SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Karla Sierralta

Assistant Professor
M.Arch University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003 B.Arch Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, 1999

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Office room number
301-C

Email address
karlais@hawaii.edu

Phone number
808.956.4911

How do we inhabit the planet responsibly?
How do we meet the demands of evolving cities? 
How do we design for and with people? 
 

These are fundamental questions that we should ask ourselves as we teach and learn how to design the built environment. This process simultaneously commands rigor, precision and responsibility, as well as empathy, poetry and imagination. 

Research and Creative Work

“Ski On Home”, was featured in Dwell Magazine, published in the book “Chalets” by Braun, and named Tahoe’s Modern Mountain Home of the Year.
“Ski On Home”, was featured in Dwell Magazine, published in the book “Chalets” by Braun, and named Tahoe’s Modern Mountain Home of the Year.
“Ski On Home” Study Model.
“Ski On Home” Study Model.
“Ski On Home”, Squaw Valley, CA.
“Ski On Home”, Squaw Valley, CA.
“Inside-Out” proposal for Goodman Theater featured in “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” on display at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 2016-2017.
“Inside-Out” proposal for Goodman Theater featured in “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” on display at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 2016-2017.
“Currencies of Architecture”, an exhibit built around the iconic image “The Titanic”, part of the Art Institute of Chicago
“Currencies of Architecture”, an exhibit built around the iconic image “The Titanic”, part of the Art Institute of Chicago's permanent collection.
Invited proposal for the History Channel’s “City of the Future”. Received the IBM Engineering Innovation Award for envisioning what the city of Chicago would be like in 100 years.
Invited proposal for the History Channel’s “City of the Future”. Received the IBM Engineering Innovation Award for envisioning what the city of Chicago would be like in 100 years.
“Endemic Synthetic” study model, Ford Calumet Environmental Center Competition Finalist.
“Endemic Synthetic” study model, Ford Calumet Environmental Center Competition Finalist.
“Dual Memory”, a proposal for the 9/11 Memorial in New York, selected as one of the eight finalists amongst 5,200 entries.
“Dual Memory”, a proposal for the 9/11 Memorial in New York, selected as one of the eight finalists amongst 5,200 entries.
“Dual Memory” study model.
“Dual Memory” study model.

Profile

  • Areas of Interest

    Beginning Design

    Design Communication

    User Centered Design

    Inhabitation

    Design Advocacy

  • Professional Experience

    Prior to joining the University of Hawaii's School of Architecture, professor Sierralta served as Curator of the first year graduate studios at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where she focused on Design Fundamentals and Dwelling. Since 2006, she has held a series of teaching positions where she has led Advanced Studios that explored the future of the metropolis both in the US and Latin America.

     

    In parallel to her academic work, she is also co-founder of Strawn+Sierralta, a design studio focused on creating innovative, user-centered experiences through service design, environments and architecture. The studio's work has been recognized nationally and internationally and was awarded the Chicago Architectural Club’s “Emerging Visions”.

     

    As a design advocate, professor Sierralta also served as Co-president of the Chicago Architectural Club (2012-2014), a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization, founded in 1885 that serves as a platform to bring forward current architectural issues in the city.

  • License(s)

    Licensed Architect in Venezuela (No.117747)

  • Selected Publications

    The creative work of Strawn+Sierralta has been published and featured in: The New York Times, Metropolis, ABC Nightline, USA Today, Newsweek, Gestalten, Chicago Magazine, Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Dwell, Architect Magazine, National Geographic, Architectural Record, Braun, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

     

    It has also been exhibited at: The Museum of Science and Industry, The Chicago Architecture Foundation, The Chicago Cultural Center and The Graham Foundation in Chicago, IL; The Art Museum of Western Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, Pavillion de L’Arsenal in Paris, High Desert Test Sites 4 in Joshua Tree, CA, garden LAb at The Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and at The World Financial Center in New York, NY.

     

    Recent curatorial projects include: “Currencies of Architecture”, an exhibit featuring a series of images, texts and events exploring the state of the art of architecture today, displayed at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and partner program of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial; the 2014 “Emerging Visions Competition” in partnership with the Graham Foundation and AIA Chicago, exhibited at the National AIA Convention; the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition “Next Stop”, for Chicago’s new BRT transportation system; and the 2012 Chicago Prize Competition “Future Prentice”, with accompanying exhibit “Re-Considering an Icon”.

  • Courses

    Arch 101 Basic Design Studio

    Arch 690 Special Topics Seminar: Domestic Territories

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