Gabriella Casori is an architect from the south of Italy. During her formative years she developed an interest not only for the formal side of architecture but also for the study of its context and her master thesis focused on this wider point of view; trying to understand how architecture could be an instrument to help territories' environment but mainly their quality of life. Her desire to embrace this attitude made her start thinking about how she could start a business based on this approach. A friend of hers had told her about Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and she was thrilled to begin this adventure. Her host was Carlo Grispello who welcomed her for this exchange in his Paris-based office. His approach towards projects was exactly the same as hers so the match was great. She had ideas and no experiences but being able to spend a few months to see how those ideas might turn into an architectural firm meant a great deal of learning from her host Carlo.
Every project she worked on with Carlo had an exchange component. They talked about each other's point of view, he made her realise things that only practice could have taught her; how to prioritise problems. From her side, she gave him ideas that she had previously developed in her master thesis and with all the experience since.
Gabriella particularly enjoyed working on the extension of a gym and a school, which she particularly enjoyed for its deep context analysis; a feasibility study and urban studies. She could see the difference between her approach and Carlo's.
She also visited construction sites where she could see her strategies, plans and ideas materialise into a real building.
The EYE programme was not only a useful experience for building Gabriella's business one day. It was a 360° experience: She lived in a foreign country, starting to know people from zero. She had the chance to measure herself with talented and passionate people with whom she shared knowledge and ideas and which often made her see things in a different perspective. She learned how to see her work in relation to others', how to work well in a team, how to listen to other points of view. Above all, she learned a lot about her field: how to work faster, what to focus on, how to better achieve some goals, how to deal with clients, what to do in construction sites, how to convert ideas into practice. Small experiences with a big impact made the difference on how she will be able to pursuit her own business.
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