What architect/artist/designer inspires you and why?
Santiago Calatrava, Spanish Architect/Engineer. I get inspired by his way of solving complex forms, how he gives buildings a unique character inspired by organic forms in nature. He represents to me one of the ultimate master builders, very few of his kind these days. As an architect, I believe we should not solve a building purely by the flow of spaces in a two dimensional grid, but we need to think, imagine, create the spatial concept as a three dimensional form that captures the essence of what the building needs to be, wants to be. How it should interact with the site, the surroundings, the cultural implications, challenge technology, among a long list of more complex set of rules. Calatrava sees and designs his buildings that way.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Music has been an integral part of my life; most of my family has a certain talent in some form or fashion related to music. I learned to play guitar when I was 13, as a way to hang with friends, serenade and play at family parties. Forty years later, I continue to enjoy for the same reasons as I started. To me, playing guitar is a way of expressing a feeling, either of happiness or sadness; I believe music can touch people’s feelings and emotions, and it is very rewarding when I can be a part of such moments with the people close to me.