“Why I Love What I Do”- Architecture – Ana Marie Manzo
Whenever someone ask me why I like my career so much, or what is it that makes me love it so much, my mind takes me to a place full of words in which always, inevitably, one particular word stands out among the rest. A word that defines me so greatly, that I even have it tattooed behind my ear and is a part of my biography: daydreamer.
This word says a lot about who I am and how I live life; and the thing I love about my career, is that it gives me an excuse to do what I really like and also, while I do it, develop, almost without realizing it, a lucrative career.
Design, for me, is a process that begins just like that: daydreaming… It is a process that starts precisely in that mysterious place where that word appears in my mind…
The first meeting with new clients is always a great experience because, while they speak about their needs, desires and dreams, my mind takes on a life of its own and embarks on a journey through those needs, desires and dreams, making them real, making them take shape until turning them into something tangible, at least tangible in my mind…
What happens from that moment on is a challenge (challenge is another word that defines me greatly).
From that instant in which the client’s dreams merge with mine, transforming those needs, desires and dreams into something real, becomes my challenge and my reality: Turning the intangible into something tangible, palpable, livable. Taking my painter´s palette and use it as if my hand was an extension of my illusions.
And when I finally manage to materialize the ethereal, new needs, desires and dreams begin to appear, and the story to be told turns into something new, something different…
Ana María Manzo
I am a Venezuelan Architect who has devoted, the last 9 years, to developing residential, commercial, industrial and interior design projects. I have designed for Chrysler, Kraft, Lucky Strike, among others. Recently started writing, which has been my passion for years.
Eternal daydreamer, always looking for happy thoughts.
blog: the place of dreams