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PERSPECTIVAS: Celebrating 10 Years of LiA

LiA seeks to serve and support our local communities by establishing a forum for celebrating Latinos in the design professions. They intend to be an open resource group for architects, design professionals, educators, students and the community at large.

This exhibition is meant to begin a year long celebration of the first 10 years of LiA. Since its inception in 2010, LiA has grown to six chapters in Dallas, Austin, San Francisco, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Houston. The number of active members is in the hundreds working collaborative in different professionally and community-based initiatives. 

LiA has donated hundreds, maybe thousands, of books to local high schools through the ‘From an Architects Bookshelf’ initiative. LiA members have engaged with students at all levels to inspire future generations of architects. LiA-Dallas has an endowed scholarship that has supported three students in their pursuit of an architecture degree since 2016. LiA-San Antonio has facilitated community engagement meetings in the service of building community and giving historically underrepresented communities a voice in shaping their built environment.

All the LiA Chapters have established a yearly Juried Design Exhibition – Enlaces in Dallas, Perspectivas in Austin, Fort Worth and San Francisco, and Nexus in San Antonio. We have brought many renown Latino or Hispanic speakers to lecture on their work, some of these are: Tatiana Bilbao, Salvador Macias, Abel Perles of Productora, Enrique Norten, and Juan Miro among others.

This exhibition includes select work from local LiA exhibitions from this year by a group accomplished architects, interior designers, landscape architects and students. It also provides a snapshot of the current leadership, we hope you will reach out to any of us and join our efforts as we move into our second decade.

PERSPECTIVAS will be on display at the AD EX until March 1.


LiA Exhibition Design and Fabrication

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of AIA Fort Worth and LiA chapters in Texas and San Francisco. It is the result of our design collaboration and represents hundreds of work hours of information gathering, design, fabricating, transporting and setting up. We want to thank AIA Fort Worth for the financial support, specifically, for this exhibition and in general for the support over the last two years as we continue to grow the LiA network. Our School of Architecture at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs has been instrumental in allowing us to use our time and school facilities to fabricate this exhibition. This has been a collaborative effort and would not be possible without the help of all the LiA Chapters. The installation piece is designed for mounting and dismounting and we hope that other chapters will use it to exhibit their work as we celebrate LiA’s first 10 years while looking to the next 10.

Dennis Chiessa, Assoc. AIA + Brad McCorkle