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Tania Van Herle, AIA, LEED APAIA
Managing Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux

  • When did you first realize you wanted to become an architect?
    As I have been told by my parents, I expressed my desire to become an architect/engineer very early on, perhaps when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I think that this decision was fueled by my travels to Europe in my childhood which allowed me to experience the historic architecture of the region. That experience, juxtaposed to the modern architecture of my home city of Los Angeles had a deep influence on me.
  • Who has inspired you and/or influenced your career the most? And how?
    I have been inspired by many people along the way, which I think has been an important part of shaping my pathway. Early on, I believe that my parents gave me the most important gift – allowing me to believe that I could do anything that I set my eyes on. In a professional context, Peter Devereaux has likely provided the most continuous and consistent inspiration and influence. His mentorship and support has really afforded me many opportunities for professional development and growth in my career.
  • What are your recommendations for increasing diversity in the workplace and within the design process particularly?
    As a profession, I believe that there are several things that we can do to better promote diversity in the workplace and design process. For one, I believe that we have a better opportunity now, than we had perhaps a generation ago, to see true examples of women in leadership roles within the practice. Those of us that are in leadership positions have an obligation to mentor the next generation of leaders and help guide them along their path. Given the hours and commitment associated with architecture, one can easily understand how we lose talented individuals along the way. Therefore, I think that it is incumbent upon us to develop more flexible work arrangements that will support both women and men in achieving a better work-life balance to allow them to achieve both personal and professional success without compromising either.
  • As a woman, what are your thoughts on the Los Angeles region as a place to work?
    Being part of a national practice, I am exposed to the dynamics of workplaces in other regions of the country and I believe that Los Angeles is a great place to work. I believe that our city represents diversity, creativity, and opportunity. It also happens to have an incredible architectural community. In that context, I believe that it is a place where, no matter who you are, or where you come from, there are no limitations on what you can achieve.

Tania Van Herle, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Tania Van Herle is the Managing Principal for Harley Ellis Devereaux’s Los Angeles office. With 20 years of experience in architecture, she has participated in all aspects of the practice including project management, business development, technical leadership, operations, office management and corporate governance. Under her leadership, the Los Angeles practice has grown to span a wide range of projects in the Higher Education, K12 and Corporate Commercial marker sectors.

As the former K12 Studio Leader for the firm, Tania specialized in the Design and construction of Education Facilities, with a particular focus on High Performance design. She has participated in various studies and projects which have promoted high performance design and continues to serve as a member for the CHPS National Criteria Operations & Metrics Committee.

Trained in both architecture and engineering, Ms. Van Herle earned multiple degrees at UCLA in both Civil Engineering and Architecture. In 2006, Ms. Van Herle became the firm’s second woman principal as a result of a merger between Harley Ellis and Fields Devereaux. Ms. Van Herle is currently serves as a member of the Harley Ellis Devereaux Board of Directors and Corporate Leadership. Tania has received various recognitions over her career include the Building Design & Construction’s ‘40 under 40’ Award, a nominee by the Los Angeles Business Journal ‘Women Making a Difference, ’ and was part of the Southern California Leadership Class of 2013.

Last updated: 09-Feb-2015 02:27 PM
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