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UMWELT: ‘An ideal project would probably be a boring project’


Who are you?
Ignacio Garcia Partarrieu and Arturo Scheidegger, founding partners of Santiago-based practice UMWELT.

What kind of work do you do?
All types of work, which doesn’t mean we’ll do anything. We don’t make distinctions between research, writing and design projects; we consider them under a common umbrella.

What is it like being an architect in Chile?
Mostly difficult, sometimes rewarding. Probably similar to most places in the world.


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What is the social, political and architectural context you are facing?
Chile is in a relatively strong economic position and there is an exciting architectural scene, making it a good place to be. However, the architects here aren’t granted enough power.

What inspires you?
We currently feel inspired by the Modern couple Schapira and Eskenazi who were designers, developers, builders, educators and writers in Chile from the 1950s until 2000.

How do you get ideas?
By arguing. A lot.

What would be your ideal project?
An ideal project would probably be a boring project.

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