Joel Freeson Carico : Architect


I am a registered Architect with over forty years of experience in the architectural profession. That experience includes a broad range of responsibilities and a broad range of projects. I have worked as a designer, project manager, site planner, renderer, draftsman and model builder. I have worked on custom homes, apartment buildings, office, retail, school, day-care, military, restaurant, hotel, medical, R&D buildings, planned communities, a columbarium, and a domed observatory. I have experience in existing site and building recordation, and historic preservation and renovation.

I was an early adopter of BIM technology and have been using it to produce projects since 1996.  I have become expert in the use of ArchiCAD by Graphisoft.  My capabilities have grown with each new version, beginning with ArchiCAD 4.1 up to the current version.  ArchiCAD is also flexible, making it a simple matter to exchange files between ArchiCAD and many other BIM and CAD formats, including Revit and Autocad.

Architecture is a collaborative process and clear communication is essential. When designing or trying to communicate initial design ideas to Clients or Colleagues, hand sketching is still the best method. There is an immediacy, an intimacy and a flow of ideas from thought to hand that cannot be achieved on a computer. But when it comes to design development and construction documents, building information modeling (BIM) is tremendously powerful. The ability to communicate with the Client in virtual 3D and to coordinate with Consultants and Contractors makes BIM an essential architectural tool.

Throughout my life I have enjoyed drawing, painting, sculpting and model building.  In recognition of my drawing and painting talents, I was one of a small group of Los Angeles Unified School District students invited to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Junior Art Center at Barnsdall Art Park.  Three years later, when I took a seventh grade drafting class at the age of twelve, I knew without doubt I wanted to be an architect.  Drafting classes continued through high school, during which time I won several awards for drafting and design.  While at Los Angeles Pierce College I won a design competition for display kiosks that were to be located throughout the campus.  After receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 1976, I transferred to the California Polytechnic State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design in San Luis Obispo.  The 1978-79 school year was spent in Copenhagen, Denmark under the auspices of the Overseas International Program in conjunction with California State University and I graduated from Cal Poly in 1980 with a Bachelors of Architecture.

Please read my resumé – review my portfolio – contact my references.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.