IZAI AMORIM

House in Salvador, Brazil. Built.

I come from a family of civil engineers. In the family tradition I started my education in civil engineering, only later moving on to architecture. So I spent more time in college than I had expected when I started but for this I got a great education. I learned how to build spaces before I learned how to design them. To me architecture was never an exercise in abstract thinking, it was the challenge to literally cast vision into concrete, brick, and mortar.

In Brazil I did internships at construction companies in my civil engineering days and did a lot of freelance design and construction supervision work, basically family houses and small apartment units, in my architecture days.

 


House in Itapetinga, Brazil. Built.

 

As part of my education I attended for a few semesters the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA. The Faculty of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning offered a co-op program where a quarter attending courses in college was followed by a quarter doing an internship at an architectural office.

After that I went back to my freelancing work – to say that I had an architectural office would be stretching things too much – doing design work, construction drawings, details, specifications, etc. for clients in Salvador, Brazil and in Berlin, Germany. I am still a registered architect in Brazil.

 

Apartment Building in Salvador, Brazil. Not built.


The time I spent in architecture and construction, including university education, practical training, and professional practice in Brazil and abroad, adds up to 15 years. I loved every bit of it with the exception of the long time it takes to realize a project.

 

Many people ask if I don’t miss creating spaces and if I ever will go back to architecture and construction. Certainly someday I will use all I have learned in branding, literature, photography, and sculpture to create wonderful spaces.