Maziar Behrooz (M.Arch ’85), founder of MB Architecture and member of the TuSA Dean’s Advisory Council, is the recipient of this year’s Inaugural Angela O’Byrne Alumni Award. The award is presented to an alumnus coming from a diverse background who demonstrates incredible leadership in the architecture field. Read More!
Angela O’Byrne, president of design-build firm Perez LLC, issued a mandatory stay-home order for all of the firm’s employees and says other design firms are doing the same. She expects more contractors to follow suit.
“I think more construction companies will shut down field operations – even against the wishes of owners,” she says. “Some of our new projects are on hold and have not kicked off, due to COVID-19. Other projects that we had finished designing and were in the bidding phase got put on hold.” All permitting is taking place online, and Perez reports it is “working more smoothly” than she expected. Click to read more.
NEW ORLEANS CITYBUSINESS
New Orleans CityBusiness has chosen its 2019 Excellence in Construction and Real Estate class, recognizing professionals that have created a positive impact in the areas of investment, jobs created, and potential impact in the New Orleans area. Click to read more.
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Angela is President of Perez APC, an international design-build-develop firm. She was named New Orleans 2016 Small Business Person of the Year and first runner up for National Small Business Person of the Year, by the U.S. SBA.
She is a passionate advocate for women in architecture and construction and works with professional and non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of women in the industry.
She has successfully led complex design and construction projects around the world.
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of the 2019 AIA Associates Award, which is given to Associate AIA members “to recognize outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession,” according to an AIA press release.
The 2019 jury comprised chair Katie Wilson, AIA, of KMW Architecture; Mark Chambers of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Curtis Fentress, FAIA, of Fentress Architects; Stephanie Herring, Assoc. AIA, of CambridgeSeven Associates; and Margaret Montgomery, FAIA, of NBBJ. Click to read more.
With the inauguration of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and assertive female City Council members along with the election of 125 women members of Congress and governors across the U.S., 2018 was another milestone year for women. Power is shifting, albeit slowing. There is no going back. But we wouldn’t call 2018 the “Year of the Woman” because gender inequality is still so prevalent. Click to read more.
The Orleans Parish Justice Center’s main kitchen building is undergoing demolition as part of the prison’s third development phase after final approval from City Council.
Council unanimously approved the demolition at their regular meeting Thursday. The building, located at 2801 Perdido St., has been used as the main kitchen after renovations in 2006. But, with its demolition, there are no concrete plans for the land’s use.
Perez APC, a New Orleans-based architecture firm, has been tasked with demolishing the building at a $917,000 price tag, according to city documents. That project will be funded by FEMA with expected completion by late October. Click to read more.
YOUNG LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
For her dedication not only to the City of New Orleans but also to the continued development of its future leaders, Angela O’Byrne has been named a 2016 Young Leadership Council (YLC) Role Model. YLC Role Model award winners are selected based on contributions to their industries and the New Orleans community as a whole. Recipients may receive the honor only once in a lifetime, truly distinguishing the field of chosen individuals.“While I was at Perez, Angela’s hard work ethic inspired me to try and keep up with her,” said Joseph St. Martin, former employee, and nominator. “Whether through on-the-job training or just one-on-one communication, she ensures that what she has learned – by way of over 30 years of industry experience – make you a better professional. Now a small business owner myself, I know firsthand how Angela’s desire to ensure those around her succeed has resulted in the evolution of new design firm principals and owners here in New Orleans and around the country.”Angela joins a class of 26 outstanding business, community, and civic pioneers who will be honored at the YLC’s 30th annual Role Model Awards Gala on September 17. For more information on both the honorees and attending the gala, check out the YLC’s press release here.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PRESS
As part of her recognition as the 2016 Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year, Perez President Angela O’Byrne attended the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Week festivities in Washington D.C. earlier this month. At the ceremony, not only were state and territory honorees celebrated, but also several entrepreneurs from the prestigious group were nationally recognized for their outstanding contributions, and Angela was named 2016 National Small Business of the Year First Runner-Up. Click to read more.
WWNO 89.9 – OUT TO LUNCH
We talk a lot in New Orleans about the “rebirth” of the city, but before the city was re-born it was born. The architects of what we all agree is our remarkably beautiful city were just that: architects.
The major architects of today’s New Orleans are Renaissance men and women. An eye for beauty and an ability to translate that into a design that can be engineered, once thought to be a singularly rare talent in itself, is today just the beginning of a far more complex procedure that involves knowledge of the law, investment skills, management ability and more than a passing knowledge of community dynamics. Click to listen.