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Spotlight On: David Herrero, Associate AIA

Mez Joseph

 A native of La Ceiba, Honduras, David moved to the US to pursue an education in Architecture. After completing undergraduate studies at Clemson University he worked at the Design Division under the City of Charleston’s Planning Director, Jacob Lindsey. David joined the Liollio team earlier this year. We recently sat down for a little Q&A with our December Spotlight On feature.

How long have you lived in Charleston?
I’ve lived in Charleston on and off between college and work for close to two years.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in La Ceiba, Honduras. La Ceiba is a small coastal city on the northern Caribbean coast of Honduras. La Ceiba has been historically connected to Southern U.S. coastal cities through maritime trade and a lot of architectural elements found in cities like Charleston or New Orleans are still present there.

Are you married? Do you have children?
No & No

What is your favorite thing in your house?
My outdoor piazza. It’s a great place to relax when the weather is nice here in Charleston. Being able to open the windows from my living room and listening to music out on the piazza is a great way to spend an afternoon at home.

What do you like to do when you have free time?
I like to play tennis whenever I get the chance. I’m also a runner and enjoy running from my place down to the battery.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
There was a rupture of the sprinkler system at Clemson over the architecture library. A few of us were there past midnight working and found out about it. There was an inch of water on the ground by the time we got there and the ceiling tiles were starting to sag with weight. We rolled up our pants and spent the next hour taking out as many books as we could save. We managed to save a lot of irreplaceable material and got a letter from the president for it.

What building have you visited that most impressed you?
The OMA Seattle Public library has been one of my favorite buildings that I’ve gotten to see recently. I was really impressed of how the famous section diagram that we see everywhere about it actually translates to the built space.

What architect or architecture firm most influenced you as a student?
When I was in undergrad, Bjarke Ingles was reaching his heyday as a starchitect. I can’t think of any other architect that influenced our generation as much as he has.

What is your favorite country you have traveled to and why?
I’ve always have been very fond of Spain. I grew up going there over the summers to visit family and I have a lot of good memories of those summers. My dad’s hometown is a small medieval town in the center of Spain and people there still live the way people have lived for thousands of years. It was very refreshing to immerse in that lifestyle for a little bit of my time.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liollio?
I really love the work atmosphere in the office. I think the studio truly works as a team in a very supportive manner. There’s also an expectation of excellence in the work that is produced that I think is very encouraging on a daily basis.

What inspires you most?
I love to learn why things happen the way they do. I’m a history nerd and I enjoy learning about the way our work has affected the built environment and our cities. I want to be able to understand what we can do as a profession to help alleviate some of the problems we face in the world. I don’t think you can do that without first understanding what we’ve done in the past that has had unintended consequences on society.

What style of architecture most impresses you or is your favorite?
I prefer architecture that relates to our senses, not necessarily a certain style. I think there’s a time and place for most type of architecture but the really successful architecture is one that focuses on the experience of place. In an urban setting for example, this experience is achieved by the collective spaces and textures of more than one building.

What is your favorite book?
The Death & Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs

What is your favorite restaurant?
I love CO on King Street.

What’s your favorite place in Charleston?
For hanging out with friends, probably Kudu Coffee, though I can’t think of many places as special as The Cistern at College of Charleston. As for nature, I love Morris Island Lighthouse and inlet.

What is your favorite food?
Thai or Vietnamese

What is your least favorite food?
I can’t handle beets.

Do you play any instruments?
I played the clarinet for a few years.

Favorite television show?
Game of Thrones (of course!)

What’s your astrological sign?

Last movie you watched?
Star Wars: Rogue One

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Masada/Jerusalem. It’s hard to describe what makes these places so special. There’s something about the humble appearance of the landscape and city but the knowledge that so much of human history was built in that place that makes it a very special experience. Masada is the most impressive archeological site I’ve ever seen.

What is the proudest moment of your life, thus far?
When my teammate and I were nominated for the Harlan E. Mclure Award.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

What does true leadership mean to you?
I think a true leader should be able to inspire others to do good work without having to demand good work. A leader’s own work and the way they carry themselves should set a level of excellence that others should hope to achieve.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would enjoy being a film director.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
To enjoy my teen years more than I did, relax and get out more.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Not to draw with a scale ruler.