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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.


  • Through Human Rights Scandals and Diplomatic Crisis, Qatar’s Dream for a “World-Class City” Forges Ahead October 20, 2017 7:00 AM
    The history of the Qatar Peninsula—or Catara, as first labeled on an ancient map drawn by the Greco-Roman polymath Claudius Ptolemaeus—dates back to the Paleolithic Age. By the 1930s, the tiny Gulf state was struggling to maintain its position as the center of the pearl trade, but soon after, in the 1940s, it found itself at the forefront of economic growth and progress after the discovery of its vast oil reserves. Today, Qatar is the world’s richest country per capita; its capital Doha an ever-growing crop of shiny high-rises, with occasional buildings by the world's most sought-after architects thrown in for effect, its skyline flecked with tireless cranes, and its suburbs strewn with bulldozers, machinery, and endless mounds of displaced sand.
    Zoya Gul Hasan
  • Bamboo U: Build and Design Course, Bali October 20, 2017 8:00 AM
    BambooU(niversity) was an idea originally conceived to help teach professionals about the potential of bamboo as a green building material. In its current form it is a design and bamboo build workshop in Bali hosted by The Kul Kul Farm at the Green School; facilitated in collaboration with the bamboo design firm, IBUKU. Bamboo U is a unique opportunity to design and build alongside some of the architects, designers and craftsmen who built the Green School. The group will investigate the available sites and hear from Elora Hardy, her team at IBUKU and John Hardy, co-founder of Green School.
    Rene Submissions
  • Brooklyn's Tallest Building Revealed in New Renderings October 20, 2017 8:00 AM
    Brooklyn Point by Kohn Pederson Fox will hold the title of Brooklyn’s tallest building - although for a short while as the downtown developer craze competes for the next top spot. The mixed-use skyscraper is the final step in the City Point mega-development and is the first of Extell Development Company in the borough
    Ella Thorns
  • Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren October 20, 2017 6:00 AM
    Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 1632 – 25 February 1723) is one the most significant architects in British history, and was a recognized astronomer, scholar, and physicist-mathematician. Wren was classically trained at the University of Oxford in physics and engineering where he developed his interest in architecture. He is perhaps most famous for designing London's iconic St Paul's Cathedral, however he is credited with the design of dozens of other churches, government buildings, and hospitals in England. Wren was knighted in 1673.
    Finn MacLeod
  • Herdade Of Freixo Winery / Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos October 20, 2017 5:00 AM
    The herdade of the Freixo, with about 300ha, and 26ha of vineyard, presents itself as a typical Alentejo landscape, undulating, diversified and with interesting points of view on the surroundings. Punctuated by clusters of wild olive trees, olive trees and holm oak, it still concentrates in one of its elevations a mount, identified by typically rural constructions that define it.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Richard Rogers: Architecture Is "A Place For All People" October 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The following is an extract from A Place for All People, a new semi-autobiographical manifesto by Lord Rogers. It is a mosaic of life, projects and ideas for a better society, ranging backwards and forwards over a long and creative life, integrating relationships, projects, stories, collaborations and polemics, with case studies, drawings and photographs.
    Baron Rogers of Riverside
  • One Angel Square / BDP October 20, 2017 2:00 AM
    The building regenerates this historically important quarter of the town, whilst respecting the scale and grain of its neighbors and preserving cherished longer views across the town’s skyline. It never the less reflects the best of contemporary, sustainable office design.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Jaffa Art Apartment Building / Pertzov Architecture October 20, 2017 12:00 AM
    The Building
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Fighting House / studio_suspicion October 19, 2017 10:00 PM
    Sageun-dong in Seoul is a topographically isolated village. The southeast side of the village is surrounded by Cheonggyecheon stream and Hanyang University, while the north side is surrounded by the adjacent hill. The Saguendong-gil road that leads to the back gate of Hanyang University serves as the access way to the village, and yet pedestrian access to the village is difficult in many ways since the uphill path is very steep. Unlike any other neighborhoods in Seoul, the unique atmosphere of Sangeun-dong resulted from such isolated topography.
