EL Questionnaire 2018


Name: Ani Moushigian
Company: Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Concentration: Healthcare
College/University: Mt Ida College
Year(s) of Graduation: 2014 (undergrad), 2015 (Masters) 

What is your strongest personal quality: Well, I would've said humble, because I really don't like to talk about myself... so I took a poll (of my friends and family members because I thought 'hey, this could be fun'). Confidence, honesty, and being upfront were tied and I would agree with... oh... wait did you say pick one?
What skill set are you most proud of professionally?: Definitely my work ethic. I think that providing time, attention and detail to what we do in any profession is essential but it can physically show and make a difference in design. I also apply this same notion to personal relationships and other aspects of my life that are most important to me.
What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?: Did my alarm go off or am I still dreaming?
What is your best childhood memory?: It was June 30, 2004. I was at Logan Airport in the international terminal for my first trip outside the United States. I was in a group of 40 other 12 year olds and 4 (extremely patient) chaperones headed for a 16 day trip to Australia and New Zealand. Myself and the other 39 students had been nominated and individually selected as People to People Student Ambassadors to Australia and New Zealand, a program started by Eisenhower in 1961 and I was completely jazzed about it. The program was defined as an immersive student travel program that cultivated meaningful connections between people of different countries. I had no idea that this program would change my life and to this day I feel so lucky to have been a small part of it.
What's your go to for de-stressing?: Fitness, friends, food, and painting
Revit, CAD, or Sketchup?: Revit 
Are you usually early or late?: Early when it is important, late when fashion is involved
What three things are in your bag?: Phone, keys, wallet. Extra points for lip gloss.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?: Rapping the lyrics to most popular hip hop songs of the late 90s-current day.
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: My grandmother had a huge role in my upbringing. She was (and in my mind still is) one of my biggest role models and left her mark on almost every aspect of my life. She wanted to be an interior designer, she even got so far as to enroll and start design school! Just after starting her journey she shortly had to drop out to take care of multiple members of her family who needed her more than what her new life would allow. I have always been interested in art, design and how things come together to make one picture. When I was 8 my grandmother caught me rearranging the furniture, naturally making a lot of noise, and instead of asking what I had got myself into she told me this story. From then on I just felt like that was something in my blood and my passion only grew from then on and never strayed.
What is one goal you'd like to accomplish in your lifetime?: As you might have guessed by now, I love to travel.Understanding different cultures, their history and values is something that has intrigued me from a young age. I'd like to visit, learn about and celebrate the traditions of as many countries, states and cites as I can. I believe the only way we can find tolerance and peace, not only within ourselves but tolerance for those we may not see eye to eye with, is to understand that through travel and living in that environment as a local even for a short time. World peace is a large goal, it needs more than one person, and we need some conflict to remain diverse! But tolerance is a personal journey. It is something achievable and that's something I believe we can strive for together.