Episode 435

The Art of Taking Risks with Brian Messana

Nicole BallantyneOct 10, 2022

Brian founded New York City-based architectural firm Messana O'Rorke with Toby O'Rorke in 1996. He has since developed an extraordinary portfolio of work in residential, commercial, retail and conceptual projects. 

The firm is anticipating their first monograph, Messana O'Rorke: Building Blocks, with text by Mayer Rus and a foreword by Thomas Phifer, to be published by Rizzoli this October and will showcase 25 projects that represent the firm's legacy of projects. 

Brian spoke very authentically in this conversation about how the practice has grown and developed.

Topics we discussed were:

  • How to sustain a long lasting business partnership
  • The importance of taking risk in business and design and how to guide your clients through their own risk
  • The importance of getting published 

Learn more about Brian at his:

Website: https://www.messanaororke.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-messana-7196252/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/messanaororke/

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