Joseph Solfaro, AIADesigner
When did you know you wanted to be an architect/designer
Growing up I’d observe my father, grandfather and uncle do construction and I always dreamt of how I could better organize the space or make the construction process feasible and efficient. I’ve always enjoyed math, science and puzzles, so problem solving has always been something I’ve gravitated toward and enjoyed.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career?
Designing, constructing and marketing a net-zero energy house in China for New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It was an amazing accomplishment to represent NJIT globally and be awarded a scholarship to do so. Coordinating the complex and forward-thinking project was a big challenge, especially on foreign soil. My partner and I were specifically very proud of our second place finish in the marketing category.
What’s the best thing about working at Mancini?
I’ve been enjoying the creative approach to problem solving. It’s also cool that the talent here is relatively young, makes it easier to relate. The strive for well-rounded characters with a variety of skill sets is refreshing; it’s like building a renaissance culture here. It’s a part of our DNA.
What is something you collect?
I love to collect experiences with people and places. Memories are always there with you!
What was your first computer, and what did you spend the most amount of time doing on it?
I had a Gateway and I used it mostly for homework. Is that lame?
What’s the technology this firm uses that most consistently surprises and impresses clients?
I love that we’re continually expanding how we use Building Information Management (BIM) technology. BIM has become increasingly essential to the building design process. I’m excited about its connections to VR. It feels like we’re living in the future!I