Tucson was part of Mexico before 1854. Tucson’s Barrio Historico is a district near downtown Tucson with about 20 blocks of Sonoran adobe architecture in bright colors. But it seems not many people, even some residents in Tucson, are aware of this beautiful neighborhood.

I intent to design a color-coded informational documentation of the region so as to contribute to the endeavor from a visual communication and storytelling perspective.



I designed this square symbol to represent the color of each building, their eaves, windows (frame), doors (frame) as well as the walls. I use these symbols to illustrate 6 crossroads in the center of this area. They are actually becoming visual representations of the area in color.


The final book shows a new interpretation of the area. It is a photo collection of a small piece of that area as well as a color-coded informational documentation of the region featuring its unique colorful Sonoran adobe architectures.


Bell, D. (1972). Barrio historico, Tucson. Tucson, Arizona: College of Architecture, University of Arizona.