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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.


  • A Guide to Drone Photography/Cinematography for Architecture August 19, 2018 7:00 AM
    Drone photography has been one of the biggest advancements in aerial photography and cinematography. Drones began making a huge impact on filmmaking in the early 2000s, but vast advancements in aerial and camera technology have dramatically increased the use of and demand for aerial footage in nearly every industry focused on digital content.
    Collin Abdallah
  • Three Defining Movements in Architectural Photography August 19, 2018 6:00 AM
    From the first experiments carried out by the French Joseph Niépce in 1793, and his most successful test in 1826, photography became an object of exploring and a resource for registering lived moments and places of the world. Within the broad spectrum of photographic production throughout history, architecture has frequently played a leading role on the records, be it from the perspective of photography as an art, document or, as it was often the case, an instrument for cultural construction.
    Julia Brant
  • Castellana 77 / Luis Vidal + arquitectos August 19, 2018 5:00 AM
    Cities have silent icons and Castellana 77 is one of them. Located in the financial heart of Madrid, it beats with the rhythm of a city characterized as a driving force of the country.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Jingfeng Academy / Tumushi Architects August 19, 2018 2:00 AM
    The client want to build a small cultural facility on the site. Firstly, it will be a studio for researchers work and be a library for professional book. Due to sit close to Jinfeng village, it is named as Jinfeng academy.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Urban Design and Research of Nantou Old Town / URBANUS August 18, 2018 10:00 PM
    The Nantou Old Town in the city center of Shenzhen, China was founded as a city over 1,700 years ago starting from the Jin Dynasty. In the past century, the ancient town has gradually vanished, while the village was constantly expanding. The exacerbation of urbanization in Shenzhen has resulted in an intertwined layering with complex pattern of the historical town embedded in the urban village, which is again encircled by the city—“village in city, city in village”.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Identiti Advertising Renovation / Meister Varma Architects August 18, 2018 8:01 PM
    Identiti is an advertising and branding agency run by a father-sons trio who wished to consolidate their home and office in different parts of the city into a spacious live-work unit. By the time we were approached, a building had been purchased for this purpose on a relatively compact 270 sqm site. The existing structure was an archetype of a build to rent style prevalent throughout Kerala with low daylight and even lesser character. Cramped room sizes resulting from a half-baked interpretation of Vastu (traditional Indian system of architecture) made matters worse.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Habitat Filter / Matt Drysdale + Matt Myers + Tim Dow August 18, 2018 6:00 PM
    Designed for Transurban and situated in the Melbournes Art precinct on an inaccessible freeway off-ramp island, this major sculptural installation provides an integrated approach of artwork paired with habitat. Solar panels power provide some electricity for lighting, bird boxes provide shelter for wildlife,
    Daniel Tapia
  • The Memorials of Yugoslavia, Through the Lens of Jonathan Jimenez August 18, 2018 2:00 PM
    Thirty years after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the traces of the regime seem increasingly few and far between. Among the still existing monuments, conditions are mixed: some remain pristine, others are worn away after years of exposure to the elements.
    Katherine Allen
  • JD2 / Carney Logan Burke August 18, 2018 1:00 PM
    Carney Logan Burke was tasked to design an entire compound for a young family relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to Wilson, Wyoming. From siting and entry sequence to conceiving a full complement of primary and secondary structures — a 5,300-square-foot residence, guest house and gear barn with a pond, waterfall and landscaping — principals John Carney and Matt Thackray and head of the interiors team Jenn Mei worked closely with the clients to bring all aspects of the project to fruition.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • This Week in Architecture: Australia's Tallest Tower and Questions about Infrastructure August 18, 2018 9:30 AM
    Australia loomed large in the news this week following the announcement for the continent's tallest tower in Melbourne. The competition, which was won by a joint bid from UNStudio and Cox Architecture, boasted designs from some of the world's best-known firms including MVRDV, OMA, MAD, and BIG.
