(June 16, 2015) – Entering the twilight years of their lives, three best friends one day decided to pool their resources and live out their remaining years together. But where would they find a home -- something that would support the needs of three senior citizens?
UTSA alumnus Felix Ziga ’12 and his local design firm Ziga Design, Build LLC took on the challenge. And the result, “Tierra de Dios (God’s Land),” looks like it might start a new trend.
“My firm and I were drawn to the challenge that this project represented because of how unique it is,” said Ziga. “Exploring design solutions for our aging populations will ultimately be very beneficial for society in the coming years, as more and more of our population enters retirement age.”
Ziga and his team are designing every aspect of the home to meet their clients’ unique wants and needs. The 5.6-acre site includes a main house and guesthouse. It features shared patios, community gardens and other aspects meant to emphasize supportive and communal living.
As the design progresses, Ziga and his team hope to integrate sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting, solar energy, among other conservation features. The clients have also expressed a desire to have part of their property serve as a community outreach center so they can teach underprivileged youth about wildlife preservation and local flora and fauna.
“The project is a cohesion of three clients’ unique visions, wants and needs,” said Ziga. “My firm’s task is to make sure that everything comes together. We are meeting regularly our clients at every step of the design process so that everyone will be on the same page when construction starts.”
Tierra De Dios (God’s Land) is Ziga Design Build LLC’s first major project since the UTSA alum began his firm a few months ago. It recently took home the Universal Space prize in the Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase, for a conceptual residence design that would facilitate communal living in the Texas Hill Country. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Houzz, a web platform for home remodeling, hosted the contest.
During the forums, the UTSA community will have the opportunity to hear each finalist give an overview of their qualifications, their interest in the position and their vision, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the dean of the UTSA College of Sciences.
Various Locations, Main Campus
Co-sponsored by UTSA, the regional conference provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history and the general public to share information on research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region. The conference is free and open to the public.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing event (weather permitting).
Flawn Sciences Building (FLN 2.02.02) and Curtis Vaughn Jr. Observatory, FLN 4th floor, Main Campus
Future Roadrunners experience life and opportunities at UTSA during this one day Fall Open House.
Various locations, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will welcome historian Gregory Peek of Penn State University and a panel of music scene personalities to recount the Alamo City’s place in the heavy metal landscape.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA is an early voting site for the statewide General Election.
H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
More than 75 local, state and national graduate and professional schools will showcase their programs at the Main Campus. It's free and open to the public. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
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