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ON THE MOVE WARE MALCOMB PROMOTES RENÉ SANCHEZ TO STUDIO MANAGER, ARCHITECTURE INMEXICOCITYOFFICE Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, announced René Sanchez has been promoted to studio manager, architecture in the firm’s Mexico City office. In this role, Sanchez will help lead the growth and management of the architecture studio for the Mexico City office and manage select projects. “Since joining our team, René has been instrumental in our continued growth in the Mexico City market,” said Andres Galvis, regional director, Latin America forWare Malcomb. “We congratulate him

on this significant promotion and look forward to his continued contributions for many years to come.” Sanchez joined Ware Malcomb’s Production Studio in 2013 to help lay the foundation forwhat is now the company’s largest resource group. Ware Malcomb’s in-house production studio provides a unique and innovative approach to the production of contract documents as part of the firm’s project delivery system. Transfering to the architecture studio in 2018, René has taken on the leadership of all of the Mexico City office’s developer accounts, generated new business, and built a strong culture of collaboration and learning. He has in-depth experience

in various project types including industrial, manufacturing, corporate headquarters, retail, office and residential projects. Sanchez holds a License in Architecture from Univesidad Autonoma de Baja California. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. Ware Malcomb is recognized as a Hot Firm by Zweig Group.

industry will likely provide the spark. Then, those technologies will be reapplied to construction. This could lead to significant advances in productivity and improve the quality and speed of construction. RLG: How has RLG grown in those 24 years that you have been with them? DC: As stated before, the methods of communication and technology have changed, but it ultimately remains serving our clients and looking out for their best interests. RLG: Can you elaborate on this? Are entry-level employees more talented right out of school than they used to be? DC: The entry-level employees are very talented, comfortable, and schooled with technology and modeling. Still, this comfort can lead to a lack of understanding of the assumptions and limitations of any given software. Also, as the technology and models become more complex, essential troubleshooting skills are more necessary. RLG: What advice would you give someone who is about to graduate? DC: College graduation is just the start, and there is a lot to learn about engineering, the construction industry, and your client needs. Challenge yourself daily to refine and grow your engineering talents. Licensed engineers are trusted with public safety, so clarity in thought and ethical conduct is essential. Proactively face challenges and be a positive influence on those around you. RLG: Tell us about the strengthening and repair presentation you have given. DC: This seminar provides architects and contractors with a working knowledge of what options are available for repairing structures. Repair options are discussed with a list of pros and cons for each method. The seminar has been presented more than 30 times and continues to be very well received. Each seminar is adjusted to include notable recent events to keep it current.


conducted now or in the future, or that immediate remedial action is required. RLG: What is the biggest challenge faced by the forensics department? DC: The biggest challenge is that we have a wide range of clients combined with a broad range of structural issues. A common challenge is helping the client define the problems so that a focused proposal and solutions can best meet the client’s needs. “Challenge yourself daily to refine and grow your engineering talents. Licensed engineers are trusted with public safety, so clarity in thought and ethical conduct is essential. Proactively face challenges and be a positive influence on those around you.” RLG: How do you think the AEC industry will evolve in the next five years? Ten years? DC: The construction industry requires a significant amount of labor. Likely, the labor shortage will continue, bringing innovative technologies to bear. The technologies could allow skilled laborers to do more work and unskilled laborers to develop skills. For example, drones/robots may add or replace highly repetitive tasks. Some changes take years to take root, but the most significant changes can occur with just a tiny spark. Those sparks will likely come from outside of the construction industry. RLG: What industries are leading this “spark” or change? DC: Due to the high cost of research and development, the automobile industry, military industry, or even the fast-food

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