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Human Centered Approach Research Analysis

System Thinking

Design Management


Portfolio Yahayra Rosario Cora, AIT

Service Strategist Planning Facilitator

DESING THINKING for SOCIAL INNOVATION Visualization Historic Story Preservation Society Teller


Design for Sustainability Economy Education

Architecture Design

Urban Renewal


Interior Design

Architecture Degree [BS + BA]

2Master of Arts


Design Management Design for Sustainability

“Design Knowledge is Power...”

Ashley Ciecka and Michael Jeter from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco”

My Design Journey “Because there has been no fundamental reinvention of design practice in order to play an active role in the culture of sustainability, clear paths to new forms of practice do not exist. Designers must rethink their practice both individually and collectivelly in order to find ways of engaging with the massive problems that confront humankind.� [Victor Margolin]

See my projects... Creative Kitchen, The Game

Envisioning Dalton, Georgia

Scenario 1: NPR

Refreshing Whitemarsh Plaza Event Video

Scenario 2: Video

Working Title Design: Advocacy Network for Design Management


Switching Puerto Rico’s Society Towards Sustainable Practices


Building Culinary Skills Through Creative Thinking


Envisioning Dalton, Georgia Refreshing Whitemarsh Plaza


Developing a Sustainable Plan Advocacy Network for Design Management Twisting Logic, An etnographic research of Savannah, Georgia Re-purposing e-waste Enhancing San Patricio Urban Forest in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Housing Project at JosĂŠ de Diego Avenue

Historic preservation

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In summer 2011 I combined my dual master’s degree in Design Management and Design for Sustainability to conduct the final project in a disadvantaged community in Puerto Rico. For the project I developed and conducted the Let’s Move Boricua: No more politics, no more critics, we are looking for solutions [Workshop & Event].



Switching Puerto Rico’s Society Towards Sustainable Practices

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Switching Puerto Rico’s Society towards Sustainable Practices

Design Thinking Cross-Disciplinary Human-Centered Approach Designers [+]

Overview I applied design thinking with the intent of framing solutions to switch Puerto Rico’s socio-economy towards sustainable practices. The topic was a reaction to Puerto Rico’s overwhelming dependence on United States food imports and welfare aids. First, Let’s Move Boricua [A workshop and event] was developed to encourage citizen participation during the ideation process of changing Laura Mercado Public School to one specializing in Agro-Ecology. I saw the opportunity to generate awareness for the potential of local production based on inactive resources, economic benefits, and the culture of ownership and taste. Some benefits of the workshop and event included bringing Puerto Rican designers into the discussion to re-frame local food production, market and consumption; and creating cross-disciplinary groups that focused on design thinking and creative collaboration strategies. This workshop

and event integrated organizations [profit and non-profit], government agencies, educators, students, and low-income community members into the efforts of resignifying agriculture development and the consumption of local food products. In addition, the workshop and event permitted Laura Mercado Public School to connect with other organizations in the Island that are trying to re-frame agriculture as a viable means to create wealth; offered the participants the opportunity to build new relations inside and outside the institution; developed solutions that attend their socio-economy needs; developed recipes hosted from their own backyard; and took out those entrepreneurial, marketing, branding and creative skills that they never knew they had.

Enhance Context Identity

Sustainability Social Innovation

Community Community

Social + Economic NEED Ideation Shape future environment


Clarify the message

School Components

Change or shape their future environment


Laura Mercado Public School, New School Specialiced in Agro-Egrocology Student’s Parents + Community


Perceptions Behavior Values





Students School Components



University of Puerto RicoMayag端ez Campus

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Laura Mercado Public School, New School Specialiced in Agro-Egrocology

Rosario Community


Macro Visions

Used to frame Laura Mercado Public School workshop

Micro Visions Clarify the message of why it’s necessary to switch Laura Mercado Public School to one specializing in Agro-Ecology Introduction of design thinking Creation of crossdisciplinary and/or cross level groups Human centered approach Build new relations and alliances inside and outside the school Look for opportunities to integrate school programs to the new curriculum


Multiple Backgrounds Workshop Look for solutions to enable individuals in low-income communities to be selfsufficent through agriculture

Teachers + Guest Workshop Develop ideas to integrate existing school programs, the students and Rosario Community to the new school curriculum

Students Workshop Change classroom dynamic in order to engage the students Design Thinking and creative collaboration to make students expose and analyze the problem, as well offer possible solutions to it Brand and market local food products Looking into traditional cousine and learning the value of host their backyard

Workshop/Event for Rosario & School Community Spread the Sustainable Virus & Amplify Positive Deviance Host your backyard Facilitate visualization of best future scenarios for Puerto Rico’s socio-economy/ Workshop outcome Transparency & Round Table to integrate and facilitate collaboration


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Building Culinary Skills through Creative Thinking

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Creative Kitchen, The Game Getting into the community!

