Activities & Events
Fall 2013 Speaker Series
Wednesdays in ENVD 102 @ 12pm
September 18, 2013
Rene Peralta (Tijuana 1968)
Educated at the New School of Architecture in San Diego and at the Architectural Association in London, England. A native of Tijuana has taught architecture and urban design at Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and was visiting faculty at UCLA in 2005. Was Senior Lecturer of the Tijuana Urban Design Studio at Washington University in St. Louis from 2008 -2010 and taught Latin American Urbanism at SCIArc. Currently he is Director of the Landscape + Urbanism Master of Design program at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego.
Rene's work in the last few years has been directed toward the research of social and cultural forms of the urban border amongst the Uniteds States and Mexico specifically between the cities of Tijuana and San Diego. He has published texts in the US, Mexico, Cuba and Italy and France and lectured at UCLA, USC, North Carolina State University, SCIArc, Harvard University, and abroad in Korea, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina. His practice searches for expedient and alternative methods to urban design in contested global territories working alongside academia, NGO's and government agencies. Currently his firm, Generica, is working on designing participatory community design, ecological urban infrastructure and urban economic development on both sides of the border. Part of his research work includes World View Cities : a web based report on architecture and urbanism for The Architectural League of New York and is co-author with the Italian anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo and Mexican writer Heriberto Yepez of the book Here is Tijuana, Black Dog Publishing, London 2006.
His work has been exhibited in the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Casa Mexico in the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, Schenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2007 in China and the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2009 his student's work from Washington University received a Smart Growth Award from the San Diego chapter of The Urban Land Institute.
October 16, 2013
Cassidy Rosen & Fernando Abbud
Cassidy and Fernando received their bachelor degrees in Environmental Design last May. They attended a conference in Detroit about Re-Imaging Cities and Community Engagement at the Grace Lee Boggs Center. They were inspired to attend this conference because they took a course this past spring on "Implementing Social/Environmental Change," which used Detroit as a case study of a post-industrial city that is using innovative methods to provide solutions to current social and environmental problems.
Cassidy and Fernando presented on a conference panel about the importance of place-based education. They discussed how they learned that sustainable community development occurs when understanding and working within a community happens first. Therefore planners and architects cannot assume that they are the only people who can transform a city. They will present about the relationship between social justice and design through their experience in Detroit and at CU.
November 20, 2013
Giria Briceno was born and raised in Venezuela. She completed her studies in Architecture at the Instituto Universitario Politécnico “Santiago Mariño” in Caracas, Venezuela.After completing her studies she worked with mutliple Architectural Engineering companies assiting with construction documentation and management. Throughout the years, Giria expanded her knowledge and experience. She has background experience in Landscape Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Cast Iron Ornament Design. After moving to the United States, she obtained a degree in Interior Design at Arapahoe Community College, in Denver, Colorado. She is continuing her career as a Project Manager with OZ Architecture, in Denver working on various architectural and interior design projects.
Required Member Events
August 22, 2013:
ENVD Diverse Scholars Orientation in ENVD 134 from 12 – 1 pm (lunch will be provided). At this time, you'll review the Participation Agreement and get to know other members.
September 7, 2013:
2013 Fall Retreat 8 am – 2 pm, meet at the CU Challenge Ropes Course near Williams Village for a morning of team building.