January 19, 2017
Dianne Oroz, OTJ Studio 3 Design Director and Senior Project Manager, has nearly 20 years of combined design and education experience. She has multiple degrees in design including an A.A.S. degree from the New York School of Interior Design and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dianne hails from Bethesda, MD and is a mother to two little boys – ages 1 and 5.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I have lived on three continents and traveled to over 25 countries.
Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled and a place you would like to travel to?
It’s hard to pick just one, but my top picks would be the Polynesian Islands, Switzerland and New Zealand. I would like to travel to Myanmar because of the history there, it’s very beautiful and it’s an intriguing spot in the middle of Asia that I would like to understand more.
What made you decide you wanted to be an architect/designer?
What influenced me a lot was my history studies and also going to school at the National Cathedral. Reading about old, ancient buildings and seeing the National Cathedral and learning about these massive structures started to intrigue me more and more. I was using photography as a medium to capture the architecture around me.
What is your favorite building in Washington, DC? And why?
The National Cathedral is probably my favorite because there’s a lot of history for me with this building since I went to school there.
What is your favorite building in the world? And why?
I worked on the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai – it’s extremely integrated from the inside out through the landscape, structural, MEP, architecture and interiors. It’s a massive feat of integrated design that was completed in 2010 and is a 162-story mixed-use, commercial, hospitality and residential building.
Who inspires you? And why?
My kids truly inspire me. They are a reminder to me of why we are here and the drive to learn and grow and understand the world around you.
What do you feel is the greatest challenge when designing a space?
I think the greatest challenge is understanding the context of the design and what its need is. Is it just architecture, is just interior design, is it both? Is it connected to another level, or is it connected to other needs or requirements? Once you know that, you can really provide a better solution.
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