Introduction by Laura Manzo - Chief Editor The Huffington Post

Speakers: Michael Coleman, Jorge Olivares, Alberto Laposse

The speakers are people that have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly. And yet, here they are. They climbed entrepreneurial mountains, have the confidence to walk on a stage and just be open about their FuckUps. It’s because failure breeds success. It is the ultimate learning experience, especially because it is brought in an intimate, interactive setting. Through these interactive possibilities the crowd can ask whatever they want or need to avoid making the same mistakes (or to dive head-first into making mistakes of their own, and learning from it.

Please Join us June 14th 19:30 hrs, Umarán 42 Centro SMA
As Director of JORGE OLIVARES ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN & SUSTAINABILITY, Olivares, with over 20 years of professional experience, leads a versatile practice that encompasses residential, commercial, retail and hospitality projects. The firm includes full service capabilities from ground-up construction to site development with emphasis on sustainability where achievable. Jorge Olivares maintains a diverse portfolio in Mexico as well as internationally, specifically in the United States and Chile.

Born in Mexico City in 1972, Olivares studied at Harvard University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute School of Architecture. While studying at Pratt he interned at Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York City. After working with acclaimed Mexican architect Manuel Barbosa, he opened his own firm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2005.
Olivares has designed, collaborated and overseen projects with renowned firms such as LEGORETTA in Mexico. Olivares designed and developed the Desmex Solar franchise chain in Mexico which has since become one of the leading renewable energy companies in Mexico. He has integrated renewable solutions for a variety of businesses most notably the Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende. Olivares has lectured on renewable energy incorporation in architecture at conferences such as EXPO CIHAC, the leading exhibition in the construction industry in Latin America. Olivares founded solar panel provider Solar Nova Chile in 2014.

Olivares brings experience and personal style to every project. He is committed to strategic and holistic thinking, utilizing every team member in a given project to the maximum efficiency. He is well respected among clients and colleagues for his deep understanding of the practice of architecture, problem-solving skills and hands-on management capabilities. Committed to excellence and a keen attention to detail, Olivares works closely and collaboratively with a diverse range of clients and remains committed to every phase of a project until its vision has come to fruition. With a strong belief that sustainable architecture is paramount to the future, Olivares offers innovative approaches to the incorporation of renewable energies into the architectural paradigm.

  1. The Boveda at Casa Chorro
    On how a boveda (brick domed ceiling) is built. The construction technique is an ancient art still practiced by very few craftsmen. As explained by Jorge Olivares. Video by Sam Oliver and Emilie Davies.