David R. Alcala, AIAS, SARA

Architectural Intern
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David R. Alcala, AIAS, SARA

Architectural Intern

David joined BVH in late January 2016. Since then, he’s been able to fully integrate himself into studio life, adding to discussions and to BVH’s culture. Having lived in Illinois, Arizona, Texas and Nebraska during the first 18 years of his life, David’s design ethos and process has been molded by the variety of cultures and people he’s been exposed to. He recently graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s undergraduate program in the Fall of 2016, and is now taking a year off from his studies to further explore his interests in architecture while working as a full-time intern at BVH. His upbeat attitude, talent, reliability and strong work ethic make him an extraordinary asset to BVH’s project teams.

David grew up in the bright and vibrant Mexican culture, which has directly influenced his interests in architecture and his desire to break the mold of the traditional architect. An advocate for architects to have more fun, David takes a playful approach to the design process, allowing him to really open his mind and explore during conceptualization.

David spends his time off exploring the arts, continuing his education by visiting cultural institutes around the world and awaiting the newest hip-hop release.

When he’s not knee-deep in a project, you’ll find David putting together music playlists for BVH parties and events, and showing other BVH’ers the latest dance moves.

Read David’s post on Designing and Building a Micro Dwelling.

What is the favorite place you have visited?
Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

What are you optimistic about?
I am optimistic about my generation of designers and the passion and forward thinking we bring to the profession.

How do you engage your community?
I’ve engaged the community by serving on the University Program Council for three years, along with several volunteering opportunities such as The Special Olympics, The BIG Event and canvasing for Drive 2 Vote.

What is your area of interest or research?
My area of interest of research lies in open-source architecture and how that can be integrated into parametric design, simultaneously searching for the relationship between Architecture and Sculpture.

What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by the world and people around me. I feed off of the energy of my peers and reflect that energy back. Also, I’m inspired by my dog.