Welcome to The Anti-Architect Podcast. I’m your host Christian Giordano. As the president and owner of design firm Mancini Duffy, I’m driven by a quest for learning and radically changing the industry through tech-first innovation. With this podcast, I’m hoping to improve the industry that I’m so passionate about by taking a critical look at how architects work with their clients and, in turn, how our clients view us.
It’s my goal to showcase all of these experiences - good and bad. Was it the architect or the client - or somewhere in between? I aim to bring my audience new voices from our industry, interesting people with diverse backgrounds. Through shared experiences, stories, and projects my hope is that we can improve our profession.
Episode 16: Christine Williamson of Building Science Fight Club
In this episode, Christian sits down with Christine Williamson, who has spent her career in building science forensics, discovering why buildings fail, and working with owners, architects, and builders to remedy the problems. Her new construction consulting helps architects use building science not only to mitigate the risk of failure but also to help them make their projects as energy-efficient as they are beautiful. In addition, she is the founder of the Instagram account @BuildingScienceFightClub, an educational project that teaches architects about building science and construction.
She graduated from Princeton University and studied at Boston Architectural College before completing her Master's of Architecture at New School of Architecture + Design. She is a member and past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.12, Moisture Management in Buildings.
Christine is a frequent lecturer on building science at universities, conferences, and professional associations and serves as a guest critic for architecture school studio reviews.
Episode 15: Special 9/11 20th Anniversary Episode with Anthony Schirripa, FAIA
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Christian is honored to launch a special episode because on September 11, 2001, Mancini’s office was completely destroyed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The office was on the 21st and 22nd floors of 2 World Trade, the South Tower.
Christian sits down with Mancini’s former Chairman and CEO, Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, and Edward C. Kemper Award recipient, to hear his story of that day, and how the firm survived and recovered from this tragedy.
Thanks to Tony's leadership, no one from Mancini lost their life.
Tony shares his story of real resilience rebuilding the firm after it was completely destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. He speaks of Ralph Mancini, the firm’s clients, the generosity of their profession, and complete strangers. The Mancini office was up and running again in only five days with people working in temporary office space donated from J.P. Morgan Chase and KPMG.
Mancini is making a donation to the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, which honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.
Please never forget.
Episode 14: Christopher Walsh of eXp Realty
In this episode, Christian sits down with Christopher Walsh, one of the country’s top residential real estate agents. He is a real estate mogul who recently left his traditional brokerage company to join eXp Realty, the fastest growing residential real estate brokerage by geography and agent count in North America - and the only real estate brokerage licensed in all 50 states. In 2003, Chris decided to pursue real estate and he quickly revolutionized the industry. His leadership in the industry is informed by his strong relationships combined with his innovative business approach
Episode 13: Samantha Josaphat-Medina of Studio 397 Architecture
In this episode, Christian sits down with Samantha Josaphat-Medina, RA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED, a Brooklyn-based architect, interior designer, and the founder of STUDIO 397 Architecture. Samantha founded her architecture and design firm in 2017 and named it STUDIO 397 after her accomplishment of becoming the 397th African American female architect achieving licensure in the US.
STUDIO 397 Architecture provides all types of design from residential to commercial and explores how to harmoniously blur the boundaries between architecture, interiors, product design, and fashion.
Samantha was inducted into the inaugural class of Forbes Next 1000 spotlighting intrepid entrepreneurs on their way to success, as well as received the Tribune Award from the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation for her commitment to advancing women in the building profession.
Episode 12: Julia Gamolina of Madame Architect
In this episode, Christian sits down with Julia Gamolina, who is dedicated to the built environment and the visibility and advancement of the women who shape it. Julia is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Madame Architect. She is also the director of strategy at Trahan Architects, a global architecture firm rooted in New Orleans and New York, where she focuses on new business and brand development. Thus far, Madame Architect has told the stories of over 250 architects and designers, as well as CEOs, publicists, journalists, business strategists, counsel, and more. Julia was named one of Apartment Therapy's Design Changemakers; she received the Special Citation from AIANY for her work with Madame Architect. She was also honored as one of Professional Women in Construction's "20 Under 40". In addition, she has served on juries for the 2019 World Architecture Festival and the DNA Paris Design Awards.
Episode 11: Michael Gerazounis of MG Engineering D.P.C
In this episode, Christian sits down with Michael Gerazounis, P.E., LEED AP, the founding principal of MG Engineering D.P.C., established in 1991. Twenty-nine years later, his company has grown to 200 people. To service the firm’s national clients, besides New York, he is professionally licensed in 30 additional states, as well as the District of Columbia. https://www.mgedpc.net/
Great conversation with Christian and Jean!
Christian is peeling the onion back !!