Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Scholarship Awards to UT Summer Academy in Architecture

Joined by friends and family at the Austin Center for Architecture, Latinos in Architecture (LiA) recently awarded scholarships to three talented Austin area students.  In our continued effort to promote our profession amongst young Latinos, the three full-tuition scholarships will assist Franco, Jessied and Sindy attend the “Summer Academy in Architecture” at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture (UTSOA).
The Summer Academy is an intensive introductory course in architecture geared toward people who have little to no background in architecture and who wish to test and refine their interests in the field.  The Academy introduces students to many of the important aspects of architecture and encourages personal exploration through individual studio work, supplemented by supporting activities such as faculty and visiting lectures, a film series, site visits, class reviews, and periodic meetings that emphasize students’ more practical concerns (i.e. application procedures, general admissions policies, and the preparation of a portfolio or resumé).
Funds for all three scholarships were raised through various matching grants, corporate donations and fundraising efforts by our committee members.  We would like to give special thanks to the following people and organizations for their generous contributions: Austin Foundation for Architecture, Solis Constructors, Encotech Engineering, DAVCAR Engineering, Leap Structures, Architecture Plus, PageSoutherlandPage, Negrete & Kolar Architects, Hewlett Packard, Mr. Paul Medrano, AIA, Mrs. Maria Guerra, AIA, Mr. Mario Ferriz, UTSOA “Summer Academy in Architecture” Program and the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Latinos in Architecture is honored to have played a vital role in this endeavor and we look forward to continued growth in the coming years for this great cause.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Studio Talk- Fernando L. Lara, PhD

AIA Austin's “Latinos in Architecture Committee” presents “New Architecture for a New World:  Convergences in the American Continent”, by Fernando Lara, PhD. Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of Brazil Center at UT Latin American Institute.
At The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Lara teaches seminars on 20th century Latin American architecture and urbanism, a doctoral course on the critique of architectural eurocentrism, as well as studios related to the continent’s current urban challenges.

Mr. Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the University of Michigan.  The author of several books and hundreds of articles, in academic and professional journals as well as the general media, Prof. Lara writes extensively on a variety of issues regarding the Latin American built environment.

A member of the Brazilian Institute of Architects, and the Brazilian DOCOMOMO, Mr. Lara has also been active in his native country as a critic, researcher and educator.  His current interest in the favelas has turned into opportunities to engage with public policy at the municipal level as well as collaborations with local firms designing public spaces in informal settlements.  In 2005 he founded Studio Toró, a non-profit devoted to the challenges of water conservation and urban flooding in Latin America.

Thursday May 23rd , 6:00-7:00pm, at the Austin Center for Architecture (801 W 12th St.).

Sunday, April 7, 2013

LiA Movie Night- Unfinished Spaces

Please join us for our first movie night of the year, featuring “Unfinished Spaces”.  This highly acclaimed movie features Cuba’s ambitious National Arts project, designed by three young artists in the wake of the revolution, neglected and nearly forgotten for several decades, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.
Friday April 26th at the Austin Center for Architecture (801 W 12th St.).
Social hour at 6:00pm.  Movie starts at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Movie trailer available at
Please RSVP to or call 452-4332.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Please join your friends and colleagues with "Latinos in Architecture" for our first Social Mixer of the year. Great way to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. We hope you can make it!
Thursday February 28th from 5:30-7:00pm at TAKOBA (1411 East 7th Street)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Movie Night at the Center for Architecture

Please join Latinos in Architecture for our first Movie Night featuring SIDEWALLS (Medianeras) from Argentina ... a story about architecture, design, love, and Buenos Aires. What's not to like?!
Friday November 30th from 6-9pm at the Austin Center for Architecture (801 W 12th St.)
Refreshments will be provided.
HD movie trailer available at
Please RSVP to or call 452-4332.
We hope you will be able to join us!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gearing up for a Great Exhibit

Just days away from “PERSPECTIVASdosmil12”, we are glad to announce this year’s exhibit will showcase the work of many talented architects and designers from around our wonderful State of Texas.  A record number of entries will display innovative designs created by young professionals and seasoned firms from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.  Additionally, this year we are very excited to be sharing the floor with winning entries from design exhibits organized by AIA Dallas’s “Latinos in Architecture” and “Women in Architecture”.  Exhibit will be on display during the 73rd Annual Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo at the Austin Convention Center, October 18-20.  Many thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors for making this event possible and we hope y’all can join us during this great celebration of talent and diversity in design.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Exhibit to Showcase Latino Designers

We are proud to announce "PERSPECTIVASdosmil12”.  This exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Latino architectural professionals and designers in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  The exhibit will take place during the 2012 Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo at the Austin Convention Center, October 18-20.

Exhibit is open to any Latino architect, design professional, firm or student practicing in the State of Texas.  On-line registration must be completed by September 14, 2012, 11:59pm CST.  Registration is required before material can be submitted.  More information at

Our Mission

To serve and support our local Latino communities, strengthen networks between design professionals and enrich our practices through diverse cultural views by fostering participation in educational, professional and community oriented programs.