Elisa has recently joined Fraher as a Part-2 qualified Architectural Assistant . After moving to London from Belgium, we are proud to welcome her to our team and wonderful city, along with the opportunity to learn some more French!
What is your favourite piece of architecture or place to visit in the UK – Why?
Tate Modern. The approaching of the building via the millennium bridge, the dramatic entrance in the turbine hall and the views across the river from the new extension; it never gets boring.
What do you do for fun, relax or unwind?
For me, there’s nothing better to unwind than going for a quick run along the Thames, it’s the ideal way to clear my head.
Where is your favourite place to eat and accompanying cocktail?
I can’t give my favourite place in London yet, since I moved quite recently and I still have to discover so many places. For now, I would say Brixton market; tasty low budget world kitchen and a good atmosphere.
What is your favourite most inspirational country/city? Why?
Barcelona. I lived there for several months and I just love everything about that city; its architectural history, culture, Mediterranean climate and the hustle and bustle of the little side streets of La Rambla.
What is your favourite season and why?
Spring. I love the ‘it’s-almost-summer-feeling’, having a drink outside with your coat still on and enjoying the first ‘real’ sun of the year.
If you could visit/ experience any piece of architecture in the world where would you go and why?
Scandinavia or Japan. I love their way of building innovative architecture without losing touch with nature.
What is your favourite film?
Into the wild. Not only for its cinematography – which is breathtaking- also for the music, the atmosphere and most of all the message revealed at the end; that one can only know love, happiness and ultimately ourselves through community, said with the powerful sentence: ‘happiness only real when shared’.
Where is number 1 on your list of places to visit?
I definitely want to go to Japan. I’m not only triggered by their inspirational architecture, they also have a completely different way of living. And maybe the idea of eating sushi all day doesn’t sound that bad either.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
“Later, you will only regret the things you didn’t do.” If you want to accomplish something in your life or reach a sense of self-satisfaction, you have to step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t expect of yourself at first.