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Lisa Statkiewicz
Design Practice Leader

Lisa Statkiewicz
  • Parsons School of Design - The New School

What do you listen to while working?

I listen to Spotify “Coffee Table Jazz” most often. For me it promotes productivity without too many distractions, like words or sudden loud sounds. That being said, my favorite for driving to work right now is Missing Persons album Spring Session M. #80schild

What valuable lesson did you learn from your grandparents?

My grandmother told me to be careful about choosing what chores you pick to take care of. Her example was her sister chose to get her children ready in the morning while her husband put coal in the furnace. The children grew up and left home and her husband still needed to get up early to put coal in the furnace. Choose Wisely #IndianaJones

What’s the most important part of your morning routine?

I like to ease into my day. Start with coffee accompanied by Peace and Quiet reflection. Usually followed by early morning gardening or a 10-15 minute fitness app routine. If I don’t get to do this I’m a bit out of sorts. Especially if I miss the coffee with quiet contemplation.

At what age would you live forever?

NONE. Did we learn nothing from Ground Hog Day or Captain America?

Coffee or tea?

Both. Start with 2 cups of really good Peet's coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee snob. Followed by tea of every kind the rest of the day. I just joined a monthly tea service and keep a ceramic tea pot at my desk. Maybe I’m really a tea snob? I have been known to mix up the afternoon tea with a cup of really good cold brew, but not after 3pm.

What was your first job?

In high school my after school job was an orthodontic assistant. I was also certified to take dental x-rays. I found it very interesting but I really wanted to go to Parsons School of Design in NYC.

What is the first site or app you visit every morning?

Instagram is part of my morning coffee routine. It is like reading a magazine with all of my favorite things. It is kind of a zen thing.