Thursday, March 13, 2014

LiA Committee Meeting
March 19, 2014

Our 2 committee meeting is coming up next Wednesday, everyone is invited to join us. We would like to hear from you, and how you can make a positive impact with your participation on our upcoming events.

Check your emails next week, a formal agenda will be distributed.

I hope to see a lot of you in there.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Social Responsibility Opportunity
Independence Elementary School
Annual Career Day
May 9, 2014 
Need:                  Hispanic professionals to talk to the kids to inspire them to
                             purse a professional degree.
School fact:        School's population is about 70% Hispanic.
Program:            Morning session 8:15-10:30 a.m.
                             Afternoon session: 12:45-2:30 p.m.
                            15-30 minutes conversation with the kids | 4 - 6
Contact:              Susan Budilovsky-Robson |214.727.5168

After the event: If you want to make public you participation and
                              contribution on the LiA social media, send us a
                              synopsis and pictures.  
 LiA Contact:       David Muñoz |
                              Gloria Espino |


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Carlos Bedoya at The Magnolia Theatre on February 20, 2014

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet one of PRODUCTORA’s principal hosted by Dallas Architecture Forum.

Carlos Bedoya will be at The Magnolia Theatre, West Village on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for all of our members to see how diversity has helped the success of this firm.

The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to offer a special admission rate for LIA members who are not Forum members-- $10 instead of the normal rate of $20. All you need to do is identify yourself as a LIA member during check-in the evening of the lecture (reception/check in from 6:15 pm to start of lecture) and then pay by cash or check to “Dallas Architecture Forum.”

Carlos Bedoya Ikeda, a native of Mexico City, studied Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and received his Masters in Architecture from the ETSAB in Barcelona. After practicing in the office of TEN Arquitectos and serving as a project manager at LCM, he and three other partners from Mexico, Argentina and Belgium founded the architectural firm PRODUCTORA in Mexico City. The name PRODUCTORA emerges from the conviction that the design process advances through a continuous production of material to be evaluated. The work of PRODUCTORA is characterized for a precise attention to geometry, a profound aesthetic ambition and a concern with timelessness in its materialization and programmatic solutions. The studio has produced a variety of residential, public, and corporate projects in Mexico and abroad, including Asia and South America. The firm’s work has been published and awarded nationally and internationally. The firm was recently honored as an international Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York City. In 2011 Productora founded LIGA, space for architecture and exhibitions in Mexico City to promote the exchange of ideas and investigations in contemporary Latin-American architecture.

PRODUCTORA currently is working on a variety of projects, both in Mexico and in other countries, ranging from single family dwellings to office or public buildings. The office has taught and lectured at national and international events. They presented their work at the 2nd architectural Biennale in Beijing and at the Venice Biennale in 2008. PRODUCTORA was one of the architecture studios chosen to build a villa for the Ordos100 Project in Inner Mongolia. They won the International Competition for the CAF Headquarters in Caracas (Venezuela) in collaboration with Lucio Muniain, and have been exhibited at the National Museum of Art in Beijing and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Bedoya serves on the editorial board of Domus Mexico and has developed an important teaching career, and he currently is a professor at TEC in Monterrey and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ENLACES- 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit: Celebrating the Work of Dallas Latino Architects and Designers

In its fourth year celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Committee presents: ENLACES, an exhibition celebrating Latinos in the design-related professions.

Included in the exhibition are: Margine Biswas, AIA (Archiphy); Silvino Castillo (Perkins+Will); Anita Delgado, Associate AIA (Corgan Associates); Al Hernandez, AIA (SHW Group); Julian Lizarazu, Associate AIA; Adriana Mesquita Pacheco (RTKL Associates); Adriana Meyer, AIA (APM Architecture); David Muñoz (Perkins+Will); Javier Rosero (SHW Group); Dulce Torres, International Associate AIA (HKS Inc.); Hector Zumalacarregui (RTKL Associates);

Registration Costs:
Payment in Advance
$10 Members
$15 Non Members

Payment at the Door
$15 Members
$20 Non Members

Thanks to our sponsors!!!:
FMG- Furniture Marketing Group
Good Fulton & Farrell
HKS Inc.
Milby Attorneys & Counselors
Northwestern Mutual
RTKL Associates
Rene Barbier


Thursday, August 15, 2013

West Dallas Community Center - Make an Impact

The West Dallas Community Center is an 80 year old non-profit organization who is looking to re-invent itself, expand the programs offer and become a greater resource to the community.  The center would like to maximize the use of their Bataan site to better serve the community.  A volunteer effort is taking place as part of AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture community outreach projects that involves developing the center’s visioning, rebranding and updating the centers web site, setting master plan goals, and developing a site master plan for WDCC development.

The mission of the WDCC is Helping Youth Excel!  They help youth of West Dallas develop dignity, self-respect and meet life’s encounters with a positive attitude and manner. They also communicate to the youth that they can make an impact in their community and with their lives. They train youth to practice acceptable and new social skills, increased self-worth that will enable them to become productive citizens of society.

