2022 Architecture Portfolio Daniel Leira

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DANIEL

LEIRA

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO 2022


E D U C AT I O N 2018 - PRESENT

Iowa State University Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with an emphasis in the history of modern architecture planned for May, 2024 2016 - 2018

SKILLS LANGUAGES

Fluent in Spanish (Written and Spoken) Literate in Galician OTHER MEDIUMS

35mm Film Photography Digital Photography

Colexio Manuel Peleteiro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain International Baccalaureate Diploma 2014 - 2016

West High School, Iowa City, Iowa HONORS

S O F T WA R E

Dean’s List Iowa State University Fall & Spring 2021 Fall, Spring & Summer 2020 Fall 2019

EXPERIENCE J A N U A RY 2 0 2 2 - P R E S E N T

Peer Mentor in Design 102 for M. Jackson J U N E 2 0 2 1 - J U LY 2 0 2 1

Apprenticeship with Iago Seara Morales – Restoration of the Roofs of the Cathedral of Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain AUGUST 2021 – DECEMBER 2021

Peer Mentor in Design 102 for K. Zarecor 2020-2022

Volunteer Spanish Translator for Free Medical Clinic of Iowa City 2016 - 2019

Team Member Westport Auto Carwash, Iowa City

C O N TA C T Daniel Leira 319-331-6418 Dcleira@iastate.edu




A CAMPUS FOR SEED WHISPERERS In Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankoski’s third year studio, “A Campus for Seed Whisperers,” I was taught how to research and use precedents. The studio had an emphasis on form. My precedent was the Wolkenbügel, by El Lizzitsky. First a massing of the form was given dimensions and created. That was then used as a framework to create an art workshop. This building formed a part of a campus, which was a colaboritive design effort from the entire studio.






APPRENTICESHIP EXPERIENCE I had the privilege of obser ving Iago Seara during the final phase of his restoration of the roof of the historic Cathedral of Santiago. It was an intricate project, with multiple phases which spanned over four years. I assistedw Seara, and his principal associate, Juan Orozco Corredoira on site for five weeks.


The Cathedral is the centerpiece of the historic city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Construction started in 1075 to honor Saint James, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, whose body was discovered at that location according to the Catholic tradition. There are only three cathedrals in the world built around the tomb of an apostle, which makes Santiago a prime location for both religion and culture. Santiago is a UNESCO world heritage site.



I was introduced to th e granit e roof syst em that chann el s and directs th e wat er away from th e cath edral . I learn ed about drainage syst ems, how th ey w ork, and w hat pot ential problems can ari se. I studied many m ethod s of in-situ restoration . I was amazed at how hi storic techniqu es can be adapt ed to modern day technologies. For example, lead , an ancient waterproofing mat erial , i s still used today.



Thi s opportunity gave m e a first-hand perspective of th e m ethodolog y, procedures, intricacies and leadership required to conduct such a complex project. It was inspiring to see Professor Seara , a master of hi s craft, approach hi s w ork with such passion , respect, and att ention to detail .


S PAT I A L P I L G R I M A G E Partner: Aidan Andrews

Our ritual is a spatial pilgrimage. The journey exposes people to the sensation of claustrophobia. The goal is to gain reverence for those who struggle with all forms of anxiety.

As one travels deeper, the passage narrows. As the grade of the path decreases, so does the distance between the walls. As one climbs, the walls widen. The grade of the path increases and the walls begin to separate.

By the end of the ritual, the pilgrim returns to the vast views of Jester Park, with a sense of relief and a new appreciation for the space.


S PAT I A L P I L G R I M A G E