Mrs. Jacard, before we begin with the interview, please introduce yourself in 3-4 sentences briefly.
_[Manuela Jacard] [mj]: I think of myself as an extroverted person, ready to take any creative challenge. Architecture is an extension of what I do; more or less architecture is the reason (sometimes the blame) why I’m interested in what surrounds us; it’s the way I can understand and interact with other as well. Besides that I’m into music as well as clothing, performing arts, films, design, urbanism, ecology, handmade stuff, etc. J
Question 1: What was your first job after graduating?
_mj: teaching at my college *Architectural Research* in the last year, after that we made with the students a publication of the investigation. Later on i did some more teaching parallel to a private residence improvement.
Question 2: Why should clients in any case work together with an architect?
_mj: I believe architects can translate a client’s desire into what they really need and can afford.
Question 3: How would you describe your architectural style?
_mj: clean lines, if possible I try it to be sustainable and with a note of fun.
Question 4: Which book or film has impressed you in the last time?
_mj: a book called Architecture Oriented Otherwise of David Leatherbarrow, which explains almost in a philosophical way how the architects work should be considered and how nowadays this is a rather voluble task.
Question 5: Who are your role models and why?
_mj: Nikola Tesla, for believing in his work. Aphex Twin (Richard D. James), for his unbelievable research regarding electronic music. Smilian Radic a Chilean architect who works with organic materials with such proficiency its stunning.
Question 6: Is the client king or should he be guided to his luck by an architect?
_mj: to his luck?..haha. I believe in team work, both sides should give the best of themselves. Somehow and sometimes a client needs guidance just like the architect.
Question 7: Which subject in course of studies best prepared you for your profession?
_mj: Urban Planning and Visual studies, they give a wider vision on how to present and idea, which is always important.
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?
_mj: music is more like jazz frozen, I like to think of it as ice and not stone, because it enables to possibility of shifting its shape and use in time.
Music is a great partner of an architect, its always there to keep your mind calm and focused, but I like to hear the most when working is classic music and almost every artist at Warp Records.
Question 9: Which building would you like to design and why?
_mj: id love to design a place for artistic resisdencies, production and experimentation, a place where technology and art can meet and work side by side.
Question 10: Architecture is … ?
_mj: a way of life; a way to see things and understand them.
And finally, question 11: What question would you like to ask and whom?
_mj: what do you do for fun? +Zaha Hadid+ in architecture she’s the busiest lady there is. :P
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 your country?
_mj: you have to study 6 years and then within a year prepare your thesis, then design an entire project from scratch, including the prior reseach, which after a formal presentation is voted by a college jury.
In germany you have to be a member of the architectural chamber to call yourself an architect. Is there any comparable in your country?
_mj: yes, it’s called “Colegio de Arquitectos”: Architects College Union, or something like that.
What about the current market situation in your place?
_mj: mmm…rather difficult, with the entire crisis situation… people tend to shut down and get all blind, forgetting that people keep on needing the same things.
Are there any special architectural conditions in Chile?
_mj: structural ones are the most important I guess (Chile has a huge earthquake history).
Thank you, Manuela Jacard Plubins.
Thanks for contacting me; Machs gut, aufwieder sehen. J
Manuela Jacard Plubins