We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "Iceland Movie Pavilion" competition – Giovanni D Fruttaldo, Shion J Lackie and Skaila D Mendoza from United States!

Team F-ARE

F-are is a young architectural practice based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 2017 and its team currently has 5 people.

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?

The studio currently focuses on residential and commercial projects at the single and multi-family scale. Our smallest project is a garden pavilion and our largest is a 7-story mixed use building. Our design approach starts from researching the ecology of a place: its history, the environmental patterns, economic forces, and cultural influences. Our goal is a balanced proposal for a future scenario. We put an emphasis on enduring craft and efficient technical solutions. The result is a highly detailed and stylistically measured design.

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

Architecture is a cultural construct representative of the rich history of a place. More than other disciplines architecture has a civic purpose and despite the limitations of any given project scope, our work as architects shapes the quality of the public realm, that we all experience and live in.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We participate in competitions because they are fun. A group of us gets together and researches a brief that gets us excited. Each competition entails research, experimentation, ideas and conversations. We participate in competitions, because they are optimistic: with a given brief and often a site, you get to envision a possible future scenario that balances multiple matters and improves the experience of its dwellers.

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

We believe that someone who struggles to decide to participate in a competition is someone who already wants to do it. We suggest finding like-minded friends to enter a competition together. There is no downside: you get to do an exciting project, broaden your knowledge and portfolio and perhaps become closer with other team members.

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