Andrea Righi AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Creating healthy, functional spaces is the foundation of my interest in architecture, whether that’s applied to a modernization or a new design and construction project.
I believe the most sustainable way to practice architecture is repurposing and modernizing existing buildings. Old buildings have history and soul. But they also typically don’t have modern functionality. My job is to find creative solutions to this seeming paradox: how to celebrate the past while instilling the building with a new purpose so it can thrive into the future.
It’s like one large, complex, exciting puzzle: how can your building be adapted to function today? How do you improve the interior to create a healthy and inviting environment for users? How do we best repurpose a facility to support a new mission well into the future? I’ve dedicated much of my career to answering those questions.
While I tackle a variety of project types, I have an affinity for behavioral health work. Creating places of health and wellbeing that support intensive treatment and critical security is another type of puzzle for me to dig into. Along with meeting the physical and safety requirements, it’s essential that facilities have access to nature and daylight, create calming environments, be visually attractive, and invite people to heal. While this is acutely important in behavioral health, the overarching principles apply to every project.
Whether it’s a 30,000 or a 770,000-sf facility, modernization or new construction, I enjoy finding creative solutions to designing functional and beautiful spaces.