Eugene Sandoval: East & West
How can I, an individual, make an impact on society far beyond my time?
This is the question which has always driven Portland architect and Philippines transplant Eugene Sandoval.
I found Eugene’s TEDx talk online and was immediately captivated by him. An immigrant myself, I find his story of overcoming poverty in his home country in order to achieve his dreams in America incredibly inspiring. Eugene’s unique design mentality results from a combination of his two worlds, of the East and the West. He proudly embraces his background and implements his experiences as a child in the Philippines into his work every day. Remembering home made him emotional; he spoke about the importance of knowing where you come from and shared an old Philippine saying: if you don’t know where you come from, you’ll never know where you’re going.