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Get To Know Our Team: Warren Bulseco

Senior Vice President, Warren Bulseco

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born on the Northside of Philadelphia and moved to Pittsburgh when I was in second grade to Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Balancing school, work and sports helped me to learn to manage my time. My first job was as a dishwasher at the age of 14 (lied about my age) and had various jobs all throughout high school to save money for college. I was accepted at Kent State and had a chance to wrestle at the collegiate level, but ultimately chose the University of Cincinnati (UC) because of the Cooperative Education program.

The UC architecture program was 4 years of education and 2 years of internships. I worked for various size firms and had great mentors who encouraged me to focus on my design skills. Having 2 years of experience gave me a leg up on others after college when looking for employment. I chose WTW Architects because of their reputation in the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania regions as being a top design firm.

I consider myself to be a dedicated, creative, and service-oriented architect. I have over 30 years of experience in higher education, hospitality, healthcare, corporate, multi-family, community-oriented, and master planning projects. I pride myself on bringing a passion for creating inspiring spaces and memorable places that promote student success, workplace well-being, and environments that build community to every project. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate and honored to share my expertise at multiple different conferences over the years, including NIRSA, ACUI, and NACAS.
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Schenley Quad, University of Pittsburgh


What led you to pursue architecture?

My parents said I was not smart enough to be a doctor. However, they noticed that I loved building models and drawing, so they suggested I try Architecture. I had a teacher in high school, who helped me with my drawing skills and I cut the grass for a small architecture firm. After I finished cutting grass, they would invite me in and show me how the architectural process works. They also let me take home architecture magazines and rolls of drawings to look through.

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Jake's Place, Albright College

What are some of the challenges that come along with being an architect?

I feel the biggest challenge is balancing work and play time. There never seems to be enough time. Being a good listener and really understanding the problem that the client is trying to solve is the key. Once you know the problem, the next step is the process of turning challenges into opportunities, and striving to exceed expectations. Creativity is just one skill that is needed to be a great architect and ultimately, a Principal or leader of a firm.

 

What are your hobbies/passions outside of work?

I love being outdoors with nature – hiking, jogging, fly fishing, and golf.

My number 1 priority is being there for my wife and 4 children. Family comes first no matter what. I also love sports and enjoy working out. I still build an occasional model and sketch whenever I have free time.
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Connected Health


What advice would you give to aspiring architects?

I recommend keeping a sketchbook with you at all times and sketching every day, working on ‘process’ of problem solving, and don’t be satisfied with your first solution. Challenge yourself, find a good mentor, and always ask questions.

I enjoy helping young architects with their resumes, portfolios and getting them ready for the real world. There are many different aspects to being an architect, from creativity to client management, and I find it rewarding to help young architects fully discover the complexity of the profession.
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Upper St. Clair Community Recreation Center

What is your favorite or most unique project you have worked on?

My favorite project (so far) is the Upper St. Clair Community Recreation Center. This is a multi-generational facility and a place that builds community. The project is very functional, timeless, and exceeded everyone’s expectations. We achieved the goals, objectives, and vision that the community challenged us with.
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Upper St. Clair Community Recreation Center