Interview with the president of the Association of Architects
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Every two years, the Colegio de Arquitectos de San Miguel de Allende (Association of Architects of San Miguel de Allende) changes its board, and this year Javier Mojarro has been elected president. Mojarro talked to Atención about the association and its current relationship with the local authorities as well as social service programs for those with low incomes or for nonprofit organizations.
Jesús Aguado: How do you define the Association of Architects?
Javier Mojarro: It is an institution that emerged in 1988 with the goal of helping the local government to create building regulations that could help it have more control over construction in the municipality. Currently the Colegio has 82 members, and 12 more are in the process of registering.
JA: Could you tell us something about your experience?
JM: I am 32 years old, and I was born here in San Miguel. I studied architecture at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Querétaro campus. When I was studying I went on an exchange program to Italy for one year. In 2003 I finished studying, and since then I have been working in the city as an architect.
JA: What does it mean for you to be the president of the association?
JM: It is a great honor to be the representative of the Colegio because I can have full communication with the authorities and the federation of architects. This new experience will help me also to interact with other professionals and remain current with building regulations.
JA: What is the current relationship between the Colegio and the local government?
JM: Nowadays we consult with the local administration. We are always interested in development plans in the municipality, and we always want to be involved or participate in order to solve problems. Some of our members work for the IMPLAN (Municipal Institute for Planning) and for the Urban Development Department, and for that reason our relationship is good and direct.
JA: Can any architect, even if he or she is not member of the Colegio, work in the city?
JM: In San Miguel de Allende all those architects who have updated their legal documents can work, even if they are not members of the Colegio, but municipal building regulations stipulate that all the building projects being developed in the city need a “director responsible de obra” (director responsible for the work), and that person must be member of the Colegio and a sanmiguelense who knows the city in order to avoid altering the urban image or the environment. Foreign architects can work if they have their legal documents as architects validated by the authorities. Our offices are located on calle Bella Vista in Colonia Bella Vista, and if someone needs consultation we can provide it.
JA: Does the Colegio offer social programs?
JM: We have a program of professional service through which we engage in projects for people with low incomes and for nonprofit organizations. We have supported, for example, the Red Cross and the Centro de Crecimiento. The service can go from a simple consultation to a project design. Those who need our support can go to our office.
Mojarro commented that the Colegio de Arquitectos is always concerned about the urban image of San Miguel de Allende and that choosing an architect who belongs to the association is a good option for those who wish to build in San Miguel.