Roca Connects

ROCA Connects is an initiative we launched to keep our Architects & Designers connected. We hosted a series of conversations with world-renowned Architects & Designers on @rocagallery_official's Instagram account where our invitees discussed different topics related to our industry. Find out more about each one of them:

Context and Plurality on Global and Local Ground

Emre Arolat is the design partner of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture. Engaged in a wide range of projects, from urban master plans and airports to residential and cultural buildings, and workplaces, EAA became an internationally recognized practice with offices in New York, London, and Istanbul.

In this interview we talked about how being international presents a lot of challenges, like dealing, knowing, and understand new cultures. How Arolat, winner in 2010 of the Aga Khan Architecture Award, reflects the different contexts on his projects?

Contemporary Architecture

João Armentano has more than 30 years of a recognized career both in Brazil and abroad. Armentano dares to mix materials and trends that propose comfort, elegance, and irreverence to exceed the expectations of his clients, be it in residential, corporate, or hotel projects.

In this interview we talked about Contemporary Architecture and we spoke to Armentano about the versatility of different materials in his projects.


Modern Architecture and Innovation

Carlos Lamela is one of the most renowned Spanish architectural firms. It was founded by Antonio Lamela in 1954 and has developed almost 2.000 projects. Carlos Lamela is currently its Executive President.

Responsible for the design of our Gallery in Madrid @RocaMadridGallery, in this interview, we reviewed some of his most emblematic works and learn how projects are approached in such a renowned studio.


The Creative Process: From Problem to Concept

Ricardo Basiches is an Architect from Brazil with projects that go from large residences to small lofts, through commercial, corporate, and institutional spaces. With innovative proposals and an avant-garde vision, he aims to create a contemporary architecture, always aligned with the constantly changing needs of today's society. Ricardo has a very particular approach to colors, furniture, textures, and shapes, which defines his own style of designing spaces.

Through this interview with Ricardo, we analyzed the creation process characteristic of this architect, totally fluid, sensitive, and spontaneous. Check it out on our IGTV channel.


Sustainable Urbanization: Quality of Life for All

Lance Jay Brown is the president of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the former chair/director of the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York (CCNY). He holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and was the recipient of the coveted AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. He served as the 2014 president of the AIA New York Chapter and was the co-founder of the AIA Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee. He has been an UN-HABITAT III Policy Unit 8 member and 2016 Quito presenter.

In 2016, for the first time in history, more than half of the world's population was living in urban areas. Between now and 2030, the urban population is projected to grow by 1.5 billion, with 60 percent of the global population then living in cities. Anticipating population growth is key to guarantee planning sustainability. These were some of the points we discussed with Jay Brown during our interview.


Less is More? The International Style

Luciano Kruk is an Architect from Buenos Aires, he is the Founder of Luciano Kruk Arquitectos Studio. Between the years 2000 and 2012 he was a part of the studio BAK Arquitectos (Besonías-Almeida-Kruk), obtaining great recognition for his work, such as the first prize in the individual dwelling category at the Biennials of the Architects’ Association of the Buenos Aires Province in 2007 and 2009, the Special Award Eduardo Sacriste presented by the CAPBA in 2005, the first Alucobond award to Young Architecture in 2005 and the Grand Biennial Award CPAU/SCA in 2006.

In this interview, we talked with Luciano about Architectural Rationalism. Less is More? And how does he define the style of his own work? Don’t miss this interview on our IGTV channel.


The Future of Hotel Design: Luxury and Sustainability

Isabel Pintado is Senior Vice President for China, Middle East, and Africa at Wilson Associates. She leads the Dubai design studio, oversees the design direction for each project, and generates opportunities for Wilson’s global design studios. She epitomizes a style of harmonious natural and contemporary elements. She is a seasoned interior architecture professional with an invaluable familiarity with the region’s culture and business landscape combined with an in-depth knowledge of the industry.

In this interview, we asked Isabel if storytelling is a fundamental part of the conceptualization of hotels? Or is the aesthetic part enough? How are sustainability and responsibility affecting hotel design? Are sustainable solutions at the same aesthetic and functional level? Don’t miss this interview on our IGTV Channel.


New Solutions for the Workplace

Emanuela Frattini Magnusson is a Milan-born architect and designer based in New York, currently Design Director at Related, Hudson Yards. She is the founder of EFM Design, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary practice spanning architecture, interiors, product, and brand development. Her architectural and design work has been widely published in the United States and Europe.

How an international studio approach projects worldwide? Cultural differences are reflected in workspaces projects? We talk to Emanuela Fratini, founder of EFM Design and Director at Related Companies Hudson Yards, about these topics and how COVID-19 will affect the design of Workplaces in the near future. Don’t miss this IG Live interview!


Architecture Minimalism: Contemporary Elegance

Fernanda Marques' career integrates the exercise of various subjects: Architecture, Interiors, Product Design, Visual Communication, and Landscaping. Marques keeps one single style in all of them: clean and contemporary, in step with the best of international art and design. This can be seen in homes from Malibu and Barbizon, in Sao Paulo and New York, along with many on-going projects in Miami, London, and Lisbon. From idyllic homes by the sea to huge real-estate developments.

In this interview we talk about how to create both Minimal and cozy huge open spaces? How to approach projects of different disciplines such as Architecture, Interior Design, Decoration, or Product Design? What are the clues for an Architecture studio’s success in social media?


Stay tuned for our next talks and remember to follow us at @RocaGallery_Official's IGTV Channel to stay tuned for future talks on Architecture and Design with world-renowned Masters from our industry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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