Celebrating Servando Rodriguez de la Rosa on the recent completion of his Part III

March 27, 2024

Congratulations to Servando Rodríguez de la Rosa on the recent completion of his Part III.

Servando joined our Winchester office in 2019, working on several notable historic residential projects and developing a reputation for working with buildings in sensitive locations, from extensions of listed country houses to complex, large new developments such as Poundbury.

Meet Servando

I qualified as an architect at the Madrid School of Architecture in 2018, and recently completed my UK Part 3 qualification at The Bartlett. I have a demonstrated history of working in the British architecture and planning industry, and have spent the last five years at ADAM Architecture. I am skilled in hand drawing, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), the Adobe Creative Suite, and NBS Chorus, among others. Over the last few years, I have taken part in multiple planning and construction packages, dealt with clients, planners, building control, providers and a plethora of consultants, prior and during construction stages. My experience focuses on historic residential architecture, often dealing with buildings in sensitive locations, such as listed properties in conservation areas:  from well-known new large developments such as Poundbury for the Duchy of Cornwall, down to small extensions to listed country houses. Feasibility studies, design codes and specifications are also part of my repertoire.

Where do you find inspiration outside of work?

Aside from my obsession with architecture, outside of the office I'm a keen saxophonist, and I love to draw and paint. A fan-boy of British culture, I adore Monty Python, tweed and Sunday roasts (yum!). I'm fluent in English and Spanish, as well as a little Portuguese, and am always looking to brush up on my poor Swedish over tea or drinks.

 

 

What are your key projects at ADAM? 

The project that I have found the most rewarding at ADAM has been working on a large country house located in Berkshire. It is an extremely varied project where I have had the chance to develop all kinds of skills, and have been lucky enough to be involved with planning, tender and construction stages. As a small achievement I would list the provision of this spiral staircase, where I had to deal with the building control officer, manufacturer and contractor. I also helped design/draft part of the extension with three arched openings – it is coming along very nicely!

For inspiration I enjoy visiting country houses and palaces in Europe, buying antiques, old books, gardening, a stiff drink at the end of the day… beauty in all its forms inspires me!

What drew you to a career in architecture?

My interest in drawing, construction and history drew me to become an architect very early on – I must have been only 5 or 6! I was always keen on Classical Architecture but was never allowed to practice it at university, so when I first heard of ADAM Architecture, I knew this was the place I wanted to be.

 

 

 

Why is classical architecture relevant to contemporary requirements?

Classical architecture is, in essence, a design and construction language born at the birthplace of Western civilisation, Greece, and perfected extensively over the Roman Empire, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Classical architecture is still relevant because it synthetises the key elements that make good design: symmetry that allows for economy of spaces, simplicity to host diverse uses over time, local materials for sustainability, etc. Classical architecture also speaks to who we are, and where we come from. Classical and traditional architecture is experiencing a rebirth with many so called ‘architectural uprisings’, fuelled by the climate emergency and born from the ideas and the patronage of His Majesty The King.

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