THE NOTEBOOK OF Francisco Mangado

Beloqui - Mangado y Asociados - Pamplona, Navarra (Spain)

Baluarte Conference Center, Spain Pavilion in Expo Zaragoza 2008, Nueva Balastera Stadium in Palencia, Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias. Municipal Auditorium of Teulada, Conference Center and Hotel in Palma de Mallorca, Municipal Exhibition and Conference Center of Avila, and Archaeological Museum of Alava…. 


1 – Who is Francisco Mangado?

A worker.

2 – When did you discover that you wanted to be an architect?

 I wanted to be a naval architect, but I ended up being an architect of buildings…

3 – A reference in architecture…

Jørn Utzon.

4 – If you had not been architect, you would have been…


5 – One defect and one virtue.

Very self-demanding.

6 – What is your house like?

Friendly and permissive.

7 – Sunday is a day for…

Almost everything.

8 – A place to look for inspiration.

In reality itself.

9 – What is the last book that you have read?

In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi.

10 – 15 Years from now…

I don’t care.

11 – When you think of architecture you think of…

The complexity of things, of the situation, and people.

12 – Pencil or computer?

Pencil for thinking and drawing out my thoughts, also for thinking about the details and the implementation of the project. Computer for organizing the work.

13 – How would you describe your work?

Tenacious and thorough.

14 – One project you would like to do.

A church.

15 – Your opinion of Spanish architecture.

Much better than what this society sometimes deserves.

16 – How do you keep your own style while meeting your customers’ needs?

It’s not hard; the smart client is a great ally.

17 – In architecture, what are you better at and what do you have more trouble with?

It’s harder for me to be a bit more humble and I’m better at being convincing.

18 – Your recipe for success. What success.

My own or that of others? For myself, it’s about taking your work seriously, for others I’m not sure.

19 – What is the role of natural products in your projects?

Full. I like natural products. They are the most generous with the project.

20 – Your flagship L’Antic Colonial product is…

All the natural ones, right? In any case I find the use of metal slabs, in bathroom wall coverings, very suggestive.

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