Shaped by her multi-disciplinary professional experience and her worldly spirit, Gloria has developed a unique view of architecture that is both inspirational and instructional for those with whom she works. From her perspective, buildings are not static, but are dynamic, constantly evolving elements of the urban landscape. From their construction to their dismantling or demolition, change inevitably occurs as time unfolds. She believes a good designer must be able to understand and anticipate these changes, considering how a building will be maintained, how the building’s use may evolve over time, how its presence will shape the community, even how it will be dismantled and whether the materials can be reused or recycled.
As RMW’s in-house specifier for nearly three decades, Gloria knows that these considerations will influence the choice of materials and methods of construction, significantly impacting the life and performance of the building. Gloria joined RMW in 1991, was named an associate in 2000, and transitioned from specifier to director of quality management in 2016. Now working on a comprehensive Quality Management Handbook, she likes to joke that the purpose of the handbook is to keep our lawyers happy and to keep the other lawyers away. She earned her degree in architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, and studied regional planning at the University of Illinois.