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Debra Gerod

Ms. Gerod joined Gruen Associates, a 65-person broad-based planning and architectural firm, in 1988 and became a partner in 2002. During her tenure at Gruen Associates, Ms. Gerod has focused on the collaborative delivery of projects, primarily in the public sector. Her work includes large-scale, significant civic and cultural projects such as courthouses, embassies, performing arts centers, museums, libraries and transportation projects. Since the late 1980’s, she has created and/or led over two dozen collaborative teams on projects valued at more than $3 billion and her projects have received awards and recognition from the State of California and the Federal Government. Amongst Ms. Gerod’s recent projects is the AIA award-winning restoration of the historic Brand Library and Art Center, the renovation of the Glendale Central Library, the Master Plan for the historic Los Angeles Union Station that will prepare the landmark transportation hub for High Speed Rail service from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the Mid-City/Exposition Light Rail Transit Phase 1 Design-Build project and the Pacific Design Center Red Building in association with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. All projects are examples of monumental architectural and engineering feats in their own right.

Ms. Gerod is the Vice President/President Elect for the American Institute of Architect’s Los Angeles Chapter, is a member of the Board of the AIA California Council (AIACC) and is part of AIACC’s Integrated Project Delivery Committee. A strong believer in mentoring, Ms. Gerod is the architect liaison to the AIA’s Academy of Emerging Professionals, is a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Affiliate for the ACE Mentor Program, an after-school high school mentoring program, and serves on the National Affiliate Council for ACE. Ms. Gerod was elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013.

Ms. Gerod’s ability to solve complex technical, managerial and administrative concerns is particularly important for today’s projects, where the diverse needs and interests of various stakeholders involved might be incompatible, and where the ability to develop creative solutions that encompass these diverse interests, can be invaluable. Ms. Gerod’s “hands-on” approach and “big picture” leadership of projects, her multiple roles at Gruen Associates and in various industry organizations, as well as serving as a mentor for staff and high school students involved in the ACE-Los Angeles Mentor Program are instrumental to the success, growth and proliferation of the many individuals and southern California communities served by her dedication to the AEC industry.

Last updated: 24-Feb-2015 09:35 PM
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