What was a pivotal point in your career?
The most pivotal point in my career was when I started my company. It was a matter of months after starting that I regretted not starting sooner! Now seven plus years later and the business is thriving as we continue to consistently develop and expand.In the past year, what project or accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud that my team at Crystal has developed, tested, and now has available for the AEC marketplace a new window wall system. Many years in development, the Crystal window wall is easier to install, and a competitivelyWhat advice would you offer to other women getting into the construction industry?
The one piece of advice I would offer women getting into the construction industry is to stay confident and take up space. Working in a male dominated field can sometimes get intimidating. There might be instancesIn the past year, what project or accomplishment are you most proud of?
Despite the myriad challenges associated with any F.I.S.P./Local Law 11 project, the façade work we are doing at a large prewar co-op on West 101st
St., concurrently includes a separate roof replacement,How can AEC companies recruit more women?
Companies need to be intentional and proactive in their efforts to recruit and retain women from diverse backgrounds. Recruitment is at the end of a pipeline that starts with high school education, mentorships, and internships. Companies should be presentWhat was a pivotal point in your career?
In 2006 I moved from Ecuador to New York to pursue my master’s degree. What I thought was going to be a two-year adventure turned into a whole new life. After 16 years of living in New York, I’m still awestruck and giddy to wake up in the greatest city inIn the past year, what project or accomplishment are you most proud of?
Our relocation of the Central Park Conservancy (CPC) to its new space on Fifth Ave. was a monumental transition. The firm occupied 14 E 60th
St. as their ‘home base’ for the past 30 years and itWhich professional associations or organizations would you recommend to women who are starting out in the AEC industry?
The Professional Women in Construction (PWC) is a great organization for women who are starting out in the AEC industry. PWC has an incredible mentorship program that pairs aIn the past year, what project or accomplishment are you most proud of?
As a part of Unispace’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and wellbeing initiatives, I have been instrumental in building out a strategy to expand the company’s supplier base to includeWhich professional associations or organizations would you recommend to women who are starting out in the AEC industry?
I absolutely encourage participation in industry-specific organizations like AIA and NOMA. These organizations offer so many ways to network, grow leadership skills, and contribute