TRIA Welcomes Eric Ferret as Senior Lab Planner

Date

May 12, 2022

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Eric Ferret, Senior Laboratory Planner

TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science, technology and corporate clients, welcomes Eric Ferret as Senior Laboratory Planner. His extensive knowledge of project management, laboratory programming and planning allows TRIA to continue to specialize and excel in the life sciences, health care and biomanufacturing sectors.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Eric to our team. It is evident, with his list of accomplishments and clients he has served over the past 30 years, that he loves helping people solve large, complex challenges while engaging in scientific design. His experience encompasses everything we do at TRIA and he will be an incredible asset to our clients.” said Managing Principal and Co-founder Sherwood Butler.

Eric has established turn-key, design-build-finance solutions for projects ranging from $5 million to $300 million for a variety of domestic and international clients. He has played a key role as an administrator of extensive green sites and renovation, isolation containment and barrier vivarium, cleanroom ISO3-8, nano tech scale-up and test bedding, and jobs that require safety and quality assurance compliance: GXP, IOQ, PV validation to name a few.

Eric’s consummate knowledge has earned him invitations to be a keynote speaker at industry conferences, and he has consulted client leadership teams for Fortune 500 clients in the pharmaceutical industry and the Department of Defense.

ABOUT TRIA

TRIA is a full-service architecture firm that values client relationships above all. The firm’s principal-driven approach puts our leadership team at the table with client decision-makers, working together to envision success, solve problems and deliver exceptional results. Our lab design and corporate interiors teams strive to learn every client’s unique DNA, and by doing so, we create efficient and energizing spaces that reflect a company’s culture and foster innovation. At TRIA, we design spaces that enable business success and advance new discoveries – in the lab, around the office, and beyond.

TRIA Welcomes Emma Pina as Director of Operations

Date

March 10, 2022

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Emma Pina, Director of Operations

TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science and technology and corporate clients, welcomes Emma Pina as Director of Operations. Her wealth of knowledge and leadership in project management will allow TRIA the opportunity for continued growth and success in the life sciences sector.

“As our firm continues to support the demand for work and lab spaces for organizations and their scientific discoveries, it became evident that we needed a leader who is charismatic and effective. She shares our values of authenticity, empathy, innovation, rigor, and trust, and I am convinced that with Emma at the helm of our operation overseeing efficient processes, TRIA will continue to focus on enabling our clients’ growth with unique design solutions,” said Principal and Co-founder Jeannie Thacker, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C.

Emma brings over 10 years of global management experience in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. She has a proven track record of achievements with project planning and management that extends to real estate site selection, brokerage, market research, and operational strategies and growth.

As co-chair for the Mentorship program at Professional Women in Construction (PWC), she champions employee support and development with creative workplace strategies.

Emma received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

About TRIA

TRIA is a full-service architecture firm that values client relationships above all. The firm’s principal-driven approach puts our leadership team at the table with client decision-makers, working together to envision success, solve problems and deliver exceptional results. Our lab design and corporate interiors teams strive to learn every client’s unique DNA, and by doing so, we create efficient and energizing spaces that reflect a company’s culture and foster innovation. At TRIA, we design spaces that enable business success and advance new discoveries – in the lab, around the office, and beyond.

TRIA Launches an Associates Program

Founded in 2015, TRIA has designed more than 10,000,000 square feet of lab and office space, striving to integrate people, science and technology into one workplace and one culture. In TRIA’s sixth year of business we are thrilled to launch our Associates Program. TRIA has selected a group of individuals who have each shown a drive and desire to continually push their own knowledge and development as well as the development and growth of the firm. Together these Associates and Senior Associates will help TRIA to perfect their craft while continuing to be an industry leader, designing holistic lab and office workspaces. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.

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TRIA is Growing!

TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science and technology and corporate clients, is excited to announce the expansion of their team with the recent hiring of seven new architectural professionals.

