Victor Pascual, who is Navajo and Mayan of the Bitterwater clan born for Nakai Dine, is currently in his first year of his three and half year program in a Master's of Architecture program at the University of New Mexico. Born and raised in northwest New Mexico, just within the edges of the Navajo reservation, Victor is a New Mexico native at heart, which influenced his decision to apply to the MArch program at UNM. During his undergraduate years, he studied Visual Communications where he developed an understanding of design that would kickstart his career into the design profession. Upon completion of his B.F.A, Victor moved to the city of Seattle to pursue a career in graphic and interactive visual design and landed various jobs, including Microsoft, Starbucks and a successful design firm called G.A. Creative. His success would continue to grow as he further built his professional network and eventually launching his design practice. A primary focus of the practice was to search for more meaningful work–work that was rich in community and served purposes. His clientele included such non-profit organizations as the University of Washington, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Social Justice Fund Northwest, University of Arizona and others.
After a long stint with Seattle life, Victor decided to return to New Mexico to begin planning for graduate school and a major career shift. His longtime interest in architecture had sparked upon moving back and it became clear what he had wanted to focus on. In his free time, Victor enjoys exploring and photographing New Mexico’s historic and contemporary architecture, landscapes, and culture. He is also active within the design community and serves on the board for AIGA New Mexico bringing a host of design programming to the city. He is also co-founder for Creative Mornings Albuquerque, an effort to showcase creative talent within the city on a monthly basis.
"My interest in this project is based on two learning goals, to learn more about the planning process within my tribal community and how to work with people within that community and lastly, the cultural relevance and understanding of place and the people within that space. This project and the work involved are essential to both my academic and professional career goals as a future architect."