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.



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:

The People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall - October 30 - November 4
Texas Society of Architects Convention - November 9 - 11 (see more info below)
Austin Center for Architecture / AIA Austin - November 15 - 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.

National PERSPECTIVAS Exhibit at TxA Convention

This year marks the first-ever National PERSPECTIVAS Exhibit at the TxA Convention in Austin, November 9-11. If you are attending the convention this year, please sign up to attend the LiA Meet-up on Friday, November 10th at 4:00pm for the exhibit presentation. Click here for the convention website.

The "Perspectivas" exhibition will mark the first time that the work created by each of the five LiA chapters (Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and San Francisco) will be exhibited together. We would like to use this Meet-Up to familiarize ourselves with members of other chapters while celebrating the work of minority architects.



Las Piñatas ATX

Date: October 21st, 1:00-4:00
Location: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

Join AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture for the 3rd Annual LAS PINÑATAS ATX event during the Dia de los Muertos Festival at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. We will once again be providing FREE PIÑATAS to the public as a way of showing our love to the Austin, Texas community. We will also be presenting FOUR incredible, piñata themed art installation created by local architecture and design professionals. This is a great way to show Austin how citizen architects can make a meaningful connection with their city. Nos Vemos en el MACC!

Congratulations to the winning teams that will create the piñata art installations!

José Joaquín Sánchez
Daniela Cantu
Hailey Beyer
Jason Trujillo
Wilson Robertson

Runa Workshop Staff

Michael Ovalle
Abel Hernandez

Gerardo Peralta-Gandy
Abby Fine
Than Ly

Visit the Las Piñatas event page on Facebook




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.


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: 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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