As the life science market continues to grow, so does the TRIA team. The recent additions will allow TRIA to meet market demands while continuing to design award winning state of the art facilities for both existing and new clients.

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TRIA welcomes the following new hires:

Reaz Haque, Senior Project Architect
A graduate of MIT, Reaz comes to TRIA with over 35 years of experience specializing in both healthcare and life science industries. His portfolio encompasses a wide range of projects, including laboratories, medical facilities, mixed-use, and transportation. At TRIA, he leverages his breadth of experience to develop innovative and creative solutions to complex challenges, leading the project design process.

Rob Winters, Senior Project Manager
Rob comes to TRIA with extensive experience managing project teams through all phases of the design process. His experience spans several different industries, including life sciences, healthcare, academic and civic projects. At TRIA, Rob is responsible for leading client management, project coordination and internal staffing, while infusing his expertise into ongoing projects. Rob is passionate about collaboration and creating an environment that is both empowering and encouraging for clients and team members alike.

Aline Trindade, Senior Interior Designer
Aline is an accomplished interior designer with over 20 years of experience.  She has delivered innovative and award-winning design solutions on high-profile projects across the globe successfully leading them from concept to completion. At TRIA, Aline is focused on corporate interiors, working closely with the lab planning team to holistically design each client’s unique workspace.

David Bernier, Project Designer
David brings to TRIA over 25 years of commercial design experience spanning several industries, including life sciences, commercial retail, mixed-used redevelopment, and residential design. Having served roles as both a designer and previously a project manager, he has a unique insight on the design process across all project phases. At TRIA, David brings a deep understanding on the importance of collaboration and project coordination to develop innovative design solutions.

Prodipta Chatterjee, Designer II
Prodipta joins TRIA with 5 years of experience spanning several sectors including life sciences, healthcare and corporate interiors. Her design is shaped by her passion for creating efficient and creative solutions. At TRIA, she strives to deliver exceptional quality work specifically suited for each client’s satisfaction.

Fabiane Soares, Designer II
Fabiane has extensive experience in the design and development of corporate interiors as well as core and shell buildings, specializing in lighting and interior design. Fabiane is inspired by her Brazilian roots where she brings her love for urban design to TRIA.

Yuliya Mursuli, Designer I
A recent graduate of Florida International University where she received her Master of Architecture Yuliya brings her passion for technology to her work at TRIA. She is firm believer in building a better future through innovative technologies and that small incremental changes can have a sizable impact.

ABOUT TRIA

TRIA is a full-service architecture firm that values client relationships above all. The firm’s principal-driven approach puts our leadership team at the table with client decision-makers, working together to envision success, solve problems and deliver exceptional results. Our lab design and corporate interiors teams strive to learn every client’s unique DNA, and by doing so, we create efficient and energizing spaces that reflect a company’s culture and foster innovation. At TRIA, we design spaces that enable business success and advance new discoveries – in the lab, around the office, and beyond.

TRIA Welcomes Marilyn Shen as Principal and Director of Integrated Design, Workplace

Date

March 22, 2021

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Marilyn Shen

Experienced strategic workplace designer joins leadership team

BOSTON – 3/22/2021 – TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science and technology and corporate clients, announced today that Marilyn Shen has joined the firm as a Principal and Director of Integrated Design, Workplace. Overseeing a team of interior designers, Marilyn will work closely with the leadership team to expand the company and client base. Marilyn and Edwin Hargrave, AIA, Associate Principal and Director of Integrated Design, Science & Technology will work together to coordinate holistic design across lab and office.

“Marilyn brings a depth of experience and a proven track record of exceptional client service and attention to detail. She has developed strategies that engage, educate, and empower organizations and employees to design compelling workplace environments,” said Sherwood Butler, co-founder and managing principal of TRIA. “Working together, Marilyn and Edwin will lead our integrated design process which ensures a sense of community throughout design and guarantees culture-centric, functional spaces that promote interactive discovery.”

