March 1, 2023Reading Time: 2 minutes
On Saturday, February 25th, 2023, AIA NJ members gathered at The Stone House to celebrate Christy DiBartolo’s year as president of AIA Newark and Suburban. In her address, she recognized family, friends and colleagues who have made an impact on her professional path and elevated her experience as a leader.
She attended the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and has had a wide variety of project roles and types under her belt. She was a Facilities Manager for a major hospital. She was one of the Project Architects on large-scale projects such as Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA. While at larger firms, she was part of the QA/QC Committee, the Project Management Committee, and a member of the Future Leaders program. She is highly technical, and loves being a part of the Construction Administration, but also enjoys managing budgets, staffing, and scheduling.
In recent years, her volunteer roles have included her local Junior Women’s Club, the elementary school School-Community Association, and her Town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, building up to her presidency of AIA Newark & Suburban.
Her husband, Sean, has had a huge impact on her life as they have learned valuable lessons in their 20 years together. He is a geotechnical engineer, an Eagle Scout, also a volunteer, a great dad, and her “puzzle piece.” As a family, they enjoy the great outdoors, RVing, hiking, baseball, and spending time with extended family.
After having children, Christy wanted to take a hiatus from large-scale work. She wanted to focus on family and spend time with them. Children are a reminder of the inherent joys and challenges that life has to offer. They see the world with pure, unbiased eyes and they can teach us, adults, a lot if we are open to those lessons. Several years back, she became a sole practitioner of Mindful Architecture; allowing her to see the kids at pick-up, watch their progress on the soccer field, and mingle with the other parents, which enhances their community.
She formed Mindful Architecture in 2017. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, to what is going on in the world around us, without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can decrease stress, increase focus, self-awareness and self-control, and improve health and overall well-being. The spaces in which we live shape our lives. They should be well thought out.
By Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Advocacy Consultant | Posted in AIA Newark and Suburban, Women in Architecture | Tagged: #AIANewarkandSuburban, #AIANS, #WIA, #womeninarchitecture, #WomenInArchitectureShowcase, #WomensHistoryMonth | Comments (0)
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