Luis Fernando Useche

LEED Green Associate

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Engineering Specialist

At SMMA

  • Fernando is chiefly responsible for MEP/FP project setup in the firm's Revit architectural models
  • Handles project coordination in Navisworks and Revit to detect and document clashes 
  • Creates user- and discipline-specific software packages for annual firm-wide deployment
  • Researches and develops tools and workflows to expedite the design and documentation processes for the firm's engineering disciplines
  • Builds and programs proprietary data-collection instruments that inform design decisions

A Diverse Background

Presently a member of SMMA's Design Technology Group, Fernando has worn a number of hats during his 20+ years in the AEC industry. He started out as a mechanical engineer, and has since served as an owner's representative, a construction contractor, and a project manager. His move to the architectural side was spurred by a desire to better understand how architects work, so as to benefit the process of collaboration between architects and engineers. 

“I found that, in terms of design, architects were very creative, but they didn’t always think logistically about buildings’ systems," he says. "Studying architecture has helped me better understand their perspective. Because I am now able to see both sides, I am able to facilitate a more effective approach to project-coodination challenges and guide designs to higher-performing results.”

Reactive Facades

While at the Boston Architectural College, he wrote his thesis on reactive facades, and built a prototype that would allow buildings to physically respond to external conditions. “The initial problem I set out to solve was: Why is architecture so static?," he says. "I wanted to challenge the notion that buildings have to remain as they are by designing systems that would allow them to react to light, wind, and other external conditions. This would result in increased occupant comfort and enhanced user awareness. If building designs incorporated this level of responsiveness, imagine how much more dynamic our built environments could be!”