As a professor, I have taught qualitative and quantitative methods in research methodology, design and representation courses, and a wide array of architecture and urban studios. In all cases, I have guide from beginner’s courses for new students, to advanced programs for postgraduate participants, both in traditional classrooms and online courses. Additionally, the dynamism of my teaching experience has been fueled by the diversity that has characterized the people I have had the opportunity to interact with.
Studio teaching portfolio
The research proposes a detailed catalogue of the typology of islands that can be found in the city, followed by a systematic exercise of experimentation with operations that seek to integrate these spaces with pedestrian flows and the spaces usually built around them. Lastly, a case study is selected to develop a detailed design including such elements as slopes, pavements, urban furniture, and vegetation.
In order to carry out this project, the first step is an intense analysis of the Chapellín slum and its surroundings. Second, in-depth research about various formats to occupy the intermediate space is developed to generate formulas for promoting connectivity. Lastly, and this applies to most of the exercises conducted in this line of research, a proposal of urban planning and design is prepared for the entire sector, as well as selecting a specific case to design the final proposal.
The ruins are shrouded in a veil of mystery that tends to cause uncertainty and nostalgia. In Vargas State, in northern Venezuela, there are many ruins of the colonial era that are slowly declining today without any concrete action to restore them. In this sector, architecture has much to say in order to bring light to these recesses of collective memory.
The intervention in the southwestern periphery of Caracas requires a study that considers a great variety of factors like infrastructure, different scales, and social classes. In this case, the proposal focuses on socioeconomic and environmental conditions to formulate criteria that strengthen the commuter town of Macarao. As the key piece of the proposal, an educational building is developed to fulfill the role of a landmark within the whole and gather the community.
Slum areas are fairly common, especially in third world cities. These areas generally require important infrastructural and public space interventions. This exercise proposes taking advantage of the available empty space around a school in the slum of San Agustín in downtown Caracas to develop a meeting place accompanied by various services for the needed community.
Each building has the task of strengthening the relationship between the landmarks presented in the area, even when it’s developed in a well-defined plot. To achieve the goal, attention to flows and visuals is key, the main reason for exploiting the piece’s role in the urban puzzle.