With over 15 years of experience focusing on building a better workplace environment for organizations and employees, Marilyn brings a unique perspective to TRIA’s lab planning, programming, and design approach. She has partnered closely with leadership teams and key stakeholders to understand goals and requirements, and to develop solutions that advance workplace initiatives and drive positive culture change and outcomes. Marilyn will leverage this experience both within TRIA and with the firm’s clients.

“We are excited to welcome Marilyn to the TRIA family. Her background not only complements our unique integrated approach, but her vision and analytical thinking will enable us to be even more innovative in designing bespoke spaces for our clients.  Like all of us at TRIA, Marilyn is also truly inspired by our clients’ missions and the drive to get lifesaving treatments to patients,” said Jeannie Thacker, AIA, NCARB, and LEED AP BD+C, co-founder and principal at TRIA.

For the past 15 years, Marilyn served in increasingly strategic roles at Visnick & Caufield Associates. Most recently, she was a Principal and Workplace Experience & Strategy Lead where she focused on organizational culture, change management, workplace strategy, and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI).

Marilyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Organizational Psychology with a minor in Art from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts in Interior Architecture from the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD) at Suffolk University. She is a LEED Green Associate, a Certified Professional Culture Facilitator, and NCIDQ certified.

About TRIA

TRIA is a full-service architecture firm that values client relationships above all. The firm’s principal-driven approach puts our leadership team at the table with client decision-makers, working together to envision success, solve problems and deliver exceptional results. Our lab design and corporate interiors teams strive to learn every client’s unique DNA, and by doing so, we create efficient and energizing spaces that reflect a company’s culture and foster innovation. At TRIA, we design spaces that enable business success and advance new discoveries – in the lab, around the office, and beyond. Visit us on the web at https://tria.design and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

TRIA Promotes Edwin Hargrave to Associate Principal, Director of Integrated Design, Science and Technology

Date

May 21, 2020

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Edwin Hargrave

Skilled life sciences planner brings extensive experience to the firm’s design leadership team

BOSTON – May 21, 2020 – TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on science and technology organizations bringing new discoveries to the market, is pleased to announce that Edwin Hargrave, AIA, has been promoted to Associate Principal, Director of Integrated Design, Science and Technology. Edwin holds more than 30 years of experience in programming, lab planning, and design of complex research and teaching science facilities focused on discovery and collaboration, from programming through construction to completion.

TRIA leverages its own research practitioner experience and first-hand knowledge of scientific organizations to bring equal parts scientific rigor and focused client service that result in innovative design solutions. Edwin will join Lucianna Lucarelli Scordo, who has been named Associate Principal, Director of Integrated Design, Interior Design, in further establishing TRIA as a leader in the design of life sciences facilities focused on discovery. Edwin and Lucianna will holistically lead TRIA’s design team, ensuring the delivery of integrated research spaces and interior design, transforming spaces into beautiful, functional research communities that help companies thrive.

“Edwin’s extensive experience in managing the design process for complex science facilities has been pivotal in TRIA’s continued ability to deliver the best product to our clients,” said Sherwood Butler, Managing Principal of TRIA. “His attention to detail and successful execution has resulted in functional and culture-centric designs for our clients. Edwin will work hand-in-hand with Lucianna, continuing to establish TRIA as a leader in the holistic design of life sciences facilities. We are thrilled to see our colleagues grow with our company and look forward to Edwin’s continued contributions.”

Edwin’s portfolio includes Ivy League institutions such as Yale and Dartmouth College, and other notable academic research facilities such as the University of Virginia and Tufts University. Edwin received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has received multiple awards for his designs, including the AIA New England Merit Awards for Design Excellence, and Lab of the Year in recognition of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

About TRIA

TRIA practices the science of architecture. We combine a deep understanding of the unique needs of science-based organizations with decades of experience constructing spaces and places that enable those organizations to meet their goals. Using a principal-driven approach, we partner closely with clients to enable business success and advance new discoveries, in the lab and across the organization. Visit us on the web at http://tria.design/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Intern Interview: Zuzana Jurova

Date

December 19, 2019

Zuzana Jurova

What is the best advice you received?

