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Claudia Escala

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Claudia Escala

1. Who are your five favorite musical artists?

Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Juan Diego Florez.

2. Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Peru because it is home and I am away from it.

3. What historical figure would you like to have dinner with and why?

Winston Churchill because of the key role he played in World War II.

4. What is the best piece of advice you ever received as an architect?

To carefully think about what we draw since every line means something.

5. Who, or what, inspired you to become an architect?

When growing up my father owned a four-seat Cessna (small plane). I remember as a child being fascinated with the bird’s eye view of the city and the coast and wanting to create the buildings I was watching.

Cypress Apartments in San Diego. Photo by Costea Photography, Courtesy of Carrier Johnson + Culture

6. If you weren’t an architect, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t an architect and could actually sing I would love to be an opera singer.

7. How would you describe your general palette selection?

Minimalist and sophisticated.

8. If you could change one thing about practicing architecture, what would it be?

I would slow down the pace at which our clients want us to create unique and meaningful architecture.

9. What recent building inspired you?

The Centenario building, an expansion to the Social Sciences Department at the Universidad Catolica de l Peru by Tandem Arquitectura. It was designed by good friends of mine back when I studied architecture in Peru.

10. What role do you believe technology will play in the future of architecture?

I think it will continue to play a critical role in the visualization and documentation of projects but I also hope hand sketching does not become a thing of the past.

Claudia Escala, RA, LEED AP, is a principal with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, San Diego. She has spent more than 20 years working as an architect primarily focused on high-end multifamily and urban mixed-use projects.