Adrian La Tona

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I’ve seen five volcanoes in person and one eruption! We were on the coast at the time as a storm blew in, all of a sudden, we heard a loud boom as red hot magma shot out the top of the volcano against the dark sky. It felt like we were in a movie.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I discovered architecture through books. I pulled a random book off a library shelf one day, and it turned out to be a copy of Charles Moore’s monograph. I became infatuated with the house he built for himself in California. The drawings, the renderings, the details! I did not know that a building could do those things. So, I kept the book and still have it to this day. I flip through it every now and again as a reminder.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Curiosity.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Even though I work on athletic projects, I’ve never been much of an athlete. I’m quite the opposite.  The first time I ran ten miles, though, I felt like I truly accomplished something great. I’ve been running consistently ever since.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Whatever project I’m working on next. Every project has its triumphs and struggles, it’s important to me to ensure that I grow with each one. That being said, having worked on the largest college indoor practice facility in the country at UND isn’t half bad either.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy anything and everything having to do with a guitar. Whether it is playing, building, or listening, count me in!
  1. What motivates you?
    • Travel has always been a big part of my life. I find exploring new places and collecting experiences both motivating and cathartic.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    •  I want to design good buildings, ones that deeply impact people. The type of building that sticks in someone’s mind and inspires them in their own life.

   “We still do not know what a building can do” – Michael Menser on Lebbues Woods