YADIEL J

RIVERA-DIAZ 

Marvel Architect

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Puerto Rico Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I find inspiration in the observation of nature and peo- ple. I am fascinated by patterns, textures and systems found in nature and by how people move and interact with one another. I like puzzles, problem solving and putting things together.

YADIEL J RIVERA-DIAZ 

Bio:

Yadiel is a landscape architect and an architect born and raised in Puerto Rico. He started his studies
at University of Puerto Rico and then received his Master of Landscape Architecture and Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. He joined Marvel Architects in 2017 were he manages landscape architecture projects. He has 15 years of experience as a multidisciplinary designer and has developed an interest in the intersection between landscape architecture, architecture and urban design.

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

I discovered architecture in high school in Puerto Rico when I wanted to prove through a science research project that the destruction of forests to lay cookie cutter developments had an adverse impact in the health of the environment and people.

What do you do?

I am a landscape architect and an architect. My interest in the symbiotic relation between nature and the built realm has shaped my career. I find the territory between open and interior spaces and between the public and private realms my home turf.

What excites you in the work you do?

A lot of the work I do as a landscape architect involves the design of shared spaces, spaces where people share experiences. Working with communities, inter- acting, learning and creating with them is the part of my work that excites me the most.

 

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I find inspiration in the observation of nature and people. I am fascinated by patterns, textures and systems found in nature and by how people move and interact with one another. I like puzzles, problem solving and putting things together.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I try not to take anything for granted, the simplicity of seeing a project getting built and seeing how people use the space and make it their own is always one of the most satisfying and proudest moments I have experienced as a landscape architect.

 

Featured Project Name: 

Bronx Point

 

Featured Project Location: 

The Bronx, NY

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Construction to be completed in 2022

Role in Featured Project: 

Landscape Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

Bronx Point substantially expands Mill Pond Park, creating a new publicly accessible space along the Harlem River and around a new affordable housing building. The community-driven design of the open space includes a waterfront promenade; a new nature inspired playground for children of various ages; a plaza at Exterior Street that serves as a gateway to connect the park to its surrounding neighborhood; and uses native vegetation resilient to the coastal environment and conditions in the site.

 

Photography Credit:

Marvel Architects & S9ARCHITECTURE

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