The best advice I received from one of my coworkers was that I should say my opinions out loud – and not to be afraid to think. It might sound like a cliché but in the beginning of the internship everything is a bit intimidating. The higher-ups seem like unreachable authorities and you often find yourself blindly following orders, not understanding what is going on. If no one asks, it can be nerve-wracking to share your opinion as an intern – but as I became friends with my coworkers, that dissipated. It is good to double check things, speak up, ask for clarification and contribute to the discussions. You might be surprised how much people appreciate hearing your opinion. It helps you learn and grow to participate in design decision making.

What is your favorite part of the job?

In the beginning I was often jumping around between projects, not knowing what they were about and only helping with small parts. After couple of weeks I was assigned to a project that I continued working on for the rest of my internship. I think it is worth mentioning that by working with one team consistently in pursuit of a common design made me feel very included. I am very glad to have contributed to the project and seeing it progress as we worked together – it was one of my favorite feelings.

What is a notable challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it?

There were multiple challenges I faced with this internship, such as living in a new environment and getting to experience a different way of life across the “pond” (where imperial system rules all.) However, I must admit, the welcoming atmosphere at TRIA made the process of settling down much easier. I had never worked in such a large office, and I appreciated that there was always something to do, whether it was the lunch and learns, or the various events TRIA hosted. I think the biggest challenge for me was to level up my Revit skills, in addition to understanding the professional architectural terminology. Even though I don’t have any problem on a communications level, some terminology regarding our profession can be tricky if you’ve never used it before. But what I liked about TRIA is that an answer is only one question away and everyone is willing to help.

Has working at TRIA changed your opinion of your field of study? How?

I’ve never worked in a company that specialized in a specific type of project. But from this experience it became clear that architects hold a lot more responsibility than just the initial sketch of a design. In school, they talk about the profession almost philosophically, as though the design is paramount and a direct path to a Pritzker prize – but in reality you have to go through the steps and work to actualize your idea. There are a lot of different components and I learned that opportunities with this profession are endless. There isn’t only one way to go.

What do you wish you had more exposure to during your time here?

From the beginning of my internship I really wanted to go out to a site visit and see the progress of a project. That only happened once during my stay here and that was probably the only thing I wish I had a chance to experience more often. That one time I went to the project site I learned so much and I really believe that if I had a chance to visit the site I was working on for two months, it would have helped me understand the project more. It helps illustrate our design when you see it in person versus just on a piece of paper.

What is your fondest TRIA-related memory?

One of my fondest memories of TRIA would be the night out at the IIDA Fashion Show. I loved seeing the team enjoying each other’s company outside of the office and work on something that unites them even more. Because the fashion show wasn’t only one night, it followed many evenings of hard work on costumes and time spent together. But TRIA offered events and opportunities throughout the whole year that made getting to know your coworkers much easier. I loved spending time with my colleagues at Lunch and Learns, the Thanksgiving lunch, volunteering for Christmas decorating the Italian Home for Children, and the TRIA holiday party.

Intern Interview: Tarida Choeimalai

Date

August 14, 2019

Tarida Choeimalai

What is the best advice you received?

Working in the “real world” is totally different from my experience in school and this internship allowed me to see how architects really work. It’s not only about designing aesthetic spaces – the work must match the client’s needs. By assisting with multiple projects, I realized how extensive the process behind each project is; even though all the moving parts were a bit much at first, it challenged me to learn and expand outside of areas I had previously worked in. The TRIA team was always very helpful and kindly gave me advice on matters my education didn’t cover. It wasn’t necessarily any one piece of advice in particular, but over my time here everyone has imparted a little bit of their experience to me.

What is your favorite part of the job?

