Architect specialized in single-family housing, she carries out her projects accompanying the architectural and construction process in all phases. The childhood of Adriana Sierchuk, born in Argentina, takes place in an environment where architectural design and construction are elements that she savors on a daily basis and forged her interest and her passion for this field. Daughter of an hydraulic engineer who opened a dialogue with renowned contemporary architects, Adriana developed a particular sensitivity to understand complex processes between the different figures involved. Her formal academic development starts at the University of Belgrano where she demonstrates particular abilities and skills from the beginning of her career. Passionate about sailing and photography, areas where she works continuously, Adriana transfers to her works the sense of an aesthetic balance through the composition of the architectural objects that she designs. Deeply committed to the design and interpretation of needs, she involves users in the design and construction evolution process. As soon as she graduated she settled her family in 1986, having to face the challenging organization of both projects, career and family. Cheerful, enterprising, curious and communicative, architect Sierchuk serves as CEO of the studio that she founded in 1987 with her partner, architect Gabriela Barrionuevo, with whom she had established a strong bond since childhood. Her studio develops an own language that expresses in architectural grammar their client’s objectives handling geometry and regulatory isssues. In her single-family housing projects, her poetics declines the teachings of the masters Mies Van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, transferring in her writing the unmistakable modernist elements in a contemporary context. From the beginning she has been practicing without interruption, starting with small jobs and remodelings, shops and exhibitions. The studio is quickly recognized for the innovative and originality of the proposals, characteristics that lead her to a series of achievements and awards.
In 1994 Barrionuevo-Sierchuk Arquitectas performed in a public exhibition by invitation the project “Osaka New York” . In 1995 theybreceived the first D.A.R.A. scholarship award with the Gold Medal for the best landscape architecture proposal. In 2000 they landed to Casa F.O.A., an annual exhibition forum for architects and interior designers – and obtained the Silver Medal with the project and execution of the “Muelle del apostadero” for the Hotel de los Inmigrantes. In 2004 they received the Gold Medal for the project and execution of the “Central Plaza Tirbuna Popular del Hipódromo de Palermo”. Since 1997 the studio has focused on residential architecture projects, definitively turning to single-family homes: “Casa Colorada”, “Casa Habano”, “Casa Hormigón”, “Casa Pez”, “Casa Agua”, “Petal House”, “Olivos House”, “Southeast House”, “Casa Arena”, “Gyfu House”, “MiniMia House”, “Tree House”, “’Casa Palmera”, “Bibu House”, “White House”, “Tape House”, “Cube House”, “ObiWan House”. The studio achieved the architecture award of the “America Property Awards Architecture” for three times, in 2017 with Casa Hormigón, in 2018 with Casa Agua and in 2019 with Casa Pétalo. In 2020, after her brief intense fight against a disease, Adriana died in Buenos Aires on June 7, already in pandemic era. Her studio in Argentina is now managed by architect Gabriela Barrionuevo and the other members of the team, architects Roxana Pilotto and Florencia Miglierin.
This interview has been possible thank to the help of architect Gabriela Barrionuevo
IA – Gabriela, how important was analysis and research for Adriana when facing a new project?
GB – Adriana was a tireless researcher in the world of design in all its facets, Architecture, Photography, Art, Cinema ..
IA – What elements were of particular interest to Adriana, of the territory where she had to place a new project?
GB – When choosing a location for a new project on land, she was interested in the orientation and views that would be incorporated into the new project as part of the proposal.
IA – During her long and intense career, what were the greatest satisfactions she experienced and the greatest difficulties she faced?
GB – The greatest satisfaction was building our studio and an amazing family altogether. The biggest challenge that Adriana faced was that of her tireless detail-oriented partner, in constant search to defy gravity and always with ideas that broke the schemes, which she had to deal with to get me down to earth.
IA – What did Adriana think about gender discrimination in the professional practice of architecture and construction?
GB – Adriana did not discriminate and in no way did she admit discrimination: Everyone has rights.
IA – Was it difficult for Adriana to combine family and work?
GB – For Adriana it was easy since in her times of greatest needs for being a Mom she had my constant support, whenever she needed her time, she had it and it was so when I needed it she knew how to give it to me. We knew how to accompany each other, understanding that architecture is our passion but family is our support.
IA – What is the greatest lesson that Adriana hoped to transmit to young colleagues?
GB – Adriana always transmitted love, respect and joy for what she did and with tireless professionalism.
IA – Would you feell like leaving a message in her memory?
GB – “Yes, words that come out as a deep tribute to my friend. “Ad” was charming, professional, mother, wife, friend, buddy, open and frank. For those of us who were able to meet her and share different moments in her life, she was also a woman who radiated good vibes, stood out with her joy, vitality and generosity, rare qualities that she kept intact until her last moments. But she was also pure containment when things went wrong and she was a unifying factor in the face of the misadventures that arose. I celebrate and will always celebrate the moments of happiness that we had and I will not forget her sufferings with my defeats and anguish. We toasted, we laughed, we cried, we argued and above all things I hugged her every time she wanted and could, she did not like hugs very much but she still gave herself tenderly. We love architecture, orchids, shopping, the river, the pleasure of sailing, we enjoyed our days beyond study and so many other things that are treasured among my untouchable memories. I cannot help but be grateful to her life for having shared 33 years of practice with her. Architecture is a complex profession and extremely sensitive to humanity because it defines us as a species. That is why our dedication at work was always to give clients a proposal for a better quality of life and it is a great satisfaction to receive messages from our grateful, happy clients. It is the recognition received for interpreting wishes and dreams. “Ad” continues with us in our daily work and in the commitment of life that we forge throughout our united lives. But it will also be so in that architecture that we were excited about and were able to specify. And her legacy remains intact and undoubtedly with Roxana Pilotto and Florencia Miglierina. In all these years we have put together a team to move on beyond if one day one of us were gone, but at the same time we fantasize that old age would surprise us drawing on the yellow paper that we like and that defines us so much. Her physical absence will not affect our eternal friendship and her legacy at all. Today life and profession place in front of me and our team this new challenge of carrying out what we build together with her. That is why the practice will continue with the same answers and the same delivery as always as we did since 1986. Its table with an orchid at the head, the empty chair with its bottle of water and its inevitable order every day. In the last chat that we wrote to each other as a farewell, we thanked each other for our intense friendship and everything we did together. I will never forget it as long as I live: Friend of Mine, always in my heart. “