INVEST BY DESIGN
Henry Dominguez completed a Bachelor's in Psychology before obtaining a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and has worked with distinguished professors Hernan Diaz Alonso, Tom Wiscombe, Dwayne Oyler, Neil Denari and other architectural thought leaders.
Henry is currently working on strategies for how architects and design professionals can build wealth through architecture in order to provide more opportunities for themselves and their clients.
Progress, Setbacks, and Commitments to Improve
After graduating with a bachelor's in psychology, I chose to study architecture. I was interested in design and excited about the opportunity to create a vision of what the future could be. I attended one of the top architecture schools in the world and I’ve worked with some of the most recognized architectural thought leaders. Yet somehow I found myself unsatisfied. I don't have the feeling of freedom and creativity that I associate with being an architect.
I was (and still am) relentlessly optimistic about architecture and believe that (great) design matters now more than ever. The world needs architects, but we've blindly conformed to an environment that limits our potential to imagine and shape our future. In order to elevate the role of architecture, we should practice asking ourselves important questions to affect change; What are we working towards and can we do better?
"The world needs architects, but we've blindly conformed to an environment that limits
our potential to imagine and shape our future"
While exploring new opportunities, I asked myself a question that influenced the direction of my career; "Should I continue searching for better jobs or can I make my job better?" It was around this time that I realized success in architecture isn’t determined by design skills alone. It’s also important to develop strategies that will lead to a more successful business so that we can provide more opportunities for ourselves and for our clients.
As I continue identifying opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute, I decided to build something greater than a job. My mission is to build a community that believes we can do better. To embrace the path with most resistance. To look for problems so we can solve them. To seek risk because that’s where we will get the most reward.
Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.
I believe that as architects, we have the capacity to research, design, and develop our own projects based on values that exceed its economic impact. To improve the role of architecture, we should develop the courage to raise our standards and provide evidence that real design and great architecture matters.
"To improve the role of architecture, we should develop the courage to raise our standards and provide evidence that real design and great architecture matters."
Keep growing. Keep learning. Stay curious! Because what got us here isn't what will get us there.