As more architectural firms in the United States are doing work overseas, the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee is pleased to highlight three women design leaders practicing in New York, each with a portfolio of international projects highlighting their unique global design perspectives. Please join us as Carla Swickerath, Leah Nanpei, and Vivian Lee showcase their projects, share their experiences working abroad, describe their design inspiration and process, and discuss the challenges faced and how their design decisions have impacted the delivery of creative solutions and positive results.
Carla Swickerath, Partner, Studio Libeskind
Leah Nanpei, Project Director, SHoP Architects
Vivian Lee, AIA, Principal, RMP
Rosalind Tsang, AIA, Senior Associate, RAMSA
Since joining Studio Libeskind in 1999, Carla Swickerath, has gained diverse experience in cultural, civic, retail, commercial, residential and planning projects around the world. She has lead many of the Studio’s successful project teams from concept design through to completion— including the Crystals retail complex at CityCenter in Las Vegas, the Hyundai Haeundae Udong I-Park residential development in Busan, Korea, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Ms. Swickerath has also led the complex World Trade Center redevelopment process from the initial competition phase to the present. Today, her dual management and design skills come into play as she oversees all aspects of operations at Studio Libeskind. Ms. Swickerath leads many of the Studio’s projects, coordinating the design team and consultants, liaising with clients and client’s representatives and managing project budgets and schedules.
She earned a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan, following undergraduate studies in English and Art History at the University of Florida. She has taught at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee in Berlin and the University of Michigan. Carla speaks publicly on architecture, design, and planning. Carla is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Van Alen Institute in New York.
Leah Nanpei is a Project Director at SHoP with twelve years of experience working on a range of project typologies including academic, laboratories, mixed-use, and commercial buildings. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. At SHoP, her work has included complex project management and coordination of projects under our Design Excellence contract with the United States Department of State, in addition to urban projects such as 325 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn and Collins Arch in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to her architectural work, she has taught several graduate level studio courses and participated in exhibitions around the world.
Vivian Lee, AIA, became a Principal of RMP in 2018. Prior to joining Richard Meier & Partners, she lived and worked in Europe and Asia, bringing to the Firm a diverse background and extensive international experience. Her current projects include the Oaks Frontline Apartments & Villas in the Czech Republic, the Taichung Condominium Tower in Taiwan, and the 101 Market Street Hotel & Residential Tower in Newark, NJ.
Her contribution to the firm’s creative portfolio also includes the recently completed SoMA Master Plan and Teachers Village Charter Schools and Workforce Housing in Newark, New Jersey, Seamarq Hotel in Gangneung, South Korea, OCT Clubhouse in Shenzhen, China, and Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo, Italy. Many of her projects have been published in various domestic and international magazines, including Architectural Record, Architect, Detail, Casabella, and Abitare.
Vivian Lee practiced in a wide range of areas prior to joining Richard Meier & Partners, including the sectors of Education, Corporate, Retail, Airport, Cultural, and Interiors. Ms. Lee received her Bachelor in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Summa Cum Laude Master in Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She is a registered architect in New York State, a member of the AIA, and is Co-Chair of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee where she mentors young architects and promotes women in leadership and design roles in the practice.
Rosalind Tsang, AIA, is a Senior Associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City, a 265-person internationally recognized design firm. She is currently Project Manager for The Belnord, the conversation of a landmarked historic apartment house into luxury condominiums in New York; 100 Claremont, a mixed-use tower in New York; and 1331, a 486,000 square-foot residential building in Washington, DC. Her international portfolio includes high-end multi-family and single-family residential, mixed-use, hospitality, resorts, clubhouses, retail/commercial, master planning, interior architecture, and product design.
Prior to RAMSA, Ms. Tsang worked for various firms in New York, Vancouver, and Hong Kong. Ms. Tsang received her Bachelor of Architecture degree and her Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the AIA.
Ms. Tsang serves on the Advisory Board for the AIA New York Women in Architecture Committee and RAMSA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee. She is passionate about promoting women in leadership, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion within the architecture and design community.
This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture and design festival.
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