SPAIN - Like Lina Bo Bardi, an architect that she admires, Izaskun Chinchilla goes against the tide in a world usually ruled by men.
The first time I saw Izaskun Chinchilla she was hurrying along the corridors of the University of Alicante, trying not to be late to the class she was to give. She wore a white blouse with a certain baroque air, a mid knee-length flounced skirt and a pair of shiny green boots. Notwithstanding her eye-catching appearance, Chinchilla is actually one of the most innovative and promising architects in Spain today and also one of the most polemical. As an architect, Chinchilla is committed to professional innovation and a multi-disciplinary approach to designing, which may help to explain why she has yet to build anything, as public and private investors are wary about this kind of architecture.
In 2001, immediately after completing her architectural studies in Madrid with a wonderful final project and an excellent mark, she established her studio in that city and embarked upon her three-fold career of architectural practice, teaching and research.
Architecture, Design, Interior