We had the good fortune of connecting with Safura Salek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Safura, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think architecture and design is one of the most undervalued professions out there. The prestige of an Architect seems quite high when people find out what it is you do, but most people don’t understand the amount of work and the type of work an architect does. There is an intensive curriculum with many sleepless hours and many years of study to gain a degree. Then there are years of ‘paying your dues’ in an industry that is incredibly short changed either by clients or by employers. It takes quite a long time and sometimes rarely a moment where the value of your work is compensated appropriately. That said, it is still an incredibly gratifying profession. In which you are able to see the work you’ve created out in the world, and in some small way, leaving a bit of a mark; either personally or globally. As someone who has a degree in Architecture and has worked in that profession for over 20 years, I have decided to also include interior design in my brand and company. It in itself is architecture in a microcosmic way. This allows me to be able to create a ‘One Stop Shop’ with my approach and a fluidity to my overall vision for the projects.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My Work and Mass Studio as a company focuses on interdisciplinary design from the architectural to the details of furniture design and interior design, encompassing a modern aesthetic and the purity of detail in each project. It has been over 20 years of paying dues at different types of Architectural and design studios as well as a the pressures of starting your own business in an incredibly competitive industry. Lessons learned, is don’t let failure discourage you. Make it a driving force to do better.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
El Matador Beach, Venice Boardwalk for its ‘theater’, The Hollywood Bowl for summer music venues, hike and view at Griffith Park, drinks at Bar Stella in Silverlake, and lunch at Chateau Marmont
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my mom who always made me value education, career and independence as a woman. and my dad who always taught me the value of hard work.