Professional Profile: Iva Zoretic 2021

Iva Zoretic

Name: Iva Zoretic

Title: Associate

Company: FX Collaborative Architects LLP

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia

Education: Master of Architecture, Norwich University

First job: Coaching at a youth basketball camp

First job in real estate or allied field: Summer intern at Lavallee Brensinger Architects

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future?:I am currently working as Project Architect on the Columbia Business School project, set to open in January 2022, which is part of Columbia University’s larger Manhatanville campus and will offer new classrooms, study spaces, and faculty and administration offices for the school. I am also co-chair of the Associates Group at FXCollaborative, whose intent is to promote and strengthen its leadership role in order to further the firm’s success in producing excellent architecture.

How do you unwind from a busy day?:Our days as a family of four are busy, and each of us has schedules full with work, school, and after-school activities. However, the end of the day is when we come together to unwind by making dinner together, sitting down for a meal, chatting about our days, watching a television series, or reading books with the kids.    

Last song/album that you purchased/downloaded?:Matchbox Twenty

One word to describe your work environment: Flexible!

Rules to live by in business: Organize, prioritize, and focus. Also, being curious, exploratory, and open minded, having integrity, and being a team player are essential. All this leads to a trusting and positive relationship with clients, and successful projects.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go?:Hugh Hardy, for one more lunch at Punch.

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job):Athletic coach, most likely basketball or soccer