Kassandra Ulloa

When did you know you wanted to be an architect/designer?

I was always an artsy kid who enjoyed hands-on projects. My dad was an engineer; he is constantly fixing our house, which has always been my love too. He wanted to be an architect, but sadly he couldn’t afford it, so he gets to live it through me.

What do you hope to see in the future in the world of architecture and design?

I would like to see a more significant push from architects to work and build for not only those that can afford it but also those who need it. We have witnessed how technology helps us work faster, efficiently saving companies and clients’ money and resources that could be put back into those communities. As designers, we should always push the boundaries and challenge the norms to have more inclusive well-designed architecture.

What is something you’d still love to learn?

Anything that involves me being hands-on. My project for next year is to learn how to sew, screenprint, and tuft.

Who inspires you the most in your field?

Zaha Hadid, do I need to say anything else? She was always told her designs would never be built, and she wouldn’t get anywhere as a woman in this field, but she proved them wrong and died a legend.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I started playing the piano when I was four years old, and I’ve been playing music ever since.