When you meet with an architect, there’s often a moment when they will pull out a pen and a scrap of paper to sketch out your dream home. This piece of paper, after a little more work, is then handed over to the draughtswoman (or man) who takes those scratchy markings and transforms them into complex technical drawings. They integrate the architectural design with measurements and building codes and figure out how the project will go from page to reality. Without these drawings, nothing can happen. Enter Rosa González, Blakstad’s mistress of the pen (and CAD – computer-aided design).
How did you end up in Ibiza?
I’ve always had a connection to the island because we came here for every vacation. I was born in Madrid but my maternal family are from Ibiza. My grandparents, uncles and cousins were all born here. We only lived in Madrid because of my parents’ work.
Where and what did you study to become a draughtswoman?
I did a degree in draughting, specialising in building and construction in Madrid. It was a long time ago though and I think that course has probably changed a lot since then!
What influenced you to choose this career?
I always loved to draw and I kind of fell into it.
What does a normal day look like for you?
I draw most of the day and make sure that our work functions in the way that it should. It might not seem special to some people, but I find it super fun.
What do you like most about your job?
The best part is seeing the finished houses. To see a project’s progression from scratch or to see how a renovation transforms along the way is very rewarding. I especially like to see a finca before the renovation and then to see it afterwards. It’s spectacular and very satisfying.
What do you find more challenging?
Measuring a house is sometimes very complicated. It’s like putting together a puzzle and figuring out where all the pieces go.
What does architecture mean to you?
I think the purpose of architecture is to make life easier, more comfortable and safer. I love to see how we can integrate all of the current comforts into an old home without altering its essence.
What do you like about working at Blakstad?
I love our working environment and, of course, the work itself. We have a lot of fun.
Is there a project that you are particularly proud of?
Truthfully, I am happy with everything we have done. I learn something new from each project.
What do you like most about Ibiza?
Everything! My family is here, my husband is from here and my daughters were born here. I love the tranquillity of the island and the difference between summer and winter. I am very family-oriented. We go to the beach together a lot or for a walk, or a drink on a terrace somewhere. That’s what I love to do the most.