Name: Tracey Powell Assoc. AIA
Job title and company: Architectural consultant, ASSA ABLOY
Degree(s): BS in Architectural Building and Engineering from New England Institute of Technology (and pursuing a MArch from Boston Architectural College)
Professional interests: Volunteering, leadership, sustainability
Promoting ASSA ABLOY’s Decorative Openings Mobile Showroom at ABX 2012 to everyone I know! I’ve attended the expo since college and am thrilled to host this year’s largest booth.
My mom passed away two months before I found a job that I really love. I owe my passion for the world of architecture to her and would have told her that now I’m focused on the world of security and life safety: keeping the bad guys out and getting the good guys out!
When I drive up I-95 from Providence to Boston and see two buildings I helped create, I don’t think of the floor plans or materials or whether it was built on time and under budget. I think of the people I worked with and the relationships I built—that’s what inspires me every day!
VIF (verify in field). In a world of BIM [building information modeling] and IDP [integrated design process], we are closer than ever to real-time collaboration and living documentation. I look forward to the day when the virtual world aligns with reality and such words become obsolete (e.g., TBD, SIM, match existing, etc.)
Daily! Without my colleagues (and mentors), I wouldn’t be where I am today.
ArchitectureBoston magazine and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (for the eighth time).
Freehand with a Pilot Precise Rolling Ball pen in my Moleskine journal. I refuse to believe in the “death of drawing.”
My hope is to see humanity brought back into the world of architecture. Many of us who create environments for people to interact [in] are deprived of human interaction ourselves—stationary at computer workstations for hours on end and communicating through email, texting and social media. Communities [such as] the BSA will continue to play a pivotal role in providing places for people to connect.
The most important things we build are relationships with each other. I hope to bring my friendships with me throughout the rest of my career, no matter what line of work I’m in.
When my brother and I were kids, we helped our parents build three homes that my mom designed herself (in their spare time!), and both pursued careers in the construction industry. As Confucius says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Pleasure is more important than productivity. Work hard, but play harder!
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Cliff Stockman at TRO Jung|Brannen
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”