Last week PRE met Alejandro Zaera-Polo for coffee and croissants to discuss the begining, and the end, of FOA. Alejandro made a case for luck in a successful architecture practice, something he has certainly had no shortage of in his young and very distinguished career. He and Farshid began FOA in London as part of the post OMA legacy. The practice was financed by teaching at the AA and they spent their time doing competitions, one of which was the Yokohama Terminal competition in Japan. They won. They are both clearly extremely intelligent and savvy, but it was luck. Plain and simple. The presence of that project in the global media launched FOA as a global firm and has begotten numerous noteworthy projects since. Alas, all good things must come to an end. As Farshid and Alejandro prepare to go their separate ways, Alejandro, like us, is staring from zero. His advice was to look to where the world is being made: to China, to Latin America, and to India. The conversations was wonderful, our thanks to Alejandro.