Alina del Castillo

How does your performing arts degree inform your architecture? In the theatre, everything has an objective or meaning behind it. But that intention isn’t prescriptive; you can’t make somebody see or do things a certain way. Context is another thing: A Shakespeare production is colored by the time and place in which it’s performed. Similarly, any work done to an existing building is influenced by the needs and desires of the current age.

What’s your most memorable project at BVA? I’ve spent most of my time on commercial projects here in Georgetown, which are fairly large and involved—and still a work in progress. I particularly enjoy seeing them take shape on my way into work each day.

Tell us something we don’t know: I minored in physics in undergrad. People would invariably respond that physics and theatre was an “interesting combination,” but I find architecture to be a great synthesis of the two!