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.


LiA Scholarship for the UTSOA Summer Academy

The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

The Latinos in Architecture Committee scholarship provides assistance to a Latino student who is interested in pursuing a career in architecture by attending the University of Texas School of Architecture Summer Academy in Austin, Texas.

Applicants are solely responsible for applying to and getting accepted into the University of Texas School of Architecture Summer Academy in Austin, Texas. However, Latinos in Architecture Committee will provide application assistance to all awarded scholars. The candidate must be a high school student in Central Texas and interested in pursuing a career in architecture. Applicants are responsible for contacting the Latinos in Architecture Committee once they have been accepted to the UT SoA Summer Academy.

Tuition scholarship(s) will be awarded in the form of financial assistance. Final scholarship amount to be announced upon selection of successful candidates. Scholarship assistance does not include housing for the summer academy. Finalists will be announced on April 20, 2017. The deadline to apply to the Summer Academy Program is April 24, 2017.


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!

Donate   $25    $50    $75    $100    $250

For corporate sponsorship information, please contact Julia Higginbotham.


Las Piñatas ATX
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

Our signature event! Las Piñatas ATX is a community focused event where we purchase hundreds of piñatas from local stores, stuff them full of candy, and invite the community to enjoy one of our cultural symbols during the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. A local artist is commissioned to create a temporary art installation the reflects our culture and social climate. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Website  


East Austin Round Table
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

As the intellectual compliment to Las Piñatas ATX, the East Austin Round Tables invites distinguished leaders, businesspersons, politicians, artists, etc. for a night of honest discussion about gentrification, cultural preservation/progression, and architecture's role within a rapidly growing city.


Date: TBD
Location: Austin City Hall, AIA Austin, TBD

Our longest continually run exhibition, Perspectivas is our opportunity to showcase the talents of architects, designers, and creatives working within Central Texas for a traveling exhibition. Proudly show your work off to a diverse group of Austinites.


2016 Honor y Reconocimientos

Young Member of the Year:
RJ Rayos 

Collaborator of the Year:
Cynthia and Lidia Pérez
La Peña Art Gallery

Latinos in Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jaime Palomo, AIA
CasaBella Architects


About Us

Chair: David A. Goujon, Assoc. AIA
Chair-Elect: Jose L. Figueroa, Intl. 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 David Goujon, Assoc. AIA or AIA Austin.

Past Events and Blogs