Savannah’s Restaurants

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Sharing ideas and proposing new ones


The students, Kyle Averack, Kitipat Cheecharoen, Jennifer Jeng and Yahayra Rosario Cora from Facilitating Creative Thinking course at Savannah College of Art & Design joined them to support Starfish Cafe’s involvement with the community through “creativity” and culinary arts. We are empowering underprivileged individuals in Savannah who are an integral part of its landscape. Good side of creativity coming forward through community COLLABORATION and delicious opportunities!

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Local Farmer Markets Design Students building self-esteem and encouraging creative thinking through Creative Kitchen, The Game

Starfish Cafe administration and its chefs are empowering underprivileged individuals in Savannah, Georgia through hands-on culinary training.

This it is a design thinking and social innovation problem because job loss is a wicked problem, it’s been around for a long time, and it affects the whole economic landscape. Additionally, we are analyzing complex socio-cultural perceptions, policies and economics in order to reintegrate disadvantaged individuals to a community, and enable them to be self-sufficient. On the other hand, we are identifying positive actions in the community and extending their network!


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Creative Kitchen, The Game Creative Kitchen, The Game was developed by the students Kyle Averack, Kitipat Cheecharoen, Jennifer Jeng and Yahayra Rosario Cora in the course Facilitating Creative Thinking at Savannah College of Art & Design. Initially designed to engage students at the culinary training program of Starfish CafĂŠ in Savannah, Georgia. The game aspired to build students self-esteem, educate and enhance their creative culinary skills that they never knew they had, all while having fun. Creative Kitchen, The Game provokes nonlinear thinking when participants have to create a recipe limited to the cards that they possess on its hands. Other opportunities that the game offers are collaboration, visualize the new recipe and build a story line to sell the idea. You could find more information about Creative Kitchen, The Game on h ttp:// creativekitchen/creative-kitchen-the-game



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Envisioning Dalton, Georgia

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Envisioning Dalton, Georgia Carpet Capitol of the World

Dalton, the carpet capital of the world has been famous for its high quality, versatile forms of carpets that are sold to wholesalers and distributors to be further retailed to the end consumers. This small town in Georgia, USA has its roots embedded within the functioning of this industry. Post economic turbulence, this town finds itself confined within its heritage, unable to holistically survive in cultural, economic and social aspects. Authorities in Dalton and at SCAD have studied the predecessors of evolution in order to raise and understand plausible scenarios for Dalton’s future. This exhaustive planning may prevent this small town from becoming a heritage zone, only worthwhile of mention in historical periodicals.

Ten students from the Design Futures-DMGT 783 class under Robert Fee’s advisement explored the opportunity of scenario planning a future for Dalton. After chronologically assessing its history, socio-cultural past and present, voice of its residents and other external factors, the group placed emphasis on three chief undetermined influencers namely – industry (economic), education and social aspects. Through an intensive research methodology consisting of mind mapping, affinity diagrams, SWOT analysis and logical axis marking processes we built on these undetermined factors from three points of view – worst case scenario, same as now but slightly better scenario, and an optimistic best case scenario. Paramount throughout, our attention was not on predicting short term events and outcomes, but on developing plausible themes that would change people’s perceptions in the tradition of good story telling.

Design Futures:: Team Cookies

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Diagrams by Kate Bordine & Yahayra Rosario Cora

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Envisioning Dalton, Georgia


story lines were developed to further communicate the essence of each scenario. Our medium of communication was as follows:




National Public Radio episode of THIS DALTONIAN LIFE: This radio episode works on the worst case scenario possibilities for a city whose cultural texture, education and economical facilities are heavily dependent on this silo-avenue of income- the carpet industry. Once exploited to the maximum degree, Daltonians will find themselves trapped within a morbid structure of facilitating life.

Beauty Queen contest in Dalton where a Hispanic girl wins the crown! – VIDEO: This video covers the beauty queen in the making, her reactions and day-today life activities as a young teenager belonging to the minority population in Dalton. The scenario covers the same but slightly better case possibilities in each of the three sectors of this project – industry, education and cultural structure.



