Daniel Aros, Assoc. AIA
Living within the Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona, one becomes aware of what it means to dwell in a unique habitat with extreme climate, diverse ecosystems, and a rich cultural heritage. Architecture provides the opportunity to be part of something greater than what is perceived. My underlying process stems from the desire to foster the invisibilities - history, social infrastructure, ecology, movement - in order to arrive at a tangle solution in our physical landscape.
In 2012, I participated in an interdisciplinary master planning project for the Municipality of Muscat, Oman, where we provided a variety of sustainable strategies at the urban and building scales to the Al Hamryia community. This experience led me to work on a research grant with Sustainable City Project at the University of Arizona, where I investigated the significance of planning for the next generation of prototypical transport and its impact on the local communities it intersects. Prior to graduating from the University of Arizona with a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture, I joined a local developer firm where I worked in all design phases, from conceptual design to construction documents, and progressed the development of a 14 acre LEED-ND community in downtown Tucson. Later, my work with Paul Weiner Architect as the project manager on the MSA Annex, a commercial urban infill project in Tucson, further sharpened the appreciation of crafting and layering the human experience and natural environment over the built.
My background working on various scales and community development is what drew me to Modus. I joined Modus Studio in August of 2017 and am thrilled to collaborate with such a passionate group of thinkers/designers, who challenge the status quo for improving the quality of life in our community.