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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.


  • I. M. Pei Dies at the Age of 102 May 16, 2019 6:19 PM
    Ieoh Ming Pei, known as I. M. Pei, died today at the age of 102, according to The New York Times. The Chinese-American architect (born April 26, 1917) was arguably the greatest living member of the modernist generation of architects. When he received his Pritzker Prize in 1983, the jury citation stated that he "has given this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms." His most notable work is the Louvre Pyramid.
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  • MA 4519 Residential Building / Arqtipo May 20, 2019 2:00 PM
    Context The MA 4519 project located in the neighborhood of Saavedra, is presented as the opportunity to operate in interstitial, on a residual lot for the traditional real estate market, it investigates the habitat density without resigning quality of life. On a small plot of 8.66 x 12.50 m, in the R2B1 district, without an internal front line, it is allowed to build the entire land of this typical apple, generating a proposal from morphological operations that articulate it in relation to the heterogeneous context of this urban fabric in continuous transformation The project takes advantage of the maximum height of the zoning of the district, from a series of staggered spaces with expansions at different heights that are related to both boundaries. Its virtual volumetry is completed with a metallic structure that redefines the limits, qualifying the spatial conditions of the project.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Machou Designs World's Longest Urban Agriculture Park for Dubai May 20, 2019 1:00 PM
    Machou Architects has designed the world's longest urban agriculture park for Dubai. Designed to transform the city's most vital highway into an eco-valley, the project has been developed in response to the lack of functional public spaces and sustainable outdoor spaces. Reimagining Sheikh Zayed Road, the project centers on Dubai's main transportation artery and its primary link to other cities.
    Eric Baldwin
  • House Charqueadas / Rmk! Arquitetura May 20, 2019 12:00 PM
    Built on an area of 2,378.48 m², the house “Charqueadas”, has a single floor program divided into three formal units of different materialities: social areas are housed under a 42-meter concrete slab; intimate areas within a volume covered by movable wood panels; and service areas protected by volume covered by natural stone.
    Daniel Tapia
  • OMA/KOO Chosen to Design Chicago Center for Arts May 20, 2019 11:00 AM
    OMA and KOO LLC has been announced as winners of an international competition to design an innovative Center for the Arts on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, serving as a gateway between UIC and the world. The scheme was one of three proposals chosen as finalists for the center, joining Johnston Marklee/UrbanWorks and Morphosis/STL.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • (In)movables on canvas / H3O May 20, 2019 10:00 AM
    The refurbishment of a “Loft not Loft” in Parlament Street in Barcelona, or how to fill a white canvas with “movables” (furniture) of sinuous shapes that define living spaces.
    Andreas Luco
  • JFK's Iconic TWA Terminal Reopens as Vintage Hotel by Beyer Blinder Belle May 20, 2019 9:00 AM
    The TWA Hotel has opened at JFK Airport in New York. Centered on the careful restoration of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 former Trans World Airlines terminal, the hotel features 512 soundproof guest rooms, restaurants, and retail outlets. The project was led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, with two new hotel wings designed by LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects and Stonehill Taylor, and a 50,000 square meter events center by INC Architecture & Design.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • El Tume House / Abarca Palma Arquitectos May 20, 2019 8:00 AM
    Housing located in Villarrica, Araucanía Region, in the rural sector of El Tume. It is a two-story house inserted in a small forest on the edge of a cliff facing the Toltén River.
    Andreas Luco
  • Tea, Chocolate, Coffee Pavilion / knitknot architecture May 20, 2019 6:00 AM
    The pavilion proposes to strengthen the patio of the Rioja Library and adapt it so that people can meet and tell stories.
    Danae Santibañez
  • What is Healthy Lighting? May 20, 2019 4:30 AM
    Talieh Ghane researches the interaction between light and health at the California Lighting Technology Center. We talked about the biological vs. visual system of light, how to synchronize your circadian clock for better health, how light is like a drug, and why you shouldn’t be on your phone right before bed (guilty).
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  • Do Yourself a Favor and Save Time May 20, 2019 3:30 AM
    We all get 24 hours in a day. Sometimes we feel like the clock is overtaking us with each new day adding more and more to the list that we can never seem to quite get to the end of. If only there was a way that each task could be made efficient, manageable, then the process of checking things off would be so much easier.
    Rachel Hur
  • Sare House and Caracali House / LSD Architects May 20, 2019 3:00 AM
    This is a residential complex of 2 houses developed in a beautiful beach front property in a very exclusive area of the Peninsula de Nicoya. Both houses sits in a very open terrace with a gentle topography, surrounded by trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the white sandy beach of Playa Hermosa.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Le Poulailler House / eba architecture May 20, 2019 2:00 AM
    Diamond-shaped windows connect new and old in duplex addition by eba. Architecture firm eba used traditional fish scale metal cladding to create a vaporous addition to a Quebec City century-old brick building. The project was designed to host the family of a young doctor wanting to live just above his beloved brother’s family. Both families share the yard where cousins play while parents are gardening. Hence the project name proposed by the client: a true chicken coop!
    Daniel Tapia
  • Drongen Furniture Store / WE-S architecten May 20, 2019 1:00 AM
    The building consists of a furniture store with a lunch bar on the street side, as well as an office building at the rear of the site. Both are visualized on the basis of two geometric figures that were partly pushed together. The result is a geometric interplay of 2 different volumes that characterize both store and office.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Youfangping Village Landscape Design / ADEA May 20, 2019 12:00 AM
    Youfangping Village is affiliated to Joujianfang Town, LantianCounty, facing Mountain Jade across the Bashui River. It is located at the northern foot of Qinling Mountains within the basins of seventy-two valleys, with numerous mountains surrounded and affiliated to basins and watersides.
    Collin Chen
  • Air Mountain Pavilion / Aether Architects May 19, 2019 11:00 PM
    Air-Mountain is a multi-purpose pavilion of Oct Phoenix Flower Carnival in 2019. During the event, the interior space of the building will serve as the venue for the concert, theatrical performance, forum and workshop of the event;At the same time, the external space shaped by its architecture form is also used as a public leisure place open to visitors, who are free to climb, sit, lie on its multidimensional surface. Air- Mountain is a multi-functional building, but also a natural terrain of people freely imagine and activities.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Gulshan Society Mosque / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA May 19, 2019 9:00 PM
    The urban plot allocated for this mosque was relatively small but survey suggested that the mosque would need to accommodate a large congregation. This necessitated reimagining the mosque typology into a vertically stacked volume. Planned for 2500, the building is presently attended by up to 4500 people for the weekly Friday prayer.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Cheeran House / John Pardey Architects May 19, 2019 7:00 PM
    The relatively constrained site sits just off the road between Reading and Oxford in West Berkshire, midway between the two hospitals where both clients work as consultants, adjoins a wonderful one-acre walled garden that forms part of the site but outside the residential curtilage.
    Daniel Tapia
  • International Accommodation Center For The Oceanological Observatory / Atelier Fernandez & Serres May 19, 2019 5:00 PM
    This project of an accommodation center consists in a restaurant, working space for scientific research and seventy-four. The building is part of a complex of facilities which include the oceanological research center and observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer, in France. This observatory is located in the middle of the marine natural reserve of Cerbères-Banyuls, in the Pyrénées orientales department. Its purpose, as a European scientific research and training center, is to accommodate scientists and students from all over the world during short research and experimentation missions.
    Daniel Sánchez
  • Administration Extension / CRYSTALZOO May 19, 2019 3:00 PM
    The program for the development of an administrative extension building can be understood as a tourist infrastructure with a socio-cultural character.
    Daniel Sánchez