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Profile: Anthony Cavallaro AIA

Name: Anthony Cavallaro AIA
Job title and company: President, JACA Architects

What are you working on now?

At the moment, we have several ongoing projects with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Southcoast Health System, and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

What inspired you today?

The holiday spirit on display in the JACA offices.

When you’re working, do you discuss or exchange ideas with your colleagues?

Absolutely. Architecture is a collaborative industry—teamwork is a necessity.

What are you reading?

Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader, by Phil Pringle.

Do you sketch by hand or digitally?

By hand.

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

Yes. I never expected to be an owner of a firm. Through the booming and trying times, I’ve had the opportunity to watch it grow into a well-respected Boston firm.

Where is the field of architecture headed?

With the changes in the economy, architecture is becoming more of a commodity, rather than a form of art.

What do you hope to contribute from your work?

With the founding of JACA 22 years ago, I set out to create a more sustainable healing environment for patients and higher-quality work spaces for those attending to patients.

Who or what deserves credit for your success?

The perseverance of my father’s attitude.

Your least favorite college class?


If you could give the you-of-10-years-ago advice, what would it be?

Starting a business requires support from everyone around you, but I would have advised myself to be more in tune with the true intent of others.

Your favorite Boston-area structure?

John Hancock tower.

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

If you’re going to do something for a career, you better love doing it because you’ll be doing it every day of your life.