Cultural competence is so important. Webster’s dictionary defines this concept as the ability or skill to understand the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. I hope to grow in my understanding of Hispanic culture through the study of this region’s architecture. While I know that it will take much longer than one semester to truly understand the heart and intricate beliefs of a group of people I look forward to delving deeper into this unique part of the world.
I have chosen to look at Hispanic culture through the lens of architecture because whenever I look at images or videos from Hispanic regions I am drawn to the unique buildings. Whether it be the choice of colors or interesting construction I find that I am left with a desire to know more about these buildings. Perhaps the outside of the structure can give me some clues to those who live within its walls.