John Woelfling 2011

May 09, 2011 - Design / Build

John Woelfling, AIA, LEED AP, Dattner Architects

Name: John Woelfling, AIA, LEED AP
Title: Principal
Company: Dattner Architects
Location: 1385 Broadway, 15th Fl., New York, NY 10018
Birthplace: Hartford, Conn.
College: Virginia Tech
First job outside of real estate: At 15, I cleaned a wood and metal pattern shop after school (every day). I am thankful for my desk job.
First job in real estate or allied field: Intern draftsman for a company that fabricated reinforced gypsum column covers and other architectural elements.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Our firm focuses on projects in the public realm and delivering well-designed buildings within modest means. Our projects are primarily in NYC, so available sites often come with challenges. We hope to continue doing what we do - and increasing our geographical reach.
Hobbies: Composting and woodworking
Favorite book: "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson (followed closely by the Lord of the Rings Trilogy)
Favorite movie: "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" by Terry Gilliam
Persons you admire most (outside of family): Anyone who is thoughtful, sincere and not so arrogant to think they have all the answers.
Keys to success: Professionally: working hard and luck. Family/parenting: patience and luck
If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? An economist
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