Tuesday, April 13, 2010


In the midst of so called Recession... we are looking for qualified staff

Escalante Architects is looking for qualified individuals who can come and assist us in the multiple projects our office is handling and those that are coming in. For the level of qualifications and work ethic expected in our office please send an email to

Please no unsolicited phone calls. For those interested just be aware that we expected nothing but perfection, devotion and passion to the craft of architecture.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


A new Addition to our Team

John Rivera, AIA has joined Escalante Architects. He showed up at the office and I gave him the list of pending projects, deadlines and aspirations in our practice. Without a doubt, he gets it and I trust that he finally arrived at a place that he can call "home"

Welcome John, I will see you tomorrow!!!!


Monday, March 01, 2010


Article in Buildipedia by Stephanie Aurora Lewis, a great writer, architect and sustainability guru

Please enjoy,


Wednesday, February 24, 2010


An Essay written by my daughter Sofia... the biggest homage a mother can expect... while still alive

Essay written my daughter on February, 21st, 2010 in her English Language Arts class at St. Theresa School.

My Mom

I don't know where to begin. My mom has done so much for me. When I was sick, she got medical care for me.

When I had a bad day she was there for me. When I wanted to talk about my problems sometimes, she wasn't at the house because she was at work and I would call call her. She would comfort me, when I did not feel good about myself and she would tell me that "You are a beautiful and kind girl" When I cried, she was there for me.

She sacrifices everything for me and my sister. She is the coolest mom for me. I know when she wasn't there for the Holidays, but I knew she was doing something good. She was helping the kids in Uganda, that far away place in Africa. She designed a school, shelters, clinics for free. She gave the school pencils, glue, erasers. You know school stuff.

She asked me if I was proud of her for helping Uganda's children. I said yes.

My mom said to me the night she was going to Africa and if that was OK with me. I cried and she spent the night telling my why. After she explained, I thought she was a good role model for me. I want to be just like her someday.

I love my mom with all my heart. That is why I think my mom should be "Mom of the Desert". I don't expect her to win but it would be nice if she did. But my mom told me that "you can't expect to win all the time, all you can do is do your best and reach for the stars, and if we get half way there, you will have done a lot better than those who never dared to try".

Sofia Escalante Lentz

ISN'T THIS KIND OF HEARTFELT ESSAY WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT? Our children... their future... the role we play in their lives and most importantly the lessons that will resonate throughout generations after we are gone... leaving rock-citizens in our place is what immortality is all about... a big way to repair our already bankrupted world we have been active participants of.

Ana Escalante, a proud mom!!!!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Instructions for Mid-Term Requirements for ARC 102 Cal Poly Pomna Students

Students, the following items you need to develop for the Mid-term jury on Feb 1st. 2010 are:
1. Model 1 (5"x5" original cube with 1/3 of its mass missing)
2. Model 2 (10"x5"x2.5") sectional model.
Models should demonstrate a high level of craftmanship and care.

Drawing, which should be developed first in tracing paper and once approved by me on 01/26/09 during class. Once approved the drawings should be drafted in Bristol paper (paper size is 19"x24") with the utmost level o care and craftmanship, as explained to you in class. Use a lead holder mechanical pencil, and 4H, 2H, HB or F as needed contantly sharpening the ends. No cheap mechanical pencils are allowed since they don't provide uniform lines. All corners of the object should meet seamlessly. Use the proper tools to develop your drawings as stated in the syllabus.

The final drawings should be grouped in the following format:
1. Orient your drawings in a "landscape" on the sheet of paper.
1. 2 axonometrics or isonometrics on Sheet 1
2. Sheet 2 should include a longitudinal section, align with a horizontal section (plan) and two transversal sections. Sections should be drafted with a heavier lead HB, 2B or F on the cutting plane and you need to draft what is behind the cutting plane with a lighter lead such as 2h as well as the the hidden volumes using a dash/hidden lines. Remember you don't have to show the thickness of the materials but rather the volumes. (Total 4 sections. For extra credit you may add additional sections to describe your object)
3. Elevations (orthogonal views-flat drawings) that should be arranged in a "T" shape and with the front elevation align with the top and bottom on the left side and the back secion should me aligned with the front elevation towards the center of the sheet, in additon to the two 2.5x5" elevations for consistensy.

Hatching is allowed if you intent to include the shaded parts of the object. But it has to be lines at 45 angles equally spaces and crisp lines.

Finally each one of you have been given individual crits to either redo the model due to poor craftmanship and accuracy. The model should be completed by tomorrow and it has to show a visible improvement from the prior model. No slanted planes, glue stains or gaps. It is up to you to simplify the design. Method: Draw the pieces accurately, cut them all at once using an X-acto knife (change your blade every 6 cuts max) and then glue them using Elmers Glue.

In addition concentrate on drawing on tracing paper all the drawings described above.

I will be posting a sketch of the layout of the drawings shortly and please manage your time wisely. If you need to go to the IDC to draw or work, please do so. There are no exceptions as to the expectations of "skill building" requirements.

Friday, January 22, 2010


A beautiful homage to our work

Please check this article written by Stephanie Lewis, a great architect, writer and just an amazing woman who has managed to have it all... a wonderful and meaningful career, family and a forever trailblazer in this merciless business and demanding life. We are honored to have a dear friend who took the time to stop and look at our work and capture, we inprint in all of our projects and that is to engage all of our senses to create meaningful and dignified architectural spaces in every project we undertake. She understands our passion and we are grateful for it.

Here is the link


The EscArc gang

Thursday, December 24, 2009



Escalante Architects wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. We pray that your embrace 2010 full of dreams and with an open heart to receive the unexpected blessings God has in store for you.

After a very ardous year, our office will be closed from the 12/25/09 until 12/30/09, we all need a hard-earned break from the daily grind. Ana and Alex will be in Denmark on a research project, so if you need to reach either of us, please dont't hesitate to contact Ana at

God Bless you, and my special thanks to Cliff, Alex, Justin, Mason, Ashi and Stan for doing such a magnificent job during 2009. We are a family and we will continue to work hard to strive, blossom and succeed not only at a professional level, or educators, but as philantropists and borderless architects.


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