Monday, August 24, 2015

ENLACES 2015 Keynote Speaker!


AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Network, is honored to include Zaida Basora, FAIA as our keynote speaker for the 2015 Enlaces exhibition and celebration. Zaida’s presence in Dallas has been influential and continues to transform our buildings, our perception of the city, and the future for a more sustainable environment.

Zaida is an icon of progressive leadership and a visionary in the city of Dallas. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico. As a champion for sustainability in architecture, she has scored multiple accolades to exemplify and prove her passion for a more conscious sustainable environment. In 2003, Zaida began implementation of the Dallas green building program which resulted in over 40 new sustainable facilities. Currently, Zaida oversees design, construction, and energy management in over 840 city-owned facilities.

Uniquely positioned as a leader in our city, Zaida possesses unmatched insight into policy and a comprehensive understanding of sustainability initiatives. Over the past 20 years she has held several positions with the City of Dallas including Purchasing Agent and Chief Building Official.

She was appointed to lead the task forces for development of the Dallas green building code in 2008, and not only updated, but adopted the green construction code in 2012. Her work championing green building codes in Dallas has been recognized with a 2008 BOAT award of excellence, 2009 CLIDE award in public policy, and in 2014 two CoreNet Global Sustainability Leadership Awards at the local and national level.

Zaida is a nationally recognized green building expert whose professional work has made Dallas a leader in regional and national green building standards and sustainability. On January 2012, Zaida was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of her significant contributions to architecture and society. She was also recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria in March of 2014 and received the President’s Pillar Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractor’s Association in 2014. Her vision for a more sustainable environment and her desire to gather communities around common goals will continue to be her mission as she transitions to become the new president of AIA Dallas in 2016.

We hope to see you all there.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Friday, May 15, 2015

LiA Planning Meeting

All LiA memebers are invited to attend our Planning Meeting, next Thursday May 21st.

We will work on:
  • The Book Drive
  • June Happy Hour
  • Enlaces!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

LiA Planning Meeting

Dear Latinos in Architecture,LiA Dallas will host the next planning meeting at ...


   Date: Wednesday March 18th.

   Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

   Address: 1717 Pacific Ave, Dallas 75201

 Events to plan will be From the Architect's Bookshelf book drive and Enlaces exhibition.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ENLACES 2014 Exhibition Opening Reception

We are very excited to invite you to our annual ENLACES Exhibition Opening reception. This is a great time to celebrate Latino Architects and Designers in the area.

DCFA | September 25, 2014 | 6-8PM

I hope you will be able to come have a good time with old friends and celebrate a few individuals that have done noteworthy work around Dallas.

Gloria Espino | David Munoz

Friday, April 25, 2014

Latinos in Architecture deliver architectural inspiration to high school youth…

Latinos in architecture had the opportunity to deliver donated books to one of our local high schools. Thanks to everyone that donated books.

Last week, I had the opportunity to be a part of an event that marks what Latinos in Architecture stands for. This event, From The Architects Bookshelf, promotes higher education in the field of construction, design and art. It is in LiA’s core values to promote the need for a higher education, and the importance of sharing with our community. During each of the volunteers’ introduction we were able to share where we were from, where we obtained our education, our career path and a recommendation that we thought would help them. Al Hernandez shared his passion for architecture, and also explained the roles that architects have as managers of the different disciplines like engineers, contractors, owners and users.

The school is always carefully selected keeping in mind that they have an architecture/design program in their curriculum, and then the instructor gathers a group of student. We delivered the books to Pinkston High School in west Dallas. The majority of the students that attend this high school are minorities.

Below is the group of volunteers (from left to right):

Karina Ramirez
Al Hernandez
Gloria Espino
David Munoz
Salud Sierra
Daniel Navarro Rangel

It was really rewarding to see the faces of exiting student opening books and understanding what architects do as designers. Thanks to our co-chair David Munoz and Gloria Espino for organizing the event.