MISSION STATEMENT

Building Center No.3 (BC3) is a group of interdisciplinary design professionals occupying the space where research, performance and aesthetics converge.

Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Design are the three principal creative disciplines that help shape the built environment.

BC3 probes and fuses design ideas whose origins may begin in either discipline but seeks to find elements of expression in all three. Underpinning the practice is a preoccupation with Water and Energy: their use and conservation over the life cycle of each project.

We collaborate with our clients to create the design; we predict its performance; we measure its impact on the environmental and we track those metrics to improve our future solutions.

 
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ARCHITECTURE

Building Center No. 3 applies the most current knowledge and research tools available in the design and construction disciplines to deliver the client sustainable solutions from a cradle-to-grave perspective. Architecture and design are produced with a sensitivity that address issues of regionalism and appropriate technology while meeting the performance demands of the client and mitigating negative impacts to the environment.

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LANDSCAPE

Our approach to landscape design is centered on environmental stewardship while seeking creative solutions that emphasize the use of indigenous plant species, water conservation and low maintenance. Where landscape meets the built environment we strive to enhance the user’s experience and complement the design of adjacent structures.

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INTERIORS

In the interior design for both commercial and residential clients we reaffirm our dedication to sustainable solutions. In addition, we provide our clients with a package of services that includes designing within the client’s aesthetic, procurement services for furnishing, fixtures and equipment coupled with experienced staff during the construction administration phase to ensure the design meets the expectations in terms of performance and appearance. By having architects and interior designers in-house we are able deliver projects that have a high degree of technical quality along with great design.


THE ORIGIN OF OUR NAME

The name of the company has its origins from graduate school research work that the Principal and Founder, Jason Tapia, AIA was conducting in India in 2009 through a National Science Foundation grant. In the 1990s after the liberalization of India’s economy, there was a recognition that the country’s human settlement problem would need to be addressed in unconventional ways. One strategy to create housing for the hundreds of millions of people migrating from rural to urban areas was to decentralize the process of design and construction. This led the government to provide loans to over 500 “Building Centres” whose task was to apply innovative solutions to the problem of construction technology and the training of unskilled labor at a local level. These Centres were founded by individual entrepreneurs from across the building enterprise: builders, engineers, architects, developers, etc. However, within eight to ten years, of the hundreds of Building Centres founded, only two remained: the Anangpur Building Centre and the Auroville Building Centre. Both practices are led by architects who continue to innovate, creating new materials, building technologies and unique typologies that have served their local cities but have also reached beyond India. Building Center No.3 aspires to be third in the line of successful “Building Centres” focusing on research-based solutions that merge design and sustainability to create a sense of place for our clients and the people who engage our work.


OUR TEAM

  JASON TAPIA  / AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, CDT  Registered architect in Florida, Colorado & New York. He earned a B. Arch at Cornell University and an M.S. in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been practicing architecture for twenty-one years and is the Principal at Building Center No. 3.

JASON TAPIA / AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, CDT

Registered architect in Florida, Colorado & New York. He earned a B. Arch at Cornell University and an M.S. in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has been practicing architecture for twenty-one years and is the Principal at Building Center No. 3.

 
  JOSE VAZQUEZ   José is a trained architect. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He has been practicing architecture for 20 years and has extensive experience as a project manager, project architect, and construction manager on many projects that range in program. His role at BC3 is Senior Project Manager.

JOSE VAZQUEZ

José is a trained architect. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He has been practicing architecture for 20 years and has extensive experience as a project manager, project architect, and construction manager on many projects that range in program. His role at BC3 is Senior Project Manager.

  PAWEL HANUSOWSKI   Pawel is a trained architect. He earned his Master of Architecture from Florida International University. Pawel brings to Building Center No.3 his expertise in Building Information Modeling and an interest in cultural centers and urban design. His creative sensibilities are centered on ensuring the client’s needs converge with the design intent. He is currently a Project Manager at Building Center No.3.

