Where are you from?
What got you into architecture?
While working in commercial construction, I developed an appreciation for the built environment, but I wanted to be more involved on the design end.
Who inspires you?
As a human, Jesus. As a designer, Dieter Rams, his “ten principles for good design” are timeless and transcend many design fields and disciplines.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
wildly, good, looking.
What do you love most about being an architect?
Seeing something exist that began as a thought.
What are you currently listening to?
Josh Garrels, Tycho, Bethel Music
What is your favorite book?
What is your ideal adventure?
Traveling in a new country with good friends and no agenda.
If you were going to describe yourself as an animal, what would you be and why?
I might need some help with this one…
My name is Jesefa Templo and I am from Pflugerville, Texas. I originally wanted to follow my father's footsteps and become an engineer. After working in the field as a structural engineer, I found that I not only wanted to express my creativity through structural design but also through architecture. By holistically integrating the art and science, the subjective and the objective--quantitative and qualitative measures of design can be elevated and evoke a higher level of consciousness in the user. I am proud to hold degrees in structural engineering and architecture and converge both backgrounds in order to impact the built environment.
Carlo Scarpa has definitely inspired me. His technicality and skill in detail proves he has mastered the art and science of design. Through his readings, sketches, and theories, he instills a sense of discipline, inspiration and critical thinking. His architecture becomes 4th dimensional, always integrated the experience of the user within his works of art. I believe architecture is at its best when it is expressed through a sense of feeling and emotion.
In my spare time, I love to hang out with my mom and just spend as much time as I can with my family. Family is everything. I am currently listening to anything that pumps me up during intense Revit sessions (i.E. EDM, Rap, Hip Hop). I am in the midst of reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," by Marie Kondo. I’ll let you guys know when I finally clean my room. And finally, I have been told I look like Meerkat, which I can relate to as my inner spirit animal—always perceptive, diligent and loyal.
Welcome to the Reach team Thomas and Jesefa! We are happy to have you both!