We speak with architect Sandra Furtado from Furtado Sullivan on what she sees are the more important aspects of architecture and the role of the architect.

Sandra Furtado

Sandra Furtado began her architectural journey over 30 years ago, aged eight, when she started designing imaginary projects. With technical support provided by her father, she began testing her first ideas on paper using different model-making techniques and experimenting with various materials. Her inquisitive nature and curiosity is still present today in everything she puts her mind to.

Born and educated in Portugal, Sandra later lived and worked in Italy, The Netherlands, Cape Verde and China before settling in Australia in 2005. Here in Sydney, she has been intrinsically involved in notable large-scale projects including 8 Chifley and the Barangaroo Masterplan and International Towers. She led the design of One Circular Quay hotel as Design Director of Crone, in collaboration with Kengo Kuma and Associates, driving the vision and design aspirations on the development.