Designing and Building in Mexico

Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Jorge Gracia, architect and founder of Gracia Studio, challenges the conventional architecture in Tijuana, México, fostering a demand for inexpensive and design forward architecture, focusing on prefabrication. Projects like Encuentro Guadalupe and Todos Santos House illustrate the complete process of conceiving a project and actually building it, when challenges as design, structure, budgets, material availability, manpower, communication, engineering expertise, artwork and craftsmanship come together.

AACA Competency: Design


Jorge Gracia: Gracia Studio USA/Mexico

Jorge Gracia, born in Tijuana, Mexico, founder and lead architect of Gracia Studio in 2004, completed his Bachelor degree in Architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana (1997).
In 2012 Gracia Studio launches the first School of Practical Architecture in the Tijuana-San Diego area. At the same time, obtains the Travel + Leisure award, in the category “Best Small Hotel” in Berlin, as well as the “Best of the Best” of the RedDot Awards with the project Endémico Resguardo Silvestre. The project Liverpool Playa del Carmen receives the first place recognition of the Retail Store of the Year Awards of Chain Store Age in the category “Exteriors” in New York City.
Gracia Studio was recently selected to participate in the lecture series “Emerging Voices 2013” of the Architectural League of New York, and to join the group of the “Design Vanguard 2012” of Architectural Record magazine.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explore how environment, experiences and ‘spirit of place’ connect us with architecture
  • Explain how architectural style can be influenced by forms, colours and textures
  • Understand how embracing our traditions influences how we live and how we design

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full price $67.00
    Member $50.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $46.00
    Graduate Member $46.00
    SONA Member (student) $25.00

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