When did you know you wanted to be a designer?
I remember always having an interest in the design and construction industry growing up. In the seventh or eighth grade, my middle school offered technical drafting classes so I enrolled in one. It really sparked my interest and fueled my desire to explore the industry further. Fast forward and I’ve completed my Master’s of Architecture after seven (long) years of schooling.
Where can we find you on the weekend?
Depends on the weather. Living in New Jersey, there are so many options for weekend activities, from going down the shore to my family’s beach house to anything sports-related to just hanging out with friends or family. Belonging to a very large extended family—I have 35 first cousins on my mom’s side of the family—there is always something going on.
What’s the one phone app you absolutely cannot live without?
I cannot live without Spotify on my phone or computer. I am always listening to music, whether commuting on the train into the office, traveling to meet up with friends or family, or simply at my desk working. It is the worst when I forget my headphones at home and have to go a whole day—from train ride into the city to working a long day—without being able to play some tunes.
What’s the technology Mancini uses that most consistently surprises and impresses clients?
I personally use Lumion to produce renderings and live views for client spaces. They are always impressed with how life-like their space looks and feels even at the earliest phases of design. It really helps them understand the value of design and the decisions they are making. Now, more and more, we have been using Lumion as part of our 360 Design Sessions during live presentations, which allows us to make instant updates to the design and gain realtime feedback from clients. It’s really enhanced the dialog around design and allowed us to create some great spaces for our clients.
What is the one piece of technology you wish existed today but does not?
I wish there were teleportation. It would be great to get from Point A to Point B with the snap of your fingers or the press of a button. Not having to sit in traffic, rely on public transportation, or take a plane to travel to places near and far would be a wonderful advance.