Patricio Cabal graduated in 2014 with a Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design. He currently resides in Guayaquil, Ecuador and holds a Master's degree in Architecture from UEES (Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo-Samborondon, Ecuador). Patricio works as a freelance architect and also for his family's construction company in Guayaquil.
Patricio's family runs a non-government organization called Pro Labore Dei which works primarily within the slums of Guayaquil. Through his experience in the field with PLD, Patricio realized that his country was begging for urgent solutions in sectors such as housing, sanitation, water, and energy. He saw in sustainability a viable way to address the main problems that affect those vulnerable zones, very common in developing countries like Ecuador, and looked to the MDS in Sustainable Design in order to solve those problems. "The program coupled perfectly to my tight work schedule, allowing me at the same time to study and put in practice a topic that fascinates me such as sustainability from my homeland."
"I hope to become a leader in the area of sustainability here in my country, not for personal interests, but to serve others that need it the most. In the macro scale, I look forward to working hand in hand with the local government developing environmentally conscious urban planning and housing proposals. In the same way in the micro scale, I hope to change the way clients see this topic, through the application of efficient sustainable design strategies in my projects."
During his Capstone work at the BAC, Patricio's goal was to develop a prototype of a low cost housing unit that implements basic sustainable design guidelines. The plan was to study the area, their needs, and link this information to the context and reality of the community and the city in general. This affordable dwelling will cover aspects such as passive design, materials, techniques, energy, water, recycling and community engagement. It is hoped that this pilot project can be developed in one of the informal settlements located in Guayaquil, Ecuador in the summer of 2014, with the collaboration of BAC students and PLD volunteers.