What sparked your interest in architecture?
My path to becoming an architect started at high school, where I studied surveying, before moving on to study engineering at University. Fortunately, it wasn’t long into my studies that I realised I was more interested in understanding how individuals and communities perceive and use the spaces around them, than understanding the stability of structures themselves. It was an easy decision to move towards the bright lights of architecture – and I never looked back!
Is there an area of your role that you are particularly passionate about?
In Italy, first at University and then during my work in practice, I learnt that no matter what scale or what built environment discipline we work within, we all contribute to create paysages culturelle, or in English cultural landscape – following the idea of “everything is landscape”. It is this anthropological part of my role as an architect that excites me the most. I particularly enjoy the preparation and concept stage of any project, when discussing strategies at an interdisciplinary table and making decisions on how to tackle ‘space issues’.
How do you see the industry evolve in the next 3-5 years?
The UK development industry looks to be in good shape at the moment, especially in the South West. However, the mention of Brexit is never far away and any prediction regarding future trends is difficult to forecast. So far, encouraging progress has been made in relation to the movement of people and – on a personal note – the ability for EU migrants working in the UK to remain in their positions. However, little has been established in terms of trade and how this will impact the construction industry.
Looking at other European countries such as Germany and Portugal, we can see that even with different economical situations they also have construction industries which are growing in parallel with other sectors, following the 2008-09 European recession. This suggests that trends in European construction are looking positive over the coming years. Only time will tell whether the UK’s departure from the European Union will risk this positive trend as it proceeds on a new, unmapped pathway.
Weekends are for…
Exploring beautiful Britain, but wrapped up well in this cold English climate!