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Why Arch-X-Perience

Chicago is known around the world as a mecca for architecture. Thousands of tourists flock to the city to experience its architecture and culture. The design world is ever changing and there is always some type of event around this subject happening. "Arch-X-Perience" is about new buildings, restaurants, shops, exhibit installations, public art, environments, and some tips, information, and candid reactions based on direct experiences of a designed space from casual observers.

How do I pronounce Arch-X-Perience

It is a contraction of the words Architecture and Experience. You're in for a ride and it's going to be fun!

Who is behind Arch-X-Perience

Lira Luis AIA, RIBA, NCARB, UAP, LEED-AP, is a global American architect specializing in organic architecture. She graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, Cum Laude, from the University of Santo Tomas. She holds multiple licenses in Asia, North America, and a Chartered Architect designation in Continental Europe. She has designed an impressive army of diverse and socially-relevant building typographies in Asian and US markets from the small-scale award-winning Portable Transient Shelter Pods to large scale designs for several of the Fortune 100 companies in the US. In 2010, National Geographic and The Aspen Institute selected her as Environment Forum Scholar. In the same year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected her as recipient of the AIA Athena Young Professional Award. In 2011, she represented the A&D community as one of 4 winners in the Reign In Spain Competition by Tile of Spain. She is one of the Midwest’s most innovative design pros who are making a difference in design as named by i4Design Magazine 2011 Suite 16 Top Picks. Award-winning architect and design correspondent, Lira contributes articles as a resident blogger in Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow and one of Benjamin Moore’s Expert Architects. She has been featured several times in the media in recent years, including interviews in Mashable.com, Greensource magazine, Discovery Channel’s Travel Daily, and AZ Family Channel 3. Her work has been published in Architectural Record Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Wisconsin River Valley Journal, Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, Blueprint Magazine in Malaysia, and broadsheets in the Philippines.

How to Contact Lira

Email: lira-at-liraluis-dot-com

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