For years, you’ve been working with the organization Round Table 5, an art auction platform that benefits children and adolescents. Does your enthusiasm for social engagement also run in the family?
I enjoyed a very liberal education. My family is rather large, with lots of cousins, uncles and aunts. In this kind of community, the first thing you learn is to be considerate of others. Family was always important to me and led me to have a positive view of life. We’re not alone in the world.
This thinking is also intrinsic to my architecture, which integrates factors such as sustainability. I grew up with green politics – with the concept of recycling, the end of nuclear energy. If you grow up with these ideas, they feel completely normal. And I try to do things right. Appreciating the value of other people is part of it. I don’t have a lot of possessions, but I am still able to share. It is rarely about money for me. That’s why I’m also a pretty bad businessman.
To conclude, do you have any dream projects that you haven’t been able to put into practice yet?
There is an endless list. But I have stopped just dreaming of everything that I could do. What we do every day is what we really love. It’s as simple as that. Even our own possibilities are endless.
Moreover, I am very critical of myself, and accordingly, all projects remain works in progress. I keep asking what I could have done better. You can’t have any experience twice, just as you can’t read a book twice with the same effect. This continuous development is the beautiful hermeneutics of learning. You have to be prepared to make mistakes.