Mark Quattrocchi

A Chance In Life (ACIL), an international nonprofit that provides shelter, education and food for youth within self-governed communities, recently named Founding Partner Mark Quattrocchi of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) its Philanthropist of the Year. Quattrocchi was honored at ACIL’s 75th Anniversary Virtual Gala on Oct. 28.

Quattrocchi’s partnership with the organization began nearly a decade ago when he was invited to a similar gala. Captivated by ACIL’s unique model, he has used his position as a local business leader, education design expert, and well-respected figure within his communities to draw awareness to the plight of children across the globe for whom even meager government resources do not exist.

“After being a part of the Chance in Life community for nearly 10 years, I am no less committed to this organization’s mission as I see an overwhelming need globally for action on behalf of at-risk youth,” said Quattrocchi, a longtime member of the School Construction News Editorial Advisory Board. “To be of service to those in need is our highest calling. Those of us who are blessed in our personal and professional lives can make a difference for vulnerable ragazzi (boys and girls) whose lives have been so drastically impacted by the interests of nations, conflicts between cultures and now, a global pandemic. Who among us does not see them as our children, too?”

QKA provides comprehensive master planning and design services for K-12 and higher education, historic renovation and community facilities in Northern California.