What is Urban Acupuncture? with Sherryl Muriente

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West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority| Sherryl Muriente

Sherry Muriente didn’t grow up in a home with an architectural background, but she still grew up knowing that she wanted to build things. Sherryl remembers that her father liked to build things with his hands. Though he was an aircraft mechanic, not trained in building or architecture, Sherryl recalls that he just seemed to know how to put things together.  

Sherryl shared the same instinct for building and putting things together. And because she was good at both art and math, architecture was a natural path for her. However, at the first college that Sherryl attended, she was not admitted to the architecture program. Instead, at Cornell, she was advised to study human ecology. 

While Sherryl said that her training in human ecology at Cornell was interesting, it wasn’t her calling. Eventually, Sherryl moved to Puerto Rico and studied at the Polytechnic University there, off and on. Finally, she moved to Florida and finished her undergraduate degree at Florida Atlantic University. 

When she completed her undergraduate degree, Sherryl thought she was done with school. But then she was offered the chance to earn a free Master’s degree in urban planning with a full research stipend. The offer was too good to refuse, and the economy at the time was still struggling, so Sherryl returned to FAU to further her education. 

In today’s interview, Sherryl talks about where her career went after she completed school, including her time spent teaching, her research, and how she got her current position as the Manager of Urban Placemaking at West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. She also talks about the house that she’s renovating in France, some of the projects she’s worked on in different areas of the world, and her time playing in a band.  

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • What inspired Sherryl to become an architect 
  • Sherryl’s path through architecture school
  • What prompted Sherryl to go to grad school 
  • Sherryl’s jobs following architecture school 
  • Why Sherryl got into teaching 
  • How Sherryl ended up with her current job 
  • Cities that are also working on urban placemaking 
  • Why Sherryl is renovating a building in France 
  • A project that Sherryl worked on in Taiwan 
  • Sherryl’s time spent playing in a band 
  • Sherryl’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What Sherryl knows now that she didn’t know then 
  • Sherryl’s favorite resource 
  • Sherryl’s best timesaving trick 
  • How listeners can connect with Sherryl 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. Expand your horizons with travel,
  2. Don’t worry about the finish line, focus on the journey. 
  3. Your actions can result in real change. 

Sherryl Muriente’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“Number one, go out there and travel. Don’t get stuck to what you know and what you do. Especially go really outside of your comfort zone.” 

Favorite Quotes  

“I think today, I’m more patient.”  – Sherryl Muriente on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then

“I have a membership pass to something called the Russian and Turkish baths.” – Sherryl Muriente on the resource she can’t live without  

“I set my appointment up an hour before, so I know this thing is coming, period.” – Sherryl Muriente on her best timesaving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

Sherryl Muriente 
West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority 
Polytechnic University 
Florida Atlantic University 


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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