Jordan Goldstein – Gensler – Washington, DC (USA)
Duke Kunshan University (China); Tysons Tower (Virginia); Venezuela National Baseball Stadium (Caracas, Venezuela)…
1 – Who is Jordan Goldstein?
A collaborative architect who loves the constant inspiration from being an integral part of a global design firm.
A teacher who believes in nurturing the next generation of architects.
An engaged father and a compassionate husband.
2 – When did you discover that you wanted to be an architect?
When I was 5 years old, playing with legos, inspired by my parents search for a new family home.
3 – A reference in architecture…
4 – If you had not been architect, you would have been…
Guitar player in a rock band.
5 – One defect and one virtue.
Defect and virtue: perfectionist.
6 – What is your house like?
A modern, light-filled home with a largely open floor plan, where spaces blend together and there’s ample room for kids to play and my family to be together.
7 – Sunday is a day for…
Family time and a pause from the action of the work week.
8 – A place to look for inspiration.
The rolling fields and picturesque mountains of Rappahannock County, Virginia.
9 – What is the last book that you have read?
“All The Light That We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
10 – 15 Years from now…
Doing even more refined design and continuing to build relationships around the globe.
11 – When you think of architecture you think of…
The ability for design to transform environments.
12 – Pencil or computer?
13 – How would you describe your work?
A “warm” contemporary architecture that tells a story through the integration of natural light, a clear organization of space, and minimalist detailing.
14 – One project you would like to do.
Design a new city.
15 – Your opinion of Spanish architecture.
As a student, I was inspired by the work of Gaudi. I remember being struck by the uniqueness of his vision and the power of his structures.
16 – How do you keep your own style while meeting your clients’ needs?
Listen to the client’s goals. Craft a vision that blends their vision with a differentiated design concept. Take them on a journey.
17 – In architecture, what are you better at and what do you have more trouble with?
I’ve gotten much better at editing and striving for greater simplicity in my work.
A challenge is delivering design in the increasingly shorter time periods that seem to be more common.
18 – Your recipe for success.
Hire great people. Create a fun environment that fosters innovation. Work really hard.
19 – What is the role of natural products in your projects?
To be integral in the concept and help communicate the design vision.
20 – Your flagship L’Antic Colonial product is…
From the mosaics, the elements collection (mini wind and water).