Organized by our strategic initiative group, DEI+I (Diversity Equity Inclusion + Impact)

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, members of our firm with Hispanic/LatinX heritage volunteered to share their stories. They touched on everything from their favorite Hispanic/LatinX architects to how their heritage influences their work.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

 

WDA: What do you identify as (ex: Hispanic, LatinX, Afro-Latino, etc.)?

Matthew Ahearn-Costa: Hispanic

WDA: What does the “Hispanic/LatinX experience” mean to you?

Matthew Ahearn-Costa: As a Peruvian-American my identity is defined by my family’s love for long conversations over Peruvian staples like Ceviche, Aji de Gallina, Suspiro de Limeña, Inca Kola, and Pisco Sour. Food and conversation are expressions of love in my family which I don’t think is entirely unique, but the flavors are.

WDA: How does your Hispanic/LatinX heritage influence your work?

Matthew Ahearn-Costa: I love to design homes, residential kitchens, and spaces for friends and family to commune. In that sense, the consideration I bring to my work, as well as the gratification I receive from my work, are tied to my lived experience as a Peruvian-American.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

 

WDA: What do you identify as (ex: Hispanic, LatinX, Afro-Latino, etc.)?

Adan Aspericueta: LatinX/Mexican-American

WDA: What does the “Hispanic/LatinX experience” mean to you?

Adan Aspericueta: The Hispanic/LatinX experience is about having “ganas”; believing that if you have the desire to succeed and move forward, you will.

WDA: What does it mean to be Hispanic/LatinX in architecture?

Adan Aspericueta: Being Hispanic/LatinX in architecture is about looking around the room and wondering, “Where are my people?”, taking pride in representing the few amongst an overwhelming majority, and being a reminder that we too deserve to operate in this space.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

 

WDA: What does Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month mean to you?

Project Manager: I’m proud of the multitude of Hispanic/LatinX architects who have made contributions to the United States, and this month is a time to celebrate them. Some of my favorites include Argentinian César Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, Uruguayan Rafael Viñoly, Chilean Alejandro Aravena and the firm Arquitectonica.

WDA: How does your Hispanic/LatinX heritage influence your work?

Project Manager: Coming from Hispanic architecture studies and culture, I can provide another perspective to the architecture practice in the USA.

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