Pivoting from Civil Engineering to Architecture, Arturo’s professional trajectory developed with a stroke of serendipity. “As an undergrad at the University of New Mexico I stumbled upon the library for the arts. I went into the architecture section, and I got lost for hours in their books. I knew at that moment I had to switch my career path to architecture.”
After getting his undergraduate degree, he took a big leap and moved across the country with his family to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to joining M2, Arturo worked for a variety of architectural firms that got him involved with designing high-end residential projects and industrial facilities. His extensive experience with complex large-scale structures gave him a deep understanding of the amount of collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams and the numerous levels of stakeholder coordination that must happen to bring megaprojects to completion.
- Bachelor of Architecture, University of New Mexico, 2007
- Masters in Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
- Why architecture?
- From a very young age, I was always attracted to buildings. I was fascinated by the construction of our built environment.
- What’s your hometown?
- I grew up in a very small town in southern New Mexico. What was amazing about my experience was the free range I had as a very young child to explore the landscape around me. With a very sparse population and miles of open landscape I spent many days exploring all the space around me from breakfast until dinner.
- What can’t you live without?
- My Family! My amazing wife and our 3 beautiful children.
- What is the greatest risk you’ve taken?
- In 2009 my wife and I along with our two kids, at the time they were 2 and 4, packed our stuff and moved to Chicago. This was a big risk because we were moving here to attend graduate school without having any family here. To do this with two young kids was very challenging but all the hard work paid off.
- What are you most passionate about in your profession?
- What I love about this profession is the ability to take complex problems and turn them into real built solutions.
- What is your favorite structure?
- The New National Gallery Berlin Germany, by Mies van der Rohe. I think this building is amazingly complex in its simplicity. I think this building is one of the purest forms of architecture.
- What do you like about working at M2?
- The people at M2 have been amazing. From the leadership on down, I have encountered people that are not only great at what they do but wonderful people.