I’m Alicia. I’m an architect-to-be and a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where I studied Architectural History and Latin American Studies. Come September, I will be studying Chinese Architectural History at Peking University—for now, I work at my alma mater within the department of Planning and Design.
I first created At the Crossroads as a travel blog, and expected it to span the duration of my three month stay in Chile and Peru in the summer of 2011. When I picked it up again in Spring 2012 in order to catalog my days spent living in Paris as a study abroad student, I quickly realized that daily journal writing about the sometimes-mundane happenings in my life is simply not intuitive for me. Thus, this blog has morphed into a grab bag of art, design, architecture, and more.
10 Things About Me
- I have designed clothing for three years. The collection I am most proud of translated the buildings of the University of Chicago campus into clothing.
- My favorite food is sour cream. My boyfriend once joked that if I died, he would leave tubs of sour cream at my grave instead of flowers.
- I dedicated a lot of my time in college studying Chilean architecture, and I wrote my thesis about the Open City of Ritoque, an experimental architecture site built by students & professors of the University of Valparaiso.
- I’m moving to Beijing next year!! (To study architectural history.)
- I grew up on the West Coast (Sacramento, California) and would like to move back to the Bay Area/Portland/L.A. someday.
- My spirit animal is a turtle.
- Finding, collecting, and enjoying music doesn’t come easily to me, but I enjoy Salsa, 90s Rock, Alternative/Independent Rock, Hip Hop, and Bluegrass (when I’m in the South). Right now I’m listening to a lot of K.Flay, Azealia Banks, Ana Tijoux, and everything featured on the Alt.Latino podcast (NPR).
- Although I’m not organized in all areas of my life, my daily planner is my lifeblood.
- I love yoga but I also love having money. This is a problem for me.
- Goodreads, Jezebel, and iamafoodblog are probably my most-visited sites on the web. On Goodreads, I track every book I read in the calendar year (and I definitely include graphic novels—they count).