This is the third interview in a series "Who are we at InnoVentum?" of informal conversations with the InnoVentum Team members. Check out the first two interviews with Jacky Parkhouse and Julien Daligault.
Today our focus is on Lucas Gabrys – the person who has brought to life the Dalifant XX wooden tower, the Giraffe structure and most recently Solar PV Carport, who knows all InnoVentum’s creations to the last bolt and washer, who, together with Julien, organised and carried out multiple installations in Sweden and abroad (including the all-important COP22 installations!), who is dedicated and passionate about everything he does at InnoVentum, and who is always sharing his good mood and energy with us no matter what challenges the InnoVentum team faces!
Below you will find my interview with Lucas.
Ala Kazlova (AK): Tell us a little bit about yourself – what is your background, family history, education, travels, interests in life – please make a small introduction.
Lucas Gabrys (LG): Born in France in June 1989, I spent the first 18 years of my life with my parents and sister in the North East of France, at the German border. Once graduated in 2007 with an A-level specialised in engineering, I moved to Metz (Moselle) for 2 years of preparation courses to study at an engineering school. Since I was a teenager, I was following my father working with plumbing, electricity, and construction work. He taught me the pleasure of creating things with my own hands, which raised my curiosity about construction technologies and architecture. In 2009, I joined the ENSTIB – Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Technologies et Industries du Bois - in Epinal (Vosges). This education allowed me to link my passion for construction and technologies to the fantastic material: timber!
In 2013, InnoVentum offered me to join their team for an internship during my last year at university. I discovered Sweden and fell in love with Malmö. Shortly after, I moved to Sweden and started working full time for InnoVentum.
During my leisure time, I enjoy mountain biking, going out with friends, skiing in the Alps, travelling/discovering new places. Speaking about travelling, in 2012 I had the opportunity to travel around the world! I did an internship with a timber house company in Melbourne, Australia, after which I visited Sydney and the Fiji islands; and then flew all the way to New York to join my friends for a road trip along the East Coast of the USA all the way down to the Key Islands. This short but intense trip was my best travel experience so far!