We had the good fortune of connecting with Santiago Mussi Tiscornia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Santiago, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I didn’t really have to think about it too much; I never doubted it for a minute. At the time, I was just one year out of university and working for a very good Architecture firm in London when the opportunity arose to design and build two small houses down un Patagonia, Argentina.

Before going to London, I had designed and built my first house for my family, a 350 square foot cabin in the woods outside of San Carlos de Bariloche. It was a true family endeavor, working together from start to finish, including the framing and all the finishes. That was the first time I realized that I wanted to lead my own projects and work very hands-0n to see them come to life.

Once I had the opportunity to do my own project again, but this time for a third party client, I decided to move back from London to start my own firm, beginning with the twin cabin project, Andina Patagonica 1 and 2. After completing numerous projects in Argentina, I moved to the U.S. in 2018 and had to make the decision all over again, to work for a firm or to try to make my business work here. I didn’t hesitate to go for the latter and now have multiple projects underway.

My family was a big part of it. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs, so I grew up seeing it as the natural way of doing things. They have supported and inspired me immensely along this journey.

It has certainly not been without its challenges, as I had to learn the hard way through my own mistakes, but those lessons really stick with you and make you a resilient business owner.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In the studio we like to design coherently. We believe that a good design is the perfect balance between beauty functionality and a logical structural design which understands the limitations and the possibilities of the technology used.

We don´t work for the money and I believe that that makes a huge difference. We love what we do and we don’t stick with the first idea that comes to mind. We have a high standard for quality design and a special objective of trying to do thing different with an innovative spirit.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favourite my in the valley where I live is Penny Hot springs, a perfect place to relax on natural hot spring with breath taking views of the mountains.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my parents and wife, who have always supported me. Also to Jorge Francisco Liernur, Dean of my Architecture program in Argentina at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, for instilling in us an appreciation for high standards and quality design.

Website: www.formaarchitecture.com

Instagram: @formaarquitectura

Image Credits
Dylan Brown @dylan.brown Francisco Galeazzi @frangaleazzi

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