Emancipation Park in Houston

Last week, Emancipation Park in Houston's third ward was re-opened. It was a day of joy and festivity coinciding with "Juneteenth" which is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. 

Designed by Perkins+Will, lead by Phil Freelon, FAIA, he wrote: "Visitors to Emancipation Park encounter a variety of experiences as they enter and move through an interwoven tapestry of buildings and landscape. In addition to the Park’s recreation offerings, there are multiple cultural and historic elements in the design, some direct and visible, and others more nuanced."

We were asked by Perkins+Will to document with our photographs this important date in Houston's history.

Photos by Mariella and Luis Ayala.

Source: http://blog.perkinswill.com/telling-a-rich...

Brett Zamore, AIA, awarded with the Ben Brewer young architect award.

Yesterday night, at the AIA 2016 Gala, Brett Zamore was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with the prestigious Ben Brewer Young architect award. Well deserved recognition for this Houston based firm run by Brett and wife Rene. Their impeccable work ranges from commercial to residential architecture characterized by excellent craft and extensive attention to detail.   I feel honored to have photographed their work and eager to experience more of their cool projects to come.

Check their work here: http://www.brettzamoredesign.com/

Ben Brewer Young Architect Award

Named in honor of Ben Brewer, FAIA, for distinguished service to the profession and his significant influence on young professionals. This award recognizes excellence in ability, exceptional work, and significant contributions in the practice of architecture by architects who are in their first 10 years of practice.

#AIAHouston #benbrewer

Source: https://aiahouston.org/v/site-page/Young-A...

Inside/Out Exhibition

From August 3rd to September 4th, the exhibition Inside/Out will be open to the public in the College of Architecture at University of Houston.

This is installation has been designed and built by architecture students lead by professors Jason Logan and Josh Robbins, re-interpreting traditional construction methods of this area.

As always, honored to photograph LOJO's work. Congratulations to the team!

Adapting a Shotgun Storehouse for the Greater Fifth Ward
Inside/Out is simultaneously an exhibition about Houston’s Fifth Ward community and a structure-in-waiting.
The title describes both the way in which the design research is organized and the way in which the built structure will function once it is re-constructed within an existing building – supporting a dilapidated shotgun storehouse from the “inside-out”.
The exhibition is a cross-disciplinary eort between the Interior Architecture program (INAR) and the Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) at the University of Houston, in collaboration with numerous community partners and stakeholders. The exhibition showcases research developed during the Collaborative Community Design Initiative, an eort organized by the University of Houston’s CDRC in 2013-2014. This research provided the context for a design/build studio co-taught by adjunct professors Jason Logan and Josh Robbins in the INAR program. Working with community partner Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in the Fifth Ward, the INAR 3501 spring studio considered the adaptive re-use of a “shotgun” storehouse into a public reading room and e-resource center. The resulting structure was fabricated in the University of Houston’s Keeland Design Center and built by the studio over a two week period. At the conclusion of the exhibition, in early September, the structure will be disassembled, transported, and stored on-site until additional funding is raised for the reassembly of the structure within the existing shotgun storehouse.
On the outside of the structure, visitors will find a selection of the research used in the studio to frame both the history and the context of the Fifth Ward. This out-side information influenced the design development of the inside structure throughout the semester. Inside the structure, visitors will find design process documents, models, and fabrication drawings developed during the three phases of the spring 2015 INAR design/build studio. These documents track the evolution of the design and how it is integrated into the project site. A
“Projective Map” on the outside of the structure links the INAR project to the larger Fifth Ward community development strategies proposed by the CDRC. In doing so, the structure stands as a both a prototype for a way of making, and a prototype for sustainable community development.



This is BRAVE Architecture.

Recently I've been asked to photograph this project designed by Brave Architecture. This little jewel is a police station located in Houston's Police Memorial Park, very close to downtown and Buffalo Bayou. The function of this program is to host officers 24/ 7 that are guarding the park and the Memorial that honor Houston's police force and the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 

Brave Architecture, lead by Fernando Brave, FAIA, is one of the most prestigious firms in the city, reason why I feel deeply honored by them inviting me to capture their work.


Source: http://www.ayalavargas.com/photography/#/m...