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Legacy Circle: Diane Georgopulos FAIA

Diane Georgopulos FAIA
Manager, Design and Construction Department, MassHousing

Professional and philanthropic interests:

Art and design

What are you working on now?

Affordable multifamily housing

How do you/did you/would you explain to your mom what you do for a living?  

I have explained to my dear mother that I work for the equivalent of a state bank. We lend money that we raise through the sale of bonds to private developers who build affordable housing in Massachusetts.

What inspired you today?

A [YouTube] video called “Wild  Parrots…in Brooklyn.”  It seems that around 1968, crates of wild birds from Argentina that were supposed to have landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport broke, and the birds have been continuously making their nests, some the size of small cars, in the trees around Brooklyn College! 

What are you reading?

The New Yorker

Has your career taken you anywhere you didn’t expect?

It’s been a wonderful ride so far.

What inspired you to support the BSA Foundation as a member of the Legacy Circle?

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) and the BSA Foundation have been instrumental to my professional evolution, and I am eternally grateful for their support.

Thinking about the power of collaboration and design to change lives in Greater Boston, how can the Foundation harness that power to help build a better Boston?                                

It can continue to develop programs that elevate the awareness of architecture and design, creating new influences in decision makers young and old.

Can you remember the first time you understood the relationship between design and quality of life?

Probably doing unit interior inspections for the Boston Housing Authority. Prior to that time, I don’t think I had any real exposure to low income housing.

Who or what deserves credit for your success?

A good New York City public school education, loving parents, concerned teachers, and encouraging friends.

If you could give the you of 10 years ago (or longer) advice, what would it be?

To the best of my recollection there are 5 Rules for Success that Susie Buffett mentioned in an interview that I always thought were the perfect guide for becoming the person I wanted to become. They included:

  1. Be on time. Nothing says more about how much you value your colleagues as being on time.
  2. Pay attention. If your mind is wandering, you’re not focusing on the conversation.
  3. Don’t lie. While telling the truth consistently may take practice, lying is always bad practice.
  4. Do your best. Devote yourself to the task with all that you have to give.
  5. Don’t be attached to the outcome. If you do devote yourself to the task with all that you have to give, and you fail, you know that the failure was not due to insufficient effort on your part.  

What do you love about Boston and why?

It’s a walkable city, sometimes unselfconsciously beautiful, educating by new and historical examples, vibrant, simultaneously young and old.

If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

Come with good.