Professional Profile: Max Ballardo 2018
Name: Max Ballardo
Title: Design Associate, LEED Green Associate
Company: Patriquin Architects
Location: New Haven, CT
Birthplace: Iquitos, Peru
Education: Master’s Degree from Rhode Island School of Design.
What was your first job in the A/E/C Industry? I worked as a licensed contractor for over two years right after doing an internship in an architecture firm in Hartford.
Why architecture? I have always liked learning about the world, artwork and building things, and architecture pretty much put all those pieces together for me. We spend more than 90% of our lives inside or around architecture, which accounts for more than 40% of climate change. That is why I enjoy what I design, because I can be creative and also make a real impact in the world.
Who’s your favorite architect? I really like Antoni Gaudi. He was a brilliant man who experimented with form, light, and proportions. His work is so integral – in many levels it is timeless. Frank Lloyd Wright is a close favorite second for similar reasons.
What sort of thinking resonates with you as an architect? I would say an integrative thinking that merges collaborative ideas with the natural environment, historical and social value into a design.
Favorite Book/novel: “The Third Industrial Revolution” by Jeremy Rifkin
Favorite Movie: None in specific, but I like movies based on true stories.
Hobbies: boating, travelling, woodworking, photography, hiking, volunteering