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BRAVE / PRAXIS: Flies Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee ::: Sally Díaz

Sally Díaz

Sally Diaz graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture at University of Houston. During her studies she had the opportunity to travel throughout Mexico visiting both historical and contemporary architectural sites. One primary area of academic focus was on informal conditions and urban spaces in Mexico City. She also participated in the extensive documentation of a 16th century monastery in Hoyapan, Mexico.

Sally continued her studies by obtaining a Master of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada centering on her interest in sustainable design. She participated in the research and design of urban agriculture—the planting of sustainable landscaped gardens that produce vegetables. One such project she was involved in was “The Edible Campus” on McGill University’s campus. This project was published by the BBC and has received several national awards in Canada. Sally has also conducted research on Houston’s Second Ward neighborhood and its current unique patterns of everyday living that is setting it apart from the city’s other historical wards.

Professionally, she has aided in the research of Houston’s Near North Side area, a project granted by the Rice Design Alliance and recognized with a 2008 Design Award by the Texas Society of Architects. Other professional experience includes residential, commercial, and urban design. Returning to Houston, Sally is inspired to explore options for creating quality community responsive solutions and sustainable design. Sally and her husband have also contributed original illustrations to Cite Magazine.