José Castilla


Mardid, Spain

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is José, and I run Cundall’s operations in Spain from our Madrid office.

What or who inspired you to be an engineer?
I have always had a very active mind, loving all sort of numerical plays and problem solving activities. Getting to the bottom of a problem was more a hobby than a task at school. I have always found engines, mechanics, physics or energy fascinating and I realised that I could cover all those aspects through engineering. I was not wrong, as I am now able to deliver solutions in all of these areas on a daily basis!

What made you decide to join Cundall?
After finishing my degree in Industrial Engineering at Malaga University (South Spain), I moved to London to gain some travelling experience and improve my English skills. It was after only a few months that I joined Cundall London, as a graduate in the sustainability team. The reason I joined Cundall above other engineering consultancies was due to its focus on passive and low energy. By that time, there were not many practices that covered engineering in such a way. Having just arrived from university and Spain, this sounded like rocket science to me. It really caught my interest and I have enjoyed it ever since. After a few years delivering ESD and passive building design, I moved to a different group to gain further experience in mechanical design. My appetite for knowledge has always fuelled my day-to-day, always trying different tasks in order to gain a broad experience in all fields of engineering.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
Since the very beginning, working at Cundall has been very smooth. I’m always surrounded by friendly people and able to reach Partners and Associates for support if needed. I have embraced the Cundall culture and applied it in my new office, something that is not so common in the Spanish market. Cundall has given me the opportunity to work in many, and on very prestigious projects alongside world-renowned architects and to promote my career from graduate to director level. I am certain that I made the right choice when I joined the practice 12 years ago.

What are you most proud of in your career to-date?
In 2007, and after 5 years of developing my career in London, I was able to take the opportunity to move back to Spain and establish our Madrid Office. Since then, running Cundall’s Spanish operation has brought me all sorts of new and interesting challenges, both project-wise and in the day to day business activities. I feel lucky that I am able to work in an international organisation that has a strong commitment of working as a single entity. In my day to day, I can be running a job in Madrid and at the same time being part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-office project team having a video conference with my colleagues on the other side of the world. This makes Cundall a truly exciting, enriching and challenging place to work.

Tell us the most interesting thing you have learnt or experienced in your time at Cundall
Despite the amazing projects I have worked on and all the things I have learnt over the years, the most interesting thing about my experience with Cundall has definitely been on the personal side. Cundall’s international approach to the business has allowed me to work on projects in all continents, travel and meet a variety of people and cultures.

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