Project Coordinator

Ismael Vela

  • Associate AIA
Ismael Vela, Project Coordinator

Ismael Vela graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2019, where he received his Bachelor 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. He 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.


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago

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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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