SAFIYA J.A. HODARI

AE Works Ltd.

SAY IT LOUD - Pennsylvania Exhibitor

Pennsylvania Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by women architects of color who have come before me. I am moved by the idea that I may serve as that inspiration for others who come after me.

SAFIYA J.A. HODARI

Bio:

A registered architect with hands-on experience in the field, Safiya works on range of projects for healthcare, institutional, corporate and non-profit clients. As an advocate for architecture, she has taken many industry leadership roles, including co-founding NOMA PGH and serving as AIA PA Associate Director. She also dedicates time to mentoring and teaching to bring more diversity and awareness to the profession.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I discovered architecture when exploring potential college majors with my H.S. guidance counselor because it would combine my love of art and history with my aptitude for math and science. I was drawn to the idea of serving others in a lasting way.

What do you do?

I work with a team of designers, engineers and consultants in collaboration with clients, end-users and stakeholders to create welcoming, intuitive spaces through thoughtful design solutions. I enjoy working with contractors to bring it all to life.

What excites you in the work you do?

I like getting into the details about how different materials come together. At the larger scale, I am energized creating spaces that allow people to heal, create, learn, and grow. I find joy in designing spaces that allow people to be who they are.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by women architects of color who have come before me. I am moved by the idea that I may serve as that inspiration for others who come after me.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

After I was first registered, I did a pro-bono office for Amachi, a non-profit that services children with incarcerated parents. Within constraints of a fast schedule and limited budget, the design focused on what would have the biggest impact.

Featured Project Name: 

Behavioral Health Building Facade Renovation

 

Featured Project Location: 

Erie VA Medical Center, Erie, PA

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

September 2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect, including main day-to-day contact for Construction Administration

 

Featured Project Description:

This project vision was focused on improving the experience of veterans and staff with upgrades to the exterior facade of Building 8, espousing the Medical Center mission. The design solution was shaped around use of durable, aesthetically pleasing materials to convey a feeling of stability and solace. Through use of brick and fun, unexpected elements like unusual patterning, materials, and lighting effects, the design of the new façade symbolizes the calm and inviting space within the building.

Photography Credit:

Rob Petrone & Safiya J.A. Hodari

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