RAIL- the hip upbeat magazine of DALTON: This preview of the monthly magazine issue for Daltonians covers the best case possibilities. Ranging from economic welfare options such as new industry’s headquarters, cultural texture amalgamation and higher education options, this magazine covers the most promising vision of a future Dalton. Our project encompassed the broad categories of concerns for the Daltonian future, exploring indepth possibilities within each option. As a whole we realized an opportunity of growing technology and awareness within the next 20 years. Which is why, it only seemed ideal to weave all our foresights through a Twitter page. The success of our project did not lie in our ability to become successful forecasters, but in the manner in which we illuminated what could be done in order to sensitize Daltonians to the possibilities and the drivers of change that may otherwise be ignored. To this we added our personal insight into the past and cast a picture, which through our group efforts resulted in an orchestrated scenario planning project!

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Project Overview

by Kitipat Checharoen, Colleen Heine, Ken Holmes and Yahayra Rosario Cora

In summer 2010 I collaborated with Professor Boylston on a reclamation initiative at Whitemarsh Plaza as part of a course. This plaza in the suburbs of Savannah, Georgia is a 1970’s-built strip mall similar in character to thousands of other strip malls dotting the American byways. Whitemarsh Plaza is home to various businesses including a convenience store, liquor store, pet groomer, nail salon, computer repair shop, a few offices, and five restaurants. One of those restaurants, Thrive Carry Out Cafe, sells fresh and local organic food. We worked with the


restaurant owner to design areas constructed out of reclaimed wood.


Refreshing Whitemarsh Plaza Savannah , Georgia

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Refreshing Whitemash Plaza During the design process we ensured we understood the needs of the restaurant owner and other tenants, while keeping in mind the physical and structural context.

Greening the Un-green

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Context: Whitemarsh Plaza is located in a high traffic area at the intersection of Highway 80 and Island Expressway on Whitemarsh Island, about 8 miles east of downtown Savannah.



Proposal: After understanding some threads of a complex interconnected web, policies, social perspectives, behaviors and values of Whitemarsh Plaza tenants, my teammate Kitipat Cheecharoen and myself proposed the Outdoor Eating Area design and its placement. Additionally, we presented proposals, such as green roof infrastructure, impermeable pavements and biosoils, to convert Whitemarsh Plaza as a “Green Destination” to educate Savannah’s community.

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Taking Action: During the winter quarter of 2011, another group met Professor Boylston for the course Sustainable Practices in Design Management. This group reclaimed wood to make reality our outdoor eating area vision.


Refreshing Whitemash Plaza

Attempt 1 Understanding Whitemarsh Plaza community perceptions, behaviors, values and needs.

Events Refreshing Opportunities SU-2010 / DMGT-740 / Sustainable Practice in Design Management / Scott Boylston



Attempt 2 Recaliming material to build the outdoor eating area in order to keep momentum.

Reclaiming Material

Call for Action Designers Publication

Well Fed Special Savannah Edition: Keeping it local and green. Vol 1. Issue 5. P. 22-24



WI-2011 / DMGT-740 / Sustainable Practice in Design Management / Scott Boylston

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Project Overview Professor Paepcke, me and other students with backgrounds in industrial, interior, architecture, design management and design for sustainability, traveled to Illinois, Chicago to look for alternatives to switch Rochester Public Library towards sustainable practices and meet green building requirements. [Interdiciplinary Design I]


The new design was based on a human centered approach. This approach let the students on understand employees and patrons behavior, flow, noise, cultural and physical aspects of the building to promote a shift towards sustainable practices.


Developing a Sustainable Plan

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Rochester Public Library in company with Savannah College of Art & Design Interior Analysis Overview

Observing Flow/Behavior within Library

by Lina Gao, Fang Jun & Yahayra Rosario Cora

The purpose of rearranging the interior of the library was to redirect the flow of people, light and energy does re-vitalize the current space. This new layout includes a shelf area, office, storage room, kitchen and updated colors and materials.



Most of the children go first to the play area [A3], then grab a book to read in the library [A4], or check out a book [A5].

Some adults go to the library to use the computers while others grab books or magazines and settle down in the personal reading area or use laptops briefly.

Others check in books and stay near the circulation desk [A2] looking for movies or books. Adults with a child:

We worked to provide a pleasant environment while improving the flow and efficiency. In maintaining a sustainable edge on all sides, we concentrated on reducing waste, re-using materials, reimagining space and recycling or donating leftover materials.

