Designer Spotlight: Alejandro Giraldo

Alejandro recently spoke with the editor's of Modelo for their weekly Design Manifesto Series. Architects, designers, students and professors across the country read their interviews. Here's a sneak peek into what makes Alejandro tick.

During his previous practice overseas in Colombia, Alejandro was recognized with various architectural design awards for his exceptional work and has also had architectural design teaching experience, which he brings to THW. For the last couple of years he has been part of the team that worked closely with Leading Age in establishing the Idea House, a nationally recognized hands-on educational experience that highlights and demonstrates the latest trends in senior living design. Alejandro is also LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Aging Service Professional CASP from the University of North Texas. Modelo spent some time learning about Alejandro's journey through the profession and about his predictions regarding the future of the industry.

On Becoming an Architect
Growing up, there weren't architects in my family or professionals in the construction industry. However, my mother was always a strong influence. As an artist with lifelong experiences with various techniques and styles, she played a significant role in my creative development.

While in high school, a good friend from childhood started architectural school. Throughout his education, I spent a great deal of time observing his work and involvement in projects. I became intrigued and excited about architecture and design as a profession. However, a statement from my father stuck in my mind, “don’t go to school because you want to “study” something, do it because you want to practice the rest of your life.” To learn more about the profession, I went to visit a couple architectural firms to experience the work environment. The next year I was accepted into architectural school and have been passionate about design since.

On Discovering His Voice as a Designer
My education had a very strong emphasis on modern design, with influence from LeCorbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, and Louis Kahn. As well as contemporary design, including many notable architects from the Spanish architecture movement of the 1990’s like Rafael Moneo, Alberto Cruz & Alberto Ortiz, and Carlos Ferrater. Portuguese architects were influential as well such as, Eduardo Soto de Moura, and Alvaro Siza Vieira. In addition, the modern movement in Colombia from the 1950’s and 1960’s and the timeless architecture of Colombian master Rogelio Salmona, were influential throughout my studies and early practice.

Want to learn more about AG? Check out Modelo's full article here.