When did you know you wanted to be a designer?
When I was young, I had a woodworking bench where I spent hours crafting everything from mini-furniture to play swords. The process of bringing an object from imagination to reality was fulfilling even at an early age. I had a love for the artistry and planning involved in creating a masterpiece. I still carry that appreciation for craftsmanship into my design career as I collaborate with extremely talented specialists in bringing complex projects to fruition.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’ve found that I’m good at skill games, even though it won’t seriously benefit me in real life—you know, stuff like ping pong, FIFA on PS4, frisbee, poker, etc.
What website do you visit the most?
Instagram counts, right? I do my best research on design and travel through hashtags. #srslytho
What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
My wife and I took a year and moved to Vietnam which was pretty satisfying in itself. In between teaching and travel, we dedicated a lot of our time to volunteering at an orphanage of 50-plus children. These kids face really difficult circumstances and lack a lot of resources, including family and mentors. My wife taught English and I taught technology to the group while we fundraised to get them school supplies and clothes. The most rewarding aspect of this effort was the strong relationships that grew out of it! We still have contact with a few teenagers and hope to sponsor a trip to the United States for them in the future.
What’s the one phone app you absolutely can’t live without?
Snapseed! As an amateur travel photographer, this is a perfect way to edit on the go. It offers way more than filters and enables me to make edits that I could normally only achieve on a desktop.
What’s the technology this firm uses that most consistently surprises and impresses clients?
I’ve utilized Revit for building information modeling on nearly every project here at Mancini. This allows us to collaborate with engineers to get all the building’s systems integrated prior to construction.