Lisa Lazar [lila0021]
What is your specialization in architecture?
Right now, I'm just an intern, but I love exploring and learning about the different fields of architecture.
Is there a web page or blog where one could see something of your work?
What is it for you a good architectural design?
design that pushes the box but keeps the issues of sustainability, community and art in mind
What era of architecture most fascinates you?
Today architecture holds the most excitement and fascination for me. With the new technology and the push for more sustainable ideas, the world of design is definitely changing.
List the name of a famous building which you don't care for.
I believe every building holds some importance and must be respected, even if I don't agree with the design aspect
What hardware and software do you use that you deem as indispensable?
A good pen and sketchbook are the best tools by far. I also love my macbook, Adobe Suite, and CAD.
In which city do you live or work and why?
I just moved to Seattle in may of 2010. I moved here from Cleveland, OH. I wanted to move to a more livelier city filled with progressive ideas and an emphasis on sustainable ways.
Do you work with other architects? How is the team set up?
I am currently unemployed
What do you think of competitions? What types of competitions do you normally compete in?
My competitions are a good way to get your ideas out and learn from others. I have only competed in the Charles F. Peterson Competition, which is an historic preservation competition.
Mantaining the signature of a building, how is the identity of the surroundings respected?
One must always take into the site and environmental surroundings when designing a building. As far as design with respect to other surrounding structures, the building can either form an agreement or create harmony with them, or it can rebel against the norm and create its own signature on the neighborhood.
Which architects, past or present, do you admire?
Frank Lloyd Wright for being a master builder. Having a full grasp of design, engineering and material knowledge is a great accomplishment. I also admire the works of Zaha, OMA and Steven Holl
In your professional philosophy, what comes first, function or form?
Do you view suburban sprawl as an ecological threat and a waste of resources? Do you advocate for more vertical and denser town planning?
Yes, but in reality, there will always be suburbs and people who want to live in a cul-de-sac. I believe that's where the idea of new urbanism or better planning for suburban communities comes into play.
What will the single-family home of 2050 be like?
Hopefully, it will be totally sustainable.
For you, which new materials provoke the most interest?
Bioclimactic architecture, domotic systems...do you think we are approaching a profound revolution in architecture?
I believe they are as far as pertaining to helping a structure become more sustainable.
In the development of a project, do you feel closer to the client or to the public as a whole who will use the final product?
I always ask myself, "How will this project affect its community?" I don't believe a project can not as this question in today's world.
The pharahons built pyramids, and bankers skyscrapers: will architecture always be a symbol of power?
Power in the aspect of how it affects so many people and the power to move a community's ideas or ways of living.
Imagine your ideal house. Where would it be? What would it be like?
My ideal house changes by the week.
Can one copy and still be original?
I believe one can copy certain elements of a project, tweak them and then become original.
Where is the balance between deeply-rooted architecture and that which responds to its particular era?
I believe deeply rooted architecture could pertain to passive designing and taking the surrounding environment into consideration. These natural elements will always be present in designing. Looking at different design details or executions could then respond to an era.
Spectacular architecture: do you believe that buildings are becoming more and more media phenomena?
Yes, I believe with today's social media network, a building is now getting more recognition and can be viewed from all over the world.
What motto would you like to see inscribed at the entrance of the university's department of architecture?
The best tools are a pen and paper.
What would be your dream project at this moment?
Seattle is currently redesigning their waterfront. I would love to be part of the design team.
Who is your favourite artist?
Which websites about architecture do you frequently visit?
Dezeen, Architecture Record, & other architects' blogs.