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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.


  • Ramos House / JJRR/Arquitectura February 19, 2018 5:00 PM
    The RAMOS House refers to the Case Study Houses (CSH) program in the mid-40's. It is projected on a very particular site with a practically triangular shape.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • HNI Corporate Headquarters / Neumann Monson Architects February 19, 2018 3:00 PM
    This intervention for a furniture company instils existing facilities with a campus identity celebrating the company’s transparent relationship with its hometown. Founded in 1944, the company moulded itself on a mission to provide a great place to work and treat everyone—employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, and the community—with respect. However, the company’s facilities, which straddle downtown’s main entry, had congested into opaque warehouses stitched with service bridges. The buildings presented the town’s main thoroughfare with an oppressive canyon of windowless walls, ventilation louvres, and corrugated steel.
    Daniel Tapia
  • OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France February 19, 2018 2:00 PM
    OMA has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of the new Palais de justice (courthouse) in Lille, France. Located on the outskirts of the city near the historic Vauban fortifications, the new courthouse will house the high court and district court of Lille within a colorful, expressive volume.
    Patrick Lynch
  • Plaine des Sports / OLGGA Architects + Atelier CAMBIUM February 19, 2018 1:00 PM
    The site is located north of the town in a location known as "Les Pins de Gouaillard et la Liberté" alongside the 824 Departmental road.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Calatrava and Gehry Rumored to Be Designing Skyscrapers for New York’s Hudson Yards Megaproject February 19, 2018 12:00 PM
    New York City’s most buzzy megaproject, Hudson Yards, may have just added two more huge names to their list of notable architects, if a new report from the Wall Street Journal is to be trusted.
    Patrick Lynch
  • L’Angolo Estate / LEVER Architecture February 19, 2018 11:00 AM
    This new family-owned winery is located on 23 acres outside of Newberg, Oregon in Yamhill County. The goal was to create a tasting room experience that reflects the family’s approach to winemaking—a direct expression of the Oregon soils and climate without embellishment.
    Daniel Tapia
  • MCHAP Reveals Nominees for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2016/2017 February 19, 2018 9:40 AM
    The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize has revealed the list of nominees for this year's awards, which seeks to recognize the most distinguished architectural works built on the continents of North and South America. Awarded on a biennial basis, this year’s award will consider projects built between 2016 and 2017.
    Pola Mora
  • How Slovakia's Soviet Ties Led to a Unique Form of Sci-Fi Architecture February 19, 2018 9:30 AM
    The history of Slovakia is riddled with political unrest and unwanted occupation, with the Slovak people having repeatedly been denied a voice throughout history. In the years following World War I, Slovakia was forced into the common state of Czechoslovakia; the territory was dismembered by the Nazi regime in 1938 and occupied by the Nazis for most of the Second World War, before being eventually liberated by Soviet and Romanian forces in 1945. Over the next four decades of communist rule—first by communists within Czechoslovakia itself and then later by the Soviet Union—the architecture of Slovakia came to develop into a unique form of sci-fi postmodernism that celebrated the shift in industrial influence at the time.
    Collin Abdallah
  • PV Cabin / Lorena Troncoso-Valencia February 19, 2018 9:00 AM
    Formerly the Neanderthal man lived in caves to take refuge. The choice of these stone dwellings, responded to the best orientation to protect from the winds, should have with air intake, light and enough space to store their food. Times have changed, but certain basic human needs have remained.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Orange Trees Provide the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming $500 Million Performing Arts Campus in Anaheim February 19, 2018 8:00 AM
    SPF:a has revealed their design for the new Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC) to be located adjacent to Angels Stadium in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle District. The $500 million, 500,000-square-foot cultural campus will contain three theaters and a range of culture and entertainment program elements, housed within striking buildings inspired by the orange tree.
    Patrick Lynch
  • Modular Eco-Housing Pushing Boundaries With Cardboard February 19, 2018 6:00 AM
    Designed and developed by Fiction Factory, a company of creative makers from Amsterdam, Wikkelhouse loosely translates to ‘wrapped house.' This sustainable modular house is uniquely created with cardboard as its main building material and is customizable in its size and function. 
