Edgar Gonzalez, architect and director of London based practice Brisac Gonzalez, delivered a lecture themed on working practice and architectural education to the audience of the 2011 A+DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture ceremony held at The Lighthouse on Tuesday 12th July 2011.
Gonzalez, who also assisted with judging the competition, was the recent recipient of the 2011 Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, recognising his services to international practice. The architect described key strategies that have contributed to the growth of Brisac Gonzalez from a practice of two ambitious young graduate architects, to a practice which internationally with a range of projects extending throughout Europe to the Middle East.
Gonzalez conveyed his perspective on how the business world has changed in recent years with global competition affecting civic commissions at all scales. This competitive world, for Gonzalez, highlighted the importance of entrepreneurial qualities and business skills being instilled in new graduates. Skills including the ability to network and spotting profitable opportunities which were described by Gonzalez as essential in terms of establishing and maintaining a successful architectural practice.
The lecture was illustrated with images of civic buildings designed by Brisac Gonzalez, and included previews of their most recent projects in France and Denmark.
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