Amy Marino

Junior Project Manager and Junior Job Captain Last Updated: September 21, 2017 (about 1 month ago)

Awhile back a colleague asked if I could summarize what I value in architecture in three words.  For a profession I love so broadly I thought this would be difficult, however, these sentiments came to me quickly: Collaboration, Integration and deep Sustainability.

In my 8 years of work experience I have enjoyed many great moments of collaboration.  One joy that can hardly be surpassed is the process of leading myself, users and clients to discover what they truly need, and then providing it.  I also really enjoy collaborating with the whole design team.  For instance, when I helped, in a collaborative process, a mechanical team realize an efficient way to integrate dozens of fan coil units into a project limited by vertical height, unknown future programming, STC ratings and, of course, cost.

For me the constant and unifying theme between design and a successful project is integration.  Integration of: client, users and design team; master planning and programming; site and building; engineering and detailing.  I have experience in and love all of these aspects of our work.  Many times I have had the pleasure of being the team member who works to insure that many aspects of a project have continuous relationships.

In 2012 I completed my masters in Architecture at Cal Poly, with a focus in Sustainable Design.   I sincerely hope to become a part of a firm where I can champion extracurricular efforts to further the firms sustainable design capacity.  I really do not want the energy I spent learning the theoretical and practical work of sustainable design to go to waste.  One of my most valuable lessons from grad school was to not be intimidated by often complex energy modeling programs, and that I enjoy figuring out how to efficiently use them.

I have experience in many typologies, including:

  • Mix-use projects, low and high rise, which involved senior housing and assisted living.
  • A public safety training center and an elementary school.
  • A museum, a library, both historic renovation projects.
  • Corporate headquarters, both renovations and expansions.
  • Healthcare projects, including a VA Hospital, a Kaiser Hospital, a MOB and renovations, including clinics, a pharmacy, imaging and L & D.

I have; managed and executed small projects with a great deal of independence; managed design development and production of large projects with senior managers acting as mentors; and been a part of a team on large projects, where I have played a variety of roles.

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