Congratulations to Jitka Dekojova and José Gutierrez, who are both being recognized by ENR Southwest as 2020 Top Young Professionals. The honor is awarded to the "Top 20 Under 40" in the design and construction industry. Winners are selected based on leadership, experience, and community service. See the full list of ENR Southwest 2020 Top Young Professionals.
Jitka Dekojova, ASLA, SITES AP is an associate and landscape architect at D/P/S. She recently served as a site and landscape designer on the renovation of Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque, a project that won a 2019 ENR Southwest Best Projects award. A native of the Czech Republic, she launched her career working on ecological revitalization in Europe and went on to earn a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a certificate in urban design and regionalism from the University of New Mexico. Her goal is to design landscapes that are both aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound.
José Gutierrez is a member of the IT Department as a Systems Administrator. In a design firm with staff ranging from teenagers to senior citizens, onsite and remote employees—all with varying technological savvy and stress levels—Gutierrez excels at getting to the essence of problems and finding solutions. He faces a constant stream of technical challenges while supporting more than 200 staff in four offices; however, he takes an educational approach to his work, using his IT skills and rapport with people to identify opportunities for innovation.
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