Juan Esparza

Juan Esparza

Tampa, FL, US



Graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from the University of South Florida (2012).  Throughout his years, he participated in numerous design projects covering various typologies and scales.  In 2009, he won 3rd place in the school’s annual design charrette for the design of a single family home.  In 2010, he helped design a donor wall for the Sarasota Art Center.  That same year, he participated in the Solar Decathlon, an international competition that challenges design, construction and operation of a solar-powered house.  In 2011, he was published in Urban Flux, a Beijing-based urban design magazine, where he participated with the University of Tianjin in the design of the Tianjin Eco-City. He currently works as an Architect at Taller Veinticuatro Workshop.



Taller Veinticuatro, México Distrito Federal, MX, Architect

Part of firm's design team. I participated in many conceptual projects as well as various residential and commercial projects. I was also part of the design team for the winning proposal for the 15th Annual Arquine Design Competition.

Nov 2012 - current

Halflants + Pichette, Sarasota, FL, US, Designer

Was part of the design team in the realization of the Sarasota Art Center entrance, specifically the Donors wall.

May 2011 - Aug 2011


University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, US, MArch, Architecture + Community Design

Aug 2008 - May 2012

Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL, US, AA.Arch, Architecture

Aug 2004 - Dec 2007

East Bay High School, Gibsonton, FL, US, High School, High School Diploma

Aug 1999 - Jun 2003


15th International Architecture Competition to Re-inhabit the 21st century, 1st Place

Re-inhabiting spaces in the 21st Century implies creating the necessary conditions of security, comfort and protection for social life to take place, through conditioning urban spaces and cities starting with the prime unit: housing. Housing is a subject of hierarchical importance for society, and according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI, for its Spanish acronym) Mexico will need 20 million new houses in the next years. On this instance we look to propose the same premises that gave birth to projects like the Presidente Aleman Urban Center (CUPA for its Spanish initials) 65 years ago. This project came about as the first densification project in Mexico, and is regarded to this day as a proposal in which the square footage of construction is minimal, thus designating a large percentage of square feet to activities other than housing, that offer quality services for a better life in a dense city. In the same site occupied by the CUPA and based on the same program, appear the same questions. On what does the housing problematic consist? What characteristics does Mexico City offer? Which is the most adequate urban criteria? How can we finance these projects? Which rules and laws should regulate this problem? In the 50’s Mario Pani stated that the housing problem is of an urban nature. It is necessary for all of the elements that allow to complete planning. Social, economic, politic and special issues must all be addressed in order to offer not only a space for living but also somewhere that is accessible, economically attainable and that acts within the social, special and political boundaries that constitute the city. This is why we seek to develop new typologies for 21st Century housing, using as an starting point the revision of the modern housing models, in order to obtain proposals that reinstate the residential project as part of a larger urban approach, based on the modern reference given by housing units today and furthering the achievements obtained over half a century ago in regards to densification, city cohesion, mixed uses and typological diversity. The competition seeks the development of a ‘housing formula’, which contemplates the minimal space requirements for modern living, and the consideration of equipment and services required to create integral, efficient and sustainable communities.


Lakland Single Family Home, 3rd Place


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