On Friday mornings, everyone has breakfast together and shares stories, which helped me to meet everyone when I first started. Comparing it to experience in Thailand, the office is much more close-knit – like a small family. The culture here is very friendly and fun but still manages to maintain a good balance of professionalism. At first, I was worried to ask questions because I was so inexperienced and didn’t want to bother anyone with stupid questions, however, everyone was very supportive and encouraging when I was exploring new topics and didn’t understand something. By surrounding myself with the years of experience here and witnessing the design process, I‘ve been able to delve into many new topics I would not have otherwise been exposed to. The Lunch and Learn especially has been super helpful: I learned a lot about lab designing, code plans, equipment matrixes, etc., which I couldn’t learn from school.

What is a notable challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it?

Working on multiple projects at once without proper organizational strategies was confusing at first. I had to learn how to assess each project in terms of how much work it required and the urgency of the deadline to efficiently plan my weeks and days. At first, working with the design team, I was scared to share my opinion but after a week of working at TRIA I became more confident, because people would listen and continue to develop my thought process. I realized that even though I have less experience than others my opinion is important, because I gain more experience discussing it, and this will make me a better architect in the future. Gaining this confidence also helped when it came to my workload: as small as it sounds, I learned not to just say yes to anyone with a new job, but rather, to tell them that I would get to them as soon as I had completed the task at hand.

Has working at TRIA changed your opinion of your field of study? How?

I thought that being an architect meant designing spaces based on your personal preferences but after working here, I realize that most of the design depends on what clients prefer. Sometimes, I feel frustrated that we need to keep changing the drawings, but I remind myself to be patient, and that the iterations offer further design experience and will make me a better architect. When I return to school, I think this experience will continue to influence me, because I am more likely to create multiple options for an assignment and compare them, rather than complete a single design I like.

What do you wish you had more exposure to during your time here?

I wish I could have focused on one project, rather than jumping around so much, because I would have liked to deepen my understanding of how the schematic design process plays out. However, I also learned a lot from balancing multiple projects, since I got to see many different designs and solve new problems for each project. Moreover, I had the opportunity to work with everyone in the firm, which will make my work with other teams in the future easier.

What is your fondest TRIA-related memory?

The TRIA team made me feel welcomed and comfortable from day one, and I feel super thankful for everyone that kindly helped me develop my architectural and professional skills. I really like how people treat each other in this firm and take the time to sit down and get to know each other more. It’s been a huge opportunity for me to work overseas in the architectural field, and I’ve enjoyed it a lot.

What is a skill you learned or honed while working at TRIA?

Revit – though Google helped a lot with the small questions on the way. I definitely got better at presenting projects and the process behind them, as well as the details behind construction. I was a part of client meetings, and actively participated in TRIA meetings, which made me feel like I was part of the team, not just an intern.

Intern Interview: Iris Hazelton

Date

August 12, 2019

Iris Hazelton

What is the best advice you received?

The best advice I received was to not undersell myself as an intern and offer my voice if I have any input on a project, as it never hurts to make a suggestion. When I started as an intern at TRIA, I felt I was only here to complete menial tasks that needed to get done. I was surprised when designers asked for my opinion on projects or to pick out materials myself but grew more confident as I became more familiar with the design process. I’m grateful to those who reminded me that everyone starts somewhere, often as an intern themselves, and that its okay to still be learning the ins and outs of the field.

What is your favorite part of the job?

I really enjoyed watching the designers work, as well as being a part of the collaborative design process that takes place here at TRIA. Hearing and seeing all the different parts that go into a completed project was incredibly informative and getting to participate in these conversations was a truly valuable experience. The people who work here have such a passion for their field and produce amazing work; I was able to learn so much from working with the teams. Everything is always subject to change, and often I would see designers relying on their instincts to stay flexible and keep the project moving forward, regardless of any unforeseen events.

What is a notable challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it?

Coming into TRIA, I had little experience with the design software used throughout the firm, which limited my ability to assist with specific tasks. I was surprised to learn that much of the staff here had been able to learn the program themselves through experience as an intern and they always made the time to offer insight and assistance as I worked through the learning curve.

Has working at TRIA changed your opinion of your field of study? How?