Some adults stay in the computer area [B1], leaving the children in the play area [A4 & A5]. In addition, adults stay near the computers and circulation desk. Teenager Teenagers go into the library and look for a book, check out and leave. Others come to use the computers.

Interior Design Proposal by Yahayra Rosario Cora

Young Adult

The idea of the new layout is consolidating programs and activities to designated spaces. The proposed layout will create a positive flow and allow for a more harmonious experience.



Seniors Some seniors use to go to library to read magazines [F1] , use laptops in the area [F2], look for fiction books [F3] or accompany a child. School Teacher The visiting teacher checks in at the circulation desk, then grabs a table to set up and tutor students [G1]. Library Employees General information on use of interior by employees: Circulation desk area [H1], library materials and employee desks [H2], storage area [H3], and community room [H4].

Most young adults go to the library to use the computers, but there is not a designated area for them [B1].


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Rochester Public Library in company with Savannah College of Art & Design

As part of the project we rebranded the library image an as a green institution.



Application of the Sustainable Plan The administrator of the Rochester Public Library has been applied some of the recommendations that the Interior Design team of the Interdisciplinary Studio course developed during the summer 2011

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More information on Rochester Public Library website:


Project Overview The first week of winter quarter 2011, a group of nine graduate students at the Savannah College of Art and Design met with Professor Verena Paepcke for their first lesson of the Design Innovation Development Innovation and Marketing Strategies course. We understood that the field of Design Management is currently represented through various and inconsistent means. This fragmentation has resulted in clutter and confusion within the marketplace as to Design Management’s true value in the realms of design and business. There is an opportunity to achieve clarity and cohesiveness of professional


purpose, a central entity should be developed that unites Design Management as a trusted resource, demonstrates credibility and relevance in the world of commerce, and establishes a future for this evolving profession. In order to mend this fragmentation, a forum of knowledge sourcing will be created whereby several audiences are fully served- the Design Management community of practitioners, the world of commerce, and aspirant peers who shape the growing field. This network and its members will clearly distinguish Design Management as a viable and unique entity that provides genuine success in its methodology and praxis.



Advocacy Network for Design Management

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Advocacy Network for

Desing Management

Creation of an advocacy network for Design Management



WHY CREATE A NETWORK FOR DESIGN MANAGEMENT? “To exhibit and enable Design Management in motion (through transparency)...”

NETWORK To select out of a universe of what could matter towards what should matter

“To foster content that is relevant because it exists, that promotes its own literacy, and advocates the application of our discipline...”

“To set perimeters and state a definition...”

“To establish ourselves as a trusted authority and resource...”



“To make the field approachable and relevant in order to create market value...” “To create a network that is open and inclusive by utilizing social and experimental principles, in addition to procedural solutions...”

To achieve this by providing free sources of information and interaction, which is the new standard for published work

To deliver a database of content and interactions, which is situational and continuously evolving alongside the market

“To define DMGT theory, DMGT players, and DMGT practice in an open forum...”

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Twisting Logic: An ethnographic study of Savannah, Georgia

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Twisting Logic:

An ethnographic study of Savannah, Georgia During the winter quarter 2010, Professor Christine Miller and her students of the course Methods of Contextual Research at Savannah College of Art & Design, developed an ethnographic study in downtown Savannah and Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia. The ethnographic research pursued helps R. Campbell, a MFA Design Management student candidate to understand social perceptions, polices, and existing wind power market in Savannah.



Research Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore opportunities in Savannah to close gaps between policy, perception and performance of small wind power generators in order to facilitate the diffusion of small wind power generation.

Perception Policy


Research Questions: What are the constraints that prevent small wind demonstration projects within the Savannah community?

What are the drivers that would facilitate small wind demonstration projects in Savannah community?

What impact might demonstration projects of small wind have?

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Conducting the Research Data was collected through passive and participant observation, photo and video documentation, and semi-structured interviews. Two teams performed this part of the study separately. As a result of the observations and brainstorming sessions, Team Savannah-2 decided to analyse the users in three groups: Locals, tourist and students. These groups are determined according to their experience of, their experience from and their duration of stay in Savannah. These

User Categories


Map for Savannah Local Group


categorizations helped the group deciding on the possible locations for the demonstration. Then, the gathered data was processed through affinitive diagrams and work models [which are flow, cultural, PESTLE and driving forces models in this case] by the two research teams together. The following are the outcomes of this particular study.

