ON THE MOVE WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION STUDIO PROMOTIONS Ware Malcomb , an award-winning international design firm, announced a series of promotions in the firm’s Irvine, California, and Mexico City-based in-house Production Studio, a dedicated production team that specializes in contract documents and supports all of Ware Malcomb’s offices across North America. Claudia Torres, Ana Cervantes, and Sofia Chagolla have all been promoted to the position of studio manager, production. 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 overall project delivery system. The Production Studio provides high-quality construction drawings at an accelerated pace to service each of Ware Malcomb’s offices. This dedicated and highly-trained group of professionals enables the firm to consistently produce construction drawings that are complete and accurate in coordination with the project team. “I want to congratulate Claudia, Ana, and Sofia for their well-deserved promotions,” said Kenneth Wink, CEO of Ware Malcomb. “Ware Malcomb’s in-house Production Studio is a real competitive advantage across our markets, and these three talented and dedicated individuals are a big part of its success and growth. Under the leadership of Ilyes Nouizi, associate principal, Resource Services, the entire team at Ware Malcomb’s in-house
Production Studio has continually risen to the challenge of meeting the ever-expanding demands of the firm.” Torres joined Ware Malcomb in 2013 and was promoted to production manager in 2015. In this role, she was responsible for all production work for Interior Design projects for the West region. Last year, Torres was tasked with starting a new team dedicated to supporting Ware Malcomb’s corporate account projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexicali, B.C., Mexico. “Claudia has been instrumental in establishing and growing the production team and setting up many of the standards that they use today,” said Ilyes Nouizi, associate principal, Resource Services. “She sets the bar very high when it comes to dedication to her work and to Ware Malcomb.” Cervantes joined Ware Malcomb in 2015 and was promoted to production manager in 2018. Cervantes immediately established herself as a leader and has been essential to the growth of the production team specializing in Architecture projects for the West region. Cervantes holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexicali, B.C., Mexico. “From day one, Ana has been involved with every aspect of the day-to-day operations of the Production Studio,” said Nouizi. “Her hard work, dedication, and immediate impact on the
group have earned her multiple promotions, and we look forward to her continued success at the firm.” Chagolla joined Ware Malcomb in 2015 and was promoted to production manager in 2018. She immediately established herself as the lead for the production of all Interior Architecture projects in the group. Chagolla holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexicali, B.C., Mexico. “Sofia has done an amazing job managing and growing the team, which has the challenging task of supporting our international and East Coast offices with their diverse and specific needs,” said Nouizi. “Sofia has also been involved with every aspect of the day-to-day operations of the Production Studio, and we look forward to her continued contributions in the years ahead.” 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. With office locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as a Hot Firm by Zweig Group.
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BC: The thing that I am most proud of, professionally, is the growing body of work that my team and I have done together and the growing list of strong client relationships that we have built in the course of that work. LERA has a culture in which we all take very seriously our commitment to excellent care of clients. On design projects, that means we bring ideas that create new opportunities and work to develop clear, reliable designs for elegant, constructible, and economical structures. On forensic projects, that means we draw from our extensive experience as designers to bring clarity to the issues that cause problems on construction projects and provide reliable opinions and advice. TZL: A firm’s longevity is valuable. What are you doing to encourage your staff to stick around? BC: We are taking steps to transfer ownership of a portion of the company to members of our senior staff. We think that personal investment in the firm by a larger group of our team members will help us retain key people and enable the firm to continue delivering the high-quality service for which LERA is known as the company grows. It is our expectation that investors will be motivated and empowered. And it is this kind of commitment that will be essential to continuing to deliver the high-quality service LERA is known for as the company grows.
experience and intuition of our veterans. A firm like LERA thrives when we have people with a number of different perspectives and strengths, but similar values, working together to accomplish a clear mission. I think it’s important to establish reward systems that recognize everything that we need to function at our best. “I have come to appreciate the great energy, creativity, and value that our younger generations of engineers bring to the profession.” TZL: They say failure is a great teacher. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way? BC: That struggle is a natural and necessary part of doing something important and well. If it seems easy, we probably haven’t gone far enough to think about how a design problem can or should be solved or, in the case of a forensic investigation, why something bad happened. TZL: With extensive experience in structural design and forensic investigations around the world, what do you consider one of your greatest professional achievements? Why?
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