South Texas Fellowship Awardee
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Italia strives to be an ambassador for social change connecting architecture with ongoing challenges addressing climate change, environmental racism, gentrification and housing. Her diverse passions and interests keep her actively investigating new ways to approach real-world problems. Architecture is a form of social action that shapes our society. How we live, work, travel, recreate, and play are all designed by the spaces and places we inhabit. Embodying the endless intersections of arts, sciences, politics, cultural landscapes, and technology, Italia believes that within these intersections lie the greatest potential for evolution in design, yielding a more diverse and equitable built environment.

As a Mexican-American native from El Paso - Cd.Juarez,Ch. Much of her work and involvement in architecture focuses on the development that should ultimately make an impact on social equity and justice to create healthier lifestyles. She questions the territorial transformations along binational metroplex, binational geologies, trade and borderlines. Carefully understanding the uniqueness of this binational workforce, Italia studied the theories and principles that establish sustainable-progressive communities through an interdisciplinary process and design inquiry. She finds value in working with established community groups and local authority to achieve the social and environmental needs of a binational site such as the borderland. Her desire is to work multidisciplinary for a better future without compromising the history and identity of a place.

Italia is happiest when she brings value to her community and therefore spends much of her free time working on creative projects, reading, and acquiring new tools and skills. Whether she’s experimenting with technology or challenging conversations over cocktails, she believes in the constant pursuit of curiosity and learning.

Education

  • M.Arch., The University of Texas Austin
  • B.Arch., The University of Texas San Antonio

Publications

20th Century Latin American Modernism Podcast Series

“Colombia and Venezuela,” edited by Italia Aguilera

photo of Italia Aguilera