Jun 19 , 2024

"Challenges Drive My Life": Interview with Martín Gómez Platero at DESEM Uruguay 2024 Gala

In the latest charity gala of DESEM Junior Achievement Uruguay, the organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and business education among Uruguayan youth, Martín Gómez Platero, director of the studio, shared his perspective on contemporary architecture and the values guiding his work. 

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When asked about his father's influential architectural career and its impact on his own path, Martín emphasized the profound influence of his father and the importance of upholding ethical standards in his practice. 

"Some of his works, especially in Punta del Este, remain iconic even after more than 50 years. He wasn't just an exceptional professional; he set an example in everything he did. I've always felt pride in my father's legacy rather than pressure to succeed in my career," he stated. 

Reflecting on the current studio's evolution compared to his father's leadership, Martín highlighted a shift from individualistic approaches to a more collaborative, globalized strategy where teamwork is pivotal. 

Discussing architectural inspiration, Martín underscored the significance of respecting the environment and contributing responsibly to city enhancement. 

"Respecting the context of each project—whether physical, geographical, cultural, or social—is paramount. It's about prioritizing respect," Martín reflected. 

He acknowledged that learning from mistakes is integral to the creative process and essential for sustained success. Looking forward, Martín envisioned cities that are hyper-mixed, inclusive, and sustainable, adapting to an ever-changing world. He advocated integrating artificial intelligence into their work to boost efficiency while valuing the human element. 

In terms of leading the studio, Martín stressed the importance of motivating a diverse, multi-generational team, fostering excellence and teamwork as core principles of his leadership. 

"I firmly believe in the power of teamwork. That's why whenever I return from international trips for events or competitions, I tell my team how much I'd love to showcase their talents globally," Martín expressed. 

Lastly, Martín emphasized the need to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit in architecture education, preparing students for a competitive global marketplace. 

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