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Interview with Alvaro Velasquez Gerszencveig

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Alvaro Velasquez Gerszencveig (AV) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Alvaro Velasquez Gerszencveig by clicking here.

Interview with Alvaro Velasquez Gerszencveig at Monday 15th of May 2017

FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
AV: I always liked the idea of be a Designer.... However, i realized in 3rd year of architecture school that I really wanted and which could be more important, that I had some talent for it!

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
AV: I fund GDN Architects in 2013 after spent more than 10 years practicing architecture in USA. The last company that I worked for relocate me to Chile in 2011 with the challenge to set up the company expertise in South America. After a couple of years my partners David Rova, Mauricio Nachmann and myself determinate to become an independent design firm. I consider HMC Architects part of GDN legacy, mainly because we tray to practice architecture in Chile and South america following the american standards and best practices learned in HMC Architects. After almost 5 years we create a design culture where we believe in that value of design as a tool that can really change the world.

FS: What is "design" for you?
AV: Let me answer this question in the following way; An excellent Design shouldn't be accesible for a few.. It must be available for every human been.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
AV: I like every single design challenge, however i feel that a big impact can be made working in public and complex projects like Education and health care environments. Providing a good design solutions in those markets allow us to benefit and change life of hundreds and thousands of people.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
AV: The Barcelona Pavillion by Mies van der Rohe is by far the best design example that i ever experience. I had the opportunity to meet Ignasi de Sola Morales, Spanish architect who was responsible of the Barcelona pavilion restoration. I was able to fully understand the role of the Barcelona Pavillion masterpiece in modern architecture. I was captured by the simplicity, execution, material quality and poetic space created by Mies.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
AV: My first design was a series of urban components for Santiago Subway. I was involve in the design of signage, urban furnitures and station ticket kiosks.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
AV: I love what is going on with VR (Virtual Reality) In GDN design studio, we used Virtual Reality platform to explore and understand our design better. We also use it with our clients so they can understand better the physical environment that we are creating.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
AV: When iI have a problem in front.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
AV: I like to understand the problem in order to discover the right solution...that should be the starting point.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
AV: Usually I disconnect myself while I am designing. It is a special feeling when I spend time sketching, there is a unique connection between pencil, hand and brain that cannot be replicate when you work in computer base Design softwares.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
AV: Sometimes I feel bad about things that could be done in a better way, however the best feeling that I get is when people feel engage with the buildings that we design either for healing or for learning experiences.

FS: What makes a design successful?
AV: When achieve is main porpoise. Good design is not only an astetic thing, great design is when touch people harts.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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