Erez's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

EREZ ELLA

Architect
REX

“Do what you believe in, if you're not happy, don't do it.”

INTERESTS:

Design Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Doubt Pressure Determination

TAGS:

army, happiness, Israel, material possessions, mindset, south america, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

From age 18 to 23, Israeli-born Erez spent five years serving in the Israeli army. After finishing his service at 23, he left Israel and went to South America for a year to travel. When he came back, he was on track to go to college at Tel Aviv University, but he didn't know what to study. By luck, he chose architecture because it was one of the only courses he could get in to. Although his choice was completely random, he says he ending up loving it—and still loves it even to this day. After graduating, Erez became an associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in New York City. He then went on to co-found the architecture firm REX, also based in New York City. Some of Erez's major projects include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "You just need to establish a mindset that that's what you want to do. You just need to follow it and do it."

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