Victor Palacios
MA in Sustainable Design
Project Manager at Frank P. Key & Associates
McAllen, Texas, USA

Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?

I earned a bachelor of architecture in Saltillo, Mexico.

What first made you interested in sustainability?

The way buildings are designed now, with little-to-no effort in energy efficiency.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Being able to affect people's everyday lives by the design of their space.

Current obsession?

Mid-century furniture

Why did you choose to study sustainable design?

I wanted to learn about better design practices and be able to address industry concerns about environmentally conscious solutions.

What was the online educational experience like? What would you say to people who are hesitant to try an online curriculum?

I would tell them to be ready for a fast-paced, demanding program with a great faculty and immersive curriculum.

Has your work evolved since leaving MCAD?

I believe my work has evolved even since starting the program, maybe in very small but incremental steps. But I have tried to usher decision makers into a more sustainable future.

Do you incorporate sustainable thinking into your current practice?

Yes, by choosing better materials and construction processes, evaluating building impacts, and guiding the client to improved design choices.

What advice do you have for art/design students?

Practice what you preach, stay focused, and share your knowledge as much as possible.