Professional Profile: Buzz Riley 2021

Buzz Riley

Name: Buzz Riley

Title: Vice President, Interiors Practice Area Leader Building + Places NY Metro

Company: AECOM

Location: New York, NY

Birthplace: Eufaula, AL

Education: Auburn University (B.Arch)

First job: “Cater-Waiter”

First job in real estate or allied field: Architectural intern for a small architectural firm, Blondheim & Mixon, in my hometown.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I have recently opened a new chapter in my career and have joined the multidisciplinary global organization, AECOM, to be a part of a very passionate and energetic group focused on building and expanding the interiors practice in New York.

How do you unwind from a busy day? Spend some quiet time with my 9 ½ year old Brussels Griffon, Zohan. He helps me re-center and focus on the most important things in life.

Favorite book or author: Any work or writer that leaves me breathless and wanting more after reading the last word on the last page. Currently reading Brene Brown’s “Dare to Lead” and, on the fiction front, “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

Favorite movie: “Cloud Atlas”

Last song/album that you purchased/downloaded? ”Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes. I first heard (and saw!) it on a few Instagram ‘Reels’ and it just made me smile inside and out!

One word to describe your work environment: New!

Rules to live by in business: The Golden Rule…nothing is more important in life or business.

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) A “green” chef! I would love to have the opportunity to have a café focused on creating innovative and affordable (and delicious!) sustainably grown, plant-based dishes and beverages, and use that venue to build healthier communities.