Juan Felipe Diaz
Felipe joined BLUR Workshop having recently graduating with a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. His academic career was dedicated to research in repurposing materials for architectural applications. Seeing the potential in items typically bound for the junkyard, he sought to reveal their potential future life at all different scales; from small details to a complete tectonic construct of a wall. Noting the considerable time and energy it takes to “recycle” something in the traditional sense, Felipe prefers the idea of finding an object from its original purpose, like the chassis of a car, and use it as structural element in an architectural construct, such as a pavilion. In this manner the original use and memory of the object remain intact, resulting in a design that is not only sustainable but also creates a memorable narrative.
Before joining BLUR, Felipe’s professional focused largely on K-12 projects. He worked closely with the local governing body on analyzing criteria for site selection for elementary schools within the district and also help strategize vehicular circulation for pick-up and drop-off of children. Other notable work included the renovation of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Currently, Felipe is a key team member on a 380,000 square foot addition to an existing resort and convention hotel, featuring 304 guestrooms, 60,000 square feet of meeting space and a 50,000 square foot resort court.
photography by Raftermen