Interview with David Guerra : design elements


Interview with David Guerra

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Recently I had the pleasure to have a cyber sit down with the Brazilian architect David Guerra.  David’s work reflects his belief that comfort holds the key to successful design. David’s visions are shaped by his passion for structure and use of rich color. Among other awards, David Guerra has earned first place in the set of Residential and Commercial Interior Architecture by IAB – Institute of Brazilian Architects. He believes that a good project can’t miss affection, humor and observation. David loves to go to the theater and to meditate.

What was the moment when you knew you would be an architect?

When I was 16, I did a test (similar to ACT) for computer science, because I was good in math. I passed, but I couldn’t get in, because I didn’t finish high school at this time. Therefore, I decided to choose another course, because I always liked math, logical thinking, but also arts. This combination of arts and mathematics takes to my decision for architecture.

Is there something that connects all your projects?

Starting from a concept, I look forward on doing a mix of old and contemporary to create warmth and innovative spaces.

Looking back at your first project what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

I would like to have had more experience to coordinate the project during its construction.

What have been the rewards of practicing architecture?

My reward is to transform in reality the world vision I have.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

I like to watch movies, listen to music and go to the theater. I like to aggregate other type of arts in my life. Also, I like to meditate.

Who are your favorite artists?

Edith Piaf, Gaudi, Mies Van Der Rohe, van Gogh, Bethooven, Bach, Christian Liaigre, Pina Bausch, Andrée Putman, Oscar Niemeyer, Burle Marx and others.

Your favorite books?

“Meditate”, from Swami Muktananda.

What does success mean to you?

Work with something you love and, by consequence, be well paid for that.

What’s your advice to upcoming architects?

Observe everything around you; make a lot of research (including areas not related to architecture, such as philosophy, psychology and arts); develop discipline.

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

The most important element in the design is the capacity to seduce over the time.

photos: David Guerra Arquitetura e Interiores


11 Kommentare zu “Interview with David Guerra”

  1. clarissa marquez am 31.05.2012 um 16:59 Uhr 

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  2. classiq am 31.05.2012 um 17:00 Uhr 

    Wonderful interview again, Maria! I like the advice he gives to upcoming architects, especially the discipline part. We can’t accomplish much without discipline, no matter how talented someone is.

  3. Alexa am 31.05.2012 um 17:30 Uhr 

    Oooh his designs are very similar to Frank Lloyd Wright (one of my favorites). :)

  4. Dawn {The Alternative Wife} am 31.05.2012 um 17:57 Uhr 

    I love his work! Wouldn’t mind living in any of those homes. :) Great interview, Maria! xoxo

  5. EMA am 31.05.2012 um 18:58 Uhr 

    Wow! His designs are so beautiful and elegant! He is very talented!

  6. Mary Jo am 31.05.2012 um 23:30 Uhr 

    Another great interview Maria! Love all his inspirations and advice.

    xo Mary Jo

  7. Clara Turbay am 01.06.2012 um 13:32 Uhr 


  8. Shelly Gregory am 01.06.2012 um 13:47 Uhr 

    What an incredible philosophy to his designs– “comfort, affection, humor, and observation”. And, his key to success is to research and have discipline. He has amazing talent, but he also has the perfect success advice. Have a beautiful weekend, Maria! xo

  9. homestilo am 01.06.2012 um 15:23 Uhr 

    It’s great that at such a young age, he already had a career direction in mind.

  10. Pamela Ravek, OR DESIGN glassworks, am 02.06.2012 um 05:38 Uhr 

    Beautiful interview with a wonderful and wise man. Loved his idea to “seduce over time” and his fabulous design ethic is evident in the images. Marvellous, Maria! ;)

  11. Style Maniac am 02.06.2012 um 16:05 Uhr 

    I am a big believer in comfortable, beautiful, functional design, but I have never thought of it in quite the way phrased here — that comfort is THE key to successful design. Wonderful.

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