AIA Online Publication Spotlights Our Interview with Tony Schirripa

AIA KnowledgeNet’s November 4, 2009 edition on “Diversifying Your Business” featured the “Sound Advice with Joan Capelin” interview with Anthony P. Schirripa, chairman and CEO of Mancini Duffy.  Kathleen Simpson edits the regular reports and decides what best serves the needs of the AIA memers’ various Knowledge Communities.

We are pleased that she felt that our podcast visit with an exceptional design-firm leader [President-Elect, AIA New York Chapter] merited such extended distribution.  “I’m happy to know [Kathleen] finds the series worthwhile,” commented Phil Simon, AIA’s Managing Director, Communication and Marketing.  “I know I do.”

Tony Schirripa Details How To Plan For the Unexpected

Anthony P. Schirripa, AIA, IIDA

Anthony P. Schirripa, AIA, IIDA

Joan Capelin interviewed Tony Schirripa, chairman and chief executive officer of Mancini-Duffy, for the 18th interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

The podcast provides Tony’s perspective and advice on how to build a strong organization; taking risks in a recession; the importance of financial and business planning; keeping the interns; and communicating in tough times.

Tony Schirripa has been at the helm of Mancini Duffy for 14 years and was an important part of the Gensler organization for 15 years before that.  He has been a driving force in Mancini Duffy’s transition and transformation from a mid-sized, local practice to a multi-office firm with a diversified client base and international reputation.

An architect by training, he has specific expertise in large, intricate projects for financial, media, and real estate development companies – all of whom share a “speed-to-market” approach to business.  He has also earned the firm a reputation for workplace design.

Tony’s emphasis on strategic planning, investment in technology, and training, as well as his businesslike approach to project and practice management are the foundation for the firm’s growth.  The firm received the 2009 IDP award from AIA and NCARB for its approach to training young professionals, and professional development in the theme of Tony’s coming year as president of AIA New York Chapter.

Honored as the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus by Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture, he also serves as Vice Chairman/Architecture of the influential New York Building Congress, on whose board he has served since 1985.  As a result of this involvement and outreach, he has been in a position to routinely advise City commissioners and the Mayor’s Office on policies that affect design and development.

Click here to listen to Tony’s interview.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series.

Urban Land Publishes Joan Capelin’s Article on Graduate Courses About Sustainability

Urban Land, the publication of the Urban Land Institute, asked Joan Capelin to write an article for its August issue about sustainable education programs in university-based real estate development programs across the country.  The request came because Capelin Communications is known to be expert in communicating about green design.

Joan highlighted the sustainable curriculum of a past Capelin client, Arizona State University’s Master of Real Estate Development program, along with Clemson and the University of Maryland.  The feature article detailed various aspects of each program’s curriculum, so readers would know what to look for as they assessed available options.

Joan quoted R. Nicholas “Ryc” Loope, founding director of ASU’s graduate program: “Students must understand the science, economics, ethics, and strategies of sustainability before building or planning a new community.”

Click here to read Joan’s article in Urban Land.  For other published works, click here.

Scott Simpson Explains How to Make the Most of the Recession

Scott Simpson, FAIA

Scott Simpson, FAIA

Joan Capelin interviewed Scott Simpson, FAIA – senior director of Kling-Stubbins – for the 17th interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

The podcast provides Scott’s perspective and advice on what awaits the “next architect” [his book – The Next Architect: a New Twist on the Future of Design] in this recession, the important difference between risk and value, learning to speak the client’s language, vision as a component of leadership, and how to find the extraordinary in a recession assignment.

Kling-Stubbins is now a global design firm. Scott’s projects have won Lab of the Year honors as well as two Business Week/Architectural Record design awards.

He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Senior Fellow and board member of the Design Futures Council, a founding board member of the Rice Building Institute, and an Overseer of the Boston Children’s Museum.

Scott has lectured at the Harvard, Yale, Rice, and the University of Wisconsin schools of architecture, and has presented at numerous national conferences and symposia, including 15 AIA national conventions.  He has published more than 115 articles on innovation in the design professions and has co-authored two books, How Firms Succeed and The Next Architect:  a New Twist on the Future of Design.

Click here to listen to Scott’s interview.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series.

Scott Braley Suggests How to Survive This Recession

Joan Capelin interviewed Scott Braley – principal of Braley Consulting & Training – for the 16th interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

The podcast provides Scott’s perspective and advice on the difference between this and previous recessions, the importance of marketing internally, what a marketing officer should be considering going forward, and why continued training is so valuable.

An accomplished strategist, leader, manager and marketer, Scott in himself and as a consultant, has led A/E/C’s through several recessions.

Braley Consulting & Training began in 1987; he has been a full-time consultant in multiple sectors of the industry since 1998. His role has been to help firms create strategies, define leadership/ownership, retool their organization, enhance project delivery, and engage talent.

For over two decades, Scott served as Managing Principal of the international A/E/C firm Heery, that grew to rank in the ENR “Top 40” and World Architecture’s “Top 50.” He recently authored “Wisdom, Wrinkles and Worth,” a white paper on Baby Boomers in the A/E/C workplace.

An active member of numerous professional organizations, and a Fellow of the AIA, Scott is widely published and a frequent invited speaker at national and international A/E/C events.

Click here to listen to the podcast.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series.

Scott Braley, FAIA

Scott Braley, FAIA