Dieses Mal habe ich einen Kollegen aus Guatemala zum Interview eingeladen. Juan Lacape war so nett und hat mir auf meine 11 Fragen offen geantwortet. Lest selber, warum im Architektur als Begriff zu eng gefasst ist.
Mr. Lacape, before we begin with the interview, please introduce yourself briefly.
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.1 What was your first job after graduating?
Pool design and supervision (actually before graduating)2 Why should clients in any case work together with an architect?
Architects are able to translate desires and needs to an architectural solution and can often times understand what the client needs or wants better than himself.3 How would you describe your architectural style?
Modern, contemporary, creative.4 Which book or film has impressed you lately?
S, M, L, XL
[amazon box=“1885254865″/]5 Who are your role models and why?
Current young architects from Chile such as Assadi for they are already working at a very good level despite age.6 Is the client king or should he be guided to his luck by an architect?
Definitely should be guided, that is precisely what he is hiring you for…7 Which subject in course of studies best prepared you for your profession?
Supervised practice (intership) during school8 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?
Brazilian electronic9 Which building would you like to design and why?
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.10 Architecture is … ?
…too limited a term. I prefer DESIGN.11 What question would you like to ask and whom?
Don’t have any burning questions as of now.
I am glad to have you as a 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?
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?
Yes. You are legally bound to be a member, however there are workarounds.
What about the current market situation in your place?
The work we develop is steady. Work for other clients has gone down.
Are there any special architectural conditions in Guatemala?
Seismic, third world, very rainy, sub tropical climate
Thank you Mr Lacape.
Kontakt zu Dipl.-Ing. Juan Lacape:
24 calle 10-02 z 14
01014 Guatemala, Guatemala