“I wished that more architecture offices were better at reflecting and at acknowledging the creative force and ingenuity of recently graduated architects. I hope that if we strengthen reflection and critical thinking through architecture in the school, our students will carry those habits with them later in their careers. I know many former students that have opened their own offices because they were able to develop a reflective and critical way of working in their school years. Today, their practices are participant of the evolving process of what our discipline can become. For similar reasons, some other students are key members of long-established practices. I find this extremely beautiful and important, but there is a lot more we can do.”
One of the connecting factors between schoolwork and working in an office is quite simple: architecture.
But how do we understand architecture? Again Carolina defaults to her opposition of a singular answer.
“We often hear that real architecture is about having buildings built, but to me, a drawing, a model are just as real as a building. Architecture exists in a common continuum of ideas, experiments and built demonstrations. So non-built architectures are just a valuable as those built. Many times, I wish school projects were the ones getting built! One thing that all good architecture has in common is that it moves you individually, but there is also a great sense of communing with everything that is and that is not present—time, place, beauty, labor, an insignificant story, an important event.. You can feel a sense of goodness, of joy, of purpose or of repair”, Carolina says and continues: