.70/10. International Baccalaureate Diploma and IGCSE exams.

Top 10 students of the graduating class.

Honors: Prefect of Performing Arts & House Captain.

Directed by the design professorship of Red 3 (UBA) and Rois (UR).

Landscape - Universidad de BsAs & Universidad de Rosario.

2015

Directed by the architects: Carolina & Mariana Quiroga and Santiago Wood from UBA, and Leandro Artigala from the firm Point (NYC).

Microarchitecture, Urban Parasites - BsAs & NYC - Bienal de Arquitectura - Universidad de Buenos Aires

2015

WORKSHOPS

SKILLS + LANGUAGES

AutoCAD

Revit

Sketchup 

Rhinoceros

Lumion

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

Microsoft Office

Bluebeam

English - Oral and written fluency
Spanish - Oral and written fluency
French - Basic Level

Intermediate knowledge on:

California Buidling Code,  

Cal Green Code

GA-Fire Resistance Design Manual

CONTACT ME

claracato@gmail.com
 
+ (310) 592 6368

 

Los Angeles, CA
 

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