OroHaus Design’s founder, Martin E. Ruvalcaba, knew from the age of 4 that he wanted to be an architect or engineer when he grew up. Having grown up in a family of contractors, he was exposed to architectural and structural plans his whole life. He would read blueprints for fun in anticipation and excitement for his future career.
In middle school and high school he took drafting classes, blueprint reading classes, art classes, and started working on his portfolio for architecture school. On the weekends he began helping out his father in his newly formed concrete and masonry business. There he helped his dad with exterior designs and started getting more into the structural aspects of home foundations, retaining walls, and structural framing. In high school he helped design his first home addition in the family home in Lakewood, CA.
It was at this pivotal time after spending countless hours working alongside his father on the jobsite and having a knack for science and math, Martin decided that he would major in structural engineering. Martin E. Ruvalcaba studied Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering at the University of California, Irvine, receiving his bachelors’ degree in 2006, followed by a masters’ degree in 2007.
Martin took up a job at Parsons Corporation in 2005, and continued to work there after his graduation, where he designed several bridges, retaining walls, and other transportation infrastructure structures that hundreds, if not thousands of people use on their daily commute. Chances are that if you’re from Southern California, you’ve driven, or ridden a train on one of bridges that Martin E. Ruvalcaba has designed.
After working many years doing strictly structural engineering, something was missing from his career. It was the creative aspect of architectural designs that he remembered fondly from when he was growing up. In 2014, Martin decided that it was time to leave Parsons and try his hand at starting his own business. A year later, in 2015, Martin launched OroHaus Design, where he rediscovered his passion for structural engineering, architectural design, and most of all, collaborating with his clients in order to produce a finished product that has both structural integrity and visual appeal.
Martin E. Ruvalcaba is NOT an architect. He is more than an architect – A Custom home designer and structural engineer.