Designer in Profile: Roderick Anderson – Sarco Architects

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Name: Roderick Anderson

Company: SARCO Architects Costa Rica / SARCO Architects Panama

Position within company: CEO & International Design Director










. Tell us a little about your background

Second generation architect, studied architecture in Costa Rica and trained in drafting

and design from a very young age. 19 years of experience at the head of SARCO

Architects Costa Rica, due to a family passing. For the past 10 years have specialized

on design of Luxury Vacation Residences for foreign clientele in the pacific coast of

Costa Rica. I have served clientele from Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Australia,

Germany, Switzerland, Austria, etc. and focused in providing a high-end personalized

service for my clientele and their projects in Costa Rica and Panama.


. How would you describe your own personal style?

I consider myself a flexible and talented architect, capable of designing in several

styles, but my preference is in modern style, with a use of local and natural materials in

order to provide a warm, local, and earthy feeling to each of my projects.


. Where does your inspiration come from?

Inspiration usually comes from the site, the land, and the local conditions, which drive a

design which becomes a balance between architectural aesthetic beauty and proportion,

owner-centric design and ease of use, and consideration of environmental conditions

and the optimization of the architectural design in order maximize energy efficiency.

The project location will also influence the design in terms of the materials palette used

in order to provide a local relationship for every project.


. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Design is moving away from the mere oversizing and other excesses, and towards

smarter, more comprehensive and intelligent design, with adaptive and flexible use of

space, thorough application of technology in the design process and in seeking to

maximize energy efficiency for every project. And all of this needs to happen in a

package of architectural beauty. I prefer to call this “Total Design”


. Name five key themes to consider when approaching property development in 2014

and beyond.

Integrated design, energy efficiency, environmental responsibility, creation of flexible

and adaptive spaces and the serving of international clientele.


. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what

would it be?

To focus on providing clients with new solutions and new ideas for old problems. Keep

away from redoing the same old cookie cutter design and rebranding of old ideas and

from empty marketing hype.


. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of

talent and achievement?

As an international design award venue, it is very important as it provides our potential

clientele with industry recognition on an international level.


. What projects are you currently working on?

Currently working on 7-8 different residences, of varying sizes and budgets, but 3 of

those being high-end residences with budgets of $3M+ plus interiors. All current

clientele are foreign, from North America and Europe.


. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

To continue our continued efforts for improvement of our skills and quality of our

projects and to make continued efforts in communicating and marketing our expertise

and client-centric service for our international clientele.


. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself

Your most treasured possession? Thirst for knowledge and huge self criticism

Your favourite holiday destination? Anywhere to share and enjoy with family

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Steak and Seafood

Your favourite food and drink? Italian or Japanese

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Not sure, but definitely not a

doctor or attorney.