UTSA students earn top architecture prize

(May 17, 2017) -- With San Antonio’s population projected to grow by 1.1 million over the next quarter century, increasing the city’s population to 2.4 million by 2040, we’re going to need a lot more housing — most experts predict at least 500,000 units.

How will we build it affordably? How will that kind of large-scale construction effort affect the environment? Where, in a nutshell, are we going to put everybody?

Two architecture students at the University of Texas at San Antonio have what they think is at least a partial solution.

The American Institute of Architects agreed. The national trade association recognized Estefania Barajas, 23, and Jorden Gomez, 21, for their design proposal, called “Housing a Million,” which envisions “micro-houses” in people’s backyards.

The AIA’s Committee on the Environment, in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, placed “Housing a Million” among the top 10 projects in a competition that challenged students to design sustainable infill urban housing. Gomez and Barajas emerged from a field of more than 600 participants from 38 schools in the United States and Canada.

For the story, visit the San Antonio Express-News.


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