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Hyphen Around the World part 6: meet Carlos Sanz, Madrid

As part of our Hyphen Around the World series, we’ll be catching up with various members of our team to find out more about their international experience. We’ll also be asking them for some tips – whether it’s about permitting advice, or a must-try local delicacy!

#HyphenAroundTheWorld – Part 6

We interviewed Carlos Sanz, an architect at Hyphen. Typically based in our Madrid Office, Carlos has delivered projects for clients across Europe, Latin America and Africa.

1. What is a typical day like in your role?
Managing retail projects and checking the feasibility of future site locations for clients.

2. What’s the most interesting place that you’ve ever visited for work?
Catania in Italy may not be the most interesting place but it was the craziest trip.

Catania is located at the base of Mount Etna, one of Europe’s largest active volcanoes. As I approached the city, Etna erupted, so my flight was diverted to Palermo on the other side of Sicily. I had to sleep on a bus while crossing the entire island!

3. Top local permitting tip?
Take care if you are working on a heritage listed building because you may need the approval of the heritage commission, even for furniture to finish a project.

4. Best tool for staying in touch with your team?
Nowadays, Microsoft Teams is good for meetings, chats and sharing files; you can stay in touch with your team no matter where you are.

5. What do you like most about working at Hyphen?
The young environment and to be involved in international projects, collaborating with colleagues from our offices worldwide.

6. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a site visit?
Metz in northern France.

7. Favourite local delicacy?
The typical dish of my hometown – Botillo de El Bierzo.

8. If you could deliver a project anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In Ponferrada, León, in the north of Spain – the city where I grew up.