Fernanda Marques, Director of Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of São Paulo, FAU USP. Her work follows the same conceptual line that characterised her years of training – the integrated exercise of various disciplines. With the office located in Vila Olímpia, São Paulo, Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados’ primary services and expertise remain within architecture, interiors, and product design. Here we learn more about Fernanda as she wins Most Influential Woman in Architecture & Product Design 2021 – Brazil.
Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados is a Brazilian company based in São Paulo, operating for over 30 years within the integrated exercise of the various disciplines. Such sections include construction, architecture, interiors, and product design. In this sense, all its works are designed in order to communicate the essence of Fernanda’s style – clean, contemporary, and always seeking to serve its customer’s needs with comfort, sophistication, and in tune with the latest trends in Brazilian and global design.
Moreover, Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados develops many residential projects, both homes and high-end apartment renovation, besides stores, offices, and common areas of large projects. Among the company’s central values is the idea of combining usefulness with what is pleasing to the senses.
Director Fernanda Marques states, “Our success was generated by providing a mix of functionality and beauty in all our projects, allowing us to meet the expectations and needs of our clients in the best way possible. After all, beauty is different for everyone, and we want to showcase its many forms with purposeful intent.”
Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados is also continuously connected with what is happening in Brazil and the world concerning the movement of arts, design, and architecture to incorporate trends in our projects and value each element presented. Whether it is furniture, colour, texture or art.
Fernanda explains, “We operate at different levels. Serving since private clients interested in having their homes built or decorated, to large companies or developers interested in real estate and furniture design. Working as an architect requires many roles. So, together with my highly qualified, dedicated, and integrated team, we can deliver successful projects.”
According to her, the interactivity between her team during the entire project process is also what leads the company to success. “Everyone works towards a common goal, always seeking to meet and improve the client’s needs”.
A multidisciplinary background and a keen interest in design and architecture are two highly valued factors when hiring her staff. The ability to work in a team is equally important, as most projects involve many professionals. “We look for interested and focused people who bring new ideas and know-how to give their opinion and listen to others,” states Fernanda.
For Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, challenges always exist in each new project that is developed. Fernanda explains, “It is always a challenge, but also a pleasure, to define what will be the implementation, sectorization, the relation with surroundings, and which materials will be used. Although, nowadays, there is a lack of material for the construction area, which results in very high prices. And, as everyone knows, this happened due to the stoppage of services because of Covid-19”, she says.
Nevertheless, The Covid-19 pandemic, somehow, allowed her team to discover more about itself, Fernanda adds, “This moment of being more present at home made us rethink our relationships and even think about how we use our private spaces. By spending more time indoors, people became more aware of the comfort and functionality of their rooms.”
“Related to this, during this last year, I have been following a movement of clients looking for country house projects. Homes that are far from the cities, as they realised that it is now no longer necessary to go to the office every day and prefer to spend more time in less hectic environments,” Fernanda states.
In addition, the company has clients interested in renovating their homes because, in this period of isolation, they realised that many things in it no longer meet their needs. “The projects didn’t stop, and new customers kept looking for us. During the pandemic period, we adapted quickly and well to the home office mode and the team continued to be well integrated and handling the work,” explains Fernanda.
In this period, Fernanda’s design projects, such as furniture and building coverings, started to gain consistency and autonomy. Today, she feels prepared to act in this area more effectively, and still for this year, Fernanda is preparing other initiatives within the area.
Now recognised as Brazil’s Most Influential Woman in Architecture & Product Design 2021, Fernanda Marques will be a name heard globally, renowned for her excellence within the industry.
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