Get to Know Us!

Paul Gomez

How long have you been with HHA?

5 years (2yrs as an intern and 3yrs full time)

What is your favorite past time?

My favorite past time is playing sports like soccer/crossfit/biking/running. I also like to travel and try different foods from other cultures.

What is your favorite HHA project?

My favorite HHA project has been Drybar. I have been able to grow a lot in some areas as a designer specially in the retail area. I am getting to work in another projects so there might be a new favorite.

What are 3 things on your bucket list?

I want to climb the Everest, sky dive and visit as many architectural landmarks as I can in the world.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

I first would be to help the poor in my country by generating work places. For example, a lot of people in Ecuador have construction knowledge and I always had the dream of building houses for poor people but having them working in the construction of their home. So is not only helping them by giving them money but giving them are reason to work for and a home.

Who is your favorite architect (or one of your favorite spaces by an architect)?

Alejandro Aravena. He is Chilean architect who has been designing housing projects in many countries, his idea is based on fast housing construction by building half of a house, these homes are given / sold to low income people. These houses have structures to develop the other half of the house at any moment the owners decide to expand their home.

What type of projects do you enjoy working on?

If it is work aside from the company, I like to build things, like furniture or painting. I truly enjoy creating small scale items that I can say I made them.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an architect?

A soccer player or a product designer / graphic designer / I also love drawing and painting.

Get to Know Us!

Edgardo Cadiz

How long have you been with HHA?

Plus/Minus 8 months.

What is your favorite past time?

NY Times Mini Crossword Puzzle, and coffee + donuts.

Do you have any pets?

Currently, no. But I’m a proud dad to a couple of plants. (Do they count as pets if I name them?) Mrs. Meyers (a lemon tree), 2 snake plants, a fiddle leaf, and a bromeliad, amongst others.

What do you wish you knew when you first chose architecture as a profession?

That nap time is not an industry standard.

What is your favorite TV show?

I’m currently watching the Haunting on Hill House on Netflix. A dysfunctional family drama with ghosts & creepy stuff – sign me up. 

What are 3 things on your bucket list?

  1. Start a high-end hand-painted tile company
  2. Visit Patagonia & see the northern lights
  3. Design & own a small bakery in the middle of nowhere. (Nowhere in this scenario is a beach town)

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

“Caderas de fuego” (Hips of fire: A guide to dancing your way out of awkward situations.)

Who is your favorite architect (or one of your favorite spaces by an architect)?

To name a few: Ricardo Bofill, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Emilio Ambasz, and Luis Barrágan. One of my favorite projects is the Walden 7 apt. complex in Barcelona by Bofill.

What type of projects do you enjoy working on?

Retail and hospitality for the most part.

Describe one hardship you’ve had on a project while working at HHA and how you overcame it.

I wouldn’t calling a hardship, but learning about different filing strategies for specific projects has been a challenge; and understanding that it isn’t always a linear process. The best way to rise above the challenge is definitely asking questions and reading, knowledge is out there, in the form of documents or mentors.