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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Ernesto Vela 2012


  • Title: Associate
  • Company: Dattner Architects
  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

Family: Married
College: BArch. Cornell University, 1996; Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, 1990
First job outside of real estate: Dishwasher
First job in real estate or allied field: Model maker at the IBI Group in Vancouver, Canada
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Civic architecture and planning ranging from housing to transportation, schools and urban infrastructure. Working at various scales with a focus on well-crafted buildings that are sustainably responsible. Always looking to the future as to how we integrate new technologies within both our products and working process.
Hobbies: Painting (canvasses and the occasional wall)
Favorite book: “Posthumous Papers of a Living Author” by Robert Musil
Favorite movie: “Nights of Cabiria”
Person you admire most (outside of family): Le Corbusier… seriously, How did he do it all?
Key to success: Work collaboratively. Great ideas belong to all of us.
If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? Printmaking