Abraham Cota Paredes: Creating and Transforming Through Architecture

Generating small worlds that become big universes is the work philosophy of Abraham Cota Paredes, a renowned Jalisco architect who seeks to redefine the way to inhabit a space in each of his projects.

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“I try to immerse them in a personal world, so that they stay, in a way, isolated from what is going on around them.”

Developing architecture that is functional and at the same time beautiful has been one of Cota’s priorities. Through art based on concepts and geometric figures, he has managed to realize his own style in architecture.

“Geometry suited me very well, because I don’t sing very well, I’m not so skillful with my hands, and I don’t have the long fingers to be a musician, but I have a thought structure that helps me organize the spaces of architecture.”

According to Cota, good architecture always has a good intention behind it. It is not only about solving problems; it also has a good reading of the terrain, the climate and the style of the project’s designer.

Cota’s architecture tells a lot about his personality, his tastes, his abilities, his determination to imprint his style on each of his projects.

Simplicity, cleanliness, natural light, the purity of geometry and order define his style in each of his works, whose architectural language implies the color white.

His taste for architecture was born when he was a child. At a very early age, textures, colors, gardens, heights and courtyards caught his attention.

“From a very young age, I perceived the heights, the light, the darkness, the smells in the spaces, and I gradually transferred them to drawing, then to composing music and writing poetry.”

For Cota, courtyards are a fundamental element within what he calls the “small worlds,” as they allow ventilating, illuminating and articulating the projects, most of them residential and vertical housing.

Although all of them have been significant, Casa para Ver al Cielo is one of the projects that has most marked his professional career, not only because it was the first house he built after completing his master’s degree in Architectural Design, but also because it is the most autobiographical project he has developed.

“Picasso said that the true work of art is autobiographical… I made most of the decisions based on how I would like to live.”

With 11 years of experience in architecture, his greatest challenge has been keeping afloat the boat that has allowed him to learn and know all the obstacles faced by an independent architect.

However, he stressed that since he created his architectural firm, people who have collaborated have been pillars in maintaining the company created in 2014.

“At the beginning there was Sergio Chávez, with whom I built the first houses for which we were recognized. Now, there are Eduardo, Luis, Enrique and Beto. My grandfather always told me that the key to growth is having a good team.”

Sharing Knowledge

One of the things he enjoys most is sharing what has led him to discover and get to know architecture in depth: knowledge. Via the Internet, he has been able to give several online courses to people from different parts of the world.

“More than passing them my tools, they are learning new strategies they will be able to use. I try to convey these concerns and ways of doing things.”

Currently, more than 120 students have been trained through different online diploma programs, which have been widely accepted by people from Oaxaca, Chiapas and Jalisco, as well as countries such as Colombia, Guatemala and Ecuador, among others.

“It’s networking. I didn’t understand its importance until I started doing the workshops and diploma programs, where I saw that through what other people do you get rich.”

The Jalisco architect, who wants to continue expanding this network of knowledge that began recently, said that the great acceptance by the online audience is a sign of the need to learn and acquire knowledge.

“I want to draw up a master’s degree, so that a boy from Guatemala can connect and learn with teachers from Spain or Portugal and at the end obtain an official degree.”

Cota is a man who is proud of his country, a perfectionist and solitary by conviction, an architect who prefers quality over quantity, who embodies his style and invites us to experience it rather than change it.

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