PAWEL HANUSOWSKI

Pawel is a trained architect. He earned his Master of Architecture from Florida International University. Pawel brings to Building Center No.3 his expertise in Building Information Modeling and an interest in cultural centers and urban design. His creative sensibilities are centered on ensuring the client’s needs converge with the design intent. He is currently a Project Manager at Building Center No.3.

 
  ANACLAUDIA MAGALHAES   AnaClaudia earned her Associate in Arts from Miami Dade College; a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Urban Design from the University of Colorado. She is currently the BC3 Denver Office Director and a Landscape Designer. Ana Cláudia brings to Building Center No.3 creative design, extensive community development and planning and project management skills.  Her design approach focuses on analyzing each project site and its potential impact on local microclimate, regional biosphere and the dynamic hydrology supporting these systems.

ANACLAUDIA MAGALHAES

AnaClaudia earned her Associate in Arts from Miami Dade College; a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Urban Design from the University of Colorado. She is currently the BC3 Denver Office Director and a Landscape Designer. Ana Cláudia brings to Building Center No.3 creative design, extensive community development and planning and project management skills.

Her design approach focuses on analyzing each project site and its potential impact on local microclimate, regional biosphere and the dynamic hydrology supporting these systems.

  MARLENY HERNANDEZ   Marleny is a trained Designer with a degree from Miami International University of Art & Design. Her interests center on historic preservation and creating spaces that establish a strong aesthetic relationship with the language of the exterior architecture.  She also brings to BC3 an interest in landscape design, hand sketching/rendering, and furniture design. She is currently an Designer at BC3.

MARLENY HERNANDEZ

Marleny is a trained Designer with a degree from Miami International University of Art & Design. Her interests center on historic preservation and creating spaces that establish a strong aesthetic relationship with the language of the exterior architecture.

She also brings to BC3 an interest in landscape design, hand sketching/rendering, and furniture design. She is currently an Designer at BC3.

  PATRICIA CHASKO   Patricia is a trained architect. She earned a Bachelor of Art and Architecture from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Architecture and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a Certificate in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design from Florida Atlantic University.  Patricia is currently a Project Manager and Staff Architect at BC3.

PATRICIA CHASKO

Patricia is a trained architect. She earned a Bachelor of Art and Architecture from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Architecture and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a Certificate in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design from Florida Atlantic University.

Patricia is currently a Project Manager and Staff Architect at BC3.

 
  PAOLO FERRERA   Paolo is a Licensed Landscape Architect with a Degree in Landscape Architecture from Florida International University. His interests center on helping the South Florida region rediscover locally native plant species by incorporating them into our designs on a project by project basis.  His areas of expertise also encompass irrigation and drainage design. He is currently a Senior Landscape Architect at BC3.

PAOLO FERRERA

Paolo is a Licensed Landscape Architect with a Degree in Landscape Architecture from Florida International University. His interests center on helping the South Florida region rediscover locally native plant species by incorporating them into our designs on a project by project basis.

His areas of expertise also encompass irrigation and drainage design. He is currently a Senior Landscape Architect at BC3.

  AKIKO IWATA   Akiko Iwata is a trained Landscape Architect. She earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and worked for ver a decade with EDSA, one of the largest landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm in the world. Her work spans several countries, many cities and scores of clients. She brings urban design and master planning experience to Building Center No. 3. Since her departure from large firm roles she has focused on custom residential projects that are intimate and intensely detailed. She is currently a Senior Landscape Designer at BC3.

AKIKO IWATA

Akiko Iwata is a trained Landscape Architect. She earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and worked for ver a decade with EDSA, one of the largest landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm in the world. Her work spans several countries, many cities and scores of clients. She brings urban design and master planning experience to Building Center No. 3. Since her departure from large firm roles she has focused on custom residential projects that are intimate and intensely detailed. She is currently a Senior Landscape Designer at BC3.