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Professional Profile: Joan Blumenfeld 2004


  • Title: Principal
  • Company: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
  • Location: 295 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y., sometime mid century!

Family: Married, 2 children: Robert, 18; Max, 12
College: University of Chicago (BA in Philosophical Psychology), Harvard Graduate School of Design (master of architecture with distinction)
First job outside of real estate: Waitress
First job in real estate or allied field: Sert Jackson and Associates
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? We are a global architecture firm with a practice in Architecture, Interior Design, Workplace Consulting, Historic Preservation and Renovation, and Healthcare. We have eight offices, and are planning on opening several more in the next few years to expand our reach. We also are working hard to truly diversify as a hedge against future downturns in any one market or sector.
Hobbies: Politics and skiing
Favorite book: “Burning Chrome”; by William Gibson
Favorite movie: “Dr. Strangelove”
Person you most admire (outside of family): Richard Feynman, the late great physicist, who was incredibly smart, incredibly goofy, and wrote my favorite non-fiction book, “The Meaning of it All.”
Key to success: What’s success? Am I there yet?
If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? Ski instructor