(March 27, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Spring 2013 Lecture Series continues with internationally renowned architect Javier Sánchez, Visiting Professor of Architectural Design in the UTSA graduate architecture program. His lecture, "Building the City: Architectural Insertions in Mexico City," is based on his work and will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 in the Frio Street Building Riklin Auditorium (1.406) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Sánchez is the founding partner and lead designer of the multidisciplinary Mexico City firm JSa, formerly known as Higuera + Sanchez from 1996 to 2007. He directs a vibrant 75-person firm of young professionals in architecture, real estate, interiors and construction. Their diverse work includes urban design, housing, mixed-use buildings, cultural facilities, museums, university facilities, schools, office buildings, malls, shops, restaurants, hotels, resorts, houses and public spaces in Mexico and Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, China and the United States.
His award-winning built projects have been widely published and include the Torre Amsterdam (2013), The Spanish Cultural Center (2011), 13 de Septiembre Adaptive Reuse Housing (2005) and the Hotel Condesa (2004) projects in Mexico City, as well as El 22 Beach Housing (2006) outside Lima, Peru, among others.
Sánchez graduated as an architect with honors from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM), received his Master's Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York City and recently was selected as an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His work has been published around the world, has won more than 55 national and international awards, and was recently featured in the 13th Venice Biennale, the leading exhibition for contemporary architecture in the world.
The recent work of his firm will be the subject of a monograph that will appear next year, to be published by Arquine. He has taught at numerous universities including UNAM, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and the University of Washington, and has lectured on his work in the United States, Latin America and Europe.
As Visiting Professor of Architectural Design in the UTSA College of Architecture, Sánchez leads a studio that examines Colonia Atlampa ("where the water divides in 'nahuatl'"), one of the last remaining underdeveloped portions in the center of Mexico City, which is near the pre-Columbian site of Tlatelolco and the former Buenavista railroad station.
UTSA College of Architecture Spring 2013 Lecture Series
The COA Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at 210-458-3121.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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