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I always saw works of architecture as cultural and political symbols of the local area, as well as works of art. Historical civilizations (either still existing or not) are often identified and recognized by their surviving architectural achievements, in both structures and detailing. To me, architecture shows how buildings and structures are able to express powerful social forces of any era. Each building type, style, and movement embody the attitudes of our relationship with nature, our social relation with other people, the importance of the individual person or group, the value of the advances in science and technology, and the role of politics in our world. This interest led me to pursue a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M (as well as a minor in Art/Architectural History) and a Master of Architecture from UT-San Antonio. I’ve been fortunate to have interned and worked with architecture firms in San Antonio and Chicago (the mecca of American architecture; in my opinion), and be able to teach architecture classes while in the process of completing my academic studies.

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  • Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on New Residential Tower in the Philippines August 22, 2019 1:00 PM
    Foster + Partners have broken on a new residential tower in the Philippines. Called The Estate Makati, the project is located in the heart of Manila’s Makati Central Business District, and marks the practice’s first project in the Philippines. The 54-story tower is made to embody a unique approach to residential living, creating expansive, flexible homes in the sky that combine landscaping with panoramic views of the city.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Trosterudveien 9 House / R21 Arkitekter August 22, 2019 12:00 PM
    In a typical single-family house area, the project respects and adopts the scale and typology of the surroundings with a clear and precise shape. The house is assembled from four smaller volumes with gable roofs.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Public Redevelopment for the City of Tokyo by Heatherwick Studio August 22, 2019 11:00 AM
    Heatherwick Studio’s first built venture in Japan is a huge planted pergola, put in place to create a new hub for the district of Toranomon-Azabudai in Tokyo, Japan. The project is due for completion in March 2023.
    Christele Harrouk
  • Azimute House / Arquitecturar August 22, 2019 10:00 AM
    The building is located in a rural area about 3km from the center of Estremoz/Alentejo. The landscaping and natural surroundings are extremely appealing and can provide very interesting moments of leisure and contemplation. This tourist unit is certainly a driving force in spreading all of Estremoz's regional, gastronomic and wine culture. 
    Daniel Tapia
  • ArchDaily's Ultimate List of Advice for Incoming Architecture Students August 22, 2019 9:30 AM
    Architecture school. You’ve heard the myths - the legends of all-nighters and innovation, of unmatched workaholism and love for the profession. Perhaps you know what you want – to solve the great urbanization problem, to create the next sustainable wonder-gadget, or maybe just to start your own firm and show the architectural world how it’s done. Maybe you have no idea what you want to do, drawn to architecture by the romance, the larger-than-life scale. Maybe you’re an artist who wants a job when they graduate. A hometown hero, you’re about to be thrown into a classroom of the best, possibly for the first time in your life. You’ll be surrounded by the brightest in engineering, problem solving, writing, drawing and a host of other skills. Anxious and excited, you stand ready at the doors of architectural education, hungry for innovation and ready to share and learn from others. Stepping inside that first day, you prepare yourself for the best - and most difficult times of your life so far.
    Eric Oh
  • New Rules for London's Skyscrapers Favor Pedestrians August 22, 2019 9:00 AM
    With a very bold and pioneering move, the UK for the first time is prioritizing cyclists and pedestrians. The city is making pressures on skyscrapers by issuing new rules on the design of the high-rises in order to prevent the creation of wind tunnels.
    Christele Harrouk
  • Zak Ik Store / Roth-Architecture August 22, 2019 7:45 AM
    An exclusive fashion boutique at AZULIK Tulum, which combines fashion, design, architecture, jewelry, and art, within a space full of contrasts, textures, sensations and routes that invites you to discover the collections of the store.
    Clara Ott
  • What Do The Cracks in Concrete Structures Mean? August 22, 2019 7:30 AM
    Cracks, which could be classified according to their thickness as fissures or fractures, are serious problems in the construction industry that can negatively affect aesthetics, durability and, most importantly, the structural characteristics of a project. They can happen anywhere, but occur especially in walls, beams, columns, and slabs, and usually, are caused by strains not considered in the design.
    João Carlos Souza
  • On Accessibility and Expo 2020: “Expo 2020 Dubai to Be Accessible For People of All Abilities” August 22, 2019 6:30 AM
    Expo Dubai 2020 will showcase new levels of accessibility, ensuring that the topic is thought through at the very first stages of design and that the approach is anchored in the project and the program. With the help of the UK based company Direct Access consultancy, specialized in the incorporation of accessibility into building designs, the expo will try to put in place solutions for regularly faced issues.
    Christele Harrouk
  • Kendall Square Garage / French 2D August 22, 2019 6:00 AM
    Boston ­based architecture studio French 2D was commissioned to create a graphic facade to wrap an existing garage structure in Kendall Square. The studio sought to design a pattern that could transform and speak across scales, reflecting the location of the project between a residential neighborhood and the rapidly growing technology hub of Kendall Square.
