Juggling Architecture

How New York City-based architect Tina Manis balances the demands of family and work

"It's hard, it's frustrating, it's wonderful, and it's exciting." Tina Manis is talking about the office she started three years ago and runs today, but could be just as easily describing raising a family. A young mother, Manis is in a position that is still surprisingly rare in the architecture field: She is the sole, female owner of an architecture firm whose two employees are also women. "We were saying the other day we could use some testosterone, but actually I think we have enough testosterone among us," Manis says, explaining that there's no intentional gender bias at her office.

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