If I hadn’t followed this career path, I might have been a professional athlete.
I really love sport and have played volleyball and tennis at top levels. My wife and I still play beach volleyball together. Of course, being from Argentina, I love soccer as well!
My wife and I immigrated to Australia in 1991. It was a big adventure to try life far away from home, without knowing anyone, and very eager to practice architecture. Prior to joining Ignite, I spent 14 years working for a number of architectural practices on projects in Australia and Asia.
I love being able to materialise an idea into a building, and the knowledge that I’m creating something that will be there for years and years. Some professions are too technical and others too humanistic. The beauty of architecture is that it combines both the artistic and technical facets.
I think excellent design requires a very strong idea. Being able to carry your idea through all stages of the design – especially when there are obstacles – is a critical skill. As architects, we shouldn’t lose focus on what we really want to achieve. We should always be able to refer back to the main design idea – the heart of the project.
When I first joined Ignite in 2006, the thing that enticed me was that the company was just getting started in Sydney. I’ve really enjoyed being part of a new firm and helping with its upbringing. Even though we’ve undergone major growth since I started, I believe we’ve maintained a really good working environment. We’re like a family, we work collaboratively and I believe those are important reasons why we create better results for our clients.
The projects I have led here are diverse. The refurbishment of Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre in Sydney has been an ongoing project that I have really enjoyed. It is a complex assignment, which has been progressively completed over a period of 10 years. Although the site has been sold twice, we’ve continued to develop it on behalf of each new owner. That speaks for itself about how our clients value our work.