Case Studies Women in Construction

Mariana Circiumaru – BentallGreenOak

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For a few months in 2019, Mariana Circiumaru’s daughter lived in the Bronx of New York while she completed her clinical rotations in a hospital that catered to the underserved. She’d visit her daughter often and, after a few hours, would start to feel down.  Eventually, she realized the drab architecture was the cause.  She’d […]

Mary Martin – Oregon Humane Society

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Mary Martin had been working at the Oregon Humane Society for one month when a friend told her she’d found the perfect dog for her. While she didn’t feel ready to adopt, she offered to foster instead. It didn’t take long for the French Bulldog, Mimi, to change Martin’s mind. “That little dog is with […]

Michelle Swanitz – California Polytechnic State University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It would be a typical day on the job for Michelle Swanitz, one that had her responding to one situation after another before the sun set on the Central California coast. Director of facilities for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Swanitz was handling […]

Monique Davis – MidPen Housing Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Growing up in Houston, Monique Davis could see her neighborhood needed some care and wanted to help fix the buildings in the city she called home. But how, she remembers thinking, could she even get started? The answer came in a chance meeting when architect Vergel Gay spoke at her school and he and his […]

Mel Smith – Torchy’s Tacos

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Chain, casual dining restaurants aren’t known for creativity, but that can be part of their attraction. Doesn’t matter if the customer is in Portland East or Portland West, Detroit or Dallas. Most any branded restaurant looks alike with an identical menu and meals. It’s a business model due for some spicing up, which is what […]

Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It may not be the most original line, but it seems to stand the test of time. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you are reminded that you have not,” remarks Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy, who’s seen a lot in her 23 years in the facilities and operations end of The Wharton School at the […]

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