Paul leads the user experience design team in the Los Angeles office of @ArupAmericas

Digital technology has enabled buildings to become more flexible and dynamic in the past decade. Some of the most rapidly changing elements of a building are the sensors, interfaces and audiovisual components that enable people to interact with a building. Unlike more traditional building interaction elements such as doors, windows and furniture, digital products are constantly evolving with more features and capability while software updates come at an even more frequent pace. These “layers” of digital product that are embedded into buildings need special consideration in…


…or how does a city turn pink?

The world presents itself to me in a constant series of mysteries. Each prompts me to wonder about the stories behind them. These mysteries are everywhere: the people I meet, the music I listen to, the buildings I see on the side of the road, the food I eat . . . so many stories to discover! Sometimes these stories can be uncovered but when they cannot, I’ll often make something up to fill in the blanks. My mind creates a sort of “story gestalt”. …


Recently I’ve been experiencing a sort of magic trick. It happens several times a day, but every time I’m still surprised. It is a little less amazing each day, but something about it still has the capacity to surprise me several weeks after the first experience. What is it, you’re patiently waiting to know? Well it is my new coffee mug. The little trick it plays on me is that my coffee stays at just the perfect temperature right until the last drop. …

Paul Chavez

User Experience and Technology Designer in the Digital Design group at @ArupAmericas | Built Environment | Audiovisual | Los Angeles

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