JOLIET – Joliet Central High School alumnus Felipe I. Rodriguez (2004) was inspired to become an architect in high school and he now gets to work doing what he loves out of San Francisco, California.
During high school, Rodriguez participated in the tech prep program, allowing him to job shadow a different occupation each year. The combination of mentoring and taking vocational/technical courses gave Felipe the opportunity to connect simulated vocations to real-life practices.
After his positive experiences at Joliet Central, Rodriguez went on to study architecture at Woodbury University in Southern California, in part supported by scholarships including the Ellery Frost Memorial Scholarship, the Tech Prep Scholarship, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
He went on to complete a post-professional degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
After nearly seven intense years of higher education, Rodriguez has since enjoyed working on residential and commercial projects throughout the country’s West Coast and Midwest regions.
In collaboration with local architects, Rodriguez has worked on projects such as Family Fun Zone, Jet’s Pizza, and Azteca de Oro. One of Rodriguez’s favorite aspects of architecture is to see a project evolve from something as simple as a sketch on a napkin to a building that people will occupy.