Armando Araiza, M.Arch
Lecturer III; Assistant Dept. Chair
Architecture - Interior Design
Armando Araiza recently returned to his native Texas after many years spent working in New York City where he was a member of both Studio Daniel Libeskind and Acconci Studio, among other architecture firms.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio himself, earning a Bachelor of Architecture, Armando is deeply committed to the forward-thinking research and study of the most powerfully dynamic means of digital design, including software, fabrication techniques and technology as well as digital ideology as the most promising pathway for contemporary architecture moving forward.
Armando has conducted extensive material and theoretical research in the fields of 3D laser printing, construction materials, and building codes, among other subjects, specifically compiling his academic research on structure and building skin to complete his Master’s thesis at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where he jointly earned a Post Professional Master of Architecture in 2005 and had work published by the institution.
At Studio Daniel Libeskind, Armando contributed to a multitude of projects including the concept design for a large-scale, multi-faceted luxury housing development in Singapore and a massive commercial property design in Korea, all while exploring both the real and imagined possibilities of digital design using Rhino, Form Z, laser cutter and 3D digital printers to fulfill the design enhancements for which he was responsible. While at Acconci Studio, Armando contributed to the design, fabrication and installation of the highly acclaimed Acconci Studio bookstore at the 2007 New York City Armory Show, as well domestic and international urban design and public works projects and large-scale art installations.
Beginning in 2008, Armando has simultaneously conducted a freelance architecture practice in Austin and the surrounding area while teaching digital design courses and architectural design studios at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he remains a lecturer and critic today.