Meet the Principals: Jill Capanna

Meet Jill Capanna

What’s on your desk right now? 

A russell+hazel spiral notebook, mechanical pencil, Kaweco pen, and my Caddis eyeglasses. These are my “go to” daily tools. I appreciate Caddis’ slogan: “Get older. Own it. See stuff.“

What’s your favorite part about working in architecture?

Although I am not an architect, sometimes people think I am. I guess architecture has “rubbed off on me” given I have been working with architects for 36 years (yikes!). I wasn’t exposed to the world of architecture when I was younger, so studied business instead. If I could go back in time, I would have enjoyed studying interior design or landscape architecture.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would like to live on a ranch where I would have plenty of space for horses and dogs, but with close proximity to the beach. I haven’t yet figured out where that might be….maybe Malibu?

If you could spend a night in one iconic building, which would it be and why?

I would enjoy sleeping in a very well-padded sleeping bag in the courtyard of The Salk Institute. I could fall asleep looking at the stars and hearing the waves crash on the shore.

What advice would you give to young architects?

Follow your passion and focus on building relationships. There are many different opportunities in the world of architecture. If you love what you do, it won’t be “work”.

What is one of your hobbies?

I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction – from the classics, to summer beach reads, to Tom Clancy. Reading helps me relax and unwind at the end of a busy day.

It’s your last night on earth – what are you having for dinner?

A beet and goat cheese salad, Cacio e Pepe pasta, and chocolate ice cream for dessert.

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