Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Cibelle Costa Barbosa ("CCB") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
CCB : I began my studies in Architecture at PUCCAMP - Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (The Pontifical Catholic University Campinas Campus), Campinas, SP, Brazil. Later, I transferred to the Franca University, SP where I graduated and decided to settle down in 1996, and where I conceived my first professional architectural features. Some years later, in 2006, I was postgraduated in Project Management by de FGV (Getulio Vargas Foundation) at city of Ribeirão Preto/SP.
CCB : My trajectory as an architect and urban planner started in my childhood. As a child, my love for the arts was expressed through freehand drawing, classical piano and ballet lessons. I have ever been a lover art and become an architect provide me express all my feelings and my artistic side through my work.
CCB : The choice flows naturally because I was always in touch on draws and creative activities.
CCB : I have designed a lot of residences, commercial establishment and interior design of them. Now, I want to design more public spaces like malls, theaters, art galleries, museums as well.
CCB : The main point is working on ethic thoughts and attitudes, respecting other professionals, being humble and kind with your team, and designing with passion and love.
CCB : a good designer does things according to the expectations of his clients. A great designer exceeds all the expectations of his clients.
CCB : The projects´concept and the main ideas make the design good one. Understanding the intention of the project, if it reaches the users´needs, if it respects and harmonizes with the surroundings, which materials were used to construct it, and finally if it has any kind of beauty and balance´s proportions as well.
CCB : A good design gives back the investment through a quality space, comfort, functionality and beauty.
CCB : I would design any kind of space that could inspiring people to be better, a space that makes people thinking about good feelings and positives vibrations, a space that could heal people, transforming the energy through the architecture, using scents, colors, shapes, sounds. I really would design for Disney World.
CCB : A hospital that brings much more than functionality, a space that allows treat and heal people using an Affective Architecture
CCB : The starting point is taking a good briefing, making good questions, to get the right answers. The project translate the needs, thoughts and dreams of the clients.
CCB : Zaha Hadid, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind and Kenzo Tange.
CCB : At first, becoming better people. The design only reflects what people has inside.
CCB : Recently I moved to United States, to improve my work as an architect. So my goal now is beggining to work in an Architecture and Interior Design company to join the team and contribute using my abilities to do always a good job. I can do my best for it.
CCB : People may expect creativity, boldness and dedication on the new projects.
CCB : Design is a kind of art. And art is always in touch for our soul. So, this spiritual connection makes the design a divine act.
CCB : A Basketball Center Mall, a thematic space composed by stores, gas station and restaurants. The design was made to be built in Franca, Brazil, the Brazilian Basketball Capital.
CCB : A contemporary house that was ready in the beginning of this year, after three years of intensive work. A very efficient and dedicate project and build team worked on it. Engineers, contractors, designers, and all the construct team worked in harmony and the communication flowed so well, resulting a good job.
CCB : I´d like to see increase in numbers of sustainable constructions, and new technologies of materials.
CCB : The design field is going to be more useful, expressing artistic features, functional, practical. Nature will be increasingly present in buildings whenever possible.
CCB : It depends of the kind of project. Generally a residential project is faster than a commercial project, because it means a lot of researches.
CCB : The starting point is identify the place, realizing the surroundings and then put the clients needs and thoughts in the beginning of the project.
CCB : Architecture is a tool to become people´s life better.
CCB : I really think a great design sets the trends.
CCB : Technology has a fundamental role. From it, I can choose the best way of materials and structures to express my design and construct it.
CCB : Autocad, Revit, pencil and sheets.
CCB : The color and materials are very important to complement a good design. The right choice defines the successful of the construct result.
CCB : what do you feel when you hdesign?
CCB : The designer reached the excellence and achieved the best result. It´s priceless for all designers.
CCB : I don´t have an ideal design partner, but I believe in co-design as a opportunity of expand the project ideas.
CCB : Some Brazilian Architects and Designers: Rodrigo Ferraz, Arthur Casas, Debora Aguiar, Fernanda Marques, Bruno Faucz.
CCB : Oscar Niemeyer biography, Leonardo Boff, (Crisis: growth opportunity)
CCB : Working hard, leading a project team, managing the construction team, doing Design with passion during 23 years, loving each day my profession and appreciating all the works´ opportunities.
CCB : My grandma that don´t live more between us.
CCB : I feel gratitude for the awards received. About the famous is temporary, as our life. So the most important time is now, and my heart is full of gratitude and happiness.
CCB : White, Paris, Truffle risotto, Spring, my piano, Bechstein.
CCB : The world must be better each day, and my work as a designer must follow this improvements.
CCB : Absolutely! I was sure that my draws will become beautiful constructions.
CCB : The velocity is changing, much faster than before. In the future, all the people will have a space to live. The planet will be more respected, the natural resources will be used with consciousness, the people will be more kind with each other. The life will be much better than now, respecting the animals and plants, transforming the planet a better place to live.
CCB : I really didn´t expect win this important prize. It´s the first time that I participate of a international competition. The work´s level showed here are too high, so I tried without expectations, but with a bit of hopeness. For me it´s an important moment win this prize because it´s the time of greats changes and movements in our planet. Receiving this prize in this specific moment is a signal of a great future in my career. I´m so grateful!
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