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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.


  • Underground Forest in Onepark Gubei / Wutopia Lab May 22, 2017 8:00 PM
    "Even in the most luxurious district, reading is still an indispensable, heartwarming place" - Yu Ting
    胡天宝 - HU Tianbao
  • Boombox House / 2m2 architects May 22, 2017 7:00 PM
    In Korea, in the late '70s and early '80s, boombox was a familiar sounding device that played radio and cassette tapes. When my school went on a picnic, some students brought a boombox, and we all shared loud music coming out of its speaker with classmates. Boombox reminds me of memories of cassette tapes with loose film in it and stimulates nostalgia at that time. They consumed popular culture in the midst of a rapid economic development in their teenage years, and received the same level of education as their contemporaries from other advanced countries. Now they became the main generation of the society that have family and raise children. Boombox House is a rental house project that targets this specific generation.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Bird House / Jamison Architects May 22, 2017 5:00 PM
    Standing in the living room, one feels like they are in a bird house. Surrounded by bushland and tall gums the 'Bird House’ was designed to have a strong connection to its setting and the abundance of native flora and fauna on the site. The design really brings the outside in, maximises immediate and distant views and encompases the benefits of natural light and natural cross-ventilation.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Construction Begins on Project to Transform Railway Hangar into a Mixed-Use Library in The Netherlands May 22, 2017 4:35 PM
    Construction has begun on the LocHal, a new mixed-use complex in Tillburg, The Netherlands. Designed by CIVIC Architects (a submember of The Cloud Collective) in collobaration with Braaksma & Roos architecten, Arup and Inside Outside, the project will be located in a former Dutch Railways hangar and maintenance facility, serving as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the city’s 75 hectare railway district. Opening up the area to the public, LocHal will offer visitors a large public hall and plaza, work spaces, conference areas, galleries, a library, a music hall and restaurant.
    AD Editorial Team
  • Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig May 22, 2017 3:00 PM
    Surrounded by wheat fields on a high-altitude plateau stand a small glass house and a solid, traditional barn. The owners, inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, wanted a refuge that opens up to the prairie and mountains. The structures are conveniently close to each other and enjoy a sense of isolation at the end of a long country road. The roof of the wood-frame barn, which houses farm equipment below and guest rooms above, was inspired by the local vernacular and is echoed in the shed roof of the glass house.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • World Architecture Festival Announces the 2017 Awards 'Super Jury' May 22, 2017 2:30 PM
    The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced four internationally recognized names as members of the Super Jury that will judge the awards program at the 2017 Festival in Berlin this November. After the selection of winners from across 31 categories on the first two days of the event, category winners will present to the Super Jury, who will decided the winners of the World Landscape, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards.
    Patrick Lynch
  • POP XYZ / Triptyque May 22, 2017 1:00 PM
    The particular urban base of Vila Madalena neighborhood in São Paulo defined the project created by Triptyque Architecture: a residential complex built in Arapiraca Street. The integration with its context - a neighborhood of old houses, close to bars and restaurants - was the main objective of Triptyque's architects, in order to make a natural dialogue between the 8000m2 volume of construction and its relief.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Zaha Hadid Architects Breaks Ground on Sky Park Development on Industrial Site in Bratislava May 22, 2017 11:30 AM
    Zaha Hadid Architects have broken ground on the construction of a new 5.5 hectare development in Bratislava, Slovakia. Known as ‘Sky Park,’ the master plan will transform an abandoned site in a formerly industrial area of the city into a 20,000-square-meter park and mixed-use community containing more than 700 apartments and 55,000 square meters of office and retail space.
    Patrick Lynch
  • MW House / Riofrio+Rodrigo May 22, 2017 11:00 AM
    The relief of the desert hills, an extension of the Andes mountains that reach the sea, characterize the geographic space where the project is located. The proposal for this seasonal house sought to establish a direct relationship with the surrounding environment via the structure’s main volume and with the materials and textures used.
    Antonia Cayupe
  • Bring New York's Never-Built Projects to Life With This Kickstarter May 22, 2017 10:30 AM
    The “Never Built” world so far includes Never Built Los Angeles, a book and exhibit, and the book, Never Built New York. Now, the Queens Museum hopes to continue the exploration into the New York that might have been with a Never Built New York exhibition and has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $35,000 to make it happen. The exhibition, curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and designed by Christian Wassmann, will explore 200 years of wild schemes and unbuilt projects that had the potential to vastly alter the New York we know today.
