Latinos in Architecture LiA


LiA's goal is to serve and support our local communities, strengthen networks between design professionals and enrich our practices through diverse cultural views by fostering participation in educational, professional and community-oriented programs.


Solstice Meeting and Happy Hour
Thursday, June 21st 
Meeting - 5:00 p.m. at the Austin Center for Architecture, 801 W 12th St.
Happy Hour - 7:00 p.m. at the Boiler Room, 800 W Cesar Chavez St



The annual PERSPECTIVAS exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Latino architectural professionals and designers practicing in the State of Texas, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.15-Oct.15).

Exhibit Dates & Locations:

Austin Center for Architecture / AIA Austin - ongoing

On Monday, October 30th, we celebrated the opening of our exhibition at The People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall. We also celebrated the book launch for University of Texas School of Architecture's Border Studio led by Professor Fernando Lara. Click on the link to learn about Professor Lara's work and the excellent work produced by the Border Studio. Learn more about Border Without A Wall.

A word from Associate Professor Luis Lara:
The book was produced by our students (big kudos to Ashley Chung, BArch 2018 who designed the whole thing), and features the results of our studio and the result of the parallel studio done at Universidad Autonoma Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, MX. The projects presented were developed by a partnership between UT Austin and UANL-Monterrey schools of architecture, led by Fernando Lara and Diana Maldonado. They students focused on designing the necessary infrastructure to allow people to cross freely between Mexico and the US.  The synthesis that we developed demonstrate that the border system operates under three major industries: 1) the globalization industry which moves $500 Billion in goods between U.S. and Mexico every year; 2) the labor industry which employees millions of Hispanic workers in the U.S.; and 3) the military industry which sells the idea that the border is dysfunctional so that both governments can justify spending billions on militarization.  Together, these industries are responsible for an unreasonable amount of oversight (some say harassment) of millions of people who need or want to cross the border for their livelihood, yet they have not been successful in controlling the flow of drugs northbound or weapons southbound.



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The East Austin Roundtable and Las Piñatas events are quickly becoming cornerstones of this rich and diverse outreach program!  Your personal donations are welcome!

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About Us

Chair: Jose L. Figueroa, Intl. Assoc. AIA 
Chair-Elect: Irina Rivero, Assoc. AIA

LiA Ambassadors:

  • Ingrid Gonzales-Featherston
  • Dan Campos
  • Mellissa Henao-Robledo
  • Paul Medrano
  • Martin Barrera
  • Jaime Palomo

Latinos in Architecture meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:00 PM at AIA Austin Center for Architecture. If you would like more information about how to get involved with Latinos in Architecture or AIA Austin, please contact Jose L. Figueroa, Intl. Assoc. AIA or AIA Austin.

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