Remember when you were a kid and thought that it would awesome to build huge skyscrapers? Building plans from an aspiring foreman helped intrigue a young boys imagination, setting him on a path to create a legacy long after he is gone. This month we are spotlighting Oscar Sanchez, an architect, and owner of Ideal Designs. Enjoy this inspirational interview!
Q: What is your name and what do you do?
A: My name is Oscar Sanchez and I am an architect.
Q: When you were a kid, that’s what you wanted to be, huh?
A: Actually yes, since I was 7. Influenced by my dad, he was studying to be a foreman at the time and he brought home plans. The plans intrigued me.
Q: What is the name of your company and how long have you been doing architecture?
A:Ideal Designs and my company has been around for over 10 years. I have been doing architecture for a little more than 20 years.
Q: What does an architect do, exactly?
A: We develop communities. We develop from the ground up, and design elements of function. We are the stepping stone to start building something that is going to be here when I am no longer around. It’s important to create something that is going to stand out. We also create to please our clients and compliment the environment it encompasses.
My favorite architect is Frank Lloyd Wright. He grew up in Chicago and did buildings all over the world. I’m hoping to follow in his footsteps.
Q: Who is your ideal client and why?
A: It’s funny. My ideal client would be a person that gives flexibility to an open idea outside of their own. The reason I say this is because we are creating things out of the clients ideas, as well as mine. I am able to make myself, and my client happy with changes and certain ideas that may not be directly from the client. A lot of clients try to be there own architect, and sometimes it makes it really difficult. They see things 2 dimensional, versus our firm seeing in 3.
If the client can see what I could see in a project, it would make the job easier.
Q: Paint me a picture of what a day in your shoes typically goes like…
A: Chaotic. Fast moving days. We have a lot of work right now so my time is limited. 2/3 of the day I can be out in the field and the last 1/3 I’ll be in the office drawing. It’s completely fast track. A lot of my colleagues are flabbergasted by how my calendar looks.
Q: What do you love about your industry?
A: That I can develop structures that are not here now, but will be here tomorrow. What I get excited about is watching the structure being built, and seeing my drawing come to life.
Q: Any rewards, certifications, etc that you would like to brag about?
A: I’m not much of a bragger. Every structure I have done is special to me, so bragging about one means I would brag about them all.
I did come from a family that worked very hard to get me where I am at. If it wasn’t for my parent’s push of education on me, I wouldn’t have the purpose in life that I have now.
I also have a very supportive wife, that is a big plus.
Q: Have you always been located in Long Beach?
A: Kind of, born in Torrance, raised in Wilmington. Since I have been married, we have been living in Lakewood, and the business is based in Long Beach.
Q: If you could give someone relatively new to your industry/niche any advice or tips, what would that be?
A: To be in my industry you have to keep an open mind, and like what you do. A lot of people I talk to, see the excitement I have in my expression when talking about work. So love what you do, my emotions show on my drawings.
Q: Before we end our interview, is there anything that you would like to add that we missed?
A: This is the first time I have had an executive office. Since moving to the office, I have been more productive. Revenue for the company has doubled since we have been here. Anyone that works from home and says it is the same, is wrong. You’re able to see more growth when you have an actual office to go to.
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