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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.


  • Book Green Pavilion / De Rosee Sa Architects February 25, 2017 2:00 AM
    De Rosee Sa is an architecture practice in North Kensington, London. Established in 2007 by Max de Rosee and Claire Sa, we deliver contextual, imaginative and elegant architecture.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • NA House / Architect Oshir Asaban February 24, 2017 10:00 PM
    The project deals with the redesign of an apartment in an old building from the 70s in Ramat Gan. Planning and design is inspired by urban apartments. From the 50s, with monochromatic colors do not become outdated and create a timeless sense. The interior of the apartment was completely destroyed and the space has been redesigned in accordance with a program tailored to the needs of the new tenants.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • TPL08 / COCCO ARQUITECTOS February 24, 2017 8:00 PM
    The land belonged to an old hacienda, which over the years was subdivided, leaving this site that once ran as a pasture, in it was a structure of wood that supported a roof over 100 years ago.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Seegmuller Tower / Weber + Keiling Architects February 24, 2017 7:00 PM
    The rehabilitation of the Seegmuller Tower is part of the new masterplan of the André Malreaux peninsula and the surrounding of the Austerliz docks in Strasbourg, France. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Aviation Pavilion at The Museum of Flight / SRG Partnership February 24, 2017 5:00 PM
    The Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion is a 135,000 square foot roof supported by steel columns and brace frames with a twelve-inch concrete paving slab.  It houses twenty aircraft for augmented protection from the elements and patron access.  Exhibited planes include the iconic Boeing 747 and 787 prototypes, Air Force One, Concorde, and other historic military and commercial aircraft.  The building is a parallelogram approximately 460 feet wide, 315 feet deep and between 55 and 87 feet tall.  It connects the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery and the Raisbeck Aviation High School on the Museum’s west campus.  Six rows of skylights distribute even natural light and prevent glare and silhouetting in the open-air facility.  Design supports the future enclosure of the structure with leaning glazing at East Marginal Way South and visual access from the High School.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&M Dundee in This New Video February 24, 2017 4:10 PM
    Construction on Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum Dundee is well underway, with the structure’s inclined concrete walls already beginning to take shape. This new video produced by the V&A Museum shows the latest progress of the building, with commentary from several figures working on the project, including Kuma himself.
    Patrick Lynch
  • La Loge / Nathalie Thibodeau Architecte February 24, 2017 3:00 PM
    The project follows the current trend of transforming a duplex into a cottage, and adds an extension in the backyard.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • The Next Hyper-Efficient Data Centers May Be Located Underwater February 24, 2017 2:10 PM
    From giant squids to sunken treasure, the ocean has a way of hiding secrets better than any other place on Earth – so why not hide your personal information down there too?
    Patrick Lynch
  • Storyboard on the Landscape / Ekistics Planning & Design February 24, 2017 1:00 PM
     As sesquicentennial celebrations unfold, it is important not to overlook Canada’s pre-Confederation and first nations heritage. This experiential design undertaking is aimed at strengthening ties between the Canadian Government and the Métis Nation—Saskatchewan.  
    María Francisca González
  • SHoP Unveils Plans for Detroit’s Tallest Tower on Historic Downtown Site February 24, 2017 11:20 AM
    For nearly 100 years, the JL Hudson's Department Store in downtown Detroit stood as a mecca of shopping – the 25-story structure at one point holding the record for world’s tallest retail building. Then in 1983, following a downturn of the Detroit economy, the department store was closed. Its implosion followed in 1998. In the years since, the important site has laid mainly vacant, save for an underground parking structure inserted into the store’s former underground retail levels. But now, plans have been revealed to return the site to its former glory.
    Patrick Lynch
  • Moody Center for the Arts / Michael Maltzan Architecture February 24, 2017 11:00 AM
    The Moody interior is intended to create a sense of openness and possibility. Sightlines transect through spaces, creating layered views of the myriad activities taking place within the building’s production, instructional and exhibition spaces. Views extend simultaneously along major corridors and out to the campus, providing an easy orientation point for visitors, students and faculty and facilitating direct access to studios, classrooms and shops. Extensive interior glazing offers views into learning, production and exhibition spaces to highlight the experience of the artistic process as a complement to the exhibition of finished works. Along the building’s north façade a set of wide stairs rises from the first floor and turns back toward the Moody’s interior, creating an interior amphitheater that serves as an informal social space. 
    Fernanda Castro
  • Save Time With This Efficient Method For Managing Revit Templates February 24, 2017 9:30 AM
    This article was originally published by ArchSmarter as "The Best Strategy for a Super Effective Revit Template."
    Michael Kilkelly
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi Memorial / Pietro Carlo Pellegrini Architetto February 24, 2017 9:00 AM
    For the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the government wanted to recover the most significant historical sites on the peninsula; between them there is the Fort Arbuticci, in one of the most admired views of the archipelago of La Maddalena.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models" February 24, 2017 8:30 AM
    We are pleased to announce a new content partnership between ArchDaily and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York City.
    AD Editorial Team
  • Sinks, Toilets, Shower Heads and Faucets: Downloadable Bathroom CAD Blocks February 24, 2017 8:00 AM
    In order to support the design work of our readers, the company Porcelanosa Grupo has shared with us a series of .DWG files of its various bathroom products. The files include both 2D and 3D drawings and can be downloaded directly from this article.
    Equipo Editorial
  • Schauman & Nordgren Architects’ Winning Masterplan Envisages New Harbour Front Identity February 24, 2017 6:00 AM
    Envisioning the harbor front as an extension of the city center, “Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape” designed by the young Danish practice Schauman & Nordgren Architects has been named the winning entry of a waterfront masterplan competition by the City of Pargas, Finland.
    Osman Bari
  • House M / Jan Skuratowski Architecture February 24, 2017 5:00 AM
    The new single-family house was designed as a separate residential unit and can hold its own next to the existing building from the 80s. It is situated on a partly raised plateau in the south-eastern part of the property. The two buildings differ in their roof design and thus emphasize their autonomy. At the same time, the new building paraphrases the existing building’s design: by its polygonal ground plan, which follows the hill’s shape, and expressive cantilevered floors. Wood was used a material to contrast the rather heavy sand-lime brick of the existing structure. Hierarchically, the new building is supposed to subordinate to the existing building and is therefore set slightly to the rear of the site. The new structure appears like a pavilion and, thanks to the flat roof, has a large accessible roof terrace that expands the small plot effectively. The greening of the roofs is intended to give the new building an animated character and link it with nature and the hill.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Thirty-pine Villa / Aleshtar Architectural Office February 24, 2017 3:00 AM
    The project of Thirty-pine Villa was redesigned and reconstructed through anastylosis in the countryside of the city of Esfahan, Iran. This project consisted of an open landscape and a small construction within. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Mercedes-Benz Museum / UNStudio February 24, 2017 3:00 AM
    The Mercedes Benz Museum intricately combines structure and content. The Museum is dedicated to a legendary car; its unique structure has been specifically devised to showcase a collection in which technology, adventure, attractiveness and distinction are merged. It is also a Museum for people to freely move through, to dream, learn, look and let themselves be oriented by fascinations, light and space…
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Winery in Mont-Ras / Jorge Vidal + Víctor Rahola February 24, 2017 2:00 AM
    The construction of a winery and the wine process creation are extremely attached at the experience with the land. The wine is smell, color, flavor and shape.  The senses and the perceptions have to go together with a site that is able to emphasize the process of the transformation. In order of that, we have worked with four key aspects: 
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