What’s the biggest highlight of your career?
Working on Bayer’s North American headquarters in Whippany, New Jersey, has, so far, been my biggest highlight. I was the lead designer on the team and it was the first large-scale project I got to be a part of, and it was also where I started using 3D modeling more extensively. The goals of the 700,000-square-foot project were to break down team silos and consolidate from four different sites into one unified campus—it was all about equality so the open plan was completely democratized and everyone sat at the same size workstation which is a shift that we’re seeing happen more and more.
Where would we find you on the weekend?
I love being outdoors, so I spend a lot of time hiking the mountains in the area. My family tries to go for a hike every weekend. If you’re up for a challenge, I recommend the “Giant Stairs” rock scramble off the Palisades Interstate—it’s a blast.
What was your first computer—and what did you spend the most amount of time doing on it?
I don’t remember the exact model of my first computer, but I distinctly remember playing a ton of Oregon Trail on it. I also remember that I got Dysentery a lot—those poor pioneers…
What technology does Mancini use that most consistently surprises and impresses clients?
The immersive experience that Virtual Reality gives our clients is always impressive. I design all of my projects three-dimensionally, so it’s been a pretty seamless transition into how our clients interact with the virtually-built space. These interactions help them to make decisions faster which creates better efficiency for our work and a shared vision for the client, contractor, and engineers that ultimately helps with the design and construction process.
What is one piece of technology you wish existed today but doesn’t?
I think it would be great to have a time machine. I wouldn’t want to like, change anything, but it would be cool to go back and see how different history was compared to what was recorded, or look into the future and see what’s next. I get that there’s this whole Butterfly Effect thing, though, so trust me, I’d be very careful.