Diana Revkin, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Architect + Interior Design Practice Leader
How Many Years A CREWNY Member?
I’m a Rhode Island native, and cannot survive for much more than a month without eating clams or some other shellfish.
Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of:
I am at a transition point in my professional life right now, which has allowed me to step back and assess the totality of my career to date - from my first position as a designer to my most recent role as a studio director at a highly respected large architectural firm. I am proud of how I have built my career around adding value by connecting design thinking with business strategy: building strong working relationships and channels of communication between clients and project teams, helping translate a client’s requirements into a clear project strategy, and supporting and mentoring the next generation in a very challenging profession. For me, it’s about people first. The rest will follow.
What about CRE ignites your passion?
I was obsessed with design and architecture from a very early age, but it wasn’t until I moved to New York after college that I began to understand the business of CRE and how architecture and interior design are just one part of a much broader industry. As I developed professionally, I learned more about the business of CRE and the vast and diverse array of professionals who are all part of the complex development process. It makes one’s appreciation of the built environment so much greater when one understands the effort required to make it all come together.
How do you encourage women reports, colleagues and friends in CRE to persevere, despite challenges?
We are facing a very challenging period in CRE, but it is by no means the first time. The most important advice I can give is to stay connected with colleagues across the industry, and get involved in professional organizations to expand your network further. It’s easier than it was after 9/11, living in the era of Zoom and LinkedIn. I have been mentoring young professionals online, moderating panels, and engaging any way I can. Staying connected will help you be in the right place at the right time, will provide you a network to turn to for advice and help, and will give you the moral support we all need to persevere.