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 Lauren

Vince

Renante

I am

Architect at MCMP.
5’6″ tall.
Enjoyer of fine food, wine, and design.

“The building grows to be much bigger than the designer.”

What do you value more the process or the end product?

This is not as obvious of a question as it sounds – at least to me! I really value the process and I think it’s an incredibly important part of the story of the building but it’s a very insular process. We design buildings to be used and enjoyed by the people and the public. As much as I enjoy design, I enjoy seeing people in those spaces more. The building grows to be much bigger than the designer. Plus, some buildings we design never make it to the construction phase, so a built project is a big deal!

Please tell us your process to develop ideas?

My process is very simple – and I don’t think that’s uninteresting. I also have to preface that I have learned so much from the people around me, so my process is kind of an amalgamation and result of learning from some really great designers. For the beginning stages of design, I like to break it down into three main steps/ phases, and I have a different working method in each phase.

“I like to break it down into three main steps.”

Form & Massing

Scale & Proportion

Articulation

What is the difference between Art and Design?

What inspires you?

I get very inspired by seeing the familiar become unfamiliar.

For instance – this is only one facet of this topic – but I am really struck by materials and how they are starting to be used. It’s the first thing I notice about a building. I find it so inspiring when I see a building testing the limits of materials and the forms those materials can embody with modern technology. I think materials can inspire some very initial ideas about building and I think that’s important. Materials shouldn’t be an afterthought. For instance, we are starting to see skyscrapers clad with brick or constructed with wood. What could be more inspiring than that?

What do you value more, the process or the end product?

I would love to say that I value both, but in reality, I value the process more. There is a purity to the process that I love. The end product is always there in my mind, but there is a large gap of time between the design phase of the project to the point where the building is built. For the most part, the end product never feels like mine, as there are so many people involved in the building process that I feel like I lose personal ownership. I am a bit more distanced from the end product.

I like

Beer Friday’s with my kids.
Painting with my wife.
Running.

What inspires you?

Relationships inspire me. The basic rules of relationships between people can be applied to the relationships between buildings

I am

A Senior Associate at MCMP.
Short, bald, and 4-eyed.
A father.

What inspires you?

Travel, usually if there’s a design conference I can attend I would mix it into the itinerary. There’s no greater experience than seeing and being in beautifully designed spaces. Favorite place visited so far is Vals Therme by Peter Zumthor. Do the three-day board during the week.

I like

Messy, colour, meditation, new things, old things – because life is messy.

Order – because life can be messy.

Ideas that can become reality.

Tango, fencing, Drones, Fishing, Deep-house, Basketball, Yoga, seeing the world through children’s eyes.

What do you value more, the process or the end product?

Process – the journey of creating is far more meaningful to me than the end product. If I knew what building needed to be, there’s no curiosity in that outcome. Of course, having a notion, then having it evolves through other inputs and influences are positives.