    Daniel Tapia
  • House in Hamilton / Tato Architects + Phorm architecture October 19, 2017 8:00 PM
    This residence is located in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia. This region is home to the Queenslander — a traditional style of wooden stilted house complete with veranda. The characteristic veranda is an environmental interface for keeping sunlight off the buildings outer walls, and also serves to link residents to their city and community through acting as an entrance porch, and sometimes even a dining room or reception area for greeting guests. In Japan these roles used to be carried out by engawa loggias and earthen floors, but such spaces are now in the process of disappearing. People greatly value the type of lifestyle, which can take place in semi-outdoor spaces.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Yoga Studio / Kostas Chatzigiannis Architecture October 19, 2017 7:00 PM
    KCA has created a Yoga Studio in Shanghai that aims to provide a serene sensory experience in contrast to the dense surrounding urban environment. More than the feeling of exercise, the experience of relaxation and well-being are deemed to match better with the practice of yoga.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Falling Masonry Kills Tourist in Florence's Deteriorating Basilica di Santa Croce October 19, 2017 5:15 PM
    A Spanish tourist has been killed by a piece of falling masonry in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. As reported by The Guardian, the 52-year old victim was hit by "a piece of decorative stone that fell from a height of 20 metres (66 ft) as he visited the religious building with his wife." Reports suggest that the fragment was around 15cm by 15cm (6 by 6 inches) in size; according to Yahoo, the fragment "had supported a beam in the right transept of the Basilica."
    AD Editorial Team
  • Crisp House / Robert Nichol & sons October 19, 2017 5:00 PM
    Heritage houses are a double edged sword for an architect, especially if it’s an own home. On the one hand there is the emotive almost romantic aspect of history and on the other you have the pragmatic aspects of Planning and regulations- then you mix this with the desire to fully realise the potential of a site and location.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture and UNStudio Headline 2017 Zumtobel Group Awards October 19, 2017 4:00 PM
    Zumtobel Group has announced the 2017 winners of its Zumtobel Group Awards for architecture, which rewards the year's innovations which best promote "sustainability and humanity in the built environment." Leading the awards is Los Angeles-based firm Michael Maltzan Architecture whose Star Apartments project, which provides 102 homes for previously homeless individuals in LA, was awarded the prize in Zumtobel Group's Buildings category. Also winning prizes were UNStudio, Atelier TeamMinus, and Arturo Vittori. Read on for more details and the full list of winners and honorable mentions.
    Rory Stott
  • Barton Hills Addition / Murray Legge Architecture October 19, 2017 3:00 PM
    Sited on a beautifully wooded property on the western slopes of Barton Hills, this renovation, and expansion of an existing split-level house engages the land by both carving into rising and out of the ground.
    Daniel Tapia
  • 26 Firms Shortlisted to Provide Designs for US Diplomatic Buildings October 19, 2017 2:00 PM
    The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), whose mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government in U.S. foreign policy objectives, has shortlisted twenty-six design firms for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Worldwide Design Services solicitation. The IDIQ provides comprehensive Architecture/Engineering (A/E) services for both new construction and modernization projects at U.S. diplomatic facilities worldwide.
    Amanda Pimenta
  • Xanc i Meli Restaurant / AMOO October 19, 2017 1:00 PM
    The establishment is located on the ground floor of Francolí street number 53, Barcelona. Physically, it has a tube-like structure of 17x3,80m. The first decision, bearing in mind it had closed its doors more than 10 years ago and the state of conservation was quite precarious, was to rehabilitate the most damaged elements and to preserve the premise’s original structure, without intervening in it.
    Daniel Tapia
  • JCândido Building / Oficina Conceito Arquitetura October 19, 2017 11:00 AM
    The JCândido Building is situated at Zamenhoff Street, a peaceful street and predominant residential in the capital of south of Brazil. The project began to show up in 2015, 20 months before to be absolutely given to the residents.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the Idea of "Status Quo" Within Shared Holy Places October 19, 2017 10:15 AM
    The Israeli Ministry of Culture have revealed In Statu Quo: Architecture of Negotiation as the theme of the Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In the exhibition architects Ifat Finkelman, Deborah Pinto Fdeda, Oren Sagiv, and curator Tania Coen-Uzzielli, will examine "the complex mechanism of the 'Status Quo' within shared holy places in Israel-Palestine, which functions as an informal—if controversial and fragile—system of coexistence between rivals."
    AD Editorial Team
  • "Autotuned Architecture" Is Endangering the Craft of Architectural Construction October 19, 2017 9:30 AM
    This article was originally published by Common Edge as "Separating Architecture From the Building Arts Produces Soulless Structures."
    Duo Dickinson


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