Architects of Albania Matilda Pando
Matilda is an Albanian architect. Following her interest in drawing and architecture, Pando began her studies at the Polytechnic University of Tirana in 1996. Her career as an architect began in Tirana in the late 2001s, holding positions in various architectural studios.
Co-founder of ARCHISTUDIO, since 2008, with a long experience in design and significant collaborations with local and foreign construction companies and design studios. Over a four year period, she was the head of Legal Planning in the Government of Tirana, also has made a continuous contribution at the Ministry of Urban Development as a consultant in the designing process of ‘”Urgent Interventions for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Coastal Environment” project.
Matilda was elected as a member of the Board of the Association of Architects of Albania (AAA) in the 2016 General Assembly elections.
Archistudio is a group of architects based in Tirana, focused on the fields of architecture, interior design, urban planning, research and development.
Why did you choose Architecture? What was the spark that led you to this profession?
It seems to have been destined. I think I’ve experienced it before without thinking about it.
When I was little I spent a lot of time drawing and writing. It was a target with no concrete purpose then. I would draw in the afternoon with a breath and watch the clock constantly allow some time to read about school.
In the meantime, I was drawing miniatures of teacher portraits during class. This first became apparent. Then portraits were deformed into cubes, cubes proportioned to perspective.
I practiced painting for 4 years in an artist’s studio, but had no intention of attending the Lyceum.
Meanwhile I knew I was going to be an architect.
How do you think about architecture and what is the project that best represents you?
Architecture in my perception today, is an independent sphere that goes beyond physical support. The only physical relationship he has is with life, time, and context. This makes it stable.
Architecture is created while we think about the materials, the movement, the sounds, the light and the atmosphere that is created inside and outside it.
I do not know yet whether architecture should be expected or not, for many this is not the objective. For me some objects, in the period of modernism but also throughout the century. XX, are beyond expectations.
The project that best represents me?!
There are several projects. Others are in the process. I don’t think I am represented by a single job. Or still fully represented.
What advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your career, valid even for young architects or those girls / women who want to become architects?
I am very critical of myself and often skeptical.
In the meantime, I think the best advice I can give to a young architect new architecture is not to live in a sufficient environment. I don’t really think I should give a difference between genders here.