October 1st marks World Architecture Day, a day to appreciate the architecture around us that shapes our lives. Architecture sets the stage for our daily lives. It provides shelter, shares and preserves culture, and connects us to one another. Architecture inspires us. As Winston Churchill once remarked, “We shape our buildings; therefore they shape us.”
To celebrate this day and the importance of architecture in our lives, we asked AE Works architects and designers why architecture inspires them.
Fred Santoro, a Project Architect at AE Works, asserts,
“ The results of our work last for decades and have a tremendous impact on people’s lives. As architects, our goal is to shape spaces in a way that gives people positive experience. I became an Architect because it is a profession with a purpose.”
Purpose is central to architecture. Architecture has the power to memorialize a moment in time, a culture or a society.
AE Works Design Architect Patrick Rakszawski describes why intention matters in the design of buildings,
“We have a responsibility to consider people, the surrounding community and how people will use a space. Architecture gives people a sense of being and connectedness to their history, their community and life.”
Steve Bucha has been an architectural designer for over fifteen years. He started his passion for architecture while looking over blueprints that his grandfather and others in his family in the construction business brought home. To him, architecture is all about people. He shares,
“It’s about seeing a space or building make someone’s life better. I love the opportunity to create something that has a meaningful impact on someone’s day.”
Inspired by her time working at a daycare, Angella Dariah, an Intern Architect at AE Works quickly became interested in how building design influenced children’s behavior and went to school to study Architecture. She reflects,
“Architecture matters because it has the power to dictate a person’s emotions and reactions. When you walk into a space, you are immediately approached by an emotion, good or bad, and that to me is powerful.”
Architectural professional standards are focused on health, safety and welfare. Safiya Hodari, an AE Works Architect describes her first-hand experience about why those standards matter. For an undergrad class, she visited a housing development set to be demolished. The people weren’t able to get basic services from emergency responders or police because of how the building and entrance were designed. That impacted safety. It was a very powerful lesson for her. She states,
“Architecture isn’t just about making a place for people to live. It is about meeting people’s needs at all levels – social, economic, health and emotional.“
How has architecture impacted your life? What is one of your favorite spaces?
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