Architecture News

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.


  • HP6 House / AHL architects April 21, 2018 8:00 PM
    Urban housing often encounters a collision, especially a collision of vision, which affects the privacy of the owner. Inadequacies in open-close design will lead to the appearance of shutters or even windows that do not open ... to help people create their own privacy.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • 7 Iconic Buildings Reimagined in Different Architectural Styles April 21, 2018 4:00 PM
    Architectural styles derive their uniqueness by demonstrating the construction techniques, political movements, and social changes that make up the zeitgeist of a place in a particular moment of time. Whether it was the rebirth of art and culture with Renaissance architecture, or the steel skyscrapers that emerged in the post-war movement, each stylistic change tells us something different about the transitions of architectural history. But what if architecture rejected a critical regionalist approach, and buildings took on the characteristics of another place? These seven images made for Expedia provide a glimpse into what some of our favorite architectural icons would look like if they were built in a different style.
    Kaley Overstreet
  • A Guide to Modern Architecture in Lima, Peru: 16 Projects to Visit April 21, 2018 2:00 PM
    As tends to occur in various Latin American capitals, the historical center of Lima —also known as Cercado de Lima— faces simultaneous processes of deterioration, conservation and transformation. Wandering through its streets, its neo-colonial and republican architecture mixes with some major architectural projects which came about during Peru's modernist movement: "golden age" of public architecture during the mid 20th century.
    Delia Bayona & Nicolás Valencia
  • Floating Farmhouse / Givonehome April 21, 2018 1:00 PM
    Sited at the edge of a pristine creek, with a waterfall cascading over an ancient dam of hand-laid stone, the Floating Farmhouse was a sinking ship when first discovered. After a design and build process spanning four years, the 1820 manor home is now a study in contrasts: fully restored to its period grandeur while featuring purely modernist elements, including a curtain wall of skyscraper glass in the kitchen, polished concrete and steel finishes, minimalist interiors, and a cantilevered porch “floating” on the surface of the water.
    Pilar Caballero
  • RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks April 21, 2018 12:00 PM
    The shortlisted schemes for the RIBA Competition to design the new Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center, located in Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, are now on display to the public. The competition launched last October by Kent Wildlife Trust, in partnership with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as an open design competition "seeking worldwide architects and teams to put forward designs that promote learning, wellbeing, curiosity and nature" for a new visitor center at Sevenoaks. 
    Collin Abdallah
  • Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo April 21, 2018 9:30 AM
    In the bustling streets of Seoul, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid Architects has become a landmark for its atypical architecture. A complex yet effortless building, the Design Plaza encapsulates the energy of the cultural hub in Dongdaemun, an area that has itself earned the nickname of the "town that never sleeps" thanks to its late-night fashion market.
    Ella Thorns
  • The Queen’s College
 / MICA April 21, 2018 9:00 AM
    We have completed a major underground extension to, and refurbishment of The Queen’s College Library in Oxford. The 17th Century Library is considered one of the nest existing in Oxford, both in terms of its collection and grand building, although has long been overused and overcrowded. The new Library provides an additional 800m2
of space (doubling its size) and includes a new light-filled reading room; an archive for Queen’s historic Antiquarian collection; a new Peet library of Egyptology and a multi- purpose room for collaborative learning. The new Library sits beneath a new garden set
at a subtle slope providing a new continuous rooflight into the slope of a Ha-Ha. The new rooflight brings light and extraordinary views to the spaces below. The existing Library
has been liberated by the extra space and has been able to be returned to its existing arrangement and grandeur providing a single generous entrance to all three library levels.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Tishk Barzanji's Illustrations Envision Complex Universes Inspired By Surrealism And Modern Architecture April 21, 2018 8:00 AM
    It is rare to find artists who can instigate critical reflection on architecture by combining references such as 'The Red Wall' (La Muralla Roja) by Ricardo Boffil, with the complex illustrations of Giovanni Battista Piranesi and pop culture icons. But Tishk Barzanji, a London artist, is one who does.
    Romullo Baratto
  • Amini House / Shoresh Abed April 21, 2018 5:00 AM
    The main purpose was this house as a pattern for urban construction in low population Kurdish city, namely Bukan, which is located in a rocky mountainous area with cold climate. -Different but with local specifics (minimum number of openings and maximum use of rock) to reminiscence of the past memories to passersby. Moreover, due to the entrepreneur’s overseas profession, the transnational aspects of the project were also important.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Tri-Tessellate / AKDA April 21, 2018 2:00 AM
    Tessellate (verb) “tocover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping.”