Downtown Savannah, Georgia

-Festivals -Farmer Market -Restaurants / Bars/ Cafés -What they do? -Who are? -Where they live? -The jobs


Occupies City Temporarially

(apx. 1 day-2 weeks)

Transportation Tr ansp tation or

- Ideal image of the city - Looks for places to stay/eat/shop -Experiences the “good/safe/beautiful/ historic” areas of the city w/tours

-Bicycle -Golf Cars -Cars -Public Transportation -Scooter / Motorcycle

User Categories

Occupants of Savannah



Map for Savannah Tourist Group -Festivals -Restaurant / Bars/ Cafés -Tours

Savannah Historic Distric Savannah is one of the best walking cities in the U.S. Most tourist sights are concentrated around River Strest, City Market, and the Historic District

-Place to sleep/Hotels -What they visit

Students Occupies City Apx. 2 to 3 years

-Taxis -Rent Cars -Segway -Electric Cars -Carriage -Scooter / Motorcycle -Bicycle -Public Transportation

Savannah College of Art & Design_Students Map

User Categories

Interest: - Schoolwork - Jobs - Entertainment - Exercise Students

Map for SCAD Student Group

Locals Occupies City Indefinitely Interest: - Job - Recreation - Excersise -Community


Residence Education Business Government

-Festivals -Farmer Market -Restaurant / Bars/ Cafés -Exercise College -SCAD -ARM -CS -STC


Common Path Transportation


-Bicycle -Cars -Public Transportation -SCAD Bus -Scooter / Motorcycle

Common areas Portfolio


The community relies on the information provided by external parties like the CEF but also Georgia Power. There is an opportunity for increased responsibility at the community and individual level with regard to education about alternative energy as there is currently an opportunity for misinformation.

Alternatively if there is a push from the community for alternative energy and it is seen as an opportunity for Georgia Power to keep their market share, or reduce operating cost, they may also consider supporting initiatives.

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Georgia Power -Power Relations Who's Responsible




There seems to be an opportunity for more collaboration between the interest groups for alternative energy and sustainability. They appear to be working on plans and initiatives individually with no champions deliver actions on a large scale


Making Economic Sense -Risk/ Investments


Concept of Future Present Context vs. Future

Circular Communication

Compatibility Issue Mapping Ideas Against an Old System

Georgia Power and other organizations consider alternative energy in dierent aspects. Georgia Power is interest urged, while other organizations are thinking about saving money, saving energy, saving and improving living environment


“53 million tons of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2009, but only 13 % of it was recycled. Global revenue for e-waste recovery were roughly $5.7 billion for 2008, and are expected grow to $14.6 by 2014� [ABI Research, 2010] in the article a program to certify electronic waste recycling rivals an industry



Repurposing e-waste

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Repurposing e-waste Time to Care Competition Design Idea: The idea to encapsule e-waste inside glass is to give a new meaning and value to the precious metals found in hazardous materials. Encapsuling the e-waste inside glass is an opportunity to reduce the amount of toxic material destined to landfills. Enclose or encapsule e-waste in glass as a way to reuse hazardous material without any harmful effect to humans and the environment. Additionally, upcycling the encapsulated material increases the

Origin of the idea: “E-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Much of it ends up dumped in Africa and Asia.” Greenpeace “What you can do to help?” Greenpeace




Propose Life Cycle

Amber stone Cut as need it

Obsolete Computer [or electronic equipment]

Put into a mold

Separation of precious metals


It was created by the resin living trees, the stones are often found with interesting inclusions, such as insects, seeds, feathers and bubbles.



Recycling activities consisting of collection and separation

New meaning + New Value Non-hazardous



Sales + Trade in

e-waste event Hazardous Waste

Collect recycled glass

Proposal; Reuse this e-waste material to put into the reclycled glass

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Conceptual Idea: Enclose or encapsule e-waste in sap or resin as a way to reuse hazardous material without be harm to humans and the environment. Additionally, upcycle the encapsulated material increasing the value through the time. The idea of encapsule and preserve the e-waste inside persue give a new value, ethical and economic one. On the other hand, ecapsule the e-waste in eco-resin is an opportunity to reduce the amount of potentially toxic material destinated to landfills.

Origin of the idea: “E-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Much of it ends up dumped in Africa and Asia.” Greenpeace “What you can do to help?” Greenpeace


Development of marketing plan and architecture design to enhance San Patrico Urban Forest.



