I Am AIA:
Pepe Valle AIAExpand
Pepe Valle is an exceptionally skilled technical architect with a flair for interpreting, organizing and coordinating project team assignments. With his rigorous attention to detail and facility with new technologies, Pepe has implemented several key process improvements. He provides guidance and leadership in preparing comprehensive design development documents, paying careful attention to schedules, budgets, quality control and sustainable building practices. He provides technical leadership and mentorship for the whole architecture and interior design team.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
Throughout my career I’ve relied upon AIA for professional development and inspiration. The AIA has helped me to understand architecture in the broader context of the community and to appreciate the power it has to change people’s lives for the better. The AIA has provided me with the tools, support and encouragement I needed to bring my best to my chosen profession.
With 17 years of experience and a particular passion for the technical aspects of architecture, especially in times of exponential technological change, I feel I’m now in a position to offer something in return. I would like to invest my passion, experience and expertise in helping other professionals build the knowledge and tools they need and in helping the AIA continue to shape the dialogue about how architecture can make our towns and cities healthier, more inclusive environments for all.
What is the value of AIA to you?
Education, guidance, connection and resources.
Throughout my career the AIA has been the most important source of education for our profession. The diverse aspects of education ranging from contracts, to community awareness, to health, sustainability and social responsibility provides an essential holistic context for the importance of what we do. Guidance comes in the form of best practices, knowledge sharing and providing the tools we need to do our work well. Connection is about finding support and networking with a broad range of people all active in the same industry. Design and architecture is a super small world. I’ve met people here in Seattle who I worked with in Dallas. We are a very close community in that way. The variety of resources from economic, environmental, technical and social have been very influential in my career.
What relationships have you created?
I’ve met many colleagues and friends through multiple events related to the AIA. We are a close community and I’ve met colleagues at AIA events in Seattle who I worked with in Dallas. The professional reputation of the AIA and my association with it has helped build trust and respect with clients and made it easier for me to demonstrate confidence and competence in front of clients and colleagues alike.
What project are you working on now?
I work on most of the projects in our office depending on the needs and scope. Currently I’m working on a hotel, a mixed use building, and helping with QA/QC review for several other projects.
The hotel I’m working on has been a particularly challenging technical project. It will be the catalyst for the regeneration of Redmond town center and a critical focus for guest and resident activity. This project has been particularly complex throughout the whole design process. It went through multiple stops, starts and iterations and there have been management changes within the teams of all parties involved. Despite the challenges we’ve worked hard to stick to the original project schedule and have had to make a lot of critical decisions to keep things moving. Despite the challenges we are now ahead of schedule by about 10 weeks.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
I’m an architect, I help create spaces.