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Alumni Stories - Akna Marquez


We are glad to introduce you to Akna Marquez! Discover her professional career and inspirations! Akna is willing to share with us her relationship with design and connect with the Alumni community.

You were born in
Caracas, Venezuela. 

You live in
Barcelona, Spain.

Your graduation year
I graduated from the Master in Design Through New Materials in Elisava in 2019.  

You work at
I work in interior design and coordination of works at UDON, an Asian restaurant chain. At the same time, I also explore design and educational projects by myself.
You're inspired by
Nature, books, art, and the people I share my time with.

Your idols are
I am inspired by the work of many people, including Leyla Acaroglu, for the dissemination of knowledge of sustainability and circular economy; Neri Oxman and her explorations about biology, computing and materials; and the design philosophy of the Eames and Vignelli duos, whose work ranged from audiovisual productions to games, furniture, lamps and packaging.

Your best memory of Elisava
The multicultural experience with my friends from the Master.    

One good thing you learnt at Elisava
To take what I received only as an introduction to different worlds, in which to continue exploring on my own.

A good advice
To learn to ask questions. Part of being a good designer is being able to discover what people don't explicitly say.

About your professional experience in a few words
Everything I've ever worked on and learned, even as a hobby, nurtures my current and future work.

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