Hansy Better presents an alternate perspective of architecture viewed through a gender scope that allows people to eliminate restrictions and open their minds to new and innovative ideas; perceptions that somehow, positively destroy old paradigms. She explains several of her projects, showing how each received a different approach in the use of materials, orientation, and cultural aspects, depending on the client's needs. Sustainability and integration tend to be primary elements in her designs, as she understands the role of structures within a social context. Better also talks about the Big Hammock Project, in which she explains its whole process of design and construction. She speaks about the motivations she had and describes the main tendencies that encouraged her to carry out such work, along with the obstacles she needed to overcome.
Promoting Craft, Culture and Engagement in Architecture Hansy Better
Friedrich Hayek Auditorium Universidad Francisco Marroquín Guatemala, November 7, 2011
A New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, February 2012 Camera: Joni Vasquez; digital editing: Luis Barrueto; index and synopsis: Sergio Bustamante; content reviser: Sofía Díaz; publication: Claudia de Obregón, Sofía Díaz
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Hansy Better received her first professional Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University (1997) and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School (2000). She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Registered Architect in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. Better is principal at Studio Luz Architects; and she is currently serving on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) Designer Selection Board Panel. She also serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the Boston Society of Architects and is on the editorial board for the Critical Productive Journal examining the intersection of architecture, culture and theory.