Adrienne Lewis, an associate and architect at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini since 2002, has made the move from Albuquerque to our Phoenix office. Experienced in a variety of public sector projects, Adrienne will continue to serve as a project manager and as a technical and quality assurance expert in the firm.
Why did you decide to move to Phoenix?
I’ve traveled to Phoenix a fair amount since we opened an office here in 2014, and I really like this area. I happen to love the plants—the palo verde is my favorite tree in the world. It’s so beautiful these trees can survive in this heat!
I’m also drawn to the differences in vernacular. Arizona has a very open aesthetic, and the diverse architecture really appeals to me.
What is your role in D/P/S's Phoenix office?
Our Phoenix office operates as a boutique style firm that is structured to offer high quality, flexible services, so I will be involved on every project and all project types. Specifically, I'll be the quality assurance and technical resource manager, which suits me because I enjoy doing specifications and helping people put together a set of documents.
The other Phoenix managers focus on other aspects of each project, such as programming and design, project management, and construction administration.
Having Phoenix leadership work on each project supports a very streamlined, personal process for our clients. Clients can call any one of us and ask questions about the status of their project, enabling us to provide our best service and work. We also regularly collaborate with our other office locations, so we can easily draw upon firmwide resources if needed.
What projects are you already working on?
I’m currently involved in lab renovations for Arizona State University. I have also worked on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessments for Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek, as well as in Texas and Colorado, and I hope to continue working with school districts and other entities to enhance safety and security.
Aside from projects, I’ve been a board member for the New Mexico Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), and I intend to continue my involvement by joining the Arizona Chapter. Mentoring and business development are also a top priority for me.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Phoenix?
Professional football and lots of awesome restaurants are at the top of my list. I’d like to see a haboob. Overall, I’m genuinely excited to get to know Phoenix better and settle in.
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