Company Profile and Philosophy
Guillermo Honles and Alvaro Zepeda founded Honles + Zepeda Architects in 2004, with one objective and purpose: to provide places where creativity, harmony, and nature can become one. For Honles + Zepeda Architects, design and architecture is the relationship between our environment and fundamental need of individual expression.
Since its inception in 2004 the firm has expanded to a full-service architecture firm with 5 permanent employees, and 3 consulting employees.
Honles + Zepeda Architects provide professional services in the fields of architecture and construction with particular expertise in the area of historic preservation and sustainable and regenerative studies with a strong emphasis in solar design and solar installations.
Because of the complex range of issues common to architectural projects, the firm associates with consultants in diverse fields such as architectural history, preservation technology, building pathology, building materials, engineering, real estate, and economics. When necessary assembling a team of specialists across several different disciplines, Honles + Zepeda Architects approaches problems from a wide perspective, enabling implementation of more creative, cost effective, and comprehensive solutions.
Our philosophical approach to any project is that each is unique and that solutions must be born out of careful and thorough analysis of all aspects of the building from sustainable needs to conservation requirements, program, context, budget and schedule. In the field of solar design and architecture, the design process responds to the need to document and investigate existing conditions, understand the needs and intent of the owner and craft solutions within the confines of the project. Our emphasis on working closely with the owner and carefully coordinating the work of our consultants, with whom we have long-term relationships, ensures the best possible environment for the successful completion of a project.
Guillermo Honles AIA
Principal | Architect
Guillermo Honles has been a licensed Architect in the State of California since 1993; he is also an active and continued member of the American Institute of Architects.
He received his Masters in Architecture from the University of California in Los Angeles UCLA in 1991, after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture Degree in California Polytechnic University in Pomona in 1989.
Alvaro R. Zepeda
He received his Masters in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona in 2004 after receiving his Bachelor in Architecture from Woodbury University in 1994. Since 2008 he is an Adjunct Faculty at Woodbury University School of Architecture.
Teresa Cuba comes with one of the most eclectic backgrounds. Born and raised in Lima, Peru she received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon (UNIFE) in Lima in 1995, where she graduated with honors and received a special recognition as a Magna Cum Laude recipient.
For the past 10 years she has focused on the field of Landscape Architecture, bringing a different perspective about gardens and exterior spaces. Prior to working with Vinita Pugal, she worked as a consultant for major and important landscape architects firms in Los Angeles, she has developed a sensitive and intricate view of the importance between our open spaces and our intimate perception and relationship of the built environment. Her most recent projects include the development of two theme parks in Dubai for RIVA Creative USA as well as institutional projects such as the Water and Life Museum, an award winning LEED Platinum rating building. She has also worked on major open public spaces such as Painted Turtle Camp, Tree People Center, and Vista Hermosa Park in downtown Los Angeles
Architectural Professional Collaborative
The Architectural Professional Collaborative was developed by Honles + Zepeda Architects as an alternative to close the gap between academia and practice in the architectural profession. Our main goal is to help recent graduates become better prepared to enter the professional world by working as collaborators in actual projects.
The collaboration is an alternative and enhanced methodology to fulfill the IDP (Intern Development Program), and is one of mentorship, guidance, and practical development. The joining graduates would bring a real project, and they are guided along through the process of developing and delivering an architectural project from beginning to end, under the supervision of a practicing Licensed Architect. The experience is meant to enrich and strengthen the professional growth of every graduate member, as well as to build confidence and enhance their overall understanding of the realities of the architectural profession.
The participant graduate will undertake the responsibilities of a project manager within a real architectural firm. The experience involves training in every aspect and all the phases of a project, exposing them to what it really takes to make a project of architecture happen successfully.
The process follows the guidance of the Intern Development Program established by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), were the participant is exposed to several stages of the building design and construction process:
Encompasses the initial stages of architectural services prior to the commencement of schematic design.
- Site and Building Analysis
- Project Cost and Feasibility
- Planning and Zoning Regulations
- Fees structure and Negotiations
Encompasses architectural services commencing with the beginning of schematic design and ending with the completion of construction documents.
- Schematic Design
- Engineering Systems
- Construction Costs
- Codes and Regulations
- Design Development
- Construction Documents
- Material Selection and Specifications
Project Management Phase:
Encompasses architectural services commencing with the release of construction documents and ending with the completion of construction. It includes project management activities throughout the life of the project.
- Bidding and Contract Negotiation
- Construction Administration
- Construction Phase and Observation
- General Project Management
- Practice Management Phase
Encompasses the management activities for the overall architectural firm practice. It also includes volunteer service activities for the improvement of quality of life in the community.
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For more information about participating in the Architectural Professional Collaborative please contact us.
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