AIA Architecture Week 2018 - Spotlight: Nick Scarpone

National Architecture Week is here!

At Hobbs+Black, our dedicated and talented team of design professionals routinely bring ideas to life. During #ArchWeek18, we're taking this opportunity to introduce our key associates who make a shared vision reality.

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Getting to know the architects at Hobbs+Black

Nick Scarpone, AIA, NCARB, CSI

1. Who/what influenced your desire to become an architect?

My family would blame a set of Lego blocks for shaping my career goals toward architecture. At a very young age, my parents gave me a Lego set and found me so interested that it became “the gift of choice” for family and friends, which added to the my ability to spend long hours building ideas. Over the formative years expression continued through Lincoln Logs, an Erector Set, and Sky-Rail Monorail building set.

My closest cousin, Maria, who lived next door during this time, advises, “As a young child you were always curious as to how things were put together…and how they came apart. You always had this curiosity, an inquisitiveness which was much advanced for your age. Working carpentry projects with your Dad and Uncle fed into this natural ability.”
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2. How long have you been in the industry?

41 years this June.

3. Is there anything that inspires your work?

Organizing things has always been a prime tendency, but the sculptural and rustic quality of works by Le Corbusier have always been an inspiration. When the opportunity arises, I love the peaceful experience portrayed in Kyoto Zen Gardens – the importance of “entry” and the sequence of form experienced through movement.

4. Why did you decide to become an architect? What do you enjoy most about your chosen profession?

I became an architect because of my relentless inward need to organize and create, which is well expressed through the search to solve three-dimensional problems!

5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My wife Connie and I love our two cats “Princess Misty” and “Prince Thaddeus”… hopefully we serve them well!