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.

Las Piñatas ATX 2018

Winning Submissions - Congratulations to the winning teams!

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Winning projects and teams from top to bottom: "Los Siete" by McKinney York, "#MUROLOVE" by Runa Workshop, "Casa de los Muertos" by Studio Mapache, and "St. Elmo's Fire" by Sergey and Stephanie Belov.

AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture's Las Piñatas ATX is an annual event that invites architects, designers, artists, community groups, and piñata enthusiasts to submit ideas for large-scale piñata installations for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cutural Center's (MACC) Dia de los Muertos Festival. This Open Call will award selected projects up to $1,000 as selected by an invited jury of local community and design leaders. The installations will be displayed within La Gran Entrada at the MACC starting October 27, 2018 through November 17, 2018 and will be the centerpieces of the Las Piñatas ATX event on November 2, 2018. The Open Call is available to anyone residing in Austin, TX. No previous art experience required, and submissions are completely free.

Submissions were due to Julia Higginbotham at on October 7, 2018.
Email Julia or Braulio Hurtado at with questions.


Perspectivas 2018
7th Annual Design Exhibit

Statewide Call for Entries

Latinos in Architecture (LiA), a committee of the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Austin), is proud to announce “PERSPECTIVASdosmil18”.  This exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Latino architectural professionals and designers, and additionally, highlighting work focused on cultural sustainability in collaboration with the AIA Committee on the Environment in the State of Texas, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.15-Oct.15).  The exhibit will be displayed at the Austin Public Library and the Austin Center for Architecture.  Final exhibit dates are for October 17-November 2 at the Public Library.

The Call for Entries is open to any Hispanic architect, design professional, firm, or student practicing in the State of Texas. The entry fee is reduced for students.

Submissions Deadlines
Online Registration and Printing Order deadline: October 12, 2018 by 9:00 a.m.
Send headshots and short bio to Julia Higginbotham via email October 12, by noon.
Final Board Submission to AIA Austin: October 16, by noon.

For complete registration and submission information: Click Here to download Call for Entries





Help Support the outreach efforts of LiA by donating today

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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For corporate sponsorship information, please contact Julia Higginbotham.

About LiA

Meetings: Latinos in Architecture meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:00 PM at AIA Austin Center for Architecture.
Connect with LiA: 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. Follow us on Facebook and join our email list!

2018 Committe Chair: Jose L. Figueroa, Intl. Assoc. AIA 
2018 Chair-Elect: Irina Rivero, Assoc. AIA
AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Julia Higginbotham
LiA Ambassadors:

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