I boarded a plane to Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, in the summer of 2016 to work for an architecture firm, Broot Studios. Joao Boto Caeiro, the principle architect of the firm, had given a lecture at my school, Texas Tech University, a year prior, and after I approached him about the idea of working at his firm. While there, I learned about the vernacular architecture of Oaxaca, but I also discovered much more about the language, history, culture, traditions, and the people of Mexico. Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, is located along the southwest coast of the Pacific Ocean between Puebla and Veracruz to the north, Chiapas to the east, and Guerrero to the west. Situated between two plate tectonics, the Cocos Plate and the…