    Yiling Shen
  • Garden Pavilion in Museu de Serralves / Diogo Aguiar Studio February 19, 2018 5:00 AM
    By the occasion of the exhibition Live Uncertainty: An Exhibition after the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, Diogo Aguiar Studio was selected to design one of the ephemeral pavilions to host the selected films to be displayed in the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art gardens.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Villa Poorkan / ZAV Architects February 19, 2018 3:00 AM
    The Poorkan villa used to be an abounded building. Our clients (Mojdeh Ghodousi and Ali Kamran) decided to build a villa on their inherited land. Instead we encouraged the proposition of renovating the existing building on the on.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • GCP Wood Cabins Hotel / Atelier LAVIT February 19, 2018 2:00 AM
    The Eco-hotel is located in a fishing reserve in Avignon, France. The 10 suites evoke primitive buildings on the shore of the lake; floating on the water like rafts or on pilots like palafittes. The architectural work perfectly matches with the lacustrine tubes from which it resumes and rationalizes the elegant vertical thrust. The different densities of the vertical wooden screens around the hut guarantees the privacy of its customers as well as repairing them from the sun and the wind.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Slow House / KDDH February 19, 2018 12:00 AM
    The Slow House located in the Innovation city in Ulsan is situated in the rectangular site with 8 meters-width road at the northwest side facing the foot of Mt. Hwangbang. Since it is expected that there will be a lot of car traffics and mountain climbers, it is necessary to design a plan which protects user privacy. Therefore, the design was started with the intention of separating a private area with a public area. First, the shape of the mass was decided as a form wrapping the space and embracing the mountain. And, the lower part of the piloti resulting from the form of the mass is used as a buffer zone where the private area and the public area are separated.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • D’Entrecasteaux House / Room11 Architects February 18, 2018 8:00 PM
    Bruny Island sits across the narrow D’entrecasteaux Channel which separates it from the Tasmanian mainland. Accessible only by boat, Bruny is a remote and beautiful landscape. The island is a traditional holiday destination for Hobartions and is increasingly becoming an international destination for more discerning cool climate connoisseurs.  Our clients, a professional couple, approached us after purchasing the land with a view to building a permanent residence. With family members owing adjacent properties, our clients was intently aware of the need for the architecture to reconcile the need to orient for light and view, but also provide protection from offshore winds and glare from the expansive water plane. Replete with devastating panoramas, the site was nonetheless exposed.  Winds buffet the angled terrain and the glorious light is at times too demanding for the eyes.
    Daniel Tapia
  • This Medieval Town is Built Inside a Crater and Composed of Millions of Diamonds February 18, 2018 4:00 PM
    From the greystone of Montreal to the limestone of Jerusalem, every city has its own iconic identity read through the city’s urban fabric. Scanning the architecture of the 1,110-year-old German town of Nördlingen, the timber frame homes, red pitched roofs, and winding streets appear identical in almost every regard to many quaint medieval communities populating the European countryside. 
    Evan Pavka
  • Collection Meters Look to Help Curb LA's Homelessness Epidemic With Spare Change February 18, 2018 2:00 PM
    Homelessness is a pressing issue faced by many cities across the globe. But, could the logistics of parking potentially assist in alleviating this epidemic by supporting community-based initiatives?
    Evan Pavka
  • Window on the Lake / YH2 February 18, 2018 1:00 PM
    A window on the lake: the very essence of the cottage. A warm, simple wood dwelling open to nature and a peaceful lake.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • 11 Houses With Incredible Cantilevers February 18, 2018 12:00 PM
    Cantilevers, structures that protrude from a building without the need for supports, are highly popular not only for their dramatic aesthetic effect, but also for the demonstration of technical mastery involved in their development. But we rarely see cantilevers in housing. For this reason, in this installment of our Photos of the Week, we have made a selection of 11 houses that seem to defy the physical laws of construction. Keep reading to see photos of renowned photographers such as Cécile Septet, Ema Peter, and Juan Solano.
    María Francisca González


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