Intern Architect AIBC, M. Arch. 604.684.3338 mari@jdarch.ca

What I’m passionate about:

#Nature #Culture #Sustainable #KeepItSimple #Design #Future #Vanlife

Wood or steel?

Both of them working together.

I chose Vancouver because:

I love nature, mountains and silence. Vancouver is well integrated in the natural environment and people value and respect that. I feel healthier and closer to nature in this city.

I’m inspired by:

Empowered women all around the world.

I can’t live without:

Friends, good food, culture and nature.

Pizza topping:

Burrata and basil

Favourite podcasts:

Carne Cruda (from Spain)

Intern Architect

Mari Hernández

I grew up:

In Toledo, Spain, but I moved to Madrid when I started studying architecture.

Education:

Master of Architecture, Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid – UPM)
Postgraduate in Basic Habitability and Human Settlement for Third World Countries

Notable accomplishments/awards:

I won a grant to study in Rome for a year, where I specialized in classical architecture.

I chose JDa because:

I always wanted to be part of a firm that serves the city and community with small-scale but meaningful projects. I found in JDA my own architectural principles, a great environment and amazing teamwork. And the coolest part is that we specialize in fire halls.

I bring to JDa:

Hard work and optimism. Plus, I’m an easygoing team member. I also hope that I can enrich the firm with an alternative background and European perspective of architecture.

Path to architecture:

I started studying architecture because I always loved designing and drafting. My passion remained strong because I realized how important architecture is for people. I believe architects can contribute to making a better world and I want to be part of it.

I’m drawn to design because:

Design is intrinsically linked to our nature as humans; it’s a part of everything we do. Design is what makes us feel connected to everything humans make that surrounds us.

I’m most excited in architecture today about:

New design methods and building techniques that are sustainable and respectful to the environment and the planet.

Architect I admire the most:

Kazujo Sejima. I love her work. She gave me the first and most beautiful references when I designed my early projects at university. I also admire Zaha Hadid, not only for her work but for what she achieved despite challenges. And her first built work was a fire station!

Preferred era in architecture:

I am very classic. I grew up in a country full of Islamic, Romanic and Gothic architecture and I admired these styles. However, I also like to think that the best is yet to come. We should be able to push the limits of architecture and make it better in the future.

A space that has affected me:

The Pantheon in Rome. It’s the most spectacular structure I’ve ever seen.

Wood or steel?

Both of them working together.

I chose Vancouver because:

I love nature, mountains and silence. Vancouver is well integrated in the natural environment and people value and respect that. I feel healthier and closer to nature in this city.

I’m inspired by:

Empowered women all around the world.

I can’t live without:

Friends, good food, culture and nature.

Pizza topping:

Burrata and basil

Favourite podcasts:

Carne Cruda (from Spain)

What I’m passionate about:

#Nature #Culture #Sustainable #KeepItSimple #Design #Future #Vanlife