Omayra Mingels (1988) is a junior Architect. Her passion for architecture is pure and intense. She carefully uses her visual imagination for triggering processes and pinpoint potentials.

The outbreak of the credit-crisis already fascinated her as a student. – ”Will the credit-crisis change the role and the definition of the architect?” – Thinking critically about the influences of the credit-crisis shaped her conceptual framework and professional attitude as a  beginning architect.

She finished her Master’s degree, cum laude, in Architecture, Building and planning at the end of 2012.

Nowadays, in addition to create architecture, she strives towards synergy between a physical as well as social context. This interwovenness is the foundation of a design with more than three dimensions.

Today, many people feel empathy for the young people. They ask, “how can this generation develop if it cannot find jobs, cannot have a big house or a beautiful european car”. As a junior architect, Omayra is experiencing this .

As an architecture student, they were not taught how to feel when you have a range of possibilities available and also when you don’t have these opportunities, all they learnt was to make something out of nothing. Fascinated by the credit crisis, Omayra was more aware of this.

50,000 architects partook in glory days, fully inspired and many buildings were erected. 2 years later the number deceased and after 6 years the decrease rate was still at 53%.

She alludes to Peter and Allison simpson and develops the idea of the impact of their architectural language. A language of physical and social context: the physical  which was the environment and the social  which was how we interact with the environment. She believes that this model is complete except it needs a catalyst to enact it. People are the catalyst who connect the physical and the social.

This model leads to architecture that grows. She came to this conclusion following an  art project that was meant to make people enthusiastic about reusing. She reused clothes bin from citizens of Heerlen. The people’s response was overwhelming. The building in which the installation took place became a meeting place.People were intrigued by the project and wanted to be more involved. The installation of the clothes bins represented different stories that brought people together. She realised the power of people in social and physical aspects.

In conclusion, creating architecture that grows in our heart, in our papers and in discussion is creating an architecture that grows.