Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Fernando Abelleyro ("FA") 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.
FA : I formed in public education, in primary and secondary schools, and graduated as an architect from the Public University, from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires.
FA : Fascination. I have always been fascinated by art and architecture.
FA : It was a choice.
FA : Design, as a creative space, any design is relevant to me regardless of its scale, location, materiality.
FA : Thank you !, May you live your profession with passion, each design is not just another fact, a resume photo, it is something that can transform your life and that of others forever.
FA : A good designer is creative, a great designer teaches with his creativity.
FA : A good design transcends it time and the horizons that the designer imagined
FA : Good design teaches and transforms people's lives
FA : For those who need it and who value it.
FA : I would be fascinated to develop a project for a museum or educational building in Europe.
FA : Constancy. passion, awareness.
FA : The Masters of Architecture, le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ralph Erskine, and my master teacher, the architect Mario Linder.
FA : The Sagrada Familia and the Ville Saboye. The field of design evolves with technological-constructive developments, of that I have no doubts. I always tell my students how difficult it has been for Gaudi (even the Sagrada Familia is unfinished) and Le Corbusier; built Villa Saboye, - "the live machine" -, when both his thinking and his vision of architecture were so advanced and out of date with the technological and constructive solutions of the time.
FA : It was certainly the work experience in Ireland, when I won with a partner the 1st prize in the international Father Collins Park competition in Dublin, Ireland, a project to design a public park on the outskirts of the city, organized by the city council and where 44 teams from all over the world participated. The process was extensive, from the moment we won the contest (in December 2003) until it was inaugurated (May 2009), with work marked by teleconferences, travel and the foundation of a company established in Ireland. Beautiful and complex process. That project gave us many satisfactions, we obtained numerous international awards. One of the superlative points was the environmental proposal, since we incorporated a lake and weetlands where the procreation of wild species was weighted, and we incorporated wind turbines whose energy generation served to power the lights and motors of the park.
FA : That they live their profession with passion, each design is not just another fact, a photo of a CV, it is something that can transform your life and that of others forever. I always ask my students a question, when one begins to be an architect, when they obtain the degree or when they sit for the first time in a faculty classroom in front of a sheet, and throw their first drawings. I believe that one begins to be an architect from the moment they decide to study architecture, that is day zero and from that moment they must dedicate themselves to the profession with an avidity for knowledge and with passion.
FA : Plastic artist
FA : Design is the space where creativity transforms people's lives.
FA : My family, my colleagues, friends.
FA : The academic space where I was trained
FA : Economic and opportunities. My country, in many cases, was moving away from my understanding of the architectural paradigms of the world. With brilliant architects, however, the national production did not always reflect that creative genius that many of my colleagues have. I suppose that this difficulty is revealed by the recurring economic fluctuations to which our profession is subjected. Environmental issues are also being incorporated, gradually.
FA : The works must be presented with the highest possible degree of fidelity. Without generating false expectations, they must reflect what they will really be.
FA : The future is uncertain, but I do know that I try to do the best.
FA : Help people, and be recognized as someone who contributed valuable architecture to humanity.
FA : May I always do my best effort.
FA : When it positively transforms people's lives.
FA : I am currently carrying out several projects, of multifamily housing in the city of Buenos Aires, of various scales, also preparing talks for students and works that have to do with new projects for the Faculty of Architecture, an architecture research laboratory.
FA : A colleague stated that his favorite design was always "the last". It seemed like a wise answer. Particularly my favorite projects were two: “La casa Santos” and “Father Coliins Park” (in Dublin, Ireland), a 16 hectareas public park that won first prize in an international competition. In both projects, what has most pleasantly surprised me is the projection they had, beyond the scope that I planned. These projects reached horizons that I never imagined.
FA : That the design industry is affordable to all human beings, regardless of their economic position.
FA : Like life, design evolves, but must always accompany human needs in this evolution, leaving aside vain questions.
FA : It always depends of aspects like scale, program and scope. But I think a design never "freezes", never closes, even finalized and built, there is always something that can be improved.
FA : I differentiate ideas of occurrences, a strong idea, persists and transcends its time and your own horizon, an occurrence no. It is based on previous experiences, sometimes own and sometimes foreign, the voice in my conscience of my master teacher as the self-criticism necessary to refine the idea and design the entire proposal. Figuratively without losing sight of "the forest", then come "the trees", although these are also outlined, I finish adjusting the leaves and branches. All the particular aspects necessarily come together to reinforce the first general idea.
FA : Positively transform people's lives. Always ask me, what is the best I can design to respond to this program?
FA : Good designs transcend trends, they are timeless.
FA : It is relevant because it represents the idea, but the most important thing is the idea
FA : My resource box is a computer with i5 processor, cad and revit programs, photoshop and office, and internet search engines, sites like A´Design Award, Pinterest, Archdaily.
FA : They are fundamental, act directly on people's mood
FA : If it have exceeded my own expectations.
FA : I wonder where so much inspiration has come from?
FA : He is the architect Ariel Pradelli (my partner today) and I believe in co-design, as a simultaneous feeding of knowledge and ideas.
FA : It was a personal project, the architect whose collaborated with me was Pablo Coles, in the constructive process.
FA : The Faculty of Architecture, and a book by Ralph Erskine.
FA : With investigation, work, dedication and creative passion.
FA : I would love to have a personal meeting with Le Corbusier and ask him how he did to abstract himself in some sense of time and space, keeping his convictions.
FA : Successes as well as failures must be carried with humility.
FA : Colors all, place, my house, food pasta, spring season, favorite thing pen, brand montblanc
FA : Once I designed a project for a friend. He wanted a Californian style house, and I told him that I could not design trends, but what came out of me. Finally, he put my project in a drawer and made a house for himself as he wanted. One day a client appeared in his business, who wanted a wooden house. My friend took the project that I had done for him and the client loved it -from the drawer of his cabinet! -That house finally was made, which later won numerous awards and distinctions.
FA : I like to design, any challenge that involves designing I'm passionate about it.
FA : No, but I have always been fascinated by art and architecture. When I was a child I thought how someone could “out of nowhere” transform an idea, a thought, a sensation into a creative fact. At 18 years old, I asked my father if I should study architecture or fine arts, and my father, with his wisdom, told me "study architecture because you are going to be able to help and transform people's lives."
FA : I really don't know, I hope the world is still a place where you can live.
FA : Positively transform people's lives, improve yourself, always, so you can grow.
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