Bustos Lopez, Gabriela

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Gabriela I. Bustos L., DArch, MIA, ARCH embraces her competencies (skills, knowledge and experience) as a bilingual Venezuelan architect and artist living in Milwaukee since 2011. Gabriela’s emphasis and passion centers on: Digital Technology through virtual reality. She accomplished her studies at the School of Art “Julio Árraga” in Maracaibo-Venezuela, completing the Visual Arts mention, majoring in Painting and Interior Design. Gabriela’s degrees with honors include: a Bachelor Degree in Architecture with a Summa Cum Laude award, an honorable and publishing mention in a Masters in Informatics in Architecture; and an honorable and publishing mention Doctorate in Architecture at the University of Zulia, Venezuela (LUZ).

She embraced her education and shared her knowledge as a professor and a researcher at The University of Zulia (LUZ), from 1999 to 2015. Her emphasis in her research focuses on the implementation of virtual reality during the process of architecture design in studio teaching. Her numerous awards include the honor of best research at Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics (SiGraDi) on 2002; she was elected by vote to be part of the International Executive Committee of SiGraDi (2010-2014); and was SiGraDi Coordinator of Communications (2012-2014). She led, designed and implemented digital programs of virtual reality at the School of Architecture and Design, University of Zulia (Maracaibo, Venezuela). She served as the Director of the Master of Informatics in Architecture Program, Coordinator and Chair of Digital Art at the Contemporary Art Museum of Zulia, Venezuela from 2008-2011, and was Director, Interactive Architecture, Digital Design Program, Virtual Reality and Interactivity Mention 2009-2011.

Gabriela has left her imprint in research by discovering the implications of the design teaching-learning process, concretely in architectural and interior design, with the use of Digital Technology through virtual reality and interactive multiuser living worlds in architectural design studios. Gabriela continues researching to generate transformable and/or adaptable architectural design, as a teacher of Architectural Studio at LUZ. Gabriela introduced this contemporary vision of digital design in the school of Architecture and Design at LUZ. She has multiple publications regarding technological implementations in architecture, from the foundation of theoretical positions (founded in Complex Epistemology) to the practice of the architecture field and developing digital tools.

Gabriela’s achievements are recognized with numerous awards, one of which was second place in research nationwide productivity in Venezuela, the “Program of Stimulus to Innovation and Investigation, Level C”award (2011-2013).

She has served with the Pa-Kua Group International as an Architect Assistant in Residential Buildings (2011-2015). Currently Gabriela is leading the project: AHEAD (Affordable House for Emergency Assistance after Disasters) which examines the implementation of digital technology to serve the need of building emergency housing in case of natural disasters. AHEAD is a flexible, lightweight, and portable housing created with algorithmic design.
Gabriela continues to share her knowledge as she teaches Art St. Adalbert School in Milwaukee since 2015. In addition, her culture serves the community well as she is the coordinator of Hispanic Catholic Education at the Hispanic Ministry of the Archdioceses of Milwaukee and member of the Archdiocesan Planning Commission.

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D. Arch, University of Zulia, Venezuela
MIA, University of Zulia, Venezuela
Arch, University of Zulia, Venezuela

Research Focus

Digital Technology in the Architectural Design Process
Virtual Reality

Selected Work

Chapter in Refereed Book Sigradi 2013, “Didáctica Proyectual y Entornos Post-Digitales. Prácticas y reflexiones en Escuelas Latinoamericanas de Arquitectura y Diseño”
BUSTOS G, GONZÁLEZ G. and RINCÓN F. 2013 “Interactive architecture, reaction, behaviors and transformations in the Digital Design Program”- Mar del Plata: Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. Pp, 44. ISBN 978-987-544-545-1
BUSTOS, Gabriela. 2013 “Method 7.1, Re-action in multi-re-form: Ethical regeneration of Digital Technology (DT) + Architectural Design (AD)” - In Knowledge-based Design - Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics, 54-57. SiGraDi Valparaiso, Chile.
BUSTOS, Gabriela. 2010 “A Complex Epistemology of Architectonic Designs using Digital Technology: Preliminary Definitions in Virtual Workshops”. Proceedings of SiGraDi 2010. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia. ISBN 978-958-695-565-2. Pp 197-200
BUSTOS, Gabriela. 2009 “Architecture Derivations in light of seductive Digital Technology” Proceedings of SiGraDi 2009. Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil - ISBN 2176-0519. Pp 95-97
VELEZ, Gonzalo; BUSTOS, Gabriela. 2007. “Design Alternatives: Architecture to Cyberspace as strategy of education. Case: Virtual 3D interactive multi users to Las Americas virtual Studio” No 15-2007. Chile University. Index: Latindex. Folio 11904.Issn 0716-8772. pp, 33-38. Refereed Journal “De Arquitectura” Santiago de Chile, Chile.
BRUSCATO, Underlea; BUSTOS, Gabriela, GARCIA, Rodrigo. 2007 “Shared Dreams: Multi-user visits in architectonic distance models”. ISSN 1808-5741. Edition N2 . V.3 No.2:31-38. July-December 2007. UNISINOS. Index QUALIS. pp, 31-38.
BUSTOS, Gabriela; GARCIA, Rodrigo; VASQUEZ DE VELASCO, Guillermo. 2006 “Virtual Workshop of the Americas: Proposal of development with multi-user interactive environment of support”. Proceedings of SIGraDi 2006. Universidad de Chile. ISBN 956-19-0539-6, pp 105-109


Arch 310

AHEAD 2018
Project Didactics and Post-Digital Environments 2013
The Americas Virtual Studio 2009
Velez-Bustos - De Arquitectura No 15 2007
Villa Marina 2013
Virtual Menus 2002