Katia Fasla

Katia Fasla

Practice: Katia Fasla
Established: 2002
City: Algiers
Country: Algeria
faskat_archi@yahoo.fr

Born 1 March 1963, I have three children and graduated from L' EPAU in Algiers in 1986. I have contributed to projects such as offices, housing and interiors at every stage from inception to completion. I have also regularly entered national competitions and have won several. I won the Prix National d'Architecture for the design of an office building for a bank (CNP Sétif, Algeria, 1999).
In 2002 I opened my own practice. Since then, I have won three competitions for public projects (CPEN Souidania, Algiers, 17,000 square metres, 2003; Amenagement stade Ferhani, 2500 square metres internally and 30,000 square metres externally, Bab El Oued, Algiers, 2006; CPI Baraki, Algiers, 2500 square metres, 2007). I am at present in charge of several projects, mainly offices for commercial clients, and continue to enter national competitions.

Katia Fasla

View of the central building
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Centre de Préparation des Equipes Nationales

This project, completed in September 2010, is a centre designed to accommodate national sport teams with all the spaces they need to prepare for competitions. It includes 200 rooms, restaurant, cafeteria, halls, fitness and medical centre, learning centre, semi-Olympic swimming pool, 'salle de sports', football, athletics, tennis, basketball and handball stadium, and a jogging road.

View of the central building
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How does diversity of people reveal itself at work? Diversity manifests itself through the complexity of the object dealt with and the opportunity given to the participants to express themselves. Then everyone asserts their own view of a particular problem, and brings their own expertise. When conflicting ideas do not lead to confrontation but rather to a mutual understanding, dialogue and awareness, a given group ends up with a solution that is not only complete but also best.
Do you think our profession is diverse enough? Yes. First the success of an architectural object depends on an acute and balanced combination of different aspects dealing with the building and its users. There is teamwork involving people with diverse expertise, led by the architect who manages this diversity, putting it to the benefit of her aesthetic and functional vision of the building. Second, for human diversity, the core of architectural creation to which the architect strives to bring comfort and emotion, according to the desired atmosphere.
Who are your role models who inspire you? I don't believe in role models, but my creative instinct is guided by references such as the work of Le Corbusier on abstraction and modernity, the architects of the 1950s and of the Ottoman period that designed Algiers, and Fernand Pouillon and his vision of Classicism and monumentality.
If you could change one thing in our profession, what would it be? Regulation and laws.
What do you find most rewarding in your area of work? First, closeness with people (clients or professional partners), which manifests itself in two ways: surpassing oneself to temper the megalomania of the act of creation with generosity towards the future users of our buildings. Moreover, there is also the hard work needed to manage and coordinate sensibly all the partners and colleagues who participate in the project. Second, the pleasure of seeing what was originally a few sketches on a piece of paper emerging from the ground.
How have your clients and projects benefited from your involvement? Through the satisfaction and pride of the building they have initiated, and this gives credit to their own self and mirrors their own identity, fulfilling their expectations, be they private or professional.