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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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  • AIA Elevates New Members and Nine International Honorary Members to the College of Fellows February 23, 2019 2:00 PM
    More than 100 American architects and nine international practitioners have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. Fellowship in the AIA is a prestigious honor conferred upon those who have lasting contributions to the profession. While primarily a national award, the AIA also awards fellowship to a number of international designers each year.
    Katherine Allen
  • Youth Hostel Bern / Aebi & Vincent Architects February 23, 2019 1:00 PM
    Refurbishment and extension of Bern youth hostel / The youth hostel in Bern is located where the Stadtbach stream once flowed into the River Aare. Built in 1955/56 after a design by Peter Indermühle, the ensemble forms together with the octagonal building across the street the entrance to the quarter. The part of the building to the east of the dining hall has now been replaced by a detached structure that echoes the slender volume of the main building. In conjunction with the angular historical complex, this opens up space towards the quarter and the Aare.
    Daniel Tapia
  • AD Classics: AD Classics: The Kreuzberg Tower / John Hejduk February 23, 2019 12:00 PM
    In April of 2010 the architecture community gathered to protect one of the many at risk postmodern buildings of the 1980s. 
    Sofia Balters
  • London Development to Offer First Dedicated Drone Port in the UK February 23, 2019 10:00 AM
    We have seen rooftop helipads, restaurants, pools, and even gardens, but soon rooftops will be catering to a new service: drone delivery. Maida Vale’s Lyons Place, a residential complex designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell, will be the first in the UK to implement rooftop ‘vertiports’, encouraging drone delivery services.
    Dima Stouhi
  • Villa Stjerneveien / Lie Øyen arkitekter February 23, 2019 9:00 AM
    The villa is situated on the hillside surrounding Oslo, on the top of Vettakollen, with a great view over the city and the fjord. The project is a total reconstruction of a house from the 1950s, and is one of the first projects realized by the office.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Illustrations of Sacred Spaces Around the World by André Chiote February 23, 2019 8:00 AM
    Architecture can be understood through many prisms but is often seen solely as the response to material demands - housing, leisure, commerce, etc. But perhaps no space is more emotionally and symbolically loaded than that of sacred spaces. Designing spaces for worship (religious or otherwise) can be one of the most creative and liberating tasks of this profession. These spaces transcend the terrestrial plane of mere material to become part of a universe of subjectivity and faith.
    Romullo Baratto
  • Architecture and Embroidery: Discover the Art of Elin Petronella and Charles Henry February 23, 2019 6:00 AM
    Elin Petronella and Charles Henry record the architecture and urban landscapes of European cities on vibrant, colorful, and even monochromatic embroideries. Classical Danish buildings, the bohemian streets of Paris, Lisbon's cable cars, and even the iconic Casa Batlló de Gaudí in Barcelona are some of the locations illustrated in the duo's work. See more of the textile artists/couple's work on Instagram: @petronella.art and @_charleshenry_.
    Victor Delaqua
  • House R / B-bis architecten February 23, 2019 5:00 AM
    This bungalow is hidden on a ridge deep in the Ardennes. The total renovation livens up this holiday house. At the outside, the walls were insulated again and given a new wooden front coping.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Skanderbeg Square / 51N4E February 23, 2019 2:00 AM
    This project for the restructuring of Skanderbeg Square is the result of an international architecture competition won by 51N4E in 2008. The competition’s proposal, conceived in collaboration with Albanian artist Anri Sala, reorganizes Tirana’s central square, a vast ex-communist space, in a simple yet radical way. In a complex and dense urban context, on this site that is both the core of the Albanian capital city and a symbol for the whole country, the project installs a generous pedestrian area.
