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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.


  • Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown June 25, 2017 2:00 PM
    Through their pioneering theory and provocative built work, husband and wife duo Robert Venturi (born June 25, 1925) and Denise Scott Brown (born October 3, 1931) were at the forefront of the postmodern movement, leading the charge in one of the most significant shifts in architecture of the 20th century by publishing seminal books such as Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (authored by Robert Venturi alone) and Learning from Las Vegas (co-authored by Venturi, Scott Brown and Steven Izenour).
    Rory Stott
  • 29th Street Residence / Schwartz and Architecture June 25, 2017 1:00 PM
    It is often difficult to create a sense of openness and continuity in multi-level urban homes. By allowing the staircases of this three-story structure the freedom to shift location on each level -- defining a continuous flow of space and movement -- we turn this challenge on its head, elevating the prosaic stairwell into the key architectural and unifying feature of the home.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Spotlight: Álvaro Siza June 25, 2017 12:00 PM
    One of the most highly regarded architects of his generation, Portugese architect Álvaro Siza (born 25 June 1933) is known for his sculptural works that have been described as "poetic modernism." When he was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992, Siza was credited as being a successor of early modernists: the jury citation describes how "his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest."
    Rory Stott
  • New Digital-Physical Building Block System Aims to Make 3D Modeling Accessible to Children June 25, 2017 9:30 AM
    Modeling on the computer and physically building scale models are essential modes of iteration for the modern architecture studio. But what if this creative process of digital and physical ideation could be made accessible to everyone: children, hobbyists, and architects alike?
    Jason Brain
  • Salesian Community House / MSMR Architects June 25, 2017 9:00 AM
    The Salesian house project was an exciting commission for us and a great opportunity to develop a close working relationship with an unusual and exemplary client.
    Daniel Tapia
  • This Satisfying Algorithm Combines Japanese-Inspired Joints to Generate Any Form June 25, 2017 8:00 AM
    Complex wood joineries have long been staples of Japanese architecture and construction, demonstrating an impressive and even artistic craft passed down through generations of Japanese carpenters and woodworkers. In recent times, with increasingly available resources and technology, these techniques have been further explored and made publicly accessible, be it through demonstrative gifs or downloadable fabricated joints.
    Osman Bari
  • Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí June 25, 2017 6:00 AM
    When Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) graduated from the Barcelona Architecture School in 1878, the director of the school Elies Rogent reportedly declared: "Gentlemen, we are here today either in the presence of a genius or a madman!" [1] Well over a century later, this tension is still evident in Gaudí's work; though he is widely regarded as a genius architect, his distinctive style stands as a singularity in architectural history—simultaneously awe-inspiring and bizarre, never fitting into any stylistic movement, and never adapted or emulated, except by those still working to complete his magnum opus, Barcelona's famous Sagrada Família.
    Rory Stott
  • Villa in Messinia / MGXM Architects June 25, 2017 5:00 AM
    The residence is situated on a foothill in small distance from the coast on the west side of the Messinian Gulf.
    Valentina Villa
  • Bayonne Marinadour / Mateo Arquitectura June 25, 2017 2:00 AM
    “Bayonne Marinadour is the first intervention to be completed in a complex of actions marking the new entrance to the city of Bayonne.
    Karen Valenzuela
  • House in Sangenjaya / Schemata Architects June 24, 2017 8:00 PM
    There is a dead-end street sandwiched between two mid-rise buildings at a three-minute walking distance from Sangenjaya station. Peeking into the narrow street, one finds the space suddenly opens up to the sky and the 52-year old building quietly standing at the dead-end. Our client’s grandfather had been using the building as his clinic and a private house for his family for a long time, before the client inherited it and asked us to do the renovation.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Mirroring the Flatness of a Calm River: Cheongvogl Win Seoul Ferry Terminal Competition June 24, 2017 4:00 PM
    Cheungvogl wins Seoul Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal International Competition.
    Sabrina Syed
  • KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building June 24, 2017 2:00 PM
    Echelon Seaport, a mixed-used development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and CBT Architects, will join the growing number of buildings and public spaces slated to revitalize the Boston Seaport neighborhood in the coming decade. The 1.3 million square foot property will accompany projects such as OMA’s 88 Seaport and developments by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.
    Annalise Zorn
  • 15 Renwick / ODA New York June 24, 2017 1:00 PM
    Tucked between Spring and Canal in New York City’s recently rezoned Hudson Square, Renwick Street is a rare blip on the vast urban grid: a small, single-block residential enclave, whose self-generated hush recalls the era of a much more intimate Manhattan.  
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue June 24, 2017 12:00 PM
    Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.
    Rory Stott
  • This Sketchup Plugin Designs Structures Made From Plastic Bottles and 3D-Printed Joints June 24, 2017 9:30 AM
    The capabilities of personal 3D printing and fabrication are only beginning to be tested, but a new system is pushing the boundaries for feasible, structurally-sound large scale structures. Unlike other structures created by 3D printing systems, Trussfab doesn’t require access to specialized equipment, nor specific engineering knowledge, to print and build large-scale structures capable of supporting human weight. The Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany created Trussfab as an end-to-end system allowing users to fabricate sturdy, large-scale structures using plastic bottles and 3D-printed connections, making them easy and relatively quick to construct.
    Megan Fowler
  • Pantone Apartament / AR Arquitetos June 24, 2017 9:00 AM
    After the removal of all internal divisions from the original plan to a complete restructuring of layout, the project aimed to create a large and fluid space, taking advantage of the natural lighting conditions. With only one bedroom needed, the rearrangement was made as to prioritize the living room area. Therefore, a single volume was created, being able to solve all issues of the building’s system.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • This Magnetic Drill Screws Through Wood Leaving No Visible Holes June 24, 2017 8:00 AM
    Invis Mx2 is a device that allows you to connect screws and bolts easily without leaving any holes. Its cordless screwdriver works through a MiniMag rotary magnetic field, which adapts to any conventional drill, allowing to generate detachable connections with a tensile force of 250 kg per connector. 
    José Tomás Franco
  • Belsky House / SO Architecture June 24, 2017 5:00 AM
    A private residence frames a spectacular natural context, on the hills surrounding the Galilee Sea. Folded in a plastered white envelope, the inner spaces are oriented towards the view and invite it to enter the family's domain.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • LET’s RIDE Lafayette / DAS-studio June 24, 2017 2:00 AM
    The second LET'S RIDE indoor cycling studio just opened on 24 Rue Chauchat, Paris 75009.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Around / studioLOOP June 23, 2017 10:00 PM
    This is a rebuilding project for husband, wife, and 3 sons. They wished dinning-kitchen which is separated from living space, concrete slab on grade for their dogs, and the garden that can protect their privacy and safety. We arranged entry, closet, washroom, bathroom, and pantry on the west and east side to produce living and dinning-kitchen space which is protected from the hustle and bustle of outside. 
    Cristobal Rojas


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