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Salud Sierra

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About 9 years ago: Clemente J.

As architects, we often talk about making an impact - It doesn't get any better than this!

Latinos in Architecture Committee Delivers Architectural Inspiration to High School Youth

Last week, I had the opportunity to be a part of an event that marks what the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Committee stands for.

This event, From an Architect's Bookshelf, promotes higher education in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, design and art. It is in LiA’s core values to promote the need for a higher education and the importance of sharing with our community. During each of the volunteers’ introductions, we were able to share where we were from, where we obtained our education, our career path and a recommendation that we thought would help the students. Al Hernandez, AIA, shared his passion for architecture and explained the roles that architects have as managers of the different disciplines, like engineers, contractors, owners and users. 

The recipient school is always carefully selected and must have an architecture/design program in their curriculum. We delivered the books to Pinkston High School in west Dallas, where the majority of the students are minorities. 

Above is the group of volunteers (from left to right):

Karina Ramirez, Al Hernandez, AIA, Gloria Espino, David Munoz, AIA, Salud Sierra, Daniel Navarro Rangel

It was truly rewarding to see the faces of exited student opening books and gaining an understanding what architects do. Thanks to our co-chairs David Munoz and Gloria Espino for organizing the event.