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Coffee with a Designer Presents, onespace Associate and Architectural Technologist, Louie Alati.

At onespace we love talking to people and continuously learn from their expertise and experiences. Our goal is to get inside their heads to find out what fuels their passions. To continue our architect interviews, we present, Louie Alati.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from everyday experiences. I look at everyday problems and try to find ways in which things could be done better and smarter. My philosophy has always been and still is today, “Work smart, not hard”.

When did you know you wanted to be an Architect?

The realization came at an early age as I enjoyed building and creating structures with Balsa wood. I also enjoyed drawing/sketching. In addition, I was always curious about how things could be assembled together. With this fascination of building and construction, I knew this was what I wanted to pursue as a career.

In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of design?

To me, the most important aspect of design is constructability. The success of any design is dependent on how well you can execute the design through construction methods. Paying close attention to and understanding these challenges will lead to great design.

If you could live in any era what would it be?

The Ancient Roman Era. This was a time where structures and buildings were created with the latest technologies & were well-engineered. These structures were built extremely strong and are still visible today in parts of the world.

Do you have a favourite material or building element that you prefer using in design?

I don’t have a preference when it comes to using materials or building elements in design. I try to focus my effort in finding the best solution possible when utilizing different materials/elements to satisfy the design intent.

If you could pick anywhere in the world to live where would it be, and why?

Aruba. I am a sun seeker and enjoy the heat. Aruba is an island with a rich and diverse culture, history and friendly people. The constant tropical trade winds and year-round great weather makes this island my happy place.

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