Amy Moselhi: Civil Engineer and Artist
“I’ve had a love affair with New York City forever, forever,” says Amy Moselhi MS’06. Born and raised in Montreal, Amy attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2003. “Even when I was in college, I’d come to New York frequently to see musicals. My mission and my goal was to come here and to live here.”
Amy’s first job was for a firm headquartered in Ohio, which sent her to Atlanta. “I knew I needed to be in New York,” she says, “so I just came here, stayed in a hotel and got a job within a week.” While she was working as a civil engineer for Skanska, Amy applied to and was accepted in the School’s graduate program in construction management, from which she graduated in 2006.
Amy is now working for Tully Construction as an assistant project manager on the construction of a $98 million New York City Department of Sanitation garage located on 12th Avenue, between West 56th and West 57th Streets.
The building, whose design has won awards, features a “wave wall” element, which is made of curved glass that encompasses the front of the garage. Another feature is the pixilated light show of truck washing that will take place behind a specially designed glass brick wall along the main 12th Avenue “wave wall.” Due to the enormity of the building, an arch above 11th Avenue was created so that pedestrians and drivers on 12th Avenue at West 56th Street can proceed through the building, eliminating any increased traffic congestion concerns. The project began in 1995 and is set for completion before the end of the year.
What makes Amy Moselhi different from many other civil engineers is her passion for art. Since she was able to hold a crayon, Amy has been involved in creating art and has developed her own philosophy of art. “Although art is a form of self expression, it is powerful only when it is used to communicate, shape, move and transform others,” she says.
“Art creates an everlasting connection between the artist and the onlooker,” she believes. “Although many may appreciate a piece, the owner must have an organic and pure connection to it. The owner must grow and change with the piece, interacting with it metaphysically and emotionally. Only then will a piece have eternal meaning and value to whoever possesses it.”
She says that her “art is form generated in the Constructivists sense of derivation. It is form created to induce a function. My art is not meant to fill space in a gallery or on a wall in a home. It is meant to create space in a gallery or a home. My art gives license to your mind and spirit to roam freely dancing in a metaphysical sense with my form to create a new reality therein, ergo, function.”
Most recently, Amy has exhibited her work at Art Gotham in Soho in their Square Foot Show.