For nearly 150 years, Virginia Tech has stood as a beacon of innovation within the higher learning community. Nestled in the rolling hills of Blacksburg, Virginia, this institution was built on the idea that collaboration, ingenuity, and invention can improve all of our lives.
Each semester, Professor Joaquin Lorda assigns a supplemental project that asks students to explore classical architectural methodologies, while iterating upon those prolific traditions. Students work in small teams, employing elements from Late Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Gothic, Mexican, Spanish and other time-honored styles, into collaborative architectural models limited only by imagination and processor speeds. We asked Professor Lorda and students Álvaro Martínez Alcalde Tejerina and
Ezra Pound once wrote, “All great art is born of the metropolis”. While Ezra’s point may be debatable, occasionally the inverse turns out to be true: a metropolis may be born from great art. Nowhere is this sentiment more visible than in the work and art of Diego Guerra.