    Paula Pintos
  • Crafting a Retail / Metropolitan Studio of Architecture February 22, 2019 11:00 PM
    MSA collaborated with WARDA, a clothing brand, on designing of their new stores, which are planned in various cities of Pakistan. Peshawar Flagship is the first in this series. Each flagship store is designed keeping in mind the idea that it will serve as a rejuvenating device for the brand. MSA has taken this collaboration as an opportunity to look closely at the retail culture of Pakistan in general and WARDA retail strategies in specific. These explorations helped in developing an overall thematic of the brand, where context becomes the central focus of the aesthetics of the flagships.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Shih Chien University Building B / Shen Ting Tseng architects February 22, 2019 9:00 PM
    Shih Chien University Building-B was completed in 1975 for the Art & Design Department, and because of the Modernism influences during that period the building has a very clear column-beam structural grid system, horizontal window opening and vertical space linking all three levels of building volumes.  After a few previous refurbishments, the existing architectural form has gradually lost its intended connection between the inside and outside, and its original sense of the architectural horizon is diminished.
    Collin Chen
  • Guesthouse Bokuyado Nishijin / td-Atelier + ENDO SHOJIRO DESIGN February 22, 2019 8:00 PM
    We renovated the wooden two-story house in Kyoto to a complex facility (guest house, cafe and owner's residence). Existing buildings were rebuilt and rebuilt many times, so they had a strange shape. So we once organized the structure and added structure reinforcement. And we greatly reduced the first floor part of the building.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Kangaroo Island Air Terminal / Ashley Halliday February 22, 2019 7:00 PM
    The Kangaroo Island Air Terminal is more than a regional air transport hub, it is a unique world-class cultural venue. More than a landmark, image or icon, it is the product and instigator of dialogue – interaction and exchange between people, with the terminal and its breathtaking natural setting. 
    Martita Vial
  • V-Plan / Studio B Architects February 22, 2019 5:00 PM
    The V-plan parti reflects the owner’s desire for privacy and gardens within a wedge shaped site on the Aspen golf course.
    Andreas Luco
  • Murray Centre, Downe House School / Design Engine Architects February 22, 2019 4:00 PM
    Following an invited design competition in 2013, we were commissioned to develop proposals for a visually and experientially inspiring building that would sit at the heart of the campus and serve as a hub for some of the key spaces of learning and day-to-day activities: a new library, multi-purpose auditorium, teaching spaces, cafe, shop, social space, offices and sixth form supporting spaces. Crucially, the centre was also envisaged as an environment which acts as a stepping-stone towards the experiences of Higher Education.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Vilnius National Concert Hall Architecture Competition February 22, 2019 3:16 PM
    An international architectural idea competition for the National Concert Hall has been launched. Architects from all over the world are invited to design one of the most important future spaces in the capital city of Lithuania and to submit their proposals to Vilnius City Municipality. The contest expires in June, and it is estimated that the construction of the building should start in 2021. According to initial plans, Vilnius city dwellers and city guests would be invited to the new hall in 2023 on the occasion of celebration of the 700th anniversary of Vilnius city. 
    Rene Submissions
  • José Luis Martínez Library / Alejandro Sánchez García February 22, 2019 2:00 PM
    The building, personal library of Jose Luis Martinez, is a conceptual replica of the diplomat’s house and studio. The project reveals itself sequentially on the basis of two halls and a double-height mezzanine floor.
    Javier Gaete
  • Vitra Design Museum Explores the Work of Balkrishna Doshi February 22, 2019 1:00 PM
    The Vitra Design Museum has announced a new exhibition exploring the work of Pritzker architect Balkrishna Doshi. Titled Architecture for the People, the museum will present the first international retrospective about Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia. The goal of the exhibition is to open Doshi’s work to a global audience and show how the architect’s work has redefined modern Indian architecture to shape a new generations of architects.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Aguçadoura House / Raulino Silva Arquitecto February 22, 2019 12:00 PM
    Aguçadoura House is located in a small allotment in a bathing village with the same name in the north of Portugal. Taking advantage of the unique climatic conditions and soil quality the surroundings are also known for having many greenhouses used for growing vegetables.
    Daniel Tapia
  • AIA New York Selects the City of Dreams Pavilion to be Built from Salvaged Timber February 22, 2019 11:00 AM
    The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced “Salvage Swings” by Somewhere Studio as the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams competition. The temporary art structure is now the subject of approvals and fundraising, with the goal of constructing the scheme on Roosevelt Island in the summer of 2019.
    Niall Patrick Walsh

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