[When did you start saying “Make it work”?]
It was definitely at Parsons, probably 20 years ago. There was a senior working on a thesis. It was a yearlong course, and she wanted to start over in early March, and the project was due in May. And I said, “You put all this work into this, there’s no reason this can’t evolve.” If you just abandon something, and then start from scratch, and it happens to work out, fantastic. But what if it doesn’t? It’s much more likely that you’re going to have a struggle. Life is really about making it work. How do you take the existing conditions and make a success out of them?"