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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Layla Safiani 2015


  • Title: Project Architect, Associate
  • Company: Mancini Duffy
  • Location: Chelsea, N.Y.
  • Birthplace: Hackensack, N.J.

Education: Syracuse University, School of Architecture

First job outside of real estate: A local coffee shop in my hometown, where I worked during high school.

First job in real estate or allied field: Intern at APD Engineering & Architecture

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I do both base building and interiors work. My favorite projects are the ones that blur the lines between traditional interiors and base building practices. I want to continue blending the two in my future projects and building teams that follow this integrated approach.

Favorite book or author: Emily Giffin

Favorite movie: “Sleepless in Seattle”

Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Close to You” by Ryan Lafferty

One word to describe your work environment: Lively

Rules to live by in business: Always take it one step further.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? Daniel Burnham, Chicago pizza near the site of the Columbian Exposition.

What is your dream job? Working as an architect without the stresses of reality (budgets, schedules, politics, fees etc.).