We are pleased to announce that Tuan Tran was recently promoted to Principal. Tuan has been an integral part of Mazzetti for over 14 years. A natural problem solver and skilled listener, Tuan leads Mazzetti’s MEP Oregon Team. Learn more about Tuan’s philosophy and his thoughts on the future of the industry.
WHAT’S THE CORE PHILOSOPHY THAT GUIDES YOUR PROCESS?
My core philosophy is “be yourself” – you know what you know! I love problem solving, and the key is intensive listening to understand the problem at hand and the client’s desired solution. Like most engineers, I enjoy exploring different avenues for solving problems, and ultimately, arriving at the optimal solution (and wowing the client as much as possible!)
HOW DO YOU APPROACH YOUR WORK, AND HOW DOES IT INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME?
Again, my number one approach is listening. Inclusion of internal team members and stakeholders — owners, construction team, etc. — is vitally important. You must respect and acknowledge other opinions while gathering all the information. And, since the owner stakeholders will be the ones operating the building after it is designed and constructed, understand their hot buttons!
WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE? YOUR METHOD? YOUR STYLE? YOUR REASON?
I want to be heavily INVOLVED in the process. I like to get my hands dirty and enjoy connecting with team members and building trust. It is important to establish relationships and cultivate an environment in which team members are comfortable sharing ideas. When team members are engaged and sharing, you’ll have a higher rate of success.
WHAT DEFINES YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL—AND HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU BETTER AT WHAT YOU DO?
I believe I am an over-achiever and perfectionist. I spend a lot of time and energy to achieve the high standards I set for myself. (Of course, I try to maintain self-awareness, so as not to personally burn-out or cause for others around me!).
My management style is that of a team player. I focus on leading by example and never delegate a task and/or expect staff to do anything that I am not willing to do myself.
HOW DO YOU WORK WITH CLIENTS TO HELP POSITION THEM FAVORABLY FOR THE FUTURE?
Conversation and communication are key to positioning a client for the future. I initiate a dialog that encourages clients to share input, goals, and issues. Where are they heading from a building and business standpoint? I want to understand their current state and where they want to be. I also stay up-to date on codes, guidelines, standards, and trends to help guide and educate clients on the future of MEP engineering (something also important to Mazzetti overall as a firm). It’s our job to keep a pulse on the future.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF THE AEC INDUSTRY?
Technology will inevitably continue playing a significant role in the AEC industry, including more automation. I also think we’ll see a heightened focus on more prebuilt/prefab elements to limit waste and increase efficiencies. Decarbonization will continue to elevate as a priority, yielding cleaner system designs and buildings. Construction and design teams will continue to work in a more integrated manner. And, with a focus on constructability, this collaboration results in more efficiency. I look forward to contributing to a better future.