Studio | Staff Promotions

Studio | Staff Promotions

PDA’s exceptional group of architects, designers and support staff collaborate every day to deliver excellent projects to our clients. We are proud to announce the promotionof three very talented members of our studio team.  
 

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Korina Salas
Promoted to: Job Captain

What are your responsibilities as Job Captain?
As a job captain, my primary purpose is to ensure projects stay moving, to stay on top of all tasks at hand, to keep the information flowing! All of which is attained through various forms of coordination with all parties (consultants, general contractor, etc.)

What do you enjoy most about architecture?
The power it has to have an impact on communities and environments. I’m a big admirer of kinetic design and the kind of immediate awe it can provoke.

What type of project do you most enjoy designing?
I enjoy any type of remodel and tenant improvement.

What inspires you?
Vibrancy, Energies, Movement!

Why are you a designer?
I have always enjoyed the freedom of letting your creativity roam and using your hands to see it come to life.

Favorite PDA story?
Fondest memory resides in a small excavator. Looking at that photo, reminds me of the extensive process it takes to build a project and how rewarding/exhilarating it feels seeing it to fruition.

 
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Alicen Camacho
Promoted to: Job Captain

What are your responsibilities as Job Captain?
As a job captain, I share the responsibility of coordinating components required for the project. From equipment, cutsheets, dimensions, finishes, and layout, I help cross reference elements between client’s needs, consultants’ deliverables, and our design intent to avoid clashes and make things easier during CA.

What do you enjoy most about architecture?
I enjoy the challenges that each project presents. Each one is different so it’s exciting to work to resolve the issues and explore the best options.

What type of project do you most enjoy designing?
I like to work on projects that demand exploring layouts within tight parameters. It’s a fun challenge to take the restrictions and find a way to fit the program into a functional space.

What inspires you?
My inspiration can come from anything. I like to see what other designers have made, whether it’s furniture, jewelry, clothing, or buildings, design is everywhere. I like to browse sites such as Pinterest, Archdaily, and Designmilk because these showcase such varied forms of design.

Why are you a designer?
I like the idea of being part of the imagined/built/restored spaces in this world.

Favorite PDA story?
My most memorable story at PDA is the time our team finished up the Methodist project and heard that the patients and staff were so happy with the result. They loved the space, so it was amazing to be part of the process that led to their enjoyment.

 
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Viviana Vivero
Promoted to Junior Designer/Drafter

What are your responsibilities as Junior Designer/Drafter?
Working as a Junior designer has given me the exposure to work on numerous projects in different phases across the office. Now as a junior designer/drafter I am building on all of the skills I learned in the past year and applying them to tasks with more responsibility and drafting most of the time.0

What do you enjoy most about architecture?
I enjoy the effect that architecture has on essentially every single aspect of the environment and across disciplines. In my spare time I enjoy sketching and visiting new buildings that catch my eye. I like that the field I am working in is inevitably heavily influencing other people on a day to day basis. In addition I have a background in urban planning studies which leads me to see architecture strongly from that perspective as well and incorporate views from both fields into each other.

What type of project do you most enjoy designing?
I don’t have a specific preference for any sector of architectural projects, but it has always been important for me to incorporate elements of philanthropy in the work I do. This is why I chose to explore healthcare architecture and I have enjoyed it so far. I am interested in working on projects that are not overly glamorous or relating to that nature because I am more attracted to work that has a direct impact or very functional purposes relative to the users.

What inspires you?
Culture! I grew up enjoying the food, music and traditions of two cultures – Mexican and Cuban. I am constantly eager to explore the architecture and lifestyles from other cultures and I am fond of traveling.  

Why are you a designer?
I chose to commit to the design field after doing my first research paper in college, which analyzed the effect that architecture and the built environment have on the social elements of humans. I read the book “The Architecture of Happiness” and it completely drew me into the non-technical aspects of architecture. At this point, I realized that design/architecture is a field that I will never get tired of and will always be inspired and eager to do more.

Favorite PDA story?
I don’t think I can be partial and pick only one, but one of my favorites is my first dodger game with PDA!