Professional Profile: Susanne Angarano 2017

Susanne Angarano

Name: Susanne Angarano

Title: Principal/Senior Interior Designer

Company: Ashley McGraw Architects

Location: Syracuse, NY

Birthplace: Germany

Education: MA Sustainable Design Studies from Cornell University, BFA Interior Design from Syracuse University

First job outside of Design: Violin teacher

First job in design: Interior design intern at Gensler

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Ashley McGraw is a design firm that approaches design in a holistic and collaborative way. I strive to be a loud voice for continuing and amplifying interior design and critical design thinking as integral parts of the design process. This requires both technical and philosophical knowledge and exploration. Long term, I strive for consistent design excellence. Every project, no matter the parameters, has great potential to affect people’s lives and the environment around them. This means continuous design learning, exploration, analysis, and a holistic understanding of sustainability.

How do you unwind from a busy day? Go for a walk

Favorite book or author: “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Favorite movie: “Pitch Perfect”

Last song you purchased/downloaded? Josh Ritter, “Homecoming”

One word to describe your work environment: Collaborative

Rules to live by in business: Listen, be proactive, think aspirationally 

What is your dream job? This is my dream job – creating spaces that positively impact people and the environment and cultivate a relationship between them.