Tantillo Architecture Blog

Tantillo Architecture Blog

Inspiration & Happenings

PRODUCTS WE LIKE

The Knoll Generation chair; we love it and so does everyone who sits in it. If it wasn’t for Generation we would specify Aeron for every project. Strange to say Aeron is a classic, the world changed in 1994 when Aeron was launched. I still remember the first time seeing an Aeron advertisement and the entire Architecture studio was out of their minds in fascination and excitement. It was a new era of design and no one has yet matched the success and following of that chair for the workplace. We will always love you Aeron.

PRODUCTS WE LIKE

OFS Brands provided good inspiration.  The most loved was Trace - a new way to think about providing power and datat to the individual at a conference table and it was executed really well in anodized aluminum extrusion. If Madrid only came in a high back it would be great for a more formal conference, there is nothing else like it in the marketplace right now so they have to find a way to add to this line. Stryde was a new take on mid-century modern lounge chair, perfect for the mad-men junkie. Bistro was also a great little chair, really hugs and supports.

PRODUCTS WE LIKE

Thanks to our time at Teknion yesterday 2 themes stuck with us the entire day - how to address more intimate spaces while also making them huddle spaces. Addressing both the introvert and the collaborator in one room. Sidewise is a great product for both. We also loved Teknion Studio Fractals, it was the best execution of the high backed lounge chair we saw all day and had the best acoustics and comfort.  Mixed feelings on the aesthetics of George, but was pretty comfy as one would expect from B&B Italia.  Looking forward to specifying all these products if we can!!

PRODUCTS WE LIKE

At the Allermuir showroom yesterday we fell in love with a number of items. Loved loved loved Elios, Circo and Pholds. Haven and Haven Bench were especially loved by the client, they spent so much time in Haven they totally missed Elios, Circo and Pholds.  Ad-lib was also a beautiful table collection. Looking forward to hopefully specifying these products!

TIPS FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

RESUME WRITING & JOB APPLICATIONS - AGAIN!!!!
Q: What is an effective way to catch the eye of the hiring manager?
A: A website is great, but don't use WIX as it is not supported on Apple devices and don't forget to include a cover letter and a complete resume IN THE INITIAL COMMUNICATION. A website is a valuable add-on but a down and dirty PDF file under 5MB is really preferred. A lot of people do not include what they would love to be doing as an architect. They include what they have done, but not where they would like to go.
Q: If a candidate only has retail experience and is applying at a firm that doesn't do retail design, what is the best way for that candidate to show they should still be considered for the new role?
A: Relate. Find a way to connect to the hiring company's portfolio beyond the niceties such as an appreciation for the work.
Q: What are some "things to avoid" sending the hiring manager?
A: Blurry videos or photographs without a cover letter or resume. If the candidate has a website, don't over do it with decorative typographies and backgrounds. Less is more. Make sure the website is supported on apple devices, WIX is not. Same goes for the written word on any document or website, think bullet points and always use a grammar/spell check or have a friend/teacher edit your communication before sending. Never send an email with nothing but attachments. Always always include your portfolio from the get go, don't make the hiring manager have to ask you for it, they won't, they will just move onto the next person who did send the portfolio.
Q: How effective is social media when hiring?
A: If a candidate has a Linkedin profile that links back to their education and experience with endorsements this is very informative and helps establish their credentials before any references are called.
Q: How should my resume be organized?
A: Chronologically in descending order. If you are just graduating put your education first following by any internships. If you have been in the workforce for a few years put your work experience first followed by your education. High School is not relevant. Do not put projects, research and case studies in your resume - leave that for your portfolio. Do not use elaborate fonts, colors or images on your resume. White background, black legible fonts organized top to bottom. No columns, no grid, no clipart. Plain.