We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Clients Favourite winners of our “Iceland Cave Tower” competition – Agata Vodnicka and Andrius Raguotis from Lithuania!
Andrius Raguotis and Agata Vodnicka from Lithuania
Agata is an architect with a multidisciplinary approach, blending her talents as an interior and graphic designer, drawing inspiration from the arts, music, and cinema, as well as daily life moments, to forge projects that have a human narrative at their centre.
She received her MA in Architecture from Eindhoven University of Technology, with her Graduation Thesis nominated for Archiprix. Previously, she attended Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and obtained her BA in interior design from Vilnius Academy of Arts. She worked at b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos in Barcelona.
Andrius is an architect and a 3D artist, running the studio SugarVisuals which specializes in architectural visualizations. During his studies in Delft University of Technology and later on working for Atelier Kempe Thill, he developed a keen interest towards computer generated imagery, which he perfected while taking part in numerous international competitions and several realized projects (public, educational, and housing).
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?
During her time at architectural practices, Agata collaborated on a variety of scale and typology projects, ranging from interior and exhibition design to large scale buildings. Since then, with the world being on hold, she has snatched the time to focus on personal endeavours in small and medium-scale architecture and engaging conceptual projects.
With his visualization studio SugarVisuals, Andrius is involved in a variety of international architecture competitions where he focuses on structure, composition, and light, which are the key elements of the outstanding imagery.
What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?
Architecture encompasses so many aspects of life which makes it impossible to confine to any clear definition. In basic terms, it is about problem solving, however, we believe that thoughtful architecture creates more questions than answers. Even though the work of an architect is quite challenging, in the end it is very rewarding, because we get to create something totally new, something unseen by anybody, to create a new reality; essentially, we are tasked to dream of alternative worlds, and this is something that fascinates us.
Why do you participate in architecture competitions?
We adore challenges and architecture competitions are a great way to keep the creative juices flowing, as they encourage imaginative freedom. That said, it is a great platform for emerging architects to showcase their design skills and share unique ideas.
What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?
Competitions help to develop design and software skills and give exposure for young architects and designers. However, it is important to carefully choose the competition which appeals to one's personal interests, so along the process one can gain knowledge about the relevant subject and, most importantly, enjoy the creative challenge.
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