Christian Giordano believes that the world of architecture and design is due for a reinvention and, as the majority owner of Mancini Duffy, he is perfectly primed to be the one doing the reimagining.
Christian approaches his leadership role with the benefit of 20 years of experience, as well as a recognized commitment to pushing the boundaries within the industry. He spent the formative years of his career, from 2004 to 2013, at HLW International. An acclaimed designer, Christian was well respected for his work with technology and media giants including HBO, ESPN and Disney, and was named to Building Design + Construction’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2013.
That same year, Ralph Mancini extended him an offer to join his firm, Mancini Duffy. Less than one year after coming on board, Christian was named president of Mancini Duffy in October of 2014. He assumed the role of majority owner in January of 2017.
Since joining Mancini Duffy, he has helped the firm attract clients that share his innovative mindset. Christian has also introduced a research & development arm to the firm–dubbed the Design Lab–which is focused on technologies that create an immersive design process. And he is committed to creating an employee-centric culture based on the principal: “We put our people first. Our people put our clients first.”
Based on his achievements as president of Mancini Duffy, he was recently accepted into the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Christian resides in Monmouth County, New Jersey – where he grew up and where he is now an active part of the community. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, which is attended by his two young daughters.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career?
My answer to this is always changing. If you asked me five years ago, I would have said designing the primary broadcast studio building for ESPN and presenting it to Disney CEO Bob Iger. These days, I’d say it’s leading and building our talented team at Mancini Duffy. What excites me is much larger than a single building or client. It’s that we make a difference in the lives of the individuals at our company and their families, all while doing great design.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I make cakes! I was watching Cake Boss a few years ago and was inspired to learn how to make edible art cakes for my friends and family. They’re a lot like the architectural models I used to create in school out of clay.
What would Spotify say is your most-played track?
Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.”
What’s the best thing about working at Mancini Duffy?
Our people and our culture. We have put a lot of stock in the idea that freedom at work leads to great ideas and a great culture. I challenge any architecture firm in the world to build the same thing we have here.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
There is always someone better, smarter, faster, and more talented than you so don’t be arrogant.
What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
It’s either never having missed a Howard Stern show in 30 years…or it’s my family.