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Hefei Wantou & Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland - Phase1 / ASPECT Studios April 20, 2018 10:00 PM
    A new style of socially orientated community design brings an open plaza to the people of Hefei by the team at ASPECT Studios Shanghai.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • NOMAPS / DRTAN LM Architect April 20, 2018 8:00 PM
    Nomaps is a flash-packer hostel re-crafted from an old double storey pre-war shop-house situated in the heart of Malacca’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Pilar Caballero
  • James Cook University – The Science Place / HASSELL April 20, 2018 7:00 PM
    The interactive, purpose-driven design of The Science Place at James Cook University immerses students, staff, and visitors in a world of scientific discovery and innovation. The open facility celebrates, supports and reveals science in cutting-edge facilities. The Science Place has been designed to transform scientific research, undergraduate education, and postgraduate training at James Cook University’s Townsville campus in tropical northern Australia.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Call Me MOSAIC Bookstore / TurtleHill April 20, 2018 5:00 PM
    Call me MOSAIC, a pioneer bookshop brand focuses on every readers and to re-imagine the possibilities of space, content and individual by means of interactive forms that are popular among young people. The bookshop emphasizes user-oriented book selection strategy to respond every individuals’ reading requirements. Applying the same methodology, the interior design of the bookshop is carried out by closely addressing reading experience.      
  • Goergen Institute for Data Science / Kva Kennedy & Violich Architecture April 20, 2018 3:00 PM
    The new Institute of Data Science at the University of Rochester is the signature focus of the University of Rochester’s Strategic Plan to foreground information technology in a new educational model for cross-disciplinary research and innovation. Designed to LEED Silver standards, the 61,000 square foot building program includes smart classrooms and faculty offices, robotics, science, computation and environmental labs, a 160-seat auditorium and the Goergen Institute, a new public resource for information technology.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Studio Gang's Curved Mixed-Use Tower to be their First Project in Los Angeles April 20, 2018 2:00 PM
    Studio Gang has released details of their first project in Los Angeles, a 26-story mixed-use tower designed in collaboration with local development partner Creative Space and European lifestyle brand MOB. The scheme places an emphasis on community spaces, with a curved form creating dynamic public plazas at street level, forming a link between Chinatown, the recently-opened LA State Historic Park, Union Station, and El Pueblo.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Palm Springs Dome House / Pavlina Williams April 20, 2018 1:00 PM
    Escape it all at this fascinating vacation home rental in Palm Springs. Resurrected from neglect and disrepair by an LA-based architect this unique compound has been creatively restored with a stylish mid-century inspired aesthetic. Full of fun geometric structural patterns of the dome, the thoughtful attention to detail, and the mesmerizing desert views. Set within a spectacular five-acre property, this thoughtfully restored geodesic dome house sits on a hilltop with spectacular desert, mountain, Joshua Tree and Coachella valley views from virtually every angle. Its complete solitude interrupted only by the hypnotic wind turbines that lend an otherworldly beauty to the already dramatic desert landscape. One of the three major wind farms in California, the giant sentinel-like windmills stand silently harnessing the power of the wind from the San Giorgonio Pass, rhythmically turning throughout the day and flickering at night.
    Daniel Tapia
  • The World's First Commercial Hyperloop is Coming to Abu Dhabi in 2020 April 20, 2018 12:00 PM
    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has released details of their plan to create the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi. Situated on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in close proximity to both the Al Maktoum International Airport and World Expo 2020 site, the HyperloopTT will begin with the construction of six miles (ten kilometers) of infrastructure, with future development potentially creating a commercial Hyperloop network across the United Arab Emirates and beyond.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Bright Building Manchester / BDP April 20, 2018 11:00 AM
    The is the new headquarters for CityVerve - Innovate UK’s Internet of Things city demonstrator. The Bright Building is the first building in our masterplan for Manchester Science Park and is home to various tech and start up businesses providing offices, meeting areas, laboratories, restaurant facilities and a gym. Communal spaces occupy the majority of the ground floor and supports the delivery of events for up to 200 users.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So April 20, 2018 9:30 AM
    Travel seven hours by car in a Southwest direction from Shanghai and you will arrive in Songyang County. The name is unfamiliar to many Chinese people, and even more foreign to those living abroad. The county consists of about 400 villages, from Shicang to Damushan.
    Keshia Badalge