ALEX MORALES

AISC

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Brazil Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My grandmother inspires me. She wasn’t able to finish her education, as society had predefined roles for women during her time. But she was an incessant creator! I see her spirit in my commit- ment to always create and evolve professionally.

Alex Morales

Bio:

Alex Morales, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, LEED GA currently works at the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), where he is connecting with industry professionals to bring viable project options through his expertise in steel design and understanding of architecture fundamentals. Prior to joining AISC, Alex worked for several years both in architecture and construction, focusing on studying the interdependencies of both disciplines as a strategy to improve his knowledge and practice of design.

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

Growing up in Rio, where density is everything, I was always drawn to the old, resolute buildings that must have had some interesting tales of history to share with us. The connection between humans and our buildings is what drew me to architecture.

 

What do you do?

Currently, I focus on designing and imagining with steel. I have the honor of readily working with structural engineers, building on this expertise and passing it along to professionals in the AEC industry to develop steel options for their proj- ects.

What excites you in the work you do?

The realization that I work in a non-traditional career is pretty exciting. This reinforces my belief that architecture transcends boxes, and that we can have an impact even outside of what some may consider “normal.”

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My grandmother inspires me. She wasn’t able to finish her education, as society had predefined roles for women during her time. But she was an incessant creator! I see her spirit in my commit- ment to always create and evolve professionally.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Being able to sit for the NCARB exams was not only a proud moment for me, but a privilege. To those that will follow, we are all proud of you for adding to the next generation of architects to have a national impact.

 

Featured Project Name: 

Deployable Communities

 

Featured Project Location: 

Houston, Tx.

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

February 2021

Role in Featured Project: 

Organizer & Design Program Developer

 

Featured Project Description:

Deployable Communities is a program developed to replace homeless encampments and provide not only intermediary housing, but services on the ground to help identify specific needs by building a sense of community. By bringing together diverse designers and working with leaders in local government and experts in services for the homeless, this program proposes to find a model in the middle to help the homeless find permanent housing. Through architecture, we are lifting the human spirit.

Photography Credit:

Alex Morales

 

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