Project Designer

Ismael Vela

  • Associate AIA
Ismael Vela, Project Coordinator

Ismael Vela received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2019. Ismael shadowed at SOM and interned at Canopy before officially joining the team. Ismael’s primary interests in architecture include equitable and sustainable architecture, landscape architecture, and large-scale projects.

Since joining the Canopy team, Ismael has gained an abundance of design and technical prowess, exhibiting knowledge of city codes, sustainable and accessible practices, and proficiency in the multiple programs used to generate successful projects. As someone passionate about continuously gaining knowledge, he hopes to continue to grow and learn alongside the expertise of his colleagues and sharpen design skills including sketching, modeling, and sustainability expertise along the way.


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago



Ismael Vela, Project Coordinator

What was your first job?

Six Flags Great America

Where do you feel most at home?

Wherever my family is

What is your beverage of choice?

Love me some ice cold water

Best Halloween costume?

Jesus Christ

If you could live in another era, which would you choose?

Definitely the 70’s

One word that best represents Canopy's culture?

Comradery. Because even in the hardest of times during COVID when everyone is separated, that feeling of connectedness and unity still floats between everyone.

What music do you listen to while working towards a deadline?

I follow a playlist on Spotify called “Epic Music Battle/Intense.” It makes me feel like I’m in a race against time… which suggestively I am. ????

Dream retirement location?

My parents home town Los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

If you had to be a Star Wars character?

Probably Chewbacca

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