We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriella Rochin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gabriella, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking

Risk is something everyone always talks about, and is usually associated with failure, and failure is what ultimately holds us back.  I’m not sure that I agree. I find taking a risk exciting, and usually allows you to discover things about yourself and life you never would otherwise. My first risk was leaving everything behind and heading off to Rome to study Fine Arts. From there my journey began. The risk of picking up and moving to a foreign country allowed me to discover so many things about myself, and unveiled my passion for architecture and design. I came to the realization that fine arts was where my comfort zone lied, but wasn’t necessarily the path I was supposed to take. So, I decided it was time to pick up and leave once again and start fresh in a new city to explore my newfound passion for interior design. It was when I moved to France, that I realized I had found what I had been looking for.
When I moved back to LA, I was working at an interior design firm, and again I thought I was where I needed to be. However, I realized it was time for another change in my life. The decision I made to leave the design firm I was working at, to pursue my own career path and partner with Wildman Design Group, was a huge risk. But, It has been the best decision yet. To me taking risks are important, and without risk taking, I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I have always been creative, my background being in fine arts, but I wasn’t sure what career that would lead me to. Architecture has always been my other passion, not as prominent before, but by traveling my eyes were opened to so much that I decided to try it out. I instantly fell in love. I feel I have mixed my two passions into one, utilizing my artistic skills to show through to my architectural designs.

This field is nothing short but competitive. Any artistic path is difficult. You give everything you have, yet most people don’t always appreciate or love the outcome and you have to be ok with that. Fortunately, I work with my father, Eric Rochin, whom is also a very talented architect. We currently work on everything from remodeling, redesigning, and rebuilding residential homes, to commercial projects including, boutique hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. We are a one stop shop, where we design and build all of our projects to ensure that our clients get exactly what they are looking for with the best experience. Drawing inspiration from many of the mid-century modern architects to the California Spanish revival, illustrates the design styles we like to incorporate into our projects. Wildman Design Group is ever growing and adapting, especially in today’s fast moving world.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA is such a great city and there is so much to do and see! I love the food scene in the city so majority of the itinerary will revolve around great restaurants. Starting at my favorite art museum, The Broad museum is a must! A little architectural tour of downtown to follow, checking out the Walt Disney concert hall, designed by one of my favorite architects, Frank Gehry. Then onto, the historic theatre district, which has beautiful architectural gems dating back to the early 1900s. Grand Central Market is a great spot for lunch, with different food vendors and a fun atmosphere. Drinks at Perch rooftop boasts a great view from above. Dinner at Bavel has it all. Great food, drinks, and a lively atmosphere.

Definitely have to experience some of the beautiful hikes around the city. Runyon Canyon is a must, even though it seems cliche, it really is a great hike where you can see the whole city. A little hidden gem on the other side of town is Kenneth Hahn Park, where you get views of the whole city from the opposite side, looking towards downtown. On a clear day you can even see the Hollywood sign. Dinner at Osteria la Buca, where they have the best cacio e pepe, which is also my favorite dish of all time.

Santa Monica and Venice to enjoy the beach and the more laid back vibes. Abbot Kinney, for shopping at local boutiques and stopping along the way at Gjelena for some great food. Enjoying an evening hike to watch the sunset at Will Rogers State Park, is always a great way to end the day.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, my father, Eric Rochin. He’s always pushed me to pursue my passions and ultimately find the thing that makes you happy to wake up for everyday. Secondly, my first real job was working for a very talented architect, Wallace Cunningham. His artistry portrayed in his architectural style is what opened my eyes into what is possible within architecture. This is really where my journey began, and working with him inspired me to continue pursuing this path. 

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