Dossier: 2018 Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee Chair Larry Fabbroni, AIA

"A great narrative that people connect with is so often key to inspiring great architecture."

By Posted on April 30, 2018

Name: Larry Fabbroni
Firm: Strada
Years in practice: 15
Education: BArch and Masters of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon
Your first job: Surveying assistant for my father’s business. I was around construction sites from a very early age, learning about site planning and observing all of the disciplines that contribute to new buildings.
Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…):
Story-telling. A great narrative that people connect with is so often key to inspiring great architecture.
Favorite building: NY Public Library Main Branch
Favorite outdoor space: In Pittsburgh: Schenley Park (also maybe the beer garden at Grist House…)…outside of Pittsburgh: Las Ramblas and Assateague Island beaches.
Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Marilyn Jordan Taylor
If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have been? Much more boring?
What’s on your iPod/Pandora/Spotify? LCD Soundsystem; Japandroids; Spoon; Talking Heads; Yeah Yeah Yeahs…and many many more.
The secret to my success:
I try to learn from all the people I meet and experiences I have. I love great movies and books that mix character development, excitement and a great plot twist. I think whatever “success” I’ve enjoyed draws parallels…I try to always be developing who I am; I try to find interesting challenges and to accept situations that inherently make me uncomfortable; and I recognize that while planning is great, the most important people and opportunities in my life are things I could never have predicted years ahead of time.
Advice to young architects: Choose your own mentors. Don’t settle for an “arranged marriage” – decide who you want to learn from and pitch them on the mutual value of the relationship. I am constantly tapping new and old voices to teach me and challenge me.
Architectural quote to practice by: “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” – R. Buckminster Fuller



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