Mizak is the Founder and Principal Architect of UArchitects, where he uses original and innovative designs to shape a better future for its users.
Misak Terzibasiyan was born 22-09-1964 in Helsinki, (Finland). His mother was Finnish and his father was Armenian.
The founder and owner of UArchitects, Misak Terzibasiyan is personally and professionally focused on international contexts as well as on the influence of cultural themes. This is heavily influenced by his ethnical background.
Misak studied at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) at the department Architecture, Building Technology and City Planning. He has worked in many international architectural offices before founding his own office in 2003, in the city of Eindhoven which is a cultural and architectural icon. UArchitects is an international office which welcomes different nationalities.
He is also involved in commission work regarding the judgement of architecture plans in several municipalities in the Netherlands. At this moment, he is also involved with the academy of fashion and design (ArTEZ) in Arnhem as a part-time tutor for the master architecture programme. He writes on a regular basis for de Architect, discussing his critical vision about architecture and society.
The symbioses between the reality of architecture in his office and the reflection of the theoretic discussion of architecture gives a deeper meaning regarding the actual architecture profession.
My father. He was born in Istanbul and his ethnical background was Armenian. He was a well-known textile designer in Scandinavia in the 60's and 70's. He was a tremendous inspiration to me, and his creativity inspired me to become an architect.
Architecture and city-planning are our main focus. Primarily we investigate new dwelling and education possibilities in countries which urgently need new and improved living conditions. As architects we can make design contributions that will shape a better future for its users.
Design is more than to being creative. Design is making our world more interesting and pleasing to our senses.
Designs that are original and innovative. This meets with clients' wishes and dreams.
Design which is timeless, functional and designed for human use.
Main focus is the sensory quality of our design. We have interest in the real experience and less in the virtual experience. We interview our clients face-to-face and try to understand the needs and wishes of our clients.
It is teamwork and an intuitive design process alone and with the team.
Sure, this has an impact on my design process. I have an inspiration of Finland with the silent woods and reflecting lakes.
To receive this international Muse Awards is a confirmation of the capabilities of UArchitects. At the firm, we strive to achieve high quality architecture by paying particular attention to the context and to the society. Winning this prize also gives UArchitects more attention internationally, making our social media output greater.
In our opinion, this project represents the future of education in the Netherlands. The children learn about the natural environment through their education. We can help the client to demonstrate their school ethos through architecture, which we designed especially for them.
I think our biggest challenge was creating the perfect architecture to suit the vision of the school. The phase of execution of the project with the contractor was a challenge.
It has encouraged us to try and create more architecture which could out stand the test of time, without being fancy and attractive in the short term.
3) The real thing
If you mean the Netherlands, than is the Dutch Design Industry and if I think of Finland, then it is the modest and natural design.
I hope that the creative industry will develop independently of the virtual industry.
Try to be innovative and original.
Collaboration with other and open minded regarding changes and challenges.
A book will be published in 2020. I will inform on time.
My father because he realized his dreams.
Never give up your dreams. But most importantly, do everything in your power to realize these dreams.
Our life is a design of our dreams and wishes. We try to achieve the best design of life: happiness and peace.
In UArchitects, architecture and city-planning are our main focus, where we make design contributions that will shape a better future for its users.