Mr. Lacape, before we begin with the interview, please introduce yourself in 3-4 sentences briefly.
_Juan Lacape [jl]: Owner of a young design practice currently focusing on central america. We develop 50% of our work and the rest we design for other clients. Love detail and thus love to design small scale and furniture.
Question 1: What was your first job after graduating?
_jl: Pool design and supervision (actually before graduating)
Question 2: Why should clients in any case work together with an architect?
_jl: Architects are able to translate desires and needs to an architectual solution and can often times understand what the client needs or wants better than himself.
Question 3: How would you describe your architectural style?
_jl: Modern, contemporary, creative.
Question 4: Which book or film has impressed you in the last time?
_jl: S, M, L, XL
Question 5: Who are your role models and why?
_jl: Current young architects from chile such as Assadi for they are already working at a very good level despite age.
Question 6: Is the client king or should he be guided to his luck by an architect?
_jl: Definitely should be guided, that is precisely what he is hiring you for…
Question 7: Which subject in course of studies best prepared you for your profession?
_jl: Supervised practice (intership) during school
Question 8: From Paul Valéry comes the term „architecture is music made in stone.“ What referees to the question, what music you’re currently happy to hear?
_jl: Brazilian electronic
Question 9: Which building would you like to design and why?
_jl: A subway system, we don’t have one in our country, but the idea of designing all aspects of it (lighting, furniture, stations, etc.) would be very exciting. It can help develop a city’s character.
Question 10: Architecture is … ?
_jl: …too limited a term. I prefer DESIGN.
And finally, question 11: What question would you like to ask and whom?
_jl: Don’t have any burning questions as of now.
I am glad to have you as an non-german speaking architect on my magazine. So I take the opportunity to ask you a few more questions interesting for me and others. How to become an architect in Guatemala?
_jl: My country is not as regulated, but there is always the bureaucratic to deal with. I would recommend any foreigner to develop a collaboration with a local, probably easier.
In germany you have to be a member of the architectural chamber to call yourself an architect. Is there any comparable in your country?
_jl: Yes. You are legally bound to be a member, however there are workarounds.
What about the current market situation in your place?
_jl: The work we develop is steady. Work for other clients has gone down.
Are there any special architectual conditions in Guatemala?
_jl: Seismic, third world, very rainy, sub tropical climate
Thank you Mr Lacape.
Dipl.-Ing. Juan Lacape
24 calle 10-02 z 14
01014 Guatemala, Guatemala