    Andreas Luco
  • Galaktika Foundation Launches Initiative to Create the First City in Space August 22, 2019 5:00 AM
    Asymptote Architecture has designed a new Space Center to house educational, scientific, art and entertainment programs for space exploration. Launched as part of the Galaktika Foundation’s initiative to create the first city in space, the project was made by architects Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture. Dubbed the Cosmos Center, the design aims to become an inspiring landmark for interstellar space enthusiasts.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Is Integrating Building Performance Difficult at Your Firm? August 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    In a study recently published by AIA, less than 13% of architectural firms have incorporated building performance as part of their practice. With buildings contributing 40% of total carbon emissions leading to climate change, just 25 projects are roughly equivalent to planting 1 million trees each year. In addition to that, teams that are able to showcase data-driven and performance-driven decision-making and feature an energy analysis in every pursuit are able to increase fees and generate more revenue. Although integrating building performance sounds like a no-brainer, it proves to be difficult at many firms, because in addition to the practical changes, it requires a culture shift. That culture shift can only happen if the tools are easy to use, accurate, and mesh well with current workflows. Right now is the perfect time to tackle these culture changes due to a few reasons:
    Megan Schires
  • Econef Children’s Center / Asante Architecture&Design + Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects August 22, 2019 3:00 AM
    Econef Children’s Center is a collaboration with Asante Architecture & Design, Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects, Architects Without Borders Sweden, Engineers Without Borders Sweden and ECONEF, a Swedish-Tanzanian NGO that aims to improve the standard of living for orphans in the Arusha area.ECONEF is an independent non-governmental organization located in Jua-kali, outside Arusha in northern Tanzania. With the help of private donations, ECONEF is able to offer security and everyday necessities for the 16children living at the Jua Kali orphanage. The new Children’s Center includes sleeping quarters and classrooms for 25 children.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Lampa Cultural Center / emA Arquitectos + KMAA Arquitectos August 22, 2019 2:00 AM
    The project is proposed as a community meeting place that builds a public space around culture, in recognition of the nature of agricultural landscapes, traditions and of Lampa's own social gathering.
    Clara Ott
  • Beyond the Wind Pavilion / MAT Office August 22, 2019 1:00 AM
    Located in the heart of the National historic and cultural city of Suzhou, Gusu Districtis home of numerous garden monuments with its over 2000 years history. 2018 Suzhou International Design Week was held in Gusu district, andMAT team was invited to design a pavilion for this event, as one of the most important public space in the design week. The pavilion undertakes information release, cultural salon and other public activities during the design week.
    Collin Chen
  • SOHO 3Q WuJiaoChang Coworking Space / Ippolito Fleitz Group August 22, 2019 12:00 AM
    Coworking spaces such as SOHO 3Q WuJiaoChang are places that buzz with energy. Where the unexpected forms part of your daily agenda. For China’s millennials, the country’s largest demographic by far, they are work environments for new encounters – places where you can meet interesting people and create new things together. It is a way to come into contact with other talented people, mavericks, movers and doers, who could perhaps become your next coworkers or business partners. Our transformation of a Shanghai department store from the 1980s makes a stimulating contribution to this subject – and with it, to the future of the work environment. The client commissioning this project was SOHO China, the country’s largest private real estate developer, which has already made a name for itself with its spectacular construction projects.
    Andreas Luco
  • C3 Bank Headquarters / Brett Farrow Architect August 21, 2019 11:00 PM
    Brett Farrow Architect has designed the new headquarters for C3 Bancorp in the Southern California coastal community of Encinitas. The locally owned bank was designed as a combination retail branch, corporate offices and semi-civic space.
    Andreas Luco
  • Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre / Warren and Mahoney August 21, 2019 9:00 PM
    The Martinborough Town Hall is the realization of a bold new vision that brings its multiple community groups together in a warm embrace.Identity matters within any community project; to understand this, you must understand the people who live, work and engage in that environment. The overall inspiration for the community center came from the unique landscape of the Wairarapa region, the heroic town founders and the vibrant local community. The restoration and extension of the 106-year-old Martinborough Town Hall into a bustling, multi-purpose community hub is at the core of this project.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Brick House / iStudio architecture August 21, 2019 8:00 PM
    The Brick House, situated amidst rural settlements in Wada, near Mumbai,India, is a 2500 sq.ft. farmhouse set within hills and farms. The impact of the architecture of the structure is strong, leading the viewer to a new observation, not allowing him to be complacent about the space which he occupies. The organic form emerges from the ground and flows into the skyline, following curved dips and peaks.
    Karen Valenzuela
  • Guoshi Luxury SPA Resort / CHALLENGE DESIGN August 21, 2019 7:00 PM
    Returning to SimplicityThe beauty of Wabi-sabi, while moderate, modest and pure, also expresses vitality. The designers of this project pursued the simple beauty of nature, which is fitting in its own right, ultimately returning to simplicity after careful revision.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang

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