In his travels to over 10 countries and inspired by his parents, Jose has learned that the environment in which you live can impact all aspects of your life, and with creative innovation and inspiration from nature, communities can be transformed.
Jose is optimistic, creative, and thinks out of the box to resolve complex problems, while being quick to learn new ways to self-improve. In his travels, Jose has learned to adapt to continuing change with ease, is consistently striving to learn, and is always believing in the good of others, allowing him to easily interact with different social groups. Jose believes that developing positive relationships and understanding the culture of a community is crucial when revitalizing local neighborhoods meant to last.
Jose believes good design should be everywhere and affordable to everyone, sustainable for the environment, and have strong concepts of scale. Furthermore, iteration is key. It’s important to remember that as designers of the built environment, it is our job to think proactively, without infringing on a communities’ way of life. Supporting and sourcing from local business would gets you more involved, reduces the impact of waste on the environment, while building up the local economy.
Jose was involved in a collection of organizations that service and act as a voice for others. Sparking his love for community and nature, Boy Scouts of America was his first taste of community help, eventually earning his Eagle scout award and being awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel. This carried on through college, using nature as inspiration and joining organizations such as AIAS, Triangle Fraternity, and an architecture mentorship program. Now he is an associate member of the AIA and looking to find ways to positively impact the local art scene.