SELECTED RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
Wasco Farmworker Housing | Bakersfield, CA
Designer for a 226-unit Green Point Rated affordable multi-family development over 17 acres that features a child development center, community center and medical clinic.
The Beacon | San Diego, CA
Designer for 44 studios of affordable permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals.
Vincent Rivera joined M.W. Steele Group to combine his passion for social improvement with the wide variety of firm projects centered on building community. With more than 10 years of project experience ranging from K-12 education, healthcare, residential, and a variety of public and private buildings, he brings a wealth of construction details and designing to the shared knowledge of the firm.
While simultaneously working on his MA in Interior Design from California State University Fresno and Master of Architecture from New School of Architecture and Design, he worked as a drafter honing his knowledge. His interest in community and walkable streets led him to work for a historic preservation architect as a Job Captain on residential and commercial projects. There he discovered the importance of architecture at a neighborhood level and the character it brings to a community. He also volunteered with the North Park Historic Preservation Society as a member of the Board of Directors and is very active bringing the ideals of health and community in his current neighborhood of City Heights. Past activities included hosting and organizing Park(ing) Day activities and neighborhood potlucks; building and installing a sidewalk library; designing signage for a neighborhood pocket park, and creating a public bicycle air pump station.
Vincent contributes to the firm’s philosophies with his desire to work on projects with social and environmental causes and his belief that beauty is in the details as well the big picture. When he is not at the office, he can be found working in his garden or on his house with his dog, Oso. You will often find him educating staff on our newly implemented composting program he organized - he keeps us honest, green, and constantly composting.