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National Architecture Week: Get to know Marine Mukashambo

It's #ArchitectureWeek! AIA National Architecture Week is April 10 – 16. National Architecture Week is celebrated the week of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, which is April 13th. While not educated as an architect, Jefferson is the only U.S. president to be recognized for his architectural affinity. National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to increasing attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.

All week LaBella will be highlighting our diverse group of architects. Today we're featuring our Architectural Designer, Marine Mukashambo.

Name: Marine Mukashambo

Alma Mater: Illinois Institute of Technology

Office Location: Rochester, NY

What type (market) of architecture do you specialize in? Education and commercial development

When did you know you wanted to become an architect? At the age of seven, I became curious about building assemblies…throughout my childhood I got into trouble poking walls to see what was inside and how the walls were built.

If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you be doing today? Professional chef

Tell us about a project you’re proud of. The Hermance Family Chapel at St. John Fisher College, currently under construction. It is the first religious project I have worked on. I am proud of our design team and the level of details throughout project. The building design features a couple distinct elements such as the spire and the stained glass windows.

What would you consider the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century? The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building by Frank Gehry. “It looks like a paper bag”…I like the simplistic ideas behind the design.

What is your favorite local building and why? The private woodsy paradise Mushroom House…it has organic interior and exterior movements which make it unique.

What style architecture do you love most? Contemporary architecture because the style has no limitations in regard to form, function and material selections. The interior and exterior spaces are designed to incorporate the environment and sustainability strategies.

What does the future hold for architecture? I think Digital Visualization Technology will continue to impact the profession and challenge us to enhance our design platform.

What advice would you give someone thinking of becoming an architect? Be diverse in your skills. Learn how to draw the old fashion way, improve your public speaking and presentation skills, and travel the world.

What are your secrets to success? As a runner, success is a marathon. You have to be persistent and ready to buy a good pair of running shoes.

What are the biggest challenges in your job? The ability to use time effectively and productively.

What do you enjoy about working at LaBella? I enjoy the opportunity and flexibility to balance work and personal life. The company has great leadership with the opportunity to advance. I enjoy good laughs with my co-workers.

What do you like doing outside of work? Spending time with family and friends, workout routines, cooking, and watching documentaries.

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