Ana-Francisca de la Mora
Associate Director, Practice Lead, Architecture, IBI Group
Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: Getting an architectural job position based mostly on my dance portfolio. Ted Shore (Quadrangle), who interviewed me back then, understood the value of a parallel career in dance and how these skills were transferable to architecture.
Key Influence: Richard Stevens. Architect and founder of our transit architecture studio in IBI Group who instilled a responsibility to prioritise the passenger experience when doing transit design.
Bernardo Benitez. A renowned Mexican choreographer who guided and encouraged me on establishing a relationship between my dance and architectural careers.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: I answer this during a world pandemic, and this is at the top of the list of challenges now. How to design public places that can continue to allow us to connect safely? As designers, we have a huge responsibility to think ahead, creatively, and with a health lens.
Secret Talent: Ikebana.
On Championing Others… I seek to raise the bar and to inspire others with my actions.
One word that captures you: Play. I enjoy instigating moments of play and humour when working, opening a door for creativity.