Rafael González del Castillo Sancho,
Architect by the Univ. Politecnica of Madrid.
Presently, Editor of the Architecture Magazine Designing The Future and also Director of Fast Wood Festival.
He has worked in international design and architecture studios designing scenographies, stands, shortmovies and publications. All those fields gave him the Prize "Young Brightest Mind of Spain".
He has also presented talks abour architecture in many Spanish Universities and about young entreperneurship in Cultural and Social Centers. Thanks to his ambivalent work, he has been interviewed in spanish and international medias such as Associated Press and the Washington Post being named a XXI Century Humanist.
AN ARCHITECT IS A PERSON WHO IS ALWAYS THINKING
ABOUT MAKING A BETTER LIFE FOR CITIZENS.
AND THE WAY TO DO IT IS BY BUILDING THOSE IDEAS
How would you introduce yourself and your practice to our readers?
As an architect of many that can design a lot of objects, spaces or activities thanks to the knowledge learned in the University of Architecture.
I believe that an architect is much more than a person that designs buildings. Today's evolution lets you to open your mind in many ways, the most powerful one is globalization. You can design here and build there.
How do you feel your current editorial practice reflects the needs of recent architecture graduates? What do you have in mind when deciding the direction of each magazine issue?
The final project is a very dangerous path at the edge of the studies, because you are on your own designing a building. Many people (including myself) lose their mind trying to design in the best way their projects. What we wanted with DTFmagazine was to make easier the decision of designing the final project with many tips made by architects that have already successfully concluded the process.
In each issue the projects are completely different because they have been chosen by a public voting, so the ones that our readers want, are the ones that come up.
You successfully combine architecture with a strong entrepreneur factor, what do you think about the current way architects are conducting business?
At the beginning I thought that the crisis in Spain was what led me to become an entrepreneur, but I have been thinking lately that I am an entrepreneur because of my attitude: I like to create, to design and to develop new ideas. Furthermore, nowadays the government and companies support this new way of doing business so it is easier to develop new products or practices. Take a look at coworking spaces, crowdfunding projects (DTFmagazine) or colaborations that now are running!
About Fast Wood Festival, how do you feel these techniques and resources here acquired will inform or influence the architectural practice?
Fast Wood Festival is a summer workshop for wood lovers. What we do here is to spend one week learning about working with wood and having fun! It is not an architectural activity but a activity for people who like to build their own work! We had architects, designers an engineers but also audiovisual people, doctors, even lawyers.
In your point of view, what is or should be the role of architects in society?
I think that an architect is a person who is always thinking about making a better life for citizens. And the way to do it is by building these ideas. An architect can be a designer, an engineer or a sociologist.
Are there any other architects whose work inspires you? Were there any other architects that have influenced you earlier in your career?
I have no passion for any special architect, but I have a lot of passion for dancers, directors, painters and so on. Because what we admire are things that we don't know. And that work can influence us to do our work the way we do it.
I BELIEVE THAT AN ARCHITECT IS MUCH MORE THAN
A PERSON WHO DESIGNS BUILDINGS. TODAY'S EVOLUTION
LETS YOU OPEN YOUR MIND IN MANY WAYS, THE MOST
POWERFUL ONE IS GLOBALIZATION
Can you point out any recurring theme that brings all of your projects together?
Yes, I've realized that I am a naïve person. I like colours, and I like to shock everyone. If we want to be remembered we have to be different whether people like it or not. I like to do always different things and I encourage the people to do that, to try different activities. The best time to do it is in university. Don't waste your time in that wonderful place!
What is the most motivating work you are developing presently?
I could say 2 projects: One is a novel I've been writing for 2 years, but that doesn't pay the bills, so now I am focused on working on my own studio, coming back to architecture.
You show us that an online presence is each day more and more relevant to a young architect. What advice would you give to architects starting today to build a strong, fruitful promotion online?
To promote yourself is very important, to be remarkable in one topic. For example I decided to take part in some competition, but first of all I promised myself that If I decided to participate in, I will go 100% for it. If you believe in yourself, you will do it. The second point is to make your own web page to show it to the world, that's my goal in the upcoming weeks. So when the people look for your name, your personal page will be ranked in the top position in Google.
If you haven't done it, type your name now and enjoy the results!
What other things would you recommend to younger professionals?
To enjoy university as much as they could. That time is where you develop as a professional and you start to decide your path. I joined theatre, the sports team, student organizations and much more. Theatre was the point of differentiation that made me being chosen in my first job.
What is your opinion on Ideas Competitions on the development of the professional practice? How do you believe that these proposals have shaped your future practice?
The Ideas Competitions is the best way to start to be known in the professional practice. Each competition is a step more in the race of work. As much prizes you have, your clients or your bosses will respect you more, because a jury panel have recognized your work. When I won the "Most Brilliant Young Spanish Mind Prize" last 2013, many opportunities appeared, and now is a powerful tool to promote myself and my work.
How do you feel the Hybrid Housing would impact the central part of Hamburg ? What are you expecting from participants to bring to this competition?
I was in Hamburg on a workshop and I might say it's a risky project to design something there, because the city and sourroundings are very heterogeneous.
A good point in Hamburg are the industry and the sea port. I am expecting a powerfull respect to the sourroundings and a powerful way to express the idea.