ALAYNA KUTSUKAKE Alayna Kutsukake Office Manager B.Comm. University of Toronto Alayna joined Audax in 2012 and plays a pivotal role in managing the studio and office. With a strong background in business and accounting, Alayna oversees all the financial activities of the company and client account management. She also provides support to the business development team, helping find innovative ways to provide service solutions and to illustrate a clear breakdown of the design process for clients. What is your favourite thing about working at a design firm? Witnessing the design process behind the scenes and seeing beautiful work being produced every day. It is very inspiring to see how the design of a project progresses from a simple scope of work paragraph in a contract, to studio drawings and renderings, and then to its final built form. I also really enjoy seeing the impact our finished buildings and spaces have on our clients and the people who use them. What do you love most about managing the office requirements of a growing company? I enjoy keeping all the pieces organized and placed in order. My role requires me to solve open-ended challenges every day. I am always thinking about next steps on how we can improve the business, from putting new systems in place to finding solutions for potential problems ahead of time.