Interview with Luis Barrios (@barriosluisangel)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I remember that when I was a child I played with my sister to hide in the foundations of my dad’s offices, and we played at making cities with the sand to build. Little by little, I began to study engineering and architecture also thanks to the influence of my father, a civil engineer. Since I was little I helped him to make house plans and I got interested in the design and construction.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The moment that marked me the most during university was the exchange I went to Spain where I met many colleagues and friends. But in particular, it was a class that changed my life. Take a class with Andres Perea, who is one of the most respected architects in Spain, has built from airports to sheltered housing, but more than talking about architecture, he fell in love with stories that related to architecture or anything but architecture. From my point of view, looking back, it was more interested in us developing a critical thought related to technique, without forgetting the importance of nature and of man in how he proposes new ways of occupying spaces. That class was very challenging for me, it turned me into another person. I could only think about architecture, it opened my eyes so much that I could realize that everything can be built if it is designed. I remember that class very fondly.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I don’t have a long way to go, and I have the pleasure of meeting many colleagues and friends during university and in these years of work experience who are truly admirable in their work, but at least what has helped me not to give up during the career and even today, undertaking projects outside architecture such as e-commerce is curiosity. Curiosity for me has been the mechanism by which I have developed skills that I had not thought I would have, as an architect you imagine drawing and designing, but there are so many other things to do that it is wonderful all the potential that we can take out of ourselves and as a second point to surround yourself with friends, partners, or people who are the same or crazier than one to be able to feed this curiosity.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Of course, to name people who have helped me get to where I am, I could speak of Andrés Perea of José Luis Esteban Penelas and Carlos Expósito Mora, the three helped me and continue to help me to this day continue to develop as a professional and as a person. I have been collaborating with Carlos Expósito for more than 7 years and although at first, I came to practice, today we are already two friends who collaborate and support each other as best we can. My Carlos helped me understand many things that, not being from Spain, are difficult to understand and all the patience he has had explaining things to me and sharing aspects of his personal life, which I will be grateful to him for all my life. And of course, my sister without her help and constant unconditional support would not even be starting to walk the path I am on right now.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

One of the best stages of my education before coming to live in Spain was to have volunteered to participate in an NGO in Mexico that helped people in low-income areas grow their food and be more environmentally friendly. During those two years, we helped many families with workshops in communities far from the city where they had neither water nor electricity to better use themselves, growing food not for sale but for self-consumption, we carried out more than 500 orchards and 500 ecological stoves, also dry toilets that avoid the contamination of groundwater tables and produce compost. Even today I continue to have relationships with some of my friends from that stage and they are wonderful people.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Yes, a phrase that I suppose will accompany me all my life, is a phrase that my grandfather said to me, “Your life is your life”. He was a person who did not care what they thought of him, he had his values well-rooted and he told me not to let other people decide where my path should go. A stage in which this phrase marked me the most was when I made the decision to come to live in Spain, I left all my friends and family, and some people tried to convince me to return to Mexico, it always sounded in my head phrase -Your life is your life- and even despite my parents and friends and mine, I was very clear that this trip is something that I asked myself to do, today I have been away from home for more than 10 years and I am happy with the desire to do many things and each day freer from social ties that lead us nowhere.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

@barriosluisangel @bimlennial.es @ohsi.b2b @ohsi.store 

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