COMPETITIONS: You started out as an art major. When did you decide to move to architecture?
Peter Pfau: I went to art school, dropped out, and became a carpenter and contractor. Going back to study architecture was kind of a natural progression for me. But I spent time getting back there, because I had to go through various colleges to get to the point where I had a degree.
COMPETITIONS: Being in construction isn’t a disadvantage before going into architecture.
PF: It isn’t, because I’m still a capable carpenter; so I expect from people in the field what I know I could deliver myself.
COMPETITIONS: In New York City you worked with some high profile architects who had relatively small studios. I’m thinking of Susanna Torre. Did those experiences serve as a model for your own firm?
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