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A+D Partner Spotlight: LPA SD, an Interview with Jamie Intervalo

LPA San Diego Architect and Project Manager, Jamie Intervalo, sat down for an interview with us, where she shares her journey into the field of architecture, her passion for diversity and inclusion, and her favorite pastimes.

August 25, 2021

1. Tell me a little bit about your professional background.

I've been in the architecture and design industry for the past 10+ years. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Planning from UCSD and then received my Masters in Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. I got my first taste of architecture pretty early on, working for my dad in his small architecture firm. From there, I really began my career at UCSD where I worked for nearly a decade, before trying other firms and finally landing at LPA.

2. What initially attracted you to LPA?

I love that LPA’a tag slogan is changing lives by design. We live and breathe that statement and not only does it pertain to improving the lives of our communities and clients but also environmentally. We are one of 16 firms in the US meeting the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030commitment. Sustainability is something I am very passionate about! On top of that, I think our integrated teams are very innovative and approach projects in a unique way - thinking outside of the box. I feel right at home!

3. That is great! What is the 2030 Challenge?

It is a challenge that began in 2006 asking the global architecture and building community to adopt a series of initiatives that help cut down on global greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to become carbon-neutral in 2030 - meaning using no fossil fuel GHGs emitting energy to operate.

4. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I enjoy building relationships-- with our own interdisciplinary teams, with our clients and the users. We spend 40 hours a week working – why not make it meaningful and make some friends along the way.

5. Do you have a favorite or memorable project you did?

Park and Market and Comic-Con Museum are two of my favorite projects!

6. What are some of your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy being active and spending time in nature. My first love is swimming, in the pool or the ocean. San Diego is a perfect place for me to indulge in both.

7. That is so cool that you are a swimmer! Where do you typically go swimming?

I swim in Mission Beach at the historic Plunge pool, but I really enjoy ocean swimming either in La Jolla Cove or the bay. We’re so lucky here to have so many fun places to swim.

7. What is your favorite local restaurant and dish?

I love the Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach – my favorite dish is the Kobe Beef Burger with Truffle Fries.

8. Favorite movie or show?

Jane the Virgin is definitely one of my favorites – it's an American take on a Spanish telenovela...so much drama and so much fun (laughing). I also really enjoy Schitt's Creek, that show always gives me a good laugh.

9. Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?

Definitely the Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman.

10. What is your drink of choice (alcoholic or non)?

I like a simple Old Fashioned - nice and clean with either whisky or scotch.

11. What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

I'd buy myself a small house and make sure my family doesn’t have any debts to worry about! I'd also start a non-profit that supports and encourages women and minorities in architecture.

12. That is a great way to spend your money! Are you involved with any non-profits currently?

I work with AIA San Diego on the Board of Directors, focusing on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Justice. I’m very fortunate this board position has allowed me to start several new EDI+J initiatives including a new chapter diversity scholarship program.

13. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Burgundy. It's vibrant, strong, and beautiful.