Sustainable housing for low-income families
From seeing the remains of structures in Mexico as a young volunteer firefighter, to learning European methodologies while studying abroad with a renowned Italian architect, Barbara Warren’s personal experience has given her a unique perspective of architecture. But, getting involved in the local community has given her a special sense of purpose, and an endowed scholarship from the San Antonio Masonry Contractor Association is allowing her to fulfill her goals.
“I felt all of my life my vision had been blurred and architecture provided an entirely new lens through which I could view my surroundings,” says Barbara. “I’m happy to have the support of my scholarship to pursue my dream.”
- Barbara Warren
As a graduate student in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, her “guiding inspiration” is housing for low-income families. Using her experience in sustainable technology and construction efficiency, she believes a more practical solution can be accomplished for low-income families.
“It will definitely be a great challenge, but great things require hard work,” she says. “I believe good housing is a basic human right.”
In addition to studying architecture at UTSA, Barbara is a project manager for a local architecture firm. There, she has assisted with various housing and community projects—allowing her to gain hands-on experience and further her understanding.
“Through my work with the firm, I’ve had the opportunity to learn the reality of the discipline and the personal responsibility of my design. I feel very fortunate,” she says.
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