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ByDesign Team

ByDESIGN is published by a volunteer team of thought leaders in their respective fields. The ezine is designed, produced, and edited by a cadre of talented individuals working in a highly collaborative/virtual manner. (We reside throughout the State of California and our subjects are located throughout the US and world.) We are committed to producing a quality, professionally designed and produced publication, offering in-depth stories in a number of professional areas.


Roy Hernandez
Founder, Publisher

Roy is the Founder, President and CEO of Los Angeles-based ThirdWave Corporation, an award-winning Management Consulting/Systems Integration firm established in 1987. Roy has been a tech innovator and thought leader for 32 years. He has received local, national and international industry awards for his technology achievements. Roy authored the Facilities Design Handbook, the first book on the use of Computer Aided Design for large scale architecture, engineering and construction management projects in 1983 while at IBM. Prior to ThirdWave, he practiced architecture and construction management in Silicon Valley where he was responsible for the design and construction of computer industrial parks, commercial, and residential building types throughout the Bay Area. He is the inventor and patent holder for Rapid Workflow Process Modeling® (2004). Mr. Hernandez is the Founder and Chairman of CASA Alumni, which awards scholarships to students from low income U.S. communities attending CED,. Roy received his MA Arch 1978 and BA Arch with Honors 1976 from the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley. He did post graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Colorado, in Bolder. 

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Joseph Martinez
Senior Writer & Editor

Joseph is a founding partner of Martinez + Cutri Corporation, an award-winning architectural and planning firm which practices worldwide. Established in 1980, their portfolio includes mixed-use, highrise residential, luxury hotels and resorts, educational master planning and buildings, and civic-sector architecture.  He has distinguished himself as an architect, professor, writer, and community activist. Over the past 50 years he has served on various boards and commissions, including: The San Diego Stadium Authority, YMCA, Liberty Station, One Vote!, and the Mariachi Foundation.  Similarly, at UC San Diego he has served on the Alumni Board, Concilio, and the selection committee for the founding Dean of the School of Architecture. Presently, he is spreadheading the Chicanx/Latinx Initiative to quality UC San Diego as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  While a student at UC San Diego he co-founded Maya/MEChA, co-founded The Third World College, and co-chaired the Urban & Rural Studies Academic Plan.  Joseph obtained his Master of Architecture degree in 1975 from Harvard University, and in 1971, his BA from UC San Diego.  Mr. Martinez is known as the “Father of Chicano Architecture”. 

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Oswaldo Lopez
Co-founder, Co-Editor

Oswaldo is a Senior and Co-Founding Partner of Italo Design LLC and Mondo Antico, LLC, both international companies with affiliate offices in Italy, China, and the U.S. Oswaldo has received numerous prestigious industry awards. e.g., including for his Grand Waikikian project which won the 2010 American Development Resort Association Project of the Year, Best Resort Architecture and Best Interior Design awards. His career has spanned a vast array of executive leadership with leading real estate developers and hospitality companies including: Oxford Properties of Toronto, Canada, Oasis West Realty/ Alagem Capital Group, and Hilton Worldwide-The Americas. He has also served as a Regional Vice President for Archstone Communities Trust, and Director of Development for Metropolitan Structures-West. He is a Co-Founding board member of CASA Alumni, which awards scholarships to students from low income U.S. communities attending CED, University of California, Berkeley. Oswaldo received his MA Arch 1978 and BA Arch with Honors 1976 from the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley. He also holds Certificates in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Development and Financial Management from Cornell University.

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Charles Higuera
Senior Writer, Co-Editor

Charles is a major capital projects Program Manager in the Public Works Department of the City & County of San Francisco. He has been a licensed architect for over 30 years and his  professional experience includes Principal at VBN Architects, Oakland and Associate Partner at Chong Architecture, San Francisco. He has been a long time member of the American Institute of Architects, serving as president of the San Francisco Chapter in 2004 and was named to the AIA College of Fellows in 2010. Mr. Higueras has a long and extensive experience as the chair and/or board member on numerous non-profits including the S.H. Cowell Foundation, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation. He is also a board member of CASA Alumni, which awards scholarships to students of color at the University of California, Berkeley. Charles received his MA Arch 1981 and BA Arch in 1978 from the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.

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Aymee Barajas
Contributing Writer

Aymee is a Business Analyst in a Los Angeles-based tech company ThirdWave Corporation, where she provides IT Consulting, graphic design and web development professional services. She is an expert on Social Media Platforms and numerous graphics design and web development tools. Aymee has approximately three years of experience in a variety of marketing/communications positions, including Marketing Director for the Minority Association of Premedical Students of UC Merced. Aymee is a contributing writer to ByDesign. She received a BS, in Management and Business Economics, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of California, Merced.

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Michael Hernandez

Michael A. Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based photographer. His work encompasses various photographic genres including: editorial, commercial, architectural, and art photography. His clients have included major corporations, communications companies and national sports figures. Michael's has shot the ByDESIGN covers since Volume 10 in 2013. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications  Michael is the author of “No Way Out” (2019), a photographic study on the history and impacts of barbed wire. He received his BA, Photography and Imaging, from Art Center Pasadena. 

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Itzel Torres
Contributing Writer​

Itzel has been both a frequent contributor to ByDESIGN as well as subject, where she appeared in previous issues related to her scholarship at UC Berkeley, a CASA Mural she painted at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and other various stories.  Itzel acted as the Co-chair for CASA (Chicanx Architectural Student Association). She received her BA in Urban Studies in 2018 at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She will be one of the contributors for the ByDesign blog: Casistas in Transition. 

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Anarosa Robeldo
Contributing Writer

Anarosa has been both a contributor to ByDESIGN as well as subject, where she appeared in previous issues as a recipient of CASA Alumni Scholarships. As she transitions into her career, she continues to contribute to ByDESIGN as she collaborates on the blog project, Casistas in Transition. Anarosa received her BA in Urban Studies with minors in Architecture & Sustainable Design from the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley in 2018. She completed her last year of undergrad at UNAM in Mexico City. 

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