Newsletter | May/Jun 2022

Meet one of our new SC member - Nazila Duran

Nazila Duran – knew that she wanted to be an architect since high school. She completed a Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. She went to work for the famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson but soon moved to Japan where she lived and worked with Arata Isozaki for over 7 years on world-famous award-winning projects.

Upon her return to the US, she chose to live in New York where she was a senior designer with KPF and SOM. She had the opportunity to work on great landmark projects such as corporate high rises and interiors, historic preservation, and National Parks projects, including the Hamilton Grange.

However, she soon encountered the glass ceiling. It seemed impossible to be on a partnership track as a woman, let alone as a design partner in those firms. That seems to still be the case today, 15 years after leaving SOM even with the pressure of diversity [from the general public].

Nazila became more and more involved with design and management of transportation and aviation projects. She enjoys the complexity of airports. For the last 10 years she has been a program director and owner representative at major airports such as LAX, Houston, SFO, managing expansions and modernizations, starting with the selection of architects and engineers as well the contractor teams, followed by managing the design and construction of the programs. SFO Terminal 1, Harvey Milk Terminal, is her latest project that just opened.

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