Alex Salazar of Salazar Architects Studio
For years Alex Salazar, owner and principle architect for Salazar Architects Studio, Inc., has been fueled by duel passions for eco-architecture and social justice. Motivated by his desire to fuse his two passions, and help change the world in the process, Alex founded Salazar Architects Studio, Inc. in 2007 and began working with non-profit developers to design affordable and ecologically-sound housing in California. Even though he was busy running his own business, Alex still made the time to share his knowledge with local non-profits, volunteering for East Bay Housing Organizations, the Association for Community Design as well as founding the tenant’s rights organization Just Cause Oakland. Years of previous work experience provided Alex with the architectural training necessary for success, and in 2008, Alex came to Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center to gain the comprehensive business knowledge needed to expand his firm.
At Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Alex enrolled in the Business Planning Class and soon after openedSalazar Architects Studio, Inc.’s San Francisco office as part of the on-site Business Incubator Program. In the Business Incubator, Salazar Architects Studio, Inc. thrives, grossing $100,000 a year and securing contracts for socially responsible projects including the 36-unit Yosemite Village HUD Hope-VI Family Housing project in Fresno and the 166 mixed-income unit Gateway Supportive Family Housing project in Portland, Oregon.
Recently, Alex’s dedication and expertise have brought him even greater recognition and success. He’s recently won the American Institute of Architects of San Francisco Young Architects and Associates Award, the American Institute of Architects of California Community Housing Assistance Honor Award and the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work with non-profit affordable housing organizations and his social justice background. He also used the flexibility of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s Business Incubator to move Salazar Architects Studio, Inc. into a larger on-site office, allowing him the space necessary to expand with several employees.
With his new office and recent accolades, Alex’s future is looking incredibly bright. He is currently competing for lucrative projects in San Francisco and the East Bay, and has several new projects in the office, including a 35-unit senior housing project and community center in San Francisco.
Salazar Architects Studio, Inc.
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