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Fernando Navarrete, Int'l. Assoc. AIA

Owner and CEO

Fernando Navarrete has been driven by a passion for designing buildings since his youth. This interest was nurtured in his hometown in Mexico, where he observed and pondered the local construction practices. His commitment to the field led him to pursue a Licenciatura en Arquitectura, which he successfully earned from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in 1986. Following this, Fernando gained practical experience as a draftsman, contributing to various distinguished design studios.

Inspired by a visit to the United States at fourteen, Fernando deeply respected the country’s systematic organization and robust social infrastructure. This admiration eventually motivated him to move to the U.S. in 1990 to advance his career.

Upon his arrival, Fernando faced challenges, notably adapting to English and familiarizing himself with American building codes. Nonetheless, he displayed remarkable resilience, undertaking roles ranging from hotel valet and waiter to dry cleaning driver and construction worker, ensuring his family’s well-being. His determination was evident as he presented his academic thesis work to multiple design studios.

His perseverance paid off when an established architect offered him mentorship. Embracing this golden opportunity, Fernando worked diligently without remuneration for six months, balancing his finances by working night shifts in parking. This experience enriched him, and after a subsequent four-month paid engagement, he was equipped to attain a general contractor’s license on July 9, 1999.

After obtaining his license, Fernando founded Design and Construction Navarrete and Associates. Through steadfast dedication, effective self-promotion, and a steadily growing clientele, he rose in prominence, eventually being recognized as an international associate member of the renowned American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Licienciatura en Arquitectura
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
1981-1985

Fernando Navarrete, commonly referred to within the firm as Fernando Senior, is a respected figure and a devoted father of two. His elder son, Fernando Navarrete Junior, is a workers’ compensation attorney based in Los Angeles. His younger son, Eduardo Navarrete, is a draftsman for the company and an architecture student at the prestigious Academy of Art University.

Fernando Senior cherishes annual family excursions to Bass Lake outside of his professional pursuits. Notably, the family is accompanied by their African Sulcata tortoise, affectionately named Fettucino or Fettucina, whose gender remains undetermined.

In his younger years, Fernando Senior showcased commendable skills as a central defender soccer player for the Los Tecolotes team in Mexico. Nevertheless, he chose to channel his energies into the design and realization of distinguished buildings.

Eduardo Navarrete

Draftsman

Eduardo Navarrete, born in Los Angeles in 1993, has traversed an eclectic academic trajectory. He commenced his educational endeavors at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, delving into disciplines including biology, computer science, biochemistry, and political science before discerning his true calling in architecture. Amid this academic exploration, Eduardo eloquently analogizes architects to philosophers, each articulating intricate concepts through specialized mediums.

As a draftsman and 3D renderer at his father’s esteemed company, Eduardo emerges as an invaluable contributor. His meticulousness manifests in construction documentation, ensuring precision in layouts, floor plans, and other forms of representation. He exhibits proficiency in industry-standard tools such as AutoCAD, Rhino, TwinMotion, and Revit.

Bachelor of Architecture
Academy of Art University – San Francisco, California, USA
2018-2028
General Education
Los Angeles Trade Technical College – Los Angeles, California, USA
2011-2018

While deeply valuing his Mexican heritage, Eduardo Navarrete identifies primarily as an American. Born in Los Angeles, California, he played various sports during his formative years, particularly water polo and baseball. Guided by his elder brother, Fernando Navarrete Junior, Eduardo gravitated towards water polo. In his high school tenure, he distinguished himself as the team’s leading scorer. This athletic prowess carried into his collegiate years at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where he earned accolades as the MVP and leading scorer in his first year. Despite this success, Eduardo prioritized his studies in his sophomore year.

Eduardo is a man of multifaceted pursuits. He cherishes moments spent with his family, engages in philosophical dialogues with his father, and regularly attends Dodger games. His passion for water polo remains undiminished as Eduardo watches the water polo games of Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta. Additionally, he immerses himself in Mixed Martial Arts, concentrating on Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Notably, he adopts aggressive boxing techniques reminiscent of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., a formidable strategy during sparring sessions.

Eduardo is committed to chess in quieter moments, dedicating much of his day to the game. He also harbors a keen interest in travel and has journeyed to multiple countries. He continues his association with water polo as a West Hollywood Aquatics team member, a group recognized for its inclusive ethos and unwavering support for its LGBTQ members.

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