"My experience at the Bachelor in Architectural Studies was unique! It gave me good foundations for my career and a well-rounded vision of what the architectural world can be."
Upon graduation, she moved to Tucson (USA) where she worked as interior designer at Studio Rick Joy for three years, focusing in high-end and hospitality projects.
In mid-2019, Silvia moved to Antwerp (Belgium), where she works as an architectural interior designer at Vincent Van Duysen Architects while running Studio Atme, the practice founded with a former classmate.
Silvia Lucchetta, Belgium
Architectural-Interior designer at Vincent Van Duysen Architects and Co-Founder of Studio Atme
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Silvia is currently based in Antwerp, Belgium, where she is currently working as an architectural interior designer at Vincent Van Duysen Architects on a large high-end hospitality development in Portugal.
At the same time, she is running her practice: Studio Atme, founded with IE’s former classmate Jaime Pages Sánchez. The duo is driven by the spirit of the place, aiming at creating timeless spaces with a distinctive experiential quality, revealing the inherent beauty of natural materials and capturing the subtleties of the environment. They are currently working on various residential projects in Italy and Portugal, as well as developing furniture design concepts for a resort in Mexico and for an Italian brand.
Antwerp is a great place to work in: it is a very design-driven city and just strolling around can become very inspiring: “I find it to be a perfect-sized city, not too quiet nor too chaotic, and it is well connected to the main transportation hubs!”
“One of the aspects that I like the most about my job is that I am constantly shifting scales between different parts of the project: from the architectural scale of a multi-property project to the smallest detail of a custom piece of furniture. The possibility of controlling the project in its different scales allows the creation of a cohesive atmosphere, where none of the parts prevails, but help to create a holistic and unique experience.”
One of the projects that Silvia is most proud of, is the One&Only Mandarina: a high-end resort located near Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) and which is nearing completion. She had the opportunity to work on the interior design of all the suites and public amenities while at Studio Rick Joy and she is continuing her collaboration in the design and refinement of all custom furniture pieces.
Silvia has made the most of any given opportunities, and hard work, self-discipline, and curiosity are some of the skills and values that helped her throughout her career.
Unique is the word that Silvia chose to describe her experience at IE School of Architecture and Design:
“The Bachelor in Architectural Studies definitely provided good foundations for my career and a well-rounded vision of what the architectural world can be!
The international environment at IE University also helped Silvia to open her mind and understand cultures and traditions different than her own: “I believe it is an essential skill needed to succeed in a globalized world. Besides the international environment of IE, I found the mix of students in different degrees within the same campus to be extremely enriching!”
Based on her experience at the Bachelor in Architectural Studies, Silvia sends a message to new students:
“Architecture is a broad discipline with many different career paths. I would highly suggest new students take advantage of the courses, internships, and workshops to discover who they are as a designer and what they like – even if this might take them to a path that is not traditionally understood as architecture.”