Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC
My work as a career coach began first as advice to friends, but soon expanded into a much broader base of mentoring young architects and architecture students. I have been offering professional coaching services since 2011. My book, Career Crisis, which is a series of self-guided coaching exercises was published in 2013.
My passion for architecture stems from a deep interest in the effect that environments have on people. I have concentrations in business, architecture history, urban design and sociology and am happiest when I can apply all of these skills to a project. I have a wide range of experience, but the latter half of my carer has brought with it a specialization in healthcare design, perhaps because it is the one typology where users have the least amount of control over their environments and are also most vulnerable to the effects of them.
I received my degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, where I also studied industrial management and architectural history. This combination of design with business management and communication as well as socio-cultural context have given me a unique perspective on how the creative mind works as well as the many ways we can fail to speak the language of our clients. My graduate work at the University of Arizona focused specifically on the ways that culture shapes the way we understand and use space. This focus helps me to understand the culture of an organization and to effectively translate the needs of the users of the space. I have worked extensively with owners and user groups at organizations of all types and sizes, from local CDC’s and planning departments, to businesses and hospitality groups to healthcare systems. I am a registered architect with accreditation in Evidence Based Design as well as a member of the American College of Healthcare Architects.
Learn more about my approach to architecture in this interview, part of THE ARTREPRENEUR series of webcasts. Listen to the webcast and by watching this highlight video from my SXSW panel discussion.
Ihope that this site can serve as an online mentor for architects at any age or stage and invite readers to share their own insights and experiences as well. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter at @AngelaMazzi to get nearly daily updates on this blog plus anything else I find of interest.