A building that has influenced me is not an actual building, it is a city within the city that I am from, Arequipa, which is located on the South of Peru, a colonial city framed with three volcanos. The city is mostyle constructed out of sillar, a white volcanic stone tht gives a uniqueness to the city.
The Santa Catalina Monastery is a colonial architectural jewel in Latin America, not only because it is over four hundred years old or the special peculiar style (product of many earthquakes and miscegenation) also for its impressive preservation and valuable pictorial gallery.
It is a citadel that occupies a block and a half of a typical square urban grid around 220,000 square feet, surrounded with imposing 20′ walls, that served a cloister of Dominican nuns from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and still houses a small religious community today. Harboring cloisters, living quarters, plaza, a gallery and a chapel.
What attracts me the most is:
1) Its intermittent and captivating urban grid, consisting in cloisters, living quarters, a plaza, a gallery and a chapel connected through little streets.
2) The quality of the space and its variety is impressive.
3) The dramatic light treatment, between exterior and interior spaces.
4) Its abrupt and surprising scale.
5) The stimulating use of colors.
6) The massive buildings combined with transparent archeries and little subtle details.
All this combination makes a sober and simple architecture.
University of Kansas, 1986
Bachelor of Architecture,
University of San Agustin, Arequipa, Peru, 2005
Project Manager, Elliott Workgroup Architecture, LLC, Park City, UT 2007-present
Project manager for multiple projects in Park City, including a significant number of projects located in or adjacent to the historic district. Currently completing the construction of the Christian Center and Planning on the Silver Creek Village.