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ITALIA AGUILERA

EXIGO Architecture

SAY IT LOUD - TEXAS Exhibitor​
Texas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I’m inspired when working with established community groups and local authorities to achieve the social and environmental needs of the borderland. By working in a multidisciplinary environment and seeing more women taking up space in leadership roles

ITALIA AGUILERA

Bio:

As a Mexican American native much of Italia's Interest in Architecture focuses on the territorial transformations along the binational metroplex, geologies, trade and borderlines. She finds value in working with established community groups and local authority to achieve the social and environmental needs of a binational site such as the borderland. Her desire is to work multidisciplinary for a better future without compromising the history and identity of a place.

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

Architecture is more than just the built environment, it’s also a part of our culture. It stands as a representation of how we see ourselves. Trying to understand who to become at 12 years old, led me to the discovery of this profession.

What do you do?

I strive to be an ambassador for social change connecting architecture with ongoing challenges addressing climate change, environmental racism, gentrification, and housing. I’m actively investigating new ways to approach real-world problems.

What excites you in the work you do? Who or what inspires you professionally?

I enjoy working on creative projects, reading, and acquiring new tools and skills. Whether I'm experimenting with technology or challenging conversations over cocktails, I believe in the constant pursuit of curiosity and learning.

Who or what inspires you professionally? What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I’m inspired when working with established community groups and local authorities to achieve the social and environmental needs of the borderland. By working in a multidisciplinary environment and seeing more women taking up space in leadership roles

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Having my parents watch me walk across stage when receiving my Bachelor's degree in Architecture as a First Generation Student has been my proudest professional accomplishment. Followed by my Masters degree in Architecture.

Featured Project Name: 

Re*Imagine I-10

Featured Project Location: 

El Paso Texas

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2020 Concept Design

Role in Featured Project: 

Designer

Featured Project Description:

The Deck Plaza project is an opportunity to create gateways to the arts, business, and neighborhoods adjacent. Understanding the gravity of public space in a community where two sister cities and countries interlace. For this reason, it is important to provide cultural education opportunities, incorporating public activity spaces and amenities, enhanced crosswalks and connectivity, providing our community a much-needed urban experience to live happier and healthier lives in a sustainable way.

Photography Credit:

Renders by Italia Aguilera