    Megan Fowler
  • "Don't Blame Me!": 6 Projects That Were Disowned by High-Profile Architects May 22, 2017 9:30 AM
    Construction is an exercise in frugality and compromise. To see their work realized, architects have to juggle the demands of developers, contractors, clients, engineers—sometimes even governments. The resulting concessions often leave designers with a bruised ego and a dissatisfying architectural result. While these architects always do their best to rectify any problems, some disputes get so heated that the architect feels they have no choice but to walk away from their own work. Here are 6 of the most notable examples:
    Thomas Musca
  • 56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron May 22, 2017 9:00 AM
    The high-rise tower is an important ingredient within the contemporary city. However, towers have come to be defined solely by their height and, as a type, they have become anonymous. Typical residential towers, while successful in aggregating the living unit, often fail to improve upon the living environment. The multiplication of units within simple extruded shapes produces repetitive and anonymous structures with no extra benefits or architectural qualities despite the incredible densities they achieve. For those who live in these structures, this experience of sameness and repetition can be relatively unpleasant. 56 Leonard Street acts against this anonymity and repetitiveness, emanating from so many towers of the recent past. Its ambition is to achieve, despite its size, a character that is individual and personal, perhaps even intimate.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Advice For Procrastinator Architects May 22, 2017 8:00 AM
    Scrolling through memes of cats in disguise. Checking if food has magically appeared in your refrigerator every ten minutes. Obsessively arranging books on your shelf by color. Renaming your computer's folders. In short, we seem to thrive on any irrelevant activity to avoid starting a reading, essay, model, or project. Procrastinate now, work later. Your future self can take care of business, after all.
    Nicolás Valencia
  • Maidan Tent - Architectural Aid for Europe's Refugee Crisis May 22, 2017 6:00 AM
    Over the past two years alone, more than a million people have fled the Syrian conflict to take refuge in Europe, strenuously testing the continent’s ability to respond to a large-scale humanitarian crisis. With the Syrian Refugee Crisis still unresolved, and temporary refugee camps now firmly established on the frontiers of Europe, architects and designers are devoting energy to improving the living conditions of those in camps fleeing war and persecution.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Galeotas House / Appleton & Domingos May 22, 2017 5:00 AM
    Galeotas House is a set of several buildings originally dedicated to storage and housing, constructed between the18th and the 20th centuries and considerably damaged at the starting point of the project development. The intervention aims at preparing the site to host the headquarters of UCCLA - União das Cidades Capitais de Língua Luso-Afro-Amero-Asiáticas - and CAL - Casa da América Latina -.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Look Inside a Collection of Parisian Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Mathieu Fiol May 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin, alongside Mathieu Fiol, has recently completed the fifth collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in la Ville Lumière, Paris. Following Goodwin's insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices, his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, his lens on a collection of Beijing-based studios and, most recently, his and Felix Nybergh's study of studios in Seoul, the project has now focused on the French capital.
    AD Editorial Team
  • bedded köfererhof / bergmeisterwolf architekten May 22, 2017 3:00 AM
    The new building, built beside the old farmhouse, rises among the vineyards overlooking the neustift monastery. The structure grows up from the terrain and rises together with the landscape. It becomes part of nature, integrated with the vineyard and the landscape.
    Antonia Cayupe
  • Computer Shop / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen May 22, 2017 2:00 AM
    The party walls of a lot in Tielt are raised to their maximum height. On the side toward the street the elevated wall forms a wide entrance. Within this frame stand two identical buildings, mirror images opposite one another, thus defining an inner courtyard.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Renovation of Captain's House / Vector Architects May 21, 2017 10:00 PM
    Captain’s House locates on the southeast end of Huangqi Peninsula, Fujian Province. The damp and erosive nature of seaside caused the unsafety of the existing structure and large-area water leakage during over 20 years of use, which, of course, become the main design issues to be addressed. Furthermore, the captain hopes to add a third floor to the existing structure which can accommodate their current lifestyle.
    黄馨仪 - Joanna
  • Armadale House / Robson Rak Architects + Made By Cohen May 21, 2017 8:00 PM
    The conceptual framework of this project was to transform the clients small dark single fronted Victorian home into an elegant, refined, light filled interior with a large open plan kitchen / living area and adjoining courtyard.
    Rayen Sagredo


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