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Amanda Rigoni

When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

As a kid my sister and I would draw ridiculous multi-story dream house floor plans and I was obsessed with Legos. In school I always liked math and art classes so I thought architecture was one of the few professions that focused on both. My high school principal started college as an architecture student before switching to education so he created a small classes for me and about 6 other girls to teach us some basics of drawing and reading building plans.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Growing up with 4 older siblings, we were pretty competitive. We had a really cool basement with ping pong, air hockey, pool table, and foosball. I’m a very good foosball player.

What would Spotify say is your most-played track?

Probably Hang Loose by Alabama Shakes or anything from Maggie Rogers, MisterWives, or Kacey Musgraves.

Where is your favorite travel destination?

Old Forge, New York. My immediate family rents a house up there for a week every summer and it’s the best. We hang out in the lake, frequent the local brewery, cook meals together, play yard games, and take hikes. I’m the youngest of 5 so we’re now up to 17 with significant others and kids (plus dogs!); it’s so great to have a week to just relax with my favorite people.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

“Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” I don’t know if that counts as an insult or advice but I’ve chosen to interpret it to be about giving effort and you’ll eventually figure it out.

Any other interesting fact about you?

After I college I started coaching high school and youth basketball. Working with various age and skill groups of young women on development and teamwork to show them what they can accomplish is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I love the game and sharing it with people who are just as excited is a lot of fun.

What is one piece of technology you’re most thankful for?

Facetime, being able to see friends and family to keep in touch when they’re far away.