Publication: The New York Times
Section: House & Home
Date: March 26, 1998
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Every summer, Madeleine Sanchez, now 38-year-old architect, would visit her grandmother's small turquoise and ocher house in Cayer, P.R. She was often awakened in the middle of the night by moonlight, which streamed in through cracks in the wooden planks that made up the small hand-built casita where her grandmother lived and died.
Ms. Sanchez's reminiscences about her grandmother, "a fearless woman who refused to leave her house during hurricanes and who got up at 5 A.M. with roosters," never became a conscious element in her architecture. (She founded her own firm in 1992.) But those snippets of memory - of her grandmother's transom, the shutters facing the mountains and the weay the moonbeams shone through - are subtly interwoven in a freestanding pavilion she designed for "Dream Houses: Three Latino Construction," an exhibition highlighting the work of young Puerto Rican architects, which opened yesterday at Hostos Center for Arts and Culture in the Bronx.
Along with her colleagues in the show, Warren James, 38, and Miguel Rivera, 33, Ms. Sanchez, a New York-born "Nuyorican," represents a new generation of Latino architects who are using their histories, attitudes and dreams - their shared psychic terrain - to create their own fusion architecture in New York and Puerto Rico.