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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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  • WAF 2019: Today's Programme and Live Stream December 5, 2019 3:45 AM
    As the world’s biggest architectural awards program, WAF 2019 brings together more than 2,000 architects and designers to Amsterdam for three days of conference programs, awards, and exhibition events from December 4-6.
    AD Editorial Team
  • The Tasting Room / GE Space Design December 5, 2019 9:00 PM
    In Chengdu, a capital city in the southwestern China known for its laid-back lifestyle, there is such a cocktail R&D workshop & bar. The client’s emotional preference and rich experiences as a bartender convince the designer to create a novel project, in which the place is converted from an innovative cocktail workshop to a cozy and styled bar according to time shift in a day.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Williams Park Fieldhouse / STLarchitects December 5, 2019 8:00 PM
    The new fieldhouse located in the Bronzeville community adjacent to the Chicago Housing Authority Dearborn Homes will replace an existing fieldhouse and will support the Chicago Park District and Chicago Housing Authority’s expanding programming needs. The single-story building includes a 3,800 square foot basketball gymnasium with spectator seating, two multi-purpose community rooms with a shared pantry, offices, reception, and storage space.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Moulat House / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica December 5, 2019 7:00 PM
    The Moulat House, located in the Amanali Golf Club subdivision represents the use of bare concrete. The project is based on the integration of the construction into the natural landscape and its contrast with the artificial landscape created for the golf course. It is a construction that explores the duality of open space and closed space, of interior and exterior.
    Clara Ott
  • Green House / AMZ Arquitetos December 5, 2019 5:00 PM
    Commissioned by a young couple with three children, the house was built on one of the few remaining plots at a downtown neighborhood in São Paulo, and was conceived to conform to the original site in order to double as a country house on weekends and free time.
    Pilar Caballero
  • LO House / Dado Castello Branco Arquitetura December 5, 2019 4:00 PM
    When crossing the entrance doorway, the spectator comes across a big wooden box, made of Cabreúva, which architect Dado Castello Branco defines as the “heart of the house”. The other social areas were distributed from that wooden box, into integrated spaces.
    Pilar Caballero
  • WAF 2019: Day 2 Winners Announced December 5, 2019 2:30 PM
    As the World Architecture Festival 2019 continues, we are happy to announce the winners of the second day of the event. Works by Herzog & de Meuron, Heathewick Studio, White Arkitekter and many more international practices inside!
    AD Editorial Team
  • Fusca House / BAQUERIZO Arquitectos December 5, 2019 2:00 PM
    The project consists of a 600 m2 residence for a family of five who sought the tranquillity of the countryside and a nice garden with a view. The place is located in a rural urbanization in the north-eastern hills of Bogotá and Chía, in Cundinamarca, Colombia. It is a lot with an inclination of approximately 30 degrees and has a size of 3879 m2 surrounded by native forest with a predominant view towards the west over a savannah.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • South Africa's Waste to Wonder Pavilion Transforms Public Space with Upcycled Trash December 5, 2019 1:00 PM
    Architecture studio theMAAK has unveiled a new installation as part of the 2019 experimental Design & Make program Follies in the Veld (FITV) in Cape Town, South Africa. The team worked with makers and the community to collectively design and build a large scale ‘Folly’. Each year, a specific site and a unique material is used as the departure point for the hands-on creative program.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Ludwig-Schwamb und Mühltal School / walter huber architekten gmbh December 5, 2019 12:00 PM
    Walter Huber Architekten from Stuttgart enlarged the Ludwig-Schwamb- and Mühltalschule in Darmstadt by adding two staggered flat-roofed buildings.
    Andreas Luco
  • Belaroïa Residential Building / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture December 5, 2019 10:00 AM
    'Belaroïa' means jewels in langue d'oc, the old language of the area of Montpellier, in the south of France. It is a mixed-use program with a 3* campanile hotel, a 4* golden tulip, 12 luxury apartments, a restaurant, a wellness center, and parking. The site is right opposite Montpellier's central Gare Saint Roch train station, and the BELAROIA is the first building you see as you come out of the station. The north terraces of the station overlook the project.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Mad Arkitekter Proposes New Urban Development Plan in Larvik, Norway December 5, 2019 9:00 AM
    Along with the municipality of Larvik, Mad Arkitekter has proposed new development plans for Martineåsen, a future new district west of Larvik City Center. The project celebrates the natural context of the site while creating a small-town community with all required amenities, within walking distance.
    Christele Harrouk
  • How Artificial Lighting can Improve (or Worsen) Architecture December 5, 2019 7:35 AM
    Of the varying aspects of architectural and interior design, lighting is one element that can visually enhance or destroy a space. This influence stems from the wide range of artificial lighting designed for the most widely differing tasks, environments, and purposes, including internal and even external spaces such as facades and landscape projects. Think of two environments with the same dimensions and layout. Suppose that in the first, only one point of light was applied - a general, unspecified point of light in this case - while in the second a light project was performed considering the use of space and valuing certain aspects of the architectural design. Undoubtedly, the second option is a more pleasant space. In the same way, poor lighting design can ruin an environment. But how is it possible to achieve these different results?
    Matheus Pereira
  • Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects December 5, 2019 7:00 AM
    The new Culture & Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects incorporates a contemporary art museum (MICA), a 1,800-seat theatre with supporting facilities and a multipurpose hall. Its organic architectural language is defined by pedestrian routes that weave through the site to connect with neighbouring streets. Providing views of the adjacent Meixi Lake from the city and giving access to the parks and walking trails on the lake’s Festival Island, this ensemble of three separate cultural institutions creates external courtyards where pedestrian routes intersect for outdoor events and sculpture exhibitions.
    Fernanda Castro
  • CM House / Dado Castello Branco Arquitetura December 5, 2019 6:00 AM
    The design of the house was based in a contemporaneous concept, regarding the architecture and interior design. The external area is integrated with the inside, giving the possibility to unify the whole social area in a wide inviting space.
    Andreas Luco
  • Plans to Modernize and Expand the Australian War Memorial Revealed December 5, 2019 5:30 AM
    The AWM or the Australian War Memorial will undergo a series of development and refurbishments works, in order to renovate its galleries and its buildings. COX architecture will design the new Anzac Hall with its connection to the main structure, while Scott Carver will be in charge of the southern entrance.
    Christele Harrouk
  • Building Up: Modern Architecture in Pakistan December 5, 2019 5:00 AM
    Pakistani architecture is defined by multiplicity. Both following tradition and breaking from it, contemporary projects contend with multiple histories. Informed by the coexistence and juxtaposition of conditions like regulated development and informal settlements in Karachi and Islamabad, modern designs are being shaped by broader contexts. In turn, these public and private projects are exploring new spaces and forms.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Facadism: When Walls Talk, and Lie December 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    Walls cannot talk. At least, not yet. This is not to say they can’t lie. As ArchDaily recently reported, a growing urban trend is emerging where the entirety of a historic building is demolished apart from the exterior façade, and a new building constructed behind it. This procedure has a name; Facadism. While the act of building a new structure behind a historic façade may seem altruistic at best, or trivial at worst, Facadism offers an insight into the money-centric political and market forces shaping our cities.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill December 5, 2019 3:30 AM
    Ricardo Bofill (born 5 December 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved over the decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.
    Finn MacLeod
  • Red Box House / The Grid Architects December 5, 2019 3:00 AM
    This project was driven by contrasts and contrarian requirements, a strive towards minimising the shortcomings, using them to create positives. A programme that would be introverted and inclusive at once. In fact, the architects harboured an upbeat, buoyant attitude towards the assignment right from the outset.
    Pilar Caballero