JASON ANDOSCIA, AIA, NCARB, is the senior vice president of TSK Architects.
Q: What are you reading?
A: I read the Bible every day, as it grounds me and keeps things in proper perspective. Regarding business, I’m reading a book by Richard Rumelt called “Good Strategy/ ad Strategy.” The book debunks a lot of the fluff we see in many strategies and defines good strategy as the specific and coherent response to overcoming obstacles to progress, which has helped me with my strategic thinking. For fun, I’m reading a book by Joshua Jay called “How Magicians Think.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant to take clients?
A: For dinner, it is Azzurra Cucina Italiana on Water Street in Henderson. Everything is spectacular about the restaurant, including the food, ambiance and service. I like to support local businesses, and Azzurra happens to be owned by a good friend and mentor of mine. For lunch, I typically go somewhere close to my clients, and love going to Esther’s Kitchen when I am near the downtown Las Vegas area.
Q: How do you decompress after a long week?
A: I typically spend time doing activities with my family to relax, including going fishing at Lake Mead, enjoying my son’s club soccer games and playing board games like Throw Throw Avocado. I also sketch, practice card magic and get an occasional massage, which helps me decompress and get ready for the upcoming week. I work hard during the week, so protecting my weekends as much as possible for these sorts of activities is critical for me.
Q: What do you do to work out?
A: I’ve always enjoyed running since high school and run quite a bit on the McCullough trail right by our house. Within such a short distance, it is enjoyable to be away from cars and streetlights to just enjoy nature and listen to great music as I do my work out. I also enjoy hot Pilates, isometrics and yoga at HotWorx, which helps my flexibility and core strength and balances out the running.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Southern Nevada?
A: I would have to say affordable housing. Lack of developable land, water shortages, inflation, among other factors have led to the problem, and there is no easy answer. When I moved to Las Vegas almost 20 years ago, it was an affordable place to live and pursue your dreams. Rents and mortgages have risen much faster than wages here in the valley, and that’s not good for creating a healthy and diverse community.