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Alberto Briseño Zamora
MArch. BED.


Alberto Briseno Zamora




Architect of Social Change
Weakness: Flying
Enjoys: People, life, the world

Areas of expertise:

  • Bringing about progress through the architectures of society

Areas of interest:

  • Anthropologies of Space and Place
  • Ethnography
  • Hip Hop Culture
  • Arthur Rimbaud
  • Civil Rights Instrumentality
  • Language Systems
  • Insurgency
  • Lowrider Bikes

Location: Rotterdam,
the Netherlands
email: ariana's email



Alberto draws strength and direction from the deep wells of his personal history, from his Christian faith tradition, to his US Civil Rights Movement legacy, as well as his own life history as a former gang member, and an architect.

Alberto has been in the architecture game for over 11 years, building institutional work in the US professionally. He is most proud of having started a benefits-based, develop/design/build program to provide architectural services for the impoverished, drug-traffic ravaged, immigrant shantytowns, or colonias, in the rural areas along Texas’ border with Mexico. He has delivered the keynote address at the Symposium on Gangs and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and has worked extensively on architectural outreach in the hoods of his native Dallas/Fort Worth.

Alberto joins Except on loan from his nascent firm, project for a more Christian architecture, in Austin, which is dedicated to fixing the American city—eliminating class, race and faith based segregation by working toward an integrated sustainable future for all. His particular expertise is in bringing about social change through the architectures of society, and he’s been brought to Rotterdam to do just that. While he’s with Except, Alberto will be exploring the possibilities for starting a self-sustaining, self-propagating system to develop, design and make space for the architectures of society that the people, together, want.

Alberto has a Masters of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

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