Ştefan Paskucz

How would you introduce yourself to strangers?

- married – 2 children

- Faculty of Architecture Cluj-Napoca 1991-1997

- post-graduation studies – European Training – specialization Architectural Restoration – Babeş Bolyai

-1991-1997 member (bass guitar) of the Talitha Qumi progressive rock band – Cluj Napoca

That’s about it. I express myself through what I do.

  • What made you choose architecture as a profession?

Destiny’s offer.

The first time I remember that I was guided to study architecture by my physics teacher, after solving a problem about the collision of two balls… (in another manner than my coleagues. I drew the balls’s three-dimensional trajectory… etc.) Then I toyed with the idea of studying graphics (being a graduate of Fine Arts in middle school). I was drawing all the time, all my notebooks were filled with drawings, a reason for arguing with teachers and parents. I had comic books in which I developed cities of the future since I was quite small. Eventually, my aunt, who was a civil engineer in Cluj, made me head towards this profession.

I think I made a good decision, maybe I could have been too artististic, too genially. I needed discipline, rigor, attention to details. It is a fight between two manners of being, which I think it stimulates me.

  • How has architecture influenced you personal development?

Architecture is a world of it’s own, it works a lot within the 4th dimension “TIME”…

“Time Regained” – Marcel Proust – you can feel this insertion in space.

Here I may suggest an avant-garde aesthetic discourse, it incites me towards things unseen, new things. Architecture is the perfect universal refuge for creation. When I do this I feel like a fish in water. I like the connection with other professions: engineers, sociologists, historians, artists, archeologists. Sincerely, this profession helps me be a better mediator, to give confidence to the people I collaborate with. When I was a child, my father saw me as becoming a composer, a conductor… I became a construction site conductor…!!!

  • How would you describe your alternative activity to people unfamiliar with it?

Music is a part of me. It always understands my heart, vibration, passion to the maximum. It’s a language of passion, it relaxes me, it is something magical, a remedy for the mind. After my retirement from the band, I chose to make music just as a “kitchen delight”. After a hard day at work, I feel good playing with my children. Dominic plays the drums, Athena plays bass (she stole my favourite instrument) and I improvise at the guitar. It sounds good this family trio when we do a blues evening.

  • How has the transition from architecture to your alternative activity occurred?

The other way around.

I started with music. In my elementary school I studied violin at Arts School in Baia Mare. I think Nietzsche’s quote fits me: “without music, life would be a mistake”. Then I had a band in high school. My passion for architecture came much later. In university, during all of my 6 years of study I played in Talitha Qumi band. Finally, I left the band so I can dedicate my self to architecture.

I feel whole doing both things.

  • How do the two activities influence each other?

Music creates a state of perfect freedom, it permits me that essence of chaos, of disorder, an assumed unconventional.

Architecture, as I said, disciplines me, incites me, pushes me towards creation.

Stupidly, I realised that architecture seems more loud that music. I think I need both passions. They really influence each other. I find myself in both, because I consider I have a universal language.

I could list a page full of architects who play music or famous musicians that are actually architects by formation. There’s no need, everybody knows them. From rock to contemporary music. I don’t like E. Schelling’s quote “Architecture is callous music” …

  • To what degree are you present in each of the activities?

If we speak in proportions, 75% architecture and 25% music. That’s because of the time occupied by the profession… somebody said that architecture is the most demanding mistress. A lot of the time, I feel the need for things to be reversed, at least for a while.

My passion is equal for both. I have to keep open the road between the two spheres.

For me, music and architecture mean passion-emotion-creation, a rejoicing of the soul. It stimulates all my senses, like A. Pleşu said “To burn the candle at both ends”.