With over five years of experience at firms in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas, Nico Forlenza officially joined the WBA team in May. He was initially drawn to WBA’s unique portfolio of architecture and interior design projects as well as the team of talented individuals he would soon be working alongside.
When did you become interested in architecture/interior design?
I honestly more or less stumbled into architecture. I always have had an interest in puzzles and problem solving and there’s a variety of different fields that revolve around that. When it came time to choose a major I visited an architecture office as well as an engineering office and the architecture office seemed way more fun. That’s how I ended up in architecture school and ultimately came to love this profession.
Tell us about your favorite project and why it is special to you.
I haven’t been at WBA too long so my favorite project I’ve worked on so far was at an old office. We designed the corporate headquarters for LifeWay in downtown Nashville. That project stood out to me because it was extremely thoughtful in the way it took cues from not only the neighborhood around it but also the people that would come to occupy the space. It’s this people-centric approach to design which is very evident in WBA’s work and ultimately attracted me to the firm.
What does your ideal day look like?
An ideal day for me would be a regular college football gameday. Getting to go back to campus, hanging out with all my old friends, and eating tailgate food on a crisp fall day is the best thing in the world.
Instead of my favorite meal the best meal I’ve ever had was during my study abroad semester in Rome. We took a day trip to Napoli, where pizza originated and found a little hole-in-the-wall pizzeria run by an older Italian couple that had an ancient-looking pizza oven carved into the side of the wall. It was hands down the most amazing thing I’ve ever had.
If you could travel anywhere in the world during these COVID times, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere during COVID it would be to Iceland. It’s isolated but beautiful and I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights.
Current favorite TV series/book/podcast?
Currently, my wife and I have been working back through old seasons of Friday Night Lights. It definitely still holds up.