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Get to Know: Nazin Bagherynejad

April 2021

Job title: Project Architect

What you actually do: Reviewing proposals, construction documents and contracts; conducting site inspections; attending stakeholder meetings; providing technical design solutions; in-house design for our internal projects; representing the URA in a few external committees and many more

Years at URA: One year and two months

Best thing about working at the URA: Working closely with the community, and being part of a very thoughtful group of people that are all working toward making Pittsburgh the best it can be

Favorite project/Most satisfying moment in career: There are a lot of projects that I like. My favorites are the rehabilitation of historic buildings such as the Larimer School and the projects that are involved in brownfield remediation such as the Highline project.

Education: Master’s degree in architecture and MBA degree

Where you were before the URA: I am a registered architect with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I have also worked with multinational companies in Canada and Dubai.

If you were boss for the day: I would ask one of the admin people to type everyone’s name, title and department and print it in a color-coded format for me. I would also ask to mount a plaque with title and department of all the staff to their cubical.

The Boss says: "Nazin is a valued member of the Quality Control and Inspection Team. She is an expert in design and architecture and won’t hesitate to roll up her sleeves to put in a hard day’s work.

"I would consider Nazin to be the perfect employee. She is educated, very intelligent, helpful, timely, dedicated, has common sense, a great attitude, and is always smiling. I often tell her that her smile is infectious, and she helps brighten the day." - Corey E. DeRico assistant director of facilities management

If you weren't at the URA you'd be...at the World Bank or USGBC or somewhere that works on enhancing the communities and environment same as URA.

First job: Architectural Technologist when I was 20 years old

Favorite Pittsburgh spot: Schenley Park and Phipps

Favorite restaurant: The Porch

What you like to do when not at work: Cooking, jogging in Schenley Park, and watching a movie with my son and husband

What three words describe you best: Creative, accommodating, diligent

What you are currently watching on Netflix: Medici, Anne with an E

What song do you have on infinite repeat?: Andrea Bocelli “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Three favorite foods or three things always in your refrigerator: My favorite foods are Persian kebab with saffron rice, and all sorts of seafood. You can find at least 3 types of cheese in my refrigerator all the time.

Three people (living or dead) you would like to have dinner with: All three of my siblings

Actress who would play you in a movie: Meryl Streep

People would be surprised to know that I...have lived in six countries, traveled to 37 countries, and I think Pittsburgh gets the best overall score between all places I have been.

Family: Husband and a 12-year-old son

Contact Info: nbagherynejad@ura.org; 412.255.6664

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