Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Cadiz.
Alexandra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I knew I wanted to be an Architect and have my own business from the age of seven. This mostly stemmed from my dad. He’s an Architect who built his own firm designing large commercial projects in Asia and the Middle East and always encouraged me to create my own success. Because of his business, we moved a lot and lived all over the world, including Singapore, Seattle, Manila, Brisbane and Dubai. The combination of his influence and living in five cities that were so different from each other gave me a deep appreciation for the built environment and an awareness of how much the spaces we inhabit affect our quality of life.
When I went to Architecture school at the University of Washington, I fell in love with the profession on my terms and worked super hard to finish my degree in three years. I was so eager to start working and right before graduating, landed my dream job at one of the largest firms in the world. There, I mostly worked on luxury apartment towers, shopping centers, and hotels in India, the Middle East and China. It was such an incredible learning experience, but after a few years, I began to feel like the corporate route wasn’t the right path for me and was also ready to leave Seattle.
That’s when I decided to move to LA and start over here with no job and no plan. I knew I didn’t want to go back to corporate architecture, and after some searching, realized I wanted to focus more on Interior Design. So I worked for a couple designers here before starting Studio Cadiz in 2018. I’m so proud of how far it’s come since then. We have some great projects under our belt and several exciting ones in the works this year.
Has it been a smooth road?
Not at all. People say “follow your dreams” but what they don’t tell you is that “following your dreams” isn’t dreamy and romantic like it sounds, it’s a shit show.
After leaving my corporate architecture job in Seattle, I had a major identity crisis. I’ll spare you the details, but to me, I wasn’t just walking away from a job, I was walking away from the type of “Architect” I thought I was going to be (which was the female version of my dad) and treading into the unknown. I had to do some significant soul searching so I started a podcast where I interviewed creative entrepreneurs on how they had to get real with themselves about who they are and what they want in order to live a more meaningful life. It was exactly what I was doing at the moment and expanded my perspective of what’s possible when you tap into your true, authentic self.
Moving to LA was a pivotal moment for me because I knew that this was the place I was going to become who I wanted to be and create the kind of life I wanted to have, even if I didn’t know what that was yet. I was discovering my own authentic self and following her, but man, once you open that gate, that’s when the real work starts. I’ve been tested and challenged in more ways than I could imagine since moving here – with jobs, people, clients, my relationship, etc. But using all the difficult experiences as lessons, and learning how to stay true to myself through it has been so so incredible and worth it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Studio Cadiz – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Studio Cadiz is a boutique architectural and interior design studio that aims to create intentional, strategic, timeless designs that deeply cater to our clients and their needs. Our projects are located all over LA from Venice, Sherman Oaks and Hancock Park to Silverlake and the East Side. Starting out, our focus has mostly been on residential projects, but I’m hoping to get into more retail and commercial work in the future because, while I love my homeowner Clients, there’s something cool about working business to business.
I’m most proud of the relationships we’ve built with our Clients. We care about everyone we work with and take our job seriously because we understand what an intense emotional, financial and time commitment this is for them. So making the process as smooth and transparent as we can is important to us.
Being able to synthesize and understand both architecture and interior design is something that sets us apart. I believe that in a well-designed space, everything is connected, so nothing should be designed in isolation. We approach all our projects from this perspective and pay attention to both the details and the big picture to make sure every element of space works in harmony.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I honestly love so many things about LA, but my favorite thing is the people and the creative community. There’s a culture here of “going for it”, not following any prescribed path but carving out a unique space for yourself. It’s truly a place where anything is possible, where you can become who you want to be and create the type of life you want to live.
Everyone here is so open and I meet incredible, talented, kind people all the time. My community of close family, amazing friends and the best neighbors is by far the thing I cherish the most about my life in LA. What I like least….. The traffic!
- Website: www.studiocadiz.co
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @studiocadiz.co
Images of the Venice and Larchmont projects are by Kristine Lo Photography (www.kristinelo.com)
Images of the Silverlake Project are by Myself