After joining RDLR Architects in Houston, I embarked on an exciting journey that exceeded all my expectations: I would like to thank once again the Architect-US team to make it possible.
Within just a few months, I was entrusted with new responsibilities, mainly overseeing renovation projects for the Houston Airport System (HAS).This progression in my role was both exhilarating and challenging, pushing me to expand my knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the position.
As an architect, I initially anticipated a gradual integration into the company’s operations, familiarizing myself with ongoing projects and taking on more significant tasks step by step. With each passing day, I have been immersed in a whirlwind of activities, from conducting extensive research on airport design and safety regulations to collaborating with engineers, contractors, and other stakeholders.
The Houston Airport System demands meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of architectural principles.
Architecture in two continents
This period in an American firm made me understand the differences between US architecture’s approach and the European one: while both regions value the principles of design, craftsmanship, and functionality, there are notable distinctions in the outcome.
In Europe, new constructions tend to reflect centuries of history and cultural diversity, being aware of the context and trying to enhance it;
the United States, on the other hand, embraces a more eclectic mix of architectural styles, often influenced by global trends.
Furthermore, the regulatory frameworks governing architecture differ, with Europe placing greater emphasis on preservation and sustainability, while the States focus more on building codes and safety regulations. These divergent approaches contribute to the unique identities and practices within the architecture professions in both parts of the world.
The adventure continues
I am still at the beginning of my training and eager to keep learning; these weeks ignited a sense of determination to continue pushing the boundaries of my profession and making a positive impact in the world of architecture.