Laura Elvia Hernández was living a great life in New York City while working and mentoring high school students. The Jay High School graduate and native San Antonian had no intention of returning home permanently. That is, until the River Walk called to her.
Her love of architecture and design began at Passmore Elementary School when she converted a refrigerator box into a clubhouse. She also attended Jones Middle School and graduated from Jay High School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, and her master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University, she chose to stay in the Big Apple.
Then, the job of designing the River Walk museum extension was awarded to Ford, Powell and Carson Architects and Planners. Having always loved the River Walk, she quickly came home and joined the firm where she worked with the design team and was proud to see the project recently completed. Hernández also helped to establish the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program in San Antonio and is the current chairperson for the San Antonio affiliate.