James Altillero

Part 1 Architect, London, United Kingdom

What inspired you to want a life in Architecture and the creative industries?:
Architecture to me is one of the strongest representations of a country’s culture and also sees the modernity of a country as architecture constantly evolves where you witness new and innovative techniques and designs. When you finish a project where your designs took a part of the end results, that feeling of your work leaving a mark on an area is a great feeling. Architecture is a topic that many people take for granted but is essential for the development for any city and I want to be a part of that process.

Who inspired you in finding your path to Architecture/Film and the creative industries?:
It goes all the way back to Year 7 when I was 12 years old and my old DT technology teacher, Neil Pinder saw my drawings and said to me that I should become an architect. At the time I didn’t think much of it but as time goes by, I was introduced to use CAD software, side projects of pavilion models and building case studies. This increased my interest of architecture and at the end it made me choose architecture as my course for university.

How you unlock obstacles and overcome bias in your work?:
For me an obstacle is time management where I struggle to organize my work load with the limited amount of time I get given but I’m working on it by giving myself a time plan on when and how long I should work on certain tasks. Luckily for me the workplace is very respectful to all ethnicity’s and genders so I didn’t have to deal with bias and shows a great progress on equal treatment.

What improvements do you feel are required to promote effective change in the academic and working environment?:
Improvements in the academic field when it comes to architecture is to promote more architect related work to younger years in secondary school so they get to discover if it truly is for them and also gives them great prepared knowledge when they get to study it in university.

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