At home with the project finance controller… meet Brandon McGillicuddy

At home with the project finance controller… meet Brandon McGillicuddy

One of the greatest strengths of our pan-European architectural practice is the diversity within the team. Home to 20 different nationalities, each one of our colleagues brings something to the table – and deserves their moment in the spotlight. 

That’s why, this month, we’re getting to know a little bit more about our project finance controller, Brandon McGillicuddy – as well as what makes him tick. 

1. Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one paragraph.

As the project financial controller, I follow — and report on — all profits and losses on each of our projects, ensuring we remain ‘in the black’ when comparing our fees to the time passed and expenses made.  

2. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at RBA?

One of the biggest surprises when I arrived at RBA was the number of different nationalities among the team. It’s so enjoyable to walk through the office and hear a chorus of languages being spoken.

3. If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?

What a hard question!  There are so many amazing people at RBA who are doing great things. Instead of one colleague, I’d like to nominate the entire workforce. As our co-founder Alex Reid says, ‘teamwork makes the dream work’.  

However, if I’m pressed to give just one award, it would probably be to my desk neighbour and RBA’s HR manager, Reinette. On top of the excellent work she is doing for human resources, she is locked in a constant battle against my nervous habit of biting my fingernails. Reinette, I’m rooting for you!

4. What led you to this career?

I kind of fell into it! I studied accounting and finance and enjoy the organisation and structure these topics afford me. Upon arriving in Paris after graduation, I found a cost controller position with an interior designer. Since then, I’ve stayed in the industry, going back and forth between interior design firms and architecture practices — I enjoy, and am constantly inspired by, the creative atmosphere in this sector.

5. What topic could you give a presentation on with little to no preparation?

Tourism in the state of Michigan, USA — it’s a magical place with something for everyone.  

6. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would you choose?

Another really hard question! There are plenty of people that I would like to meet and spend the day with. But to trade places with… probably my son or daughter, to see life through their eyes, know what challenges they are going through, and understand what makes them proud and confident.  

7. What’s the best advice you were ever given?

After listening to what people say, watch what they do.  

8. What trend do you hope makes a comeback?

Going to shopping malls. It was always a nice family outing when I was a kid or a fun place to meet up with friends in my teen years. You could go alone and you would always run into someone you knew.  

9. If you could only have three apps on a smartphone, which would you pick?

I’d probably pick Google Maps, Spotify, and DeepL — the translation app.

10. What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?

Hands down, Taylor Swift — her music is just so catchy. I’ve been listening to her since she was a young country music singer.

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