Picazo Architects would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your initiative to do a series of interviews on how designers deal with the unfortunate situation that the Coronavirus brought to China. In moments like this, it is important to stay together, to be strong and to fight together to get over this epidemic. China is a great country that has proven throughout history that no matter what comes, China can always overcome any problem and come out of it even stronger.
Additionally, I would like to congratulate your company for your always very good work on keeping the world well informed in all matters regarding international design and today's news. COME ON WUHAN, COME CHINA!
Please find below my responses to your interview questions:
01. What’s the size of your company?贵公司规模多大？
(More than 300 people) 300人以上
Picazo Architects is a world class award winning architectural firm with an international reputation for consistent innovation at the highest level of architectural design. Our main headquarters is based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Canary Islands, Spain. We also have offices in Madrid - Spain, Monterrey - Mexico and Beijing - China.
Founded 50 years ago, Picazo Architects has worked on more than 1,500 projects, always guaranteeing high quality modern sustainable designs and innovative ideas within the budgets set by the Client.
Our services include architecture, urban planning, interior design, landscape design, product design. We can provide our clients FULL design services, working on every Stage of Design from initial Feasibility Concept studies to Schematic Design, Detail Design stages, always guaranteeing our schemes are of the highest quality in design and attention to detail.
Picazo Architects has undertaken projects all across Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Middle East and Asia and has been awarded with numerous design and construction international awards worldwide.
Picazo Architects currently hires more than 300 of the best team of professionals and consultants distributed amongst our four international offices. All our team members, with their passion, their love for our profession and their constant professional dedication help our firm deliver our world class sustainable designs to our clients. All our design teams have a vast experience working on large, medium and smaller scale projects, using sketches, models, state-of-the-art digital tools and visualization technologies to provide our buildings with the most energy-efficient and sustainable credentials possible.
Being an international company with projects all over the world has helped us gain an enormous expertise on liaising with different international Governments, Developers and Clients while complying with local design and construction regulations to get our projects approved and ultimately built on site.
We are committed to make a change in the world and, with our unique vision and expertise on sustainability and energy-efficiency design, minimize the environmental impact of our buildings on Earth.
02. What kind of space does your company do? 贵公司主要做什么空间类别的设计服务？
In China, the common thought is that design companies should specialize in one or two types of design. For example, when a company specializes on hospital design, they mostly only do hospital projects, when another company specializes on residential, they mostly only do residential projects, etc.
International companies differ from this thought; we believe that DESIGN IS EVERYWHERE and good designers can design ANYTHING they can imagine and, when designing a very complex project (such as a hospital for example), international companies team up with local design companies with expertise on such projects. That way, working together as a TEAM, international companies and local companies can come up with the best possible design that responds to the client's needs and the local culture while offering a UNIQUE modern design.
Based on the above, our professional experience ranges from residential to airports, hospitals, hotels, luxury villas, offices, mixed use, industrial parks, high rise towers, museums, libraries, sporting venues, shopping malls, touristic resorts, concert halls, auditoriums, theatres, schools, urban planning, interior design, landscape design, and product design amongst others.
03. What are your company's response measures to the sudden epidemic? 面对突如其来的疫情，贵公司做出了哪些应对措施？
In order to avoid unnecessary risks, most of our employees are working from home at the moment. Picazo Architects has four offices around the world so we are used to coordinate work and work on the same job from different offices. We have managed to perfect this way of working where, no matter who or where the employee is working from, we communicate between us all in an organized and professional manner. For big jobs with very tight deadlines, Picazo Architects has set up a good system where we can work on that project at the same time from our four different offices. This way, working 24 hours round the clock, we can meet the client's deadlines while still offering our Picazo Architect's work and quality excellence.
Based on this, most of our Chinese employees are currently working from home and each Director liaises with them on the daily basis to make sure teams are properly coordinated.
China is now going through a very unfortunate situation such as the Coronavirus epidemic. In moments like this, it is important to stay together, to be strong and to fight together to get over this epidemic. China is a great country that has proven throughout history that no matter what comes, China can always overcome any problem and come out of it even stronger.
中国现在面临新冠肺炎的严峻疫情。 在这段时间里，重要的是要保持团结，坚强，共同战胜这一疫情。 中国是一个伟大的国家，回溯一下整个中国历史就可以发现，不管发生什么问题，中国都可以攻克，并且能够在克服问题后变得更加强大。
We are with China! COME ON WUHAN, COME CHINA!
04. According to your prediction, what kind of impact will this epidemic have on your company's projects? 根据您的预判，此次疫情对贵公司的设计项目产生什么样的影响？
China has already seen what this epidemic is already causing on the Chinese economy and stock markets. The economy has suffered considerable losses and, unfortunately, will continue to do so until we recover from this unfortunate situation. Having said this, I mentioned before that China has always recovered from any unfortunate situation and come out even stronger than before! That's one the things I love more about China; the ability to take the hit but, working together, helping each other, recover from any situation and come out stronger! China has an absolutely UNQUE capacity to recover on a record time!
Regarding our company, working from home is not a problem and it's proven to be a system that works very well for us. However, the only negative aspects for our projects is the inability to travel to visit our new or projects or under construction sites, meet our clients, consultants or builders face to face or spend social time with our clients and friends. We now rely, more than ever, on video conferences, photographs and modern technology to keep in touch with those projects where we would usually travel to solve any project issues. Luckily, modern technology "makes the world small" as you could "be in 100 different places" just by using your mobile phone these days.
05. How do design companies/designers do by working online with your team? What kind of solutions will be adopted to meet the challenges brought by the epidemic?设计企业/设计师如何做好远程团队协作，将以怎样的方案来应对疫情带来的挑战？
I totally believe this Coronavirus situation will make us all stronger. There is a say in the Western world: "every crisis is an opportunity for success". This means that, no matter how negative we think the situation is, we need to stay strong, stand up and look ahead.
我完全相信这次新冠肺炎疫情可以使我们所有人变得更强大。 西方有一种说法：“每次的危机都是成功的机会”。 这意味着，无论我们面临的局势有多负面，我们都必须保持坚强和乐观，向前看。
Picazo Architects takes SAFEY very seriously, now more than ever! We need to guarantee that our employees are safe to work, providing them with the best possible environment for them to do their job. We make sure we follow the Government instructions step by step, day by day. Information is power, so we continuously read the news to stay informed on what to do.
For those employees who do come to the office, we have changed the office start time from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and leaving time from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm. This will help to facilitate moving in public transport, reducing the risks to be around too many people at rush hours.
Also, we make sure all our employees wear masks at all times, their temperature is checked three times a day, wash their hands regularly and bring food from their own home to, once again, avoid congestion at our office canteen.
We have absolute confidence that China will recover from this very soon and the economy, now affected, will go back to be as strong as usual in no time at all! Together, we can achieve ANYTHING we wish for! China is and has always been very strong!
We are with China! COME ON WUHAN, COME CHINA!