September 15, 2018
I was born and raised in Mexico City in a family of architects. My study of architecture began at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where I earned a Bachelor of Architecture. From there, I became a Registered Architect in Mexico. Early in my professional career, I had the privilege of working for one of the most prominent architecture firms in Mexico City, Serrano & Associates. I also served as an adjunct professor at my alma mater.
In 2002, I relocated to the United States. While I was excited about this opportunity, naturally I worried about leaving the professional life I built in Mexico behind. The transition was challenging at first, however, I was given the opportunity to work on several complex projects. These projects gave me the experience and confidence I needed to begin the testing process. I am currently an Associate and Project Manager at Shore Point Architecture, a multidisciplinary firm that has completed numerous award-winning projects throughout New Jersey.
I continue to work towards my goal to become a licensed architect in the United States and complete my exams within the year. Although the process has been quite long, costly, and challenging I am fortunate enough to have the support of my family, colleagues, and friends. During this process, I have viewed each stage as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Through my twenty years of professional practice, my Hispanic heritage has always been present. This diverse background has given me the ability to understand each project in a unique way. It brings new ideas and visions and enriches discussions and decisions throughout the process. Additionally, as an AIA Associate, I have had the opportunity to improve my skills and to engage with other colleagues and professionals in the field of architecture and other related disciplines.
I truly hope that others can relate to my unique story and will, therefore, be inspired to enter the profession.
By Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Advocacy Consultant | Posted in AIA-NJ News, Associates, Women in Architecture, Young Architects Forum | Tagged: #AIA, #AngelicaArentAssociateAIA, #Associate, #AssociateAIA, #diversity, #equity, #Inclusion, #MexicoCity, #Serrano&Associates, #ShorePointArchitecture, #Universidad Iberoamericana | Comments (0)
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