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ASU graduate working in real estate development, dealing with community service

September 6, 2022

Arizona State University alumnus Patrice Marcolla believes in the power of positive thinking. She credits it with helping her finish college, pass tough licensing exams, and enter a profession she thrives in.

And that’s the basis of the advice she gives to others.

Patrice Marcolla earned a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, a minor in business from the WP Carey School of Business, and honors from Barrett, The Honors Middle School.
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“Believe in the power of a positive mindset, which seems like a simple concept but is a difficult practice to adopt,” she said.

Marcolla graduated from ASU magna cum laude in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, a minor in business from the WP Carey School of Business, and honors from Barrett, The Honors College.

“I put my energy into believing in myself and that changed the way I approach challenges. When I act with confidence, it translates into better performance. I credit this approach with helping me pass my three National Licensing Interior Design (NCIDQ) exams shortly after graduating,” Marcolla said. exams on the first attempt, but I decided to pass and I passed on the first try. Talk about your life goals!

After obtaining her license, she worked as an interior designer for planned and multi-family communities across the United States for several years, taking on management, sales and marketing roles to expand business into new markets with development groups.

She moved into development and construction with IDM Companies in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she works in the pre-construction department, strengthening the bonds between the ownership, development, construction and property management teams.

She is active in the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group and Partnership Forum as a Mentee Group Leader and Chair of the ULI2D Local Council Committee. She is also a member of the Local Products Council of Multifamilial/Affordable/Senior Housing (MASH).

Working with Artlink, a Phoenix-based arts and culture organization, she represented the ULI2D program as the project manager for a mural installation at Arizona Public Service’s Evans Churchill substation in downtown Phoenix.

She also designed and managed the renovation of the Mahurin Room bar for 63 Squadron at Luke Air Force Base near Glendale, Arizona in cooperation with the Fighter Country Foundation’s Luke Forward Campaign. She volunteers with the Barrett Honors College Alumni Group and the Girls Can Build initiative of Sharp Construction and Girl Scouts of America.

We caught up with Marcolla to get her thoughts on her experience at ASU and her current situation. Here’s what she had to say:

Question: Where did you grow up and what brought you to ASU and Barrett, The Honors College?

Answer: I grew up in New Jersey and was looking for a new adventure for college. I applied to ASU for its renowned interior design program, in the context of a much larger school and the opportunity for a full college experience (and an escape from the cold Eastern winters). I was invited to apply to Barrett after applying to ASU and being the self-improvement junkie that I am, I loved the idea of ​​getting a more solid education through the honors program.

Q: What are some of your favorite Barrett memories?

A: Naturally, the dining roomThe dining hall at the Barrett Honors College Tempe complex has a dining hall called the Harry Potter room. was definitely a favorite part of my Barrett experience. I’m also a Harry Potter nerd, so this space was a fun and inspiring retreat from classroom settings. I also love how the honors campus feels like its own little world.

Q: Tell us about your professional background. Did Barrett play a role in your development?

A: After working for over five years as an interior designer, I transitioned into a career in commercial real estate development and construction. I thank Barrett for keeping me on an upward trajectory by maintaining a strong work ethic, pushing me and provoking my competitive nature, and making me a lifelong learner. The added responsibility of Barrett Honors and the desire to prove to myself that I deserved the honor was a huge motivation to keep me focused while in college.

Q: What’s on the horizon for you now?

A: I am focused on my personal and professional development. I learn as much as possible from my mentors and my peers, and I get involved and take responsibility to build my experience and develop my network. It means pushing the boundaries of my current role and gaining a greater perspective of the entire development process. Outside of my company, I am involved in a number of professional organizations at various levels – leading community-oriented programs and participating in others. My long-term goal is to become an effective and influential leader.

Q: What advice do you have for ASU and Barrett alumni?

A: There is nothing more valuable than human connection. I use the word “network” loosely because it was an intimidating concept to me a few years ago. But building relationships, creating a space of vulnerability and belonging between people from different backgrounds, disciplines, career paths, etc. is the key to finding success and happiness.

Written by Alexandra Aragon, Director of Academic Planning and Retention at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU