As a science that constantly changes according to human behavior and evolution in it’s routine life, architecture is a branch that adapts to the needs of its environment. Gabriel Fabra; a spanish architect, tells us from his experience about his current vision.
Hello Gabriel! First of all, tell us a more about you.
My name is Gabriel and I am a 27 year old Valencian architect. Currently I work in an architecture studio in Valencia, I also collaborate with a branding company making images and occasionally assistant work for an architecture photographer. Architectural visualization is one of my passions, and it’s something I’ve been developing for 5 years.
Can you tell us about your introduction to architecture and why it originally interested you?
I never really had an inclination towards architecture. When I finished high school and it was time to choose a career, I didn’t know which one to choose. Initially I was planning to get into some engineering. But my parents and some teachers encouraged me to try architecture. Once in the degree, it wasn’t until the 3rd year of the degree, when I had already studied and knew a little more about the world of architecture that I began to enjoy certain aspects of it.
As a professional, what do you think are the biggest challenges for architects today?
One of the biggest sources of frustration for me is trying to do something interesting with the projects that come our way. Sometimes we are so restricted in terms of regulations and customer conditions that a project feels more like playing tetris than projecting a space to be inhabited. Although I imagine that this has always been the case. And I as a new architect am still getting acquainted.
Is there any kind of current trend among users? What are people looking for in their homes or workspaces?
One of the aspects that has caught my attention the most since I work, is that more and more people are looking for multipurpose spaces. Not necessarily that the whole house can change and be modified, but that spaces within them that can evolve over time. Like the living room or office, which has become a space that changes according to the specific needs of residents. A space that can vary without being intervened between a guest bedroom, an office, a children’s room or simply expand the living space. I think that with the confinements that we have had in certain countries and the need for teleworking. These spaces will become increasingly in demand.
A similar thing happens with kitchens. Spaces that were previously sought open and communicated to the living room, now it is sought that when the time comes they can be closed and become an independent element. This is simply a practical matter. People want cooking to be a social activity linked to the main room but they don’t want the kitchen to always have to be presentable in case there are guests.
What skill has served you best in your architecture career and do you consider it to be important to develop?
I would say that the most important thing in the career is a good work ethic and discipline. By this I do not mean that work is the center of your life, but that you are able to work in a constant, efficient and organized way. And a skill to develop would be communication. Architecture is a collaborative work that involves many people. Knowing how to deal with them and being able to convey your ideas clearly and convincingly is very important, as well as very useful. Although I imagine the same applies to any type of collaborative work.
Do you think it is important for architects to work more closely with professionals from different areas in collaborative work?
Yes. Architecture has always been collaborative, because the construction process requires so many elements that it is very difficult for a person to cover them and almost impossible to specialize in all of them. Collaboration between different professionals, as long as communication is good between all parties is something that everyone involved benefits from.
What digital tools, programs or applications are very useful to carry out your work?
In the architectural visualization realization, right now I use 3dsmax and Corona Render. There are many options, but these are adapted to my work methodology and are comfortable for me to work with. I think that for architects something with more interactivity like Unreal engine may be the best option.
For architecture (drawing plans and documentation) BIM programs.
All images are property of Gabriel Fabra
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