Design Principal | Salazar Architects
Alex oversees firm management and design and has decades of experience leading multifamily developments and community-based master plans. His career-long focus linking architecture to community organizing continues to shape the firm's body of work. Upon completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo (1993), Alex was honored with a Graham Foundation Fellowship and apprenticed with NGOs in India designing culturally appropriate, earthquake safe homes. After working a few years, he returned to academia and completed a Master of Science in Architecture from UC Berkeley (1998), focusing on homelessness in the US and post-disaster housing in developing nations. By the early 2000s Alex served on the Board of Directors of multiple housing justice organizations, including East Bay Housing Organizations (Oakland, CA), Just Cause Oakland (aka CJJC in Oakland, CA), and the Association for Community Design (Boston, MA). Today he can be found volunteering with the AIA, NOMA and DAP, and occasionally teaching community design studios at Portland State University.