We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Honorable mention winner of our "Architectural Visualization Award / Edition #2" competition – Brian Torres Negrón from Puerto Rico!

Brian Torres Negrón

Please tell us about your company (when it was founded, where it is based, how many employees, etc) Alternatively, if you do not have a company, please give us some insights on your own professional/academia background.

I completed my educational journey with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture from the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico. Eager to broaden my horizons, I participated in a summer school program at the University of TU Delft in The Netherlands, focusing on planning and designing with water, which added a unique dimension to my education. Along the way, I gained practical experience by working in diverse architectural firms, and today, I find myself employed at Architectural Studio, an architecture firm based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I am excited to continue shaping my skills and perspectives.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been Involved?

Throughout my journey, I've tackled a wide range of projects in both rural and urban settings, including residential, research centers, schools, and urban landscapes. I've also actively participated in architectural competitions, both independently and professionally, which has kept me inspired and motivated. These experiences have not only expanded my skills but also fueled my creativity, ensuring that my work continues to make a meaningful impact.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

To me, architecture is more than just buildings; it is about the spatial sensations that users experience while moving through a space, evoking emotions and creating a unique connection between people and their environment. In our society, architects should be curious and considerate, embracing the various aspects of our world: social, environmental, economic, political, and cultural. By understanding these dynamics, they can craft spaces that not only harmonize with the present reality but also serve as catalysts for positive change, encouraging communities to flourish and thrive.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Participating in architecture competitions gives me the opportunity to break free from the confines of conventional thinking that architects often find themselves in. It allows me to escape the limitations of my ideas, encouraging me to explore beyond the ordinary and perceive from diverse viewpoints. It is a refreshing way to stay inspired.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

To individuals who struggle to decide whether participating in architecture competitions would be beneficial, I would say: just do it. After my first competition, my entire perspective on architecture and the world changed. Seeing different solutions and approaches from all over the world made me realize the endless opportunities out there. Competitions are not just challenges; they are eye-openers that can boost your confidence and expand your horizons. So, do not hesitate; take the leap, and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

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