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James Fuentes

Senior BIM Project Manager, Austin


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I grew up thinking I’d be a structural engineer, but I’m an artistic individual and found CAD best suited me. I really like putting together a model and a set of production plans. It’s like sculpting a statue that has a rough form at first, but over time, it morphs into something beautiful.”

Born and raised in Texas, James started his professional career by detailing structural steel and post-tensioned concrete projects at a consulting firm. When he pursued a BIM role in New York City, he expanded his technical ability by developing 3D Revit models and drawing packages for One World Trade Center and Citi Field stadium. He advanced even further when he returned to Texas to help an Austin company transition from AutoCAD to BIM software. By the time he got to DCI, James had 20 years of valuable CAD/BIM experience to offer the firm.

While at DCI, James has added to his portfolio and design experience, primarily with high-rise structures. Projects range from office to multi-family residential to mixed-use towers with below-grade parking. Familiar with creating BIM families, templates, processes, and training materials, James has elevated his responsibilities within the BIM team.

If you weren’t a BIM project manager, what would you be?
I really enjoy cycling and have always thought of being a bike mechanic.

What is your favorite piece of historical architecture?
The Pantheon in Rome. The structure is almost 1,900 years old. I marveled at the dome’s construction, something this old has stood the test of time.