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Gabriel Huerta, principal of the Brooklyn- and Tijuana-based design firm Studiohuerta, didn’t get into architecture just to build lavish retreats for the well-to-do. He has a decidedly humanist bent — and a portfolio that includes a postgraduate student centre at CETYS University in Mexico as well as conceptual designs for miniature green spaces to be situated on traffic medians in New York City. Currently, Huerta is enrolled in the Yale School of Architecture’s post-professional design research program, which focuses on socially engaged work.

“I want to move back and forth between architecture and academia,” he says, noting that he has already taken at least one break from professional practice to pursue intensive studies; in...

A Stunning Mexican Residence Built to Exemplify Best Practices

Besides being austerely beautiful, Casa Escondida by Studiohuerta is a model of both local know-how and fairer labour practices.

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