We close-out our partner take-over of the MZA social media accounts with Juliana Daily!

Juliana hails from Upstate New York where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University’s Interior Design program. Following graduate school, she worked at a historic preservation architecture firm in Syracuse on projects including Main Street façade programs, religious properties, and housing rehabilitation.

Music brought Juliana to Nashville, where she joined MZA in 2016. Her work ranges from large scale hospitality interiors, educational facilities, adaptive reuse projects, and residential properties. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and MZA’s Sustainability Committee.

1. Where did you go to college and why did you select that institution?

Cornell University. Ithaca is Gorges!

2. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A veterinarian. I love animals, big time.

3. Where haven’t you been to visit yet, but have at the top of your bucket list?

An impossible task to choose, but we’ll start with..

Domestically: Hiking the Highline Trail at Glacier National Park

Abroad: Barcelona. I’ve bounced around Europe quite a bit but have somehow never made it to Spain.

4. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

Many! My parents call me Bird. Jul, Jules, JD, Hooli (long story).

5. Name one of your favorite movies and why you like it

I realize this is not going to be the coolest answer to have on the internet, but the 1994 version of Little Women. I am a sucker for a nostalgic period piece, the costuming is phenomenal, Jo March is an icon, and young Christian Bale as Teddy Laurence was one of my first true loves (Timothee Chalamet could never). I rewatched it recently-ish for the first time in a long time, and it still makes me weepy. So, I guess that’s all you really need to know about me!

6. What is something that you’re really passionate about?

The natural world. Trees? Hallelujah. Flowers? Thank god. Animals? Big duh, obviously. Insects? Fascinating. Topsoil? A miracle. Weather? A regular and necessary reminder that we are not in charge. Fungi? Hello!! Literally all of it, always there, always a gift. I remain optimistic that we are going to get our collective act together and figure out a way to not destroy it all.

7. If you weren’t in the architecture business, what would you be doing?

I would be a high school art teacher and a painter. I chickened out of going to art school, and I often wonder how things would have shaken out for me had I done that. Since we moved to Chicago, I’ve claimed a room in our apartment as my painting studio and have been making a real effort to establish a regular practice for myself.

8. What current or past musical group do you wish you were a part of?

Does just straight-up wanting to be Neko Case count?

9. What’s the most beautiful city you’ve been to?

We spent our honeymoon in Japan, and Kyoto in the fall was truly spectacular. Studying abroad in Copenhagen also left a very deep impression on me—that is a very special city.

10. Where do you get your coffee from? How do you take it?

These days I am usually brewing it at home. In Nashville, I am a Crema gal. I take my coffee black.

11. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint chocolate chip, but I have a weird aversion to the kind that’s been colored green.

12. What initially excited me about working with MZA was…

…the fact that the office shares a space with an art gallery! Before I was hired (before I knew much about MZA at all actually, aside from the fact that it existed), I was leaving a lunch date next door at Dozen and the garage door at the front of the building was temptingly wide open. I wandered in and had a lightbulb moment of “Oh my god, this is that architecture firm. And it’s…in Zeitgeist gallery?!” and thinking that was just about the coolest thing in the entire world. Getting to work somewhere that I could take a break from my desk and wander around looking at artwork truly was a dream come true.

13. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Some days are certainly more dehydrated than others, but I think generally half full.

14. Where did you grow up?

Upstate New York—the Syracuse area and on the Finger Lakes

15. What are 5 adjectives to describe you?

Sensitive, Passionate, Generous, Perfectionistic, Dedicated

16. What is something surprising that you good at?

Napping. I am like a whole new person after a 12 minute cat-nap.

17. What do you put on your pizza?

Lots and lots of veggies