Mario Chavez Marquez

Mario Chavez Marquez

Orange, CA, US



Architecture is a unique field that allows us to create spaces that can be enjoyed by hundreds and that tell a story about our place in time. While creating buildings for our society I want to learn ways of incorporating design and culture that respects existing buildings and traditions.

I also want to create spaces that inspire and astonish others as I have been astonished in my travels to the pyramids of Palenque in Chiapas, the Coliseum in Rome, and Forbidden City in China.

I believe in a commitment to design that is responsible to our environment and humanity. My goal is to design buildings that not necessarily mimic existing structures but rather complement and elaborate on the existing culture of development.

I believe in designing intelligent, high performance, and sustainable buildings that minimize our footprint.



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture, Design Option May 2008

Tongji University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
Study Abroad Program: Summer 2006
Area of study focused on investigating Lilong housing, including their benefits, disadvantages, preservation and impact on society and culture; and identified elements necessary to create a modern day Lilong while incorporating their original qualities.

Aug 2005 - May 2008

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