Michael Loesch

What architect/artist/designer inspires you and why?
Steven Holl: much like Steven, I believe that architecture should be derived from its program and site. The poetry of the built environment must relate to its surroundings and culture and can build on its concept to enrich rather than broaden. This helps tell a story, providing more meaning to the site.

Where is your favorite travel destination?
Favorite place to travel is Florence, Italy. The entire town is set up as quite the cultural, culinary, artistic and architectural town. Sculpture and painting are mere highlights to a city rich with architecture including the Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo. The tightly packed streets—teaming with people shopping all the latest fashion from all around the world—open up to plazas hosting a plethora of phenomenal cafés and restaurants. The culture along with the food in Florence is diverse and robustly social, not allowing one second to pass without feeling the need to slow down and savor the moment.