ALEJANDRA CASAR RODRIGUEZ

UNC CHARLOTTE (Master of Architecture)

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Working and collaborating with other architects and artists always inspires me. I like to draw on other people's inspirations in order to find things to get excited about, no matter how mundane they might be.

ALEJANDRA CASAR RODRIGUEZ

Bio:

Born and raised in central Mexico, Alejandra Casar is a graduate student at UNCC’s School of Architecture and will be receiving her Masters of Architecture degree in the Spring of 2021. During her last year in school, she has been working as a research assistant for Professor Rachel Dickey and assisting on several design build projects.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Having grown up among indigenous pyramids and colonial towns alike, architecture has always one of my favorite things to draw and look at. When exploring potential professions, making beautiful spaces like the ones I've been in was my calling.

What do you do?

I am currently a graduate student at UNCC'S School of Architecture in my last year of their Advanced Standing Master's Program. I am also working under Professor Rachel Dickey as a research assistant, aiding in several design build projects.

What excites you in the work you do?

I get very excited when I see people interact with buildings. When the built environment can bring joy or wonder to people or simply provide a perfect place for vines to grow, it gives me hope that architecture can be the answer to some things.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Working and collaborating with other architects and artists always inspires me. I like to draw on other people's inspirations in order to find things to get excited about, no matter how mundane they might be.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

When graduating with my Bachelors of Arts and Architecture in 2020, the faculty graciously awarded me with an award for excellence in representation. I was honored to receive this and feel recognized for my efforts in representation

Featured Project Name: 

ARISE

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

UNBUILT (Academic Project)

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Team (with Sara Chafi)

 

Featured Project Description:

Produced for Kelly Carlson-Reddig's Comprehensive Studio in the Advanced Standing Masters of Architecture Degree, ARISE is a place for social responsibility, democracy, solidarity and equity. Charlotte’s desperate need for affordable housing is addressed with a residential tower that exclusively accommodates low-income families and the displaced individuals from a newly demolished SRO building in the area.

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