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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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  • Cantilever House / Design Unit Sdn Bhd March 26, 2017 8:00 PM
    The steeply sloping site for this 7000sf house, orientated approximately east-west, falls by 11.5m from the road to the rear with rainforest views to the east of this 7000sf house. The house is designed to ‘float’ over the site – touching it lightly, and allowing the natural slope to remain, heightening our awareness to & informing us about the natural site contours.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District March 26, 2017 4:00 PM
    With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark. 
    Osman Bari
  • Morris Adjmi to Transform High Line-Adjacent Warehouse Into Office Building in New York March 26, 2017 2:00 PM
    Elijah Equities, LLC has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of The Warehouse in New York City, a property currently occupied by car parking and art galleries, which will be transformed into 100,000 square feet of rentable office and retail space designed by Morris Adjmi.
    Sabrina Santos
  • Call for Entries: The Best Architecture Portfolios March 26, 2017 1:05 PM
    Given the hearty success of our architecture resume/CV post, we understand that there's a demand for inspirational information that will help you land the job, grant or school admission you've always wanted. But portfolios, though a basic requirement in many creative fields, can be very tricky to master. How do you select the work you want to feature? How will you present it visually? Most importantly—how will you make it memorable enough that it won't be cast aside after a three-second glance? In an age where more and more portfolios and CVs will be viewed exclusively on a screen, how have you, our readers, developed portfolios that you are proud of? We would be honored to share the most innovative, inspirational, well-designed portfolios, so submit your designs!
    AD Editorial Team
  • JP+C House / Zargos Arquitetos March 26, 2017 1:00 PM
    Located at the foot of the Serra do Curral, the residence has a privileged view, since it is inserted in an urban context without major visual obstructions.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition March 26, 2017 12:00 PM
    Bee Breeders has released the results of their Blue Clay Country Spa competition, which asked participants to design a non-urban ecotourism facility in Latvia. The competition invited students and professionals to “interrogate the inherent tensions between subject and object, [and] building and site,” as well as to “engage the agency of typological form—including, for instance, the courtyard, shed, garden, and pavilion.”
    Sabrina Santos
  • Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag March 26, 2017 9:30 AM
    This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Will Elbphilharmonie Be Hamburg’s Guggenheim?"
    Samuel Medina
  • CAP / AAVP Architecture March 26, 2017 9:00 AM
    The renovation of an old 19th century photography studio in the heart of the Opera Madeleine haussmannian district, into two prestigious private apartments disrupted the uses of its distribution of the Second Empire.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • This 6-Axis Robot Arm Can 3D Print Fiberglass Composites March 26, 2017 8:00 AM
    A team of architects and engineers at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy have unveiled Atropos, a six-axis robotic arm capable of printing continuous fiber composites. The one of a kind robot was developed by +Lab, the 3D printing laboratory at the Politecnico, who have taken inspiration from fibres found in the natural world. Through a technology known as Continuous Fiber Composites Smart Manufacturing, Atropos has the potential to create large, complex structures to aid the design and construction process.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Neve Monoson House 2 / Daniel Arev Architecture March 26, 2017 5:00 AM
    According to the request of the clients, the house was planned with “Provence” characteristics. Since the time and age of these characteristics has long passed by, a few traditional details were adopted in the design but were given a modern twist. The main characters were the roof design and the simple geometry of the façades. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Werdenberg Castle Renovation and Extension / BBK Architekten March 26, 2017 2:00 AM
    Located in the municipality of Grabs, Castle Werdenberg is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. In 2013-2015, the castle went through substantial renovations, including the reinforcement of the timber-framed ceiling to the replacement of electrical network as well as upgrading the fire-protection systems to meet the levels required by present codes. Various built-in fixtures inside the existing museum were demolished to allow for a complete redesign of the exhibition spaces. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Office & Maket Hub / SOESTHETIC GROUP March 25, 2017 8:00 PM
    Concept of blank sheet is the main idea of the interior. Basically, it could be transformed to everything: picture, page of a great book or became something totally new.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future March 25, 2017 4:00 PM
    Utrecht University’s Urban Futures Studio have announced the 10 finalists for their Post-Fossil City Contest, judged by a jury which included MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. Each of the successful submissions responded to the contest’s call for the design of a sustainable city no longer reliant on non-renewable energy sources. Designers and makers were invited to envision this new future, which “will reshape our cities and everyday lives so radically that it is hard to imagine what it might feel, taste, smell, and look like.”
    Osman Bari
  • Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture March 25, 2017 2:00 PM
    With the ever-expanding global population, cities around the world today are caught in the midst of mass urbanization; the resultant problems are the topic of much of the current architectural discourse. From these trends stems the challenges of providing adequate amounts of both housing and urban green space, and by extension, providing adequate food production. In order to address this divide, Toronto will soon be home to The Plant – a mixed-use community revolving around sustainable residential urban farming and social responsibility in the Queen Street West neighborhood.
    Osman Bari
  • Living House / Chetecortes Architects March 25, 2017 1:00 PM
    Designed for a business family who spends a lot of time traveling, with a culture of fluidity and continuity of energy in their lives.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • These Statuettes of Architectural Landmarks Offer a Stylish Alternative to Typical Souvenirs March 25, 2017 12:00 PM
    Russian designer Konstantin Kolesov has created a collection of finely-crafted souvenirs celebrating iconic architectural landmarks from around the globe. The Jsouv Collection consists of 15 pieces, depicting landmarks from New York, London, Tokyo, Dubai and more. Crafted from solid aluminum, the souvenirs are accompanied by a natural walnut base engraved with a 2D emblem of the city in question. With the souvenirs currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, Jsouv is also offering a t-shirt collection with unique prints of each city and landmark.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Inside Philip Johnson's Underappreciated Glass House in Manhattan March 25, 2017 9:30 AM
    The architectural legacy of the Rockefeller family in Manhattan is well-known, most obviously demonstrated in the slab-like Art Deco towers of the Rockefeller Center and the ever-expanding campus of the MoMA. But in a city that is filled with landmarks and historic buildings, it's easy for even the most remarkable projects to go unrecognized. Philip Johnson's Rockefeller Guest House in Manhattan was completed in 1950, just one year after the construction of his better known Glass House in New Canaan. The Glass House is an obvious cousin to the later guest house: both feature largely empty glass and steel boxlike forms, where structural work is exposed and celebrated.
    Isabella Baranyk
  • Herz Jesu Parish Hall / bodensteiner · fest March 25, 2017 9:00 AM
    Concept of being an open house, the new Herz Jesu Parish Hall in Ingolstadt replaces a post-war structure that was originally built as an emergency church before serving as the parish centre. The clearly structured building, designed by architects bodensteiner ∙ fest, is characterised by the use of the key materials glass, timber and concrete. The project results from a multi-phase competition won by the Munich based architects. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Third-Place Proposal for Turkey's Bandirma Park Embeds Public Spaces in an Urban Landscape March 25, 2017 8:00 AM
    In the recently concluded Bandirma Park competition, TARI-Architects in collaboration with Derek Pirozzi Design Workshop LLC, were awarded third prize for their proposed revitalisation of the Turkish city’s ecological core. In light of the competition’s vision of Bandirma as a new innovative hub, the proposal by the two practices combines the central Design Institute with excavated public spaces to minimize the architecture’s footprint on the park and its context.
    Osman Bari
  • Nursery in Toulouse / OECO Architectes + V2S Architectes March 25, 2017 5:00 AM
    The Early Years and Flexible Attendance Childcare Centre is located in the heart of the Amouroux 
    Sabrina Leiva

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