Androsky Lugo on Beginning the Framing Futures Architectural Firm (FFAF)

In 2019, Androsky Lugo started the Framing Futures Architectural Firm in Southern California. As the CEO and founding partner, he works with board members and architects to design cutting-edge buildings that uphold the fundamental principles of modern engineering. (This is no small feat in an area of the country that’s known for its strict regulations.) He talks more about what inspired him to start his own firm and why he decided to strike out on his own.

Gaining the Experience

There’s little doubt that Lugo had the technical skills to get this project up and running. Androsky Lugo spent ten years as a Sr. Architect in a number of top firms in New York and San Francisco. He worked for his father’s firm as the Project Architect in Albany. He was a business consultant for a firm in New York City. All this to say that Lugo paid his dues learning the industry before going into business for himself. Organization, project planning, execution: these tasks may sound simple on paper, but in an architecture firm like Framing Futures, success comes down to being on top of countless details.

Having a Vision

Lugo believes that having a solid background is a strong step in the right direction. His father had an architectural firm, which clearly had a huge influence on Androsky Lugo and how he looked at things. His stint in higher education taught him everything from theory to practice. However, if starting a firm is something of interest, leaders have to be willing to take a real risk. If they don’t have a vision in mind of what they want their firm to become, it’s easy to stumble or otherwise lose their way.

Lugo works primarily in the public and commercial sectors, and he favors modern architecture. He sincerely appreciates how a building can alter a person’s perception, mood, and even attitude, and his firm wants to deliver these kinds of experiences to anyone who finds their way into the structure. Even if visitors or tenants can’t define how the building affects them, they still enter and leave with an overall feeling of comfort. While people tend to think of this sensation in residential spaces, Androsky Lugo knows that it’s possible to extend the concept to any building in any town or city.

Androsky Lugo on Being a Leader

For Lugo, a leader is someone who has the courage to do what they say they’re going to do, and he’s careful to set an example whenever he can too. When he has time, he volunteers his services for organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Veterans, and The Make It Right at Home Foundation. He established a foundation of his own in 2015 to promote environmental awareness in his sector.

Dubbed the Architecture and Earth Awareness Foundation, he’s already managed to spread sustainability ideas to hundreds of large-scale building projects around the globe. When at work, he draws on a wealth of experience to guide his colleagues and subordinates toward decisions that benefit as many people as possible.

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