UTSA CACP 2017-18 Speaker Series begins Oct. 16 with Manuel Cervantes Céspedes of CC Arquitectos

(October 6, 2017) -- The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP), in conjunction with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Manuel Cervantes Céspedes as part of the CACP’s 2017-18 Speaker Series. Céspedes is founder of Mexico City-based CC Arquitectos, a firm that draws largely upon Mexican modernism and has completed various private residences, commercial properties, and hotels worldwide. In his talk, “Local Tectonic,” he will discuss procedure and strategy as a means to formulate correct relationships with our territory, materiality and labor, and our community. Céspedes’ method strips away all that is unnecessary in construction and the firm’s work is the result of a selective and reflective thought process. This approach minimizes external factors, allowing the team to develop sufficient awareness and respond to the social, economic, and natural context of their work. The rational process also creates honest and logical atmospheres – their designs are known to incorporate natural lighting, shadows, ventilation, and vegetation. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 16 in the Buena Vista Building’s Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

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Céspedes founded Manuel Cervantes Céspedes / CC Arquitectos in 2004 upon graduating from the Anahuac del Norte University. He has been awarded 22 national and international prizes, notably the Luis Barragán Lifetime Achievement Award from Mexico’s College of Architects (CAM-SAM), the Architectural League of New York’s 2015 Emerging Voices, the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award in 2014, and first prize in the architectural design category at the 19th Quito Pan-American Architecture Biennial – BAQ 2014. He received the Anahuac Leadership Medal (2014), two silver medals at the 12th Mexican Architecture Biennial (2014), a silver medal at the 11th Mexican Architecture Biennial (2012), and two silver medals at Mexico City’s 1st Architecture Biennial.

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Speaker Series brings built environment professionals from around the world to UTSA to share their expertise on a variety of topics with the local community. For this event, free parking is available in UTSA parking lot D-3 under I-35, unmarked spaces only. UTSA Downtown Campus Map found here. For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at nicole.chavez@utsa.edu or 210.458.3121.