We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Honorable mention winners of our "House of the Future" competition – Claudio Araya Arias and Kanstantsin Remez!

Claudio Araya Arias and Kanstantsin Remez

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.

As architects from Chile and Belarus, our professional journey started in 2016 after completing studies in Santiago de Chile and Minsk. Post-graduation, we worked in various offices and as freelancers, gaining valuable experience. This year, our paths coincidentally intersected in Austria and decided to team up, initiating our collaboration by participating in a competition. Together, we're combining our skills and expertise, working towards shared architectural goals.

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?

Fortunately, we bring experience in diverse-scale projects, overseeing various phases from conceptualization to construction details. This breadth of experience enables us to learn and explore different design possibilities throughout the entire process.

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

Architecture, to us, embodies the fusion of artistic expression and practical functionality. In the context of society, the architect plays a pivotal role in crafting spaces that not only serve a purpose but also elevate the human experience, contributing to the cultural and social tapestry of our communities.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We participate in architecture competitions to push creative boundaries, explore innovative design possibilities, and showcase our skills. It's a way for us to stay current and challenge ourselves. 

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

My advice to those hesitant about architecture competitions: Just do it. It presents a fantastic opportunity for growth and exploration in the field.

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