Introducing Juan Lagarrigue
“I grew up in Chile. Thanks to my dad’s work I spent a year in Europe, which gave me a head start at the age of 5 with all the exposure to European art, architecture and urban life in the 1970s.
Faced with having to enroll in school, I chose architecture because it was the most inclusize of all the arts I could find. I enjoyed going through school in the 1980s, even if I didn’t learn a lot about architecture and construction.
I’d built everything from a park bench to 250-home new development in Santiago, when the opportunity to come to the U.S. was presented by a good friend working with a well-known landscape and planning firm in Aspen. Escaping life in the city was a very attractive offer and we took the kids and made the move over 6 years ago.
After learning the culture and hopping around the western United States for a couple years, we came back to settle down in the Roaring Fork Valley. We returned because there is no other place like this in the whole world. Plus there’s the skiing and biking.
I like T. Michael’s approach to architecture, the closeness and personal relationships with clients, and the down to earth way of designing. There’s something about the spaces we want to create that’s bigger than us; and that seems to be greatly appreciated by the people living in them.”