Tom Scarangello Explains How to Conquer the Downturn

Tom Scarangello, Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti
Tom Scarangello, Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti

Joan Capelin interviewed Tom Scarangello, chairman of Thornton Tomasetti, for the seventh interview of the “Sound Advice” series.  During the podcast, Tom discussed how a design firm can keep moving ahead through this downturn and gave his outlook on the future of the design and building industry.

The podcast provides Tom’s advice on how to help people navigate the “psychological downturn” and how to inspire new ideas.  He also discusses why cutting fees is a bad idea, whether design professionals should run design firms, and what young people just entering the profession can expect. 

Tom Scarangello has more than 25 years of experience as a structural engineer for a variety of building types from longspan sports arenas to high-rise commercial buildings.  Named one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers of 1996” by Engineering News-Record for his work on the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, he serves as an adjunct professor at Manhattan College, his alma matter.

Click here to listen to the podcast and view Tom Scarangello’s full bio.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series, which to date includes Lenore Lucey, vice president of NCARB; Friedl Bohm, former chairman of NBBJ, now head of White Oak Partners; Marjanne Pearson, NextMoon; Eugene Kohn, KPF Architects; Ray Messer, Walter P Moore; and Hugh Hochberg, The Coxe Group.