    Katherine Allen
  • Sawyer Residence / Vladimir Radutny Architects August 18, 2018 9:00 AM
    Being tasked with converting this 100-year-old dilapidated Chicago two-flat into a single family home gave us an opportunity to respond to a question: How does one preserve and integrate the intangible building qualities of yesterday and today while breathing new life into an existing derelict shell? Our approach to the question entailed observing the existing "heaviness" of both material and space, considering the juxtaposition of restraint and ornamental excess, exploring qualities of openness alongside compartmentalization, and superimposing old craft with new traditions.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Organic Farm in Cuchi, Vietnam Will Promote Closed-Cycle Organic Farming August 18, 2018 8:00 AM
    A project in the works from Thai architecture firm Integrated Field (IF) will trumpet the virtues of closed-cycle organic farming to the public. The so-called Cuchi Organic Farming Masterplan involves the reuse of a decommissioned rubber plantation in Cuchi, Vietnam as an “organic food production farm” with “animal feed, livestock, fruit, and vegetation in the closed-cycle operation.”
    Ella Comberg
  • The Top 10 Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine August 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    For this year's annual city listings, Metropolis Magazine took an unusual approach: they took the analysis to the streets, surveying nearly 100 design professionals across the globe to get their opinions. The result? A list that boasts not just the cities you'd expect (Milan, London, Berlin) but the under the radar powerhouses you might not have anticipated.
    Katherine Allen
  • Shelter for the Homeless / RKW Architektur + August 18, 2018 5:00 AM
    In Essen (Germany) the last two blocks of a homeless shelter were handed over to the users in 2018. The three clearly structured, parallel buildings characterised by exposed concrete and sky-blue glazed bricks are the result of an invitation to tender issued by the City of Essen.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • EeStairs Headquarters / Bronsvoort Blaak Architecten August 18, 2018 2:00 AM
    International staircase manufacturer, EeStairs, has completed the construction of its new headquarters in Barneveld, the Netherlands. Spanning across three floors, the 4800 square metre building has an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating, making it one of the most sustainable production sites in the country.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Gable House / B.DESIGN24 STUDIO August 17, 2018 11:00 PM
    Designed as a relaxation space and spatially planned as an outhouse that is architecturally unique and different from any other structure of the city, the inspiration of this home is from the tropical houses of Singapore. Designed with a tropical concept, therefore, the house is the result of the client's brief with a similar approach adopted for the interiors too. A clean and simplistic plan determines the spatial planning of this oasis within a huge landscaped area with lush greenery A House in the Garden, the lower floor accommodates living areas and rooms for servants while the first floor accommodates a swimming pool, a baby pool, and a formal living / dining space and kitchen.
    Daniel Tapia
  • LEEGE Office / RAMOPRIMO August 17, 2018 10:00 PM
    RAMOPRIMO re-thinks new visual identity and interior space for LEEGE offices in Beijing. The concept for LEEGE project tries to push the boundaries of the traditional office environment by re-thinking the relationships between all office functions. The space is designed as an empty white page where different elements, sliding walls and volumes are placed freely, like a combinatory game or a playground where people is free to move and choose new paths.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Woo Space Tianjin / hyperSity August 17, 2018 9:00 PM
    The headquarter of Woo is located in Tianjin, with a floor height of 3.5 meters and an area of about 3,000 square meters. The nature of this project is the renovation of the existing building, which was a commercial hotel built in the late 1990s. Its formal business operation mode and architectural form have been in conflict with the pattern of urban change, which in needs of new adapted functions.
  • Mar de Fondo Building / Minimal Studio August 17, 2018 8:00 PM
    Mar de Fondo is a refurbished building with residential character, located on the first row of the seafront of the Port of Alcúdia.
    Pilar Caballero
  • JEJE Guesthouse / skimA August 17, 2018 7:00 PM
    The project site is located in 5 minutes walking distance from Yeongju train station and at the junction between the residential area and commercial district. Although the site is classified and sit on the commercial district, mostly neighboring with single-family houses built in the 1970s and made of concrete block.
    Daniel Tapia