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Meet Jose Antonio Gonzalez of Jagar Architecture in Miracle Mile

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jose Antonio Gonzalez.

Jose, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m an architect from the City of Puebla, in central Mexico where I grew up and attended the German school till high school. Then I got accepted in the swim team of the University of Texas at Austin where I competed for a couple of years. There I found an excellent architecture school where I got accepted and graduated from their professional degree, bachelor of architecture (five year program). While in school, I did my professional practice in NYC at RGA architects and planners for eight months. After that, I went back and graduated with honors and moved to Berlin, Germany, where I worked for about two years for the architecture firm Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten.

Meanwhile, my brother was applying for business schools and he got into UCLA Anderson and agreed to come back to us and try to get a job here and live together. At that moment I applied to some of the better known architecture firms in the city and got hired as a junior designer by Gehry Partners LLP with Frank Gehry. Had an amazing time there becoming project designer after four years and lasted there about nine years in total working in projects all over the world. After that amazing experience decided to open my own practice and apply all the learning to a new professional level and opened JAGAR ARCHITECTURE after also successfully passing the professional bar and licensure for architect national and in the state of California. Today we have been six years in business and am excited to say we have been key element for a substantial number of projects in the city as well as in Texas, New York and Mexico City.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Many. There is not such a thing as the school of entrepreneurial initiatives, but in general both LA and the California have been a great platform. Specifically to what we do as a creative company, the hardest part id to prove you can do it. Having a sophisticated design background is not always helpful since it might reflect a lack of ground or basic projects experience. In our experience, we learned the hands-on way where initial projects were true learning experience as per agencies, permitting and small profile construction projects. But with an efficient operation and decent business decisions, most of those struggles became tools for future experience and eventually valued to those clients that look for the experience as well as courage.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are an architecture design firm that provides design, permitting and construction observation services for all kind of projects, as long as they involve a level of design exploration and creativity. Our clients range from small to large hospitality services providers, health, wellness, office and residential developers and owners. What sets us apart from others is that we have the entrepreneurial perspective, as well as the design courage and agencies/codes experience, and we can provide a fresh unique but executable architectural solution to any kind of project. We don’t do well in projects that have already being designed and just need permits for example, or in situations where classic styles from the past want to be applied without any level of design exploration. We consider ourselves contemporary design architects, but more than anything, we believe in exploration for both design and business/experience benefit.

What were you like growing up?
Creative, not very nerdy but responsible. Loved sports and adventure. Independent, but also with a big sense of family.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 6210 WILSHIRE BLVD. STE. 209
    LOS ANGELES CA 90048
  • Website: www.jagar.co
  • Phone: 3103917646
  • Email: info@jagar.co

Image Credit:
JAGAR ARCHITECTURE AND ALDO CHACON PHOTOGRAPHY.

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