Alex Kutsalo is an architect and a designer who graduated from the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture
He has won quite a few international competitions and is also a Member of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine and if you visit his Behance account you’ll exactly why.
His work impressed our team and we’re sure it will leave a lot of you in awe too so we decided to pick his brain and know more about his inspirations and how he came into the field to designing.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
In my childhood, I attended an art school apart from being a pupil of my secondary school, too. That education continued till the 9th form when I left the art school and entered the Lyceum specialized in physics and maths.
While studying there I couldn’t stop drawing. I drew in my notebook, on desks and once I came home and saw that one of my pictures had disappeared. I asked my mum:”Where is it?”
She answered that she had given it to my brother’s friend and that he would bring it back soon. So, I didn’t mind and continued my studying. In a few days, the friend’s father gave us a call (whose an architect).
He invited me to his workshop where my picture was and that’s when I realized that I wanted to do that, too. Well, that’s all… university, work, architecture, design, art…and here I am now.
Can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold at a large scale.
It’s hard to remember the first project. If not to consider the university, then it’s a tennis court cover which I drew by hand and I wasn’t paid a coin for it. That’s when I understood that the world isn’t so colorful.
What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it? (We are asking this because not many designers do what they actually want)
If we talk about architecture then it’s more difficult. It’s tough to bring to the customers the perfect designs. But I try to do my best 🙂
Every style is interesting in its own way and can be alive. It’s important it to be successful in the right place and in a proper atmosphere. In design, I just do what I personally want.
Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.
It’s hard to understand what inspires you. Travelling, random moments in life, music and then something appears.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
Unpleasant- it’s to educate the taste of the customer.
Pleasant- it’s when your idea comes true.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
Usually, when there are no limits, it’s harder to create than when there are some. I think I would make a museum of modern art in Kiev.
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.
I think the world will see it when the time comes.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
Create something new all time, do not copy. Think for 100 years ahead. I think you must follow the passionate designers like Alesya Kasianenko of our time so you can understand how much passion is required to achieve success in our field.
If our readers had to follow you on or wanted to reach out, what would be the best way to go about it.
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as an option