2021 – CWA March Virtual Forum: Emerging Women Leaders on Career Paths and Working Globally

March 9, 2021
Illinois, United States

CWA and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) Women’s Initiative invite you to enjoy a virtual panel featuring four women leaders across SOM’s global practice. Moderated by Rachel Oleinick, AIA, CWA Lecture Chair and Vice Principal at Northworks Architects and Planners, the panel will feature Tanvi Parikh, AICP, LEED® AP, Laura Cavichioli, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, Marina Marquez, RA, and Nicole Wang, PE. Parikh, Cavichioli, Marquez and Wang collaborate across studios, disciplines and areas of expertise and will discuss their career highlights, challenges and pivots, and their personal and professional advice for peers in the industry.


Tanvi Parikh, AICP, LEED® AP, is an Associate Director Project Manager in SOM Chicago’s studio. Tanvi’s career has focused on the revitalization of cities, promoting diverse and distinct neighborhoods, sustainability, and smart growth. As a project manager, she works closely with clients and stakeholders to create thoughtful plans that integrate the needs of users with both the urban and natural environment into the cityscape. Tanvi has experience working in a wide range of projects, from new town design, regional planning initiatives, downtown mixed-use projects, equitable transit oriented developments, to working with leading higher education institutions in our country. Having worked with leaders in the fields of architecture and planning, Tanvi has the skills to successfully manage international multi-disciplinary teams. Tanvi received her Master in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, and her Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture (CEPT) in Ahmedabad, India.


Laura Cavichioli, AIA, LEED® AP, WELL AP, is a Residential Design Specialist Associate and Senior Designer in SOM’s Chicago studio. Laura specializes in the design of residential and mixed use developments. Throughout her career, she has implemented and directed the design strategy of residential projects and has been responsible for each project’s adherence to the design intent. Laura has worked with a diverse clientele on a range of residential types including condos, rentals, and affordable housing, in low, medium, and high-rise buildings, several of which have been constructed. Laura received her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Savannah College of Art & Design.


Marina Marquez, RA, is an Associate Designer in SOM’s New York City studio. Marina has designed many complex projects, such as One Manhattan West, a Class A office tower on the Far West Side of Manhattan, Jarir Headquarters in RIyadh, and Catalinas Norte II in Argentina. Her recent experience includes a wide range of international commercial, mixed-use, and residential projects. Marina received her Bachelor in Architecture from the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in La Coruna, Spain and her Master in Science of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.


Nicole Wang, PE, is an Associate Structural Engineer in SOM’s San Francisco studio. As a structural engineer, she works closely with the design team to collaboratively develop integrated solutions to engineering and other design and construction challenges. In her committee work within and outside of the office, she studies the embodied carbon impact of structural systems to reduce the environmental impact in future buildings. Nicole has project experience both domestically and in the Chinese market, providing engineering solutions for large-scale mixed-use developments, civic and government buildings, and lightweight structures such as artwork and unique canopies. Nicole received her Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in California.