Meet… #20 | Mindaugas Arlauskas

In the series ‘Meet…’, GROUP A employees respond to a number of questions about their work and private life. This time it is the turn of Mindaugas Arlauskas. Mindaugas is an architect from Lithuania who obtained his Bachelor at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. In Delft he graduated from the TU Master programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences. He now works with us on various projects such as the residential tower Leegwaterplein in The Hague, the Ferro Innovation Factory in M4H Rotterdam and Forum South, the Utrecht Central Station pedestrian zone.

I wanted to be an architect because
As a kid I was fascinated by miniature models of ships, landscapes and buildings. I started to design and build my own models, which gradually evolved into an interest in architecture. By the time I had to choose a university program, architecture school was just inevitable.

A building or area that I’d like to take a closer look at
It’s a never ending list, but at the moment I would like to explore the details of modernist housing transformation of the Grand Parc district in Bordeaux, France and the brutalist Barbican Estate in London.

I like working at GROUP A because
In this office one day you might be working on a large scale urban project and the other day solving a detail of complicated stairs. Therefore you can learn a lot and build a really wide range of skillset.

Because of the open working culture you can easily express your own ideas and if necessary ask other people from the office for advice.

The talent I’m most proud of
Normally I’m not that easily proud of something. People who know me are often surprised how I can remain calm and polite in difficult situations.

Can this also be called a talent?

I can see this film or series over and over again
I would watch the series called Mr. Robot again. Because of its’ complex storyline, hidden details and just masterly visual aesthetics.

When a project is finished I’ll let it go and move on or
I do move on because in my mind I’m always focused on ongoing projects. However I do like to look back every once in a while and revaluate older projects in order to learn and to look at them with a fresh perspective.

I hope architecture touches people by
It’s complex combination of textures, materials, sounds, smells, light, compositions and all the other stories.

The journey I’d like to make
I always enjoy exploring large cities and for the moment visiting Hong Kong and Tokyo would be the target.

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