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Gloria Rasmussen

  • Associate


What do you do at RMW?

I’m the firm’s specifier. I write down the story of the buildings we design, starting before construction begins, through construction, occupation, and some aspects of their existence as occupied spaces. Now, I am also working to incorporate their disassembly at the end of their existence as buildings and the transformation of their materials into something else.

What do you like about the firm?

That the corporate culture is based on the respect of the professional freedom of its members.

Where did you go to school?

I did architecture in the Ibero, Mexico City; design at Cal Arts in Valencia, California; and regional planning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Anything in particular you remember about school or early practice?

In the Ibero, I was given an understanding of architecture that is unique, very humanistic. Cal Arts taught me that it is OK to be controversial and that limits are there to go beyond. Illinois gave me intellectual discipline.

While building a school in the heart of Mexico, I traveled every day from Puebla, the city where I was staying, to the small town where the school was. I once had to wait for an elephant to move from the road so I could get to the jobsite.