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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Although sometimes overlooked, Latino/Chicano architecture is all around us and continues to influence modern structures today. From early century megalithic architecture to the baroque cathedrals and even to the Modernism movement, Latino architects have played a large role in establishing beautiful works of art and attributing to modern day architecture. In this paper I will address the influence Chicanos have had on modern day architecture. Tracing back to the Stone Age, Latino architecture can be discovered, though primitive it shows some of the earliest examples of their designs. As time progressed, Latino architecture was influenced by the Romans, Moors, Celts and even natives such as the Aztecs and Mayans as well as many others, spawning the Romanesque, Mudejar, Puuc, Castros and other styles that were practiced and still are practiced by Chicano/Latino architects. Using published works on architecture and architectural magazines, I will explain the influence Chicano/Latino architecture has on the U.S. and beyond.