Alaa Quraishi and Justine Humble-Gallegos are currently adjunct faculty and the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. Justine and Alaa have worked on collaborations over the past eight years, focusing on engaging social interaction through architecture. Their initial collaborations stemmed from their undergraduate studies together.
Alaa is a person that is built from many identities; each is constantly challenged and flexed. In an identity struggle many children of immigrants find themselves in, constantly denying the bounding box of each label has allowed for more nuance. If an identity is constantly challenged, than the very boxes of Indian, Lebanese, woman, American, are also challenges. These challenges of convention translate to architectural representation. She received her Masters of Architecture from MIT, and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UNM.
Justine is currently living in Albuquerque, NM. She is a recent Master of Architecture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. She believes that conventions in architecture are rarely questioned. In this non-questioning individuals become complacent and accept architectural tactics are embedded with inequalities. Her work considers norms and their deviants, creating new tactics across boundaries. She believes that her work must extend inside and outside the field of architecture.