Ismael Vela graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2019, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture, with particular interests in Big Buildings, Landscape, and Sustainable Architecture. He hopes to pursue his Master’s degree in the next few years and will be gaining professional experience in the meantime, as well as gaining knowledge of architecture through his personal studies.
Although he has worked some small side jobs and done some shadowing in Architecture, Canopy is his first official architectural job. Before coming to Canopy he worked several retail jobs where he gained leadership skills, found his sense of comradery and sharpened his social skills. Outside of work, Ismael likes to play basketball, hang out with close friends and grow plants or at least try.