The West Dallas Community Center is located off of Bataan Street two blocks south of the Margaret Hunt Bridge with a spectacular view of downtown Dallas.  Its location at the heart of the community makes it an ideal location for the services that it offers and its goal of reaching out to serve other members of its community.

A site study and schematic site plan has been created by LiA to assist WDCC as they work with the City of Dallas in the rezoning of the property to continue to allow for the services currently rendered and as a guide map to show the future services that can be offered.

The WDCC logo and branding continues to develop.   The goal for this holistic branding effort is to incorporate the web site development with the new logo design.  The logo is to visually unite the corporation’s goal of reaching to a greater community demographic, incorporate the Institution's color, and show a regional connection.


For opportunities and involvement with this program and/or other LiA programs or to find out more information about Latinos in Architecture please send an email to

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

LiA Networking Summer Happy Hour

Come join us for a very special networking summer happy hour, sponsored by Milby Attorneys & Counselors
Among others, we will kick-off our Annual “From an Architect’s Bookshelf” Book Drive and announce LiA's programming for the rest of the year.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Milby Attorneys & Counselors (Same building as Dallas Center for Architecture)
1909 Woodall Rodgers
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75201

Please pass this invite along to all your colleagues and friends in the field of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture or related disciplines, everyone is welcome!

There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by clicking "Register for Event Now" here:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Architecture and Cultural Relevance

From left to right: Marcel Erminy, Juan Sosa,
Santos Catalan, David Zatopek, AIA,
Sebastian Morande, Lorena Toffer, AIA,
Robert Casasus, Lorena Perez,
Miguel Roldan, Jeff Potter, FAIA,
Clemente Jaquez, AIA,
Robert Casstevens at the
Latino Cultural Center plaza
It is not often that we get the opportunity to interact and learn from great minds, much less with four! Just in March, AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture hosted an evening reception for Spanish Architect Miguel Roldan (partner of Roldan+Berengue Architects), who was here for a lecture  hosted by Corgan Associates. Also present at this inspiring discussion were past AIA National President Jeff Potter, FAIA,  past AIA Dallas President David Zapotek, AIA and Texas A&M Professor Marcel Erminy.

The intent of the evening was to discuss cultural relevance in design and innovation, all while enjoying great food and mixers by the Latino Culinary Institute. As our guest of honor, Miguel Roldan discussed his ideas and projects, which are very exciting and interesting – particularly because he evokes a feeling of relevance. By that I mean that each work tends to go further beyond the programmatic function of the building. There is an essence that the project wants to engage with its place and its people. Whether we are talking about the dynamics of how economical means of construction offer unique opportunities, to substantive ideas of encouraging cultural trends in society.

During our discussions at the Latino Cultural center, some of the topics were general in nature, but there were particular questions that generated great debate and even questioned our profession. There is something to be said about architecture that is innovative because of its use of material and its unique interpretation of space, but when you design for a deeply rooted culture - how do you advance architecture? How do you translate tradition and customs into our contemporary world and through what language? Words like sophisticated, strategy and performance may not be so fitting when in essence some people just want what they have known and experienced for all their life – whether that is a preference of color, material or space arrangement. And to this we answered YES! Yes Architecture can respond and adapt culture to our changing environment, but understanding how this can be done has to go beyond textbooks and Google searches. We must avoid, in a subliminal or subconscious manner, our intuitive desire to drive projects in any one direction; we must engage and become entangled in order to express culturally significant Architecture.

I love to travel, I have been to many places in Europe, Asia and the Americas. One of my dearest
memories, is of my Grandpa’s town in the Mountainous regions of Chihuahua, Mexico. There, a small
village can only be accessed through a small winding, unpaved road. Dangerous you might say? Yes! But
genuine and unique to the way people live there. As you enter the ranch, you access a different world. Many houses are still made of Adobe Clay bricks and timber, there are no paved roadways, and everyone in the town knows each other. My Grandpa’s house sits atop a hill overlooking the town, and a rock trail from the house leads you to a crystal-clear stream just 200 feet away. The air is fresh and the sun embraces you with light and warmth. There is something very innocent about this place that words and actions such as “innovation”, “progress”, “technology” are a detriment to its very existence.

Denoting the importance of this anecdote, it is hard to conceive that Architecture become so worldly that we are in essence creating a homogenous language across the world. I do not believe we want society to be defined, in a way, by global expectations and a certain architectural language, which in case devalue the richness of context. When we visit places across the globe, we expect a unique experience, at least different than what we see at home. In places where there is great economic advancement, it will be crucial to take a moment of reflection and contemplation.

Simply said, culture in architecture is relevant. It is not about googling context and typing in the country's history in the web. It is about connecting with people, understanding customs and tradition.

Some values are just intangible and some architecture aspects of culture, like great family recipes, are passed down from generations. We must tap into this to enhance and promote our identity as a society and individuals.

Clemente Jaquez, AIA
AIA Dallas LiA 2013 Committee Chair