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Meet Mandy Boccio

A rising healthcare architect at Shepley Bulfinch, Mandy’s childhood curiosities blossomed into a lifelong passion and a career in architecture. While healthcare architecture has many complexities, Mandy welcomes the challenge to uncover unique, efficient solutions to improve patient care. 

Learn more about how Mandy approaches design and why she finds the complexities of healthcare so rewarding. 

Can you tell us the “backstory” about what brought you to this career path?    

At a very young age, I remember being fascinated with the idea of having a round room. I was infatuated with the idea of creating this unique space, different from the norm. Although my 10-year-old self didn’t get the round room I dreamt of while my house underwent renovations, I did find myself very intrigued by every step of the design and construction process. In retrospect, I credit this exposure to one of the very beginning steps of developing my interest in pursuing architecture as a profession.  

Continuing into high school, I saw a variety of projects in many different stages through my dad’s solar company in Long Island, NY.  He saw my skills and interests from a young age and connected the dots that architecture would be a great fit for me. I focused on college programs that offered the five-year Bachelor of Architecture degrees until I ultimately decided on the University of Oklahoma. The New York to Oklahoma transition was challenging, being immersed in a new environment, far from home. It became evident very quickly that majoring in architecture, and minoring in interior design gave me a sense of place and community allowing me to explore my creativity in the field of architecture. Upon graduation, I have been continuing to develop my knowledge and skills primarily in the healthcare architecture sector. 

What projects are you currently working on? How do you think that will help people? 

For the past three years I have been working on the OR Renewal project at Boston Children’s Hospital. This backfill renovation work began at the opening of the Hale Building construction, presenting complex challenges in the sequencing of the work within a 24/7 facility. The project is currently in the first phase of construction, and it has been very rewarding to see the design come to fruition. Working closely with the hospital end users, hospital leadership, construction team, and engineers has been a fulfilling experience that will positively impact so many patients, families, and physicians. 

How do you approach projects? 

Healthcare projects in particular present challenges which arise throughout the project lifecycle, and many times require demanding rapid responses. My approach is to embrace adaptability, viewing unexpected changes as opportunities for long-term project enhancement rather than dwelling on the short-term stress. Healthcare projects are complex, involving many people throughout the process and requiring open and honest communication. If there is one aspect of the process that’s off, it can make a larger impact, which is why collaboration with all partners is so vital. 

What are you most proud of accomplishing?  

I recently passed my final ARE exam this past March, the last step I needed to complete in my journey of becoming a licensed architect. I began the licensure process after graduating in 2018. It took a lot of concentration, perseverance and dedication over the years, but I am so proud that I completed this dream I have had ever since I was a young girl.  

What do you do for fun in your spare time? 

I love to spend time with my friends, going to the beach and being outside. This year I hope to continue developing my sewing skills and want to learn how to speak Italian fluently.  

 

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