US Handiss Spotlight - Memosh Elefandi

Handiss Spotlight: Memosh Elefandi – Architect & Designer

Memosh is an Architect Project Lead and Designer with 8+ years of experience in residential & commercial projects. He has been involved in all project stages, from conceptual design development through construction compliance. His skills lie in creating construction documents and execution of high-quality creative concepts, as well as coordinating with project team members and consultants.

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Q: What made you decide to become an Architect?

A: I decided to pursue a career in architecture because I have a passion for both Arts & Engineering, hence translating to a love for Architecture. This profession perfectly matches my personality and allows me to unleash my creativity. As the saying goes: “Choose a job you love and will never have to work a day in your life.”

Q: You’ve acquired professional work experience in Syria and Italy before moving to the US. Did you notice any differences in the work culture between the three countries?

A: Yes absolutely. I’ve realized that there are lots of similarities between the work cultures in Syria and Italy since both are Mediterranean cities and work with metric units. However, the working culture in the US was very different. In general, it’s a more fast-paced work environment without a one month vacation as in Europe.

Q: Please name one challenging project you’ve worked on, and tell us a bit about it.

A: Volumetric Design/ Sustainable Shipping Container House – The project involved transforming 4 shipping containers to a luxurious house with high end finishing. The critical parts included the fabrication/opening, insulation, and the modular design to stack the containers above each other. The outcome however was a successful with incredible interior space.

Q: What licenses and certificates does an architect need in the US for career growth?

A: I would say certificates in different software programs, an Architectural License, and a LEED certificate.

Q: What are the main software skills an architect uses on daily basis?

A: It depends on the type of the project, the client needs, and the deadline. Usually, AutoCAD, Revit, Formit, and Lumion are the most essential ones.

Q: Having always relied on the metric units system, was it challenging to convert to imperial when you first got to the US?

A: Not really, it is easy to convert to imperial. However, my advice to other designers with a metric units background is to keep a measuring tape with them at the beginning as it will help a lot.

Q: As a newcomer in the US, did you receive any professional guidance from any Senior Architect in your community or outside it?

A: No, my advice is to not expect help from others, to stay positive and never hesitate to ASK questions.

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