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UTSA Undergrads Honored by AIA COTE

A rendering shows the transformation of the big box structure and parking lot – rendering courtesy UTSA University of Texas at San Antonio undergrads Isaias Garcia Coronado and Daniel Rodriguez Suarez have been honored by the AIA Committee on the Environment for their project proposal, “Banding for Knowledge.” Selected as one of the winners in the 2015-2016 Top Ten for Students Design Competition, their project re-envisions the use of an abandoned big box store in San Antonio. Their work is on view at the AIA Annual Convention this week in Philadelphia.  Daniel Rodriguez Suarez, left, and Isaias Garcia Coronado, right – photo courtesy…

William Dupont, FAIA, Works to Preserve Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cuba

William Dupont, FAIA – photo courtesy UTSA William Dupont, FAIA, San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Cultural Sustainability at The University of Texas at San Antonio, leads a consulting team who may be the only professional architects and preservationists allowed by both the U.S. and Cuban governments to work in Cuba. Even as the Obama administration has opened relations with the island nation, the opportunities for architects to work there are still almost nonexistent. Currently, Dupont is collaborating with a team of Cuban professionals at Hemingway’s Finca Vigia.  Hemingway lived at the house,…

Exploring Future Workflows with TEX-FAB

There is an upcoming generation of architects who love to make things. These young designers are engaging in sophisticated workflows between design and construction that are laying the foundation for a newly organized architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. For those of us who have been practicing for some time, often in disbelief and astonishment at how buildings get built, this is really good news.  As an industry, we are in the early stages of what promises to be a paradigm shift in how architects, fabricators, and construction teams work together. It is enabled by new digital tools and techniques,…