Enhancing San Patricio Urban Forest in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

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San Patricio Urban Forest in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Introduction to Marketing at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico [2002] Marketing plan and design in order to promote the use of San Patricio Urban Forest in Guynabo, Puerto Rico by developing management areas, educational maps and brochures. Team: Miguel Moreno Melvin Roman Yahayra Rosario-Cora



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Housing Project on JosĂŠ de Diego Avenue

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Advance Design I at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico - Department of Architecture [2003] The project consisted of designing a housing development between two buildings on Jose de Diego Avenue in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This urban area is characteized by buildings with shared walls.



Housing Project at JosĂŠ de Diego Avenue

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Historic Preservation

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Urbanism Design at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Department of Architecture [2004]

Visualizing the Problem

The Fort “El Morro” in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the Island, by foreigners as well as residents. However, when people travel here, they realize that there is no connection between the existing paths. Therefore we proposed to develop connecting paths in this area, in addition to cafeteria and security booths for the longer walks.

South Walkng Path Fort “El Morro” Walking Path Problem with this context is UNI-DIRECTIONAL CIRCULATIONS



Urban Proposal to Connect Walking Paths

in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fort “El Morro” in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

South Walking Path doesn’t have a culmination point

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Informal access from the seaboard adjacent to the low wall of the Fort “El Morro.”

Openning that conncects the lower interior area of Fort “El Morro” with the exterior.


Urban proposal to connect walking paths

Level +33’-0” - Interior Connection with the Fort “El

Site Plan

Level +15’-0” - Service Area



Urban Furniture-Detail “A-A”

Urban Furniture-Detail “B-B”

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Santo Cristo de la Salud Chapel in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico In 2003, I collaborated with the architect Beatriz del Cueto [FAIA] in a historic preservation project for the Santo Cristo de la Salud Chapel as part of a course. Our goal was to recreate and document the construction history of the chapel by identifying the different construction stages. For this purpose, we made building measurements, developed bi-dimensional drawings to showcase the existing conditions of the chapel, and recreated its construction history using three-dimensional models. Additionally, we processed construction materials in the preservation laboratory and identified modern materials with the same properties.



East Facade Documentation




Legend: 1. Fasade Photomontage using 24� x 60� grid

2. Fasade Loss and Repairs

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3. Fasade Conditions 4. Existing Surface Decoration






Design Consultancy

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YRC Professional Service Consultant Architectural Professional Services Consultant for reshaping the sales area of the Rafael Rosario & Associates in Santurce, Puerto Rico



As-build of Nechodoma House

in Miramar, Puerto Rico Client; Hector Arce Arquitectos

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Landscape design project for new entrance and new visitors parking of San Ignacio College in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. For this project, I was the design assistant for the architect Carlos Miranda at Miranda Architects Offices.



Landscaping for San Ignacio College

in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Client; Architect Carlos Miranda

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Monumento al Jíbaro Architecture design project to develop plaza and base for “Monumento al Jíbaro”. The project is located in front of the “Academia de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desatres, Carretera 189” in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. For this project, I was design assistant for the architect designer Edgardo Pérez. Additionally, I prepared construction details and developed blue prints required by the architect designer.



Design Consultant + Development of Blue Prints

for Architecture Design of Academia de Manejo de Emergencias in Gurabo, Puerto Rico

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Architecture design project to reshape “Academia de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desatres, Carretera 189” in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, facade and training areas. For this project, I was design assistant for the architect designer Edgardo Pérez. Additionally, I prepared construction details and developed blue prints required by the architect designer.



Design Consultant + Development of Blue Prints

for Architecture Design of Academia de Manejo de Emergencias in Gurabo, Puerto Rico

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Kitchen Design Architecture design project to remodel kitchen area of FernĂĄndez Residence in Ponce, Puerto Rico. For this project, I was design assistant for the architect designer Carlos QuiĂąones from Visura CSP. Additionally, I prepared construction details and developed blue prints required by the architect designer.



Design Assistant + Development of Blue Prints

for Visura CSP in Ponce, Puerto Rico

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“Design Knowledge is Power...”


Ashley Ciecka and Michael Jeter from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco”


My Design Journey Inspiration for My Design Journey:

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Design Ethos Conference 2010

Amplifying Communities by Cameron Tonkinwise [Parsons Lab]

Project M John Belinjeng

Enzio Manzini

Project Habitat for humanity by Cameron Sinclair

Professor of Sustainability at SCAD Scott Boylston

Book Natural Capital

Book Switch your organization


Design Thinking for Social Innovation  

My Design Journey