Participating in the Border Awareness Experience program, I met with individuals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, capturing their stories in a short documentary. The observation style allowed me to hear from asylum seekers and hard-working volunteers in Reynosa, Mexico; Matamoros, Mexico; and Brownsville, Texas. Reynosa is synonymous with drug trafficking, kidnapping, and cartels, making it a dangerous place to be homeless. It’s estimated that nearly 10,000 asylum seekers are living in and around the plaza, waiting to enter the U.S.
This was an emotional, unforgettable, and inspiring experience. My effort to raise border awareness was brought to life when I received DLR Group’s Personal Development Grant in 2020. Created to support the entrepreneurial spirit at the individual level, the firm’s PDG program opens doors for exploration, creativity, innovation, and invention that aren’t tied to day-to-day work.
Implementing the Framework for Design Excellence
Senior Principal Prem Sundharam, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, will join AIA Arizona for a webinar on implementation of the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence.
Semillas y Raices: The Future of Farming Communities
Architecture at Zero 2022 Merit Award winner, Semillas y Raices, models a community to meet housing demands where workers establish roots in their own space.
Integrating Technologies to Bring History to Life: A Krishna Story
We were engaged by The Cleveland Museum of Art, a long-time client, to bring to life the compelling story of a particular artifact in the archives – the “Cleveland Krishna.”
Priorities for Laboratory Environments: Flexibility
Easily adaptable lab environments bring new possibilities to ever-changing research requirements, elevating the case for flexible design.
The Past to Present: Accessibility and Universal Design
A brief review of how accessible design came to the practice of architecture--and how it informs universal design principles today.