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Fernanda Marques

Our Positive Woman is Fernanda Marques, who shares how she always wanted to be an architect. “I started getting interested in art in general early on, and I believe all of that contributed to my choice of architecture. During high school, the decision started to take shape, largely based on my experiences,” explained Fernanda. “I was the first architect in the family, but not the last: one of my daughters, Isabella, followed the same path.”



1. How did your career start? There are no architects in the family, and the career choice was very much in line with my interests. I started getting interested in art in general early on, and I believe all of that contributed to my choice of architecture. During high school (now called secondary education), the decision started to take shape, largely based on my experiences, as I mentioned above. I was the first architect in the family, but not the last: one of my daughters, Isabella, followed the same path. My professional career started in the office of Aflalo and Gasperini, and after I left, I chose to open my own office, which in 2022 celebrated 30 years.


2. How is the business model of Fernanda Marques Architecture structured? Today, at Fernanda Marques Architecture, we have architects specialized in their areas who perform their roles with great elegance and with the attention to detail that I have always practiced in my projects. We have more than 40 professionals who work daily to deliver all our projects with excellence. Residential architecture and development are our main areas of operation today, but we also do corporate and commercial projects. In the last ten years, we have created a team dedicated to product design development; this demand arose from the need to create unique and exclusive pieces for my architecture clients, and thus we have evolved to today having lines of products and decorative objects with renowned brands in the market.


3. What was the most challenging moment of your career? The most challenging moment of my career was the impact of the pandemic on architecture. At first, there was a lot of uncertainty about what would happen, how it would happen, and how we could continue to develop our work without impacting others and still deliver quality services. In the end, the response was positive, giving us the opportunity to meet new clients and understand ways of working that had not been used before. However, after this great and long event, clients now pay more attention to overall well-being conditions at home, which includes natural lighting, ventilation, and also a heightened level of personalization.


4. How do you balance your personal life with your corporate/entrepreneurial life? I believe this is the greatest challenge for entrepreneurs in general; a healthy and efficient balance is needed to ensure that the aspects of our lives develop in parallel. This balance is found over the years and through the various demands of daily life. Sometimes, our corporate life demands more than our personal life, and vice versa. But undoubtedly, today I live the best of both worlds, with a consolidated office that works with a team very aligned with my principles and with life at home, with my children, each one in a different part of the world but well on their way, and recently with my first grandchild. Everything in its proper place and with the daily maintenance of affection and love.


5. What is your biggest dream? Professionally, my biggest dream is to maintain the quality of our projects, continue providing quality and excellence to our clients, expand our horizons even further, and grow our range of projects abroad.


6. What is your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is directly tied to my first international award, the Design Award, in 2012, with the Malibu residential project. This award is one of the largest and most prestigious competitions in the world and was undoubtedly a very important milestone in my career, as well as a very strong start for all the other awards that followed. In that same year, we received the same award for the Banco Geomorph, Banco Infinito projects, and for the Boa Mesa exhibition. I had the honor of receiving four trophies at my first international award, which represents a globally recognized indicator of quality.


7. Book, movie, and woman you admire. Book: “Neuroplasticity,” by Philippe Douyon. Movie: “All About My Mother,” by Pedro Almodóvar. Woman: Zaha Hadid.



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