Join us for Best Practice, a virtual fireside chat series dedicated to practice operations at architecture firms and beyond. From pain points to potential, hear how leaders in the architecture and engineering industry are innovating through new business models and managerial techniques.
We’re chatting with Carrie Villani and Doug González on how to move a legacy firm into the future.
Carrie Villani, Director of Marketing for LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (LERA), has shown her leadership skills and passion for the real estate industry throughout her career. At LERA, Carrie works closely with firm Partners and management on marketing, communications and business development efforts promoting LERA’s long tradition of innovative design, exceptional forensics and loss consulting services and advances in technology that has brought them to the forefront of the engineering profession across the world. Carrie is a committed leader and member of numerous AEC and real estate organizations including the Society for Marketing Professional Service New York, Association of Medical Facility Professionals New York, Commercial Real Estate Women, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Professional Women in Construction, American Institute of Architects, and Urban Land Institute. Carrie was honored as a Pioneering Women in Real Estate by Sokol Media, with an Outstanding Women in the Construction Industry Award from the Women’s Builders Council and was awarded Marketer of the Year in 2017 by SMPS-NY.
Douglas P. González, P.E. is a Partner at LERA Consulting Structural Engineers. With the firm since 1991, Doug helps to lead LERA’s efforts in healthcare, science and adaptive reuse/renovation work, and has considerable expertise designing cultural, civic and other institutional facilities. In his role as Quality Assurance Manager for LERA, he oversees LERA’s Quality Control and Knowledge Management processes/programs. Currently, Doug is overseeing a number of the firm’s healthcare projects, including a major hospital campus transformation in New York; the Coney Island Hospital Critical Services Structure & Campus Renovation in Brooklyn; and the new NYC Public Health Lab in Manhattan. He is also leading LERA’s expansion into the Pittsburgh market, serving as the Partner-in-Charge for the new Hillman Cancer Hospital at UPMC’s Shadyside Campus, and a major commercial redevelopment at 51 Bridge Street. Previously, he led the structural design of the NYU Langone Health Kimmel Pavilion, a new award-winning, world-class hospital tower.
Doug is an active leader with many industry organizations. He served as President of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) for the 2016-17 term, and has served on the SEAoNY Board since 2011. He is a member of the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and American Concrete Institute (ACI), and previously led the ASCE Metropolitan Section Structures Group. He also assists the NYC Department of Buildings with their update of the Building Code and their forthcoming Existing Building Code. Doug holds a Master of Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City.
This webinar has been approved for AIA continuing education credits.