We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our “Yoga House On A Cliff” competition – Joe Bruschy from Portugal!
Joe Bruschy from Portugal
Joe Bruschy is a London-born, Lisbon-based architect who has been collaborating locally with different studios since 2015, while developing his own parallel projects since 2018.
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?
For the past few years, the architect has been more focused on humanitarian architecture, choosing to participate in several international competitions related to humanitarian and social causes, such as a Pre-School for Disabled Children in Mozambique, an Emergency Shelter for the Sub-Saharan region, a Rural School in Haiti, and a Church for the Rukomo community in Rwanda. Parallel to these projects, the architect has developed privately commissioned small-scale projects, such as private homes.
What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?
A job, a passion and a responsibility towards thinking, designing and transforming the built and unbuilt environment to improve the daily life of those who interact with it.
Why do you participate in architecture competitions?
Competitions are a chance to interpret new problems, programs, habitats, and people, broadening your horizons and enabling personal growth both as an architect and as a person.
What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?
Do not fear the “end product” or the jury’s final report. Both are very subjective and should be taken as such. The best outcome of any project is learning from the process. This can happen during the research, the design phase, when working on your final presentation, or maybe just by forming a meaningful partnership with your fellow colleagues! Just believe that you will always gain from working on a new project and try to enjoy it!
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