Rodrigo González | The Virtual Studio

What's your 30-second elevator speech?
I’m Rodrigo, Chilean, Architect, amateur Football Player, and Chess fanatic.


Who inspires you the most to be the best you can be as a person?
I got very into history in general, especially people with strong willpower, like Marcus Aurelius,  Miyamoto Musashi, Katsu Kaishū, or Thomas Cochrane, who rose from disgrace to become the most excellent navy captain in the independence wars in South America.



I also look at chess players, how they identify the objective, and are willing to sacrifice everything to get it. Casparov, Anderssen, Bobby Fisher, Ivanchuk, or my favourite, Mijail Tal, there is so much beauty and commitment, real creativity.



Your one of Motive Coworking, Corporate professionals, using this space on the Northern Beaches. How did you come about working here at Motive and the decision behind working in this space other than their head office?
I was looking for a place to work near home and saw and add about this place.  I decided to give it a try, looking back. I think it was a great decision, and I found a great place to work with very friendly and interesting people.



When did you set-up The Virtual Studio, and what was your motivation behind this your business?
The Virtual Studio is a design workshop for local design offices where they can develop their projects using top of the line software. We help them with the council and building documentation. At the same time, we produce virtual reality experiences, real-time software visualization, 3d printed models, animations, or videos, anything that is on our hands to help them be more competitive. It started over a year ago, and the idea is to help small design offices by doing all this technology accessible and affordable.



Can you tell me more about the 3D printing project you have set-up currently in the space at Motive?
There are two printers at Motive; they are fast and efficient, love them. They are just great.
It is fantastic to take an idea and turn it into something real and make more informed desitions. For me, the best part is to try different things with the people of the coworking, building prototypes for lamps or decoration objects is always good fun.



When did you come to Australia? What made you decide to live in the Northern Beaches?
I arrived two years ago; my girlfriend is the reason for that. We use to live in chile, and after a few years, she started missing home, so moving back to the northern beaches was a natural decision. It has been fantastic; everyone is lovely and friendly. I have nothing but good things to say about Australia.




What does life looking outside your business profile? What do you like doing for fun?
Chess and football,  playing, watching videos, analysis, anything, I easily get caught. Love them; I wish I were better at them, sadly my skills are not at the level of my passion.



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