As an art student, I’ve mostly studied architecture in the context of movements and periods that were defined by the external appearance of a structure. Seeing how art and design can be applied to the interiors has given me a more holistic understanding of the field. So many tiny details go into creating a cohesive space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, many of which I have only just begun to understand. Both the architecture and the design of a space influence each other: a good space has a closely linked process where neither is left to the wayside, and I have found it fascinating to witness that process. Additionally, I’ve caught myself noticing architectural and design details in my day to day life and relating it back to what I have learned here, and how I might have done it differently.

What do you wish you had more exposure to during your time here?

As my time here was relatively short, most of the projects I worked on were underway when I arrived and will still be in progress when I leave. I would’ve loved to see what the very beginning stages of a project looked like, and how the overall direction of the design was decided on. It would’ve also been great to be able to see any of the projects to completion and see how everyone’s hard work manifests itself in the final product. Hopefully, as a Boston native, I’ll get the chance to see one of the spaces sometime in the future.

What is your fondest TRIA-related memory?

I’ve really enjoyed the experience of working with the team in the satellite office on the 7th floor and have many good memories of that space. The creative energy in that environment is very strong and listening to music and chatting while we work has been a generally enjoyable experience. I also really enjoyed the screening of Jurassic Park for the fashion show project.

What is a skill you learned or honed while working at TRIA?

Besides learning Revit, I’ve been able to hone my own design skills and narrow in on an aesthetic that suits my personal style. I was always amazed when people would approach me while working on a project and could tell who had designed the space just by the look of it. It’s forced me to think about how different design factors interact, especially considering how heavily we prioritize the client’s wishes and needs, and yet a designer’s aesthetic still manages to shine through. I’ve seen the value of individualizing your work to showcase your strengths as a designer, which I believe will be crucial going forward into my career.

Intern Interview: Ray Khalaf

Date

August 12, 2019

Ray Khalaf

What is the best advice you received?

TRIA is a fast-paced environment where the work demands can change quite drastically from day to day, especially as an intern. I was told not to be afraid to ask others at TRIA for help, as it’s best to confirm when you are in doubt. Everyone always made sure to take a moment to answer my questions, and it was important to them that I not only understood the how, but also the why.

What is your favorite part of the job?

The flexibility that comes along with it. For example, you could change locations to sit on the 7th floor, an open office setting with music, or you could stay downstairs in a normal office setting. You have the freedom to move around instead of sitting all day, which helps break up routine. It also helps encourage work across teams and disciplines and fosters conversations that I might not have otherwise had.

Another favorite aspect of my work here is the variation I experienced depending on my role on the team. I got the chance to be part of lab design, interior finishes selection, equipment selection, and I even assisted in drafting contracts. As a result, I am more aware of the responsibilities of an architecture firm, and how different skills are applied.

What is a notable challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it?

Jumping from project to project was difficult at first, as I wasn’t certain how to prioritize the work I was given. However, developing better communication skills with teams and continuously filling my team in about where I stood allowed me to overcome that. It certainly became a team effort to be more organized and cohesive as well, which helped develop my own management skills in turn.

Has working at TRIA changed your opinion of your field of study? How?

I’ve seen how the TRIA team constantly accommodates the clients’ needs, especially the interiors’ team. It puts things in perspective, the difference between a final product and the continuous iterations that still look professional and end-game. Working with and seeing how our Senior Interior Designers handle presentations and their mind process regarding it really sets an example on how you’re expected to deliver in the real world. You need to put your personal bias and preferences about a space to the side, and really try to see the space as the client does. It opens up a whole new perspective, and often leads to fascinating results.

What do you wish you had more exposure to during your time here?

To see the end results of the projects I’ve worked on would have been nice. Due to the time limitations of my internship, however, none of the projects I worked on are completed yet. I would have liked to see how everything came together and how my work contributed to the space as a whole.

What is your fondest TRIA-related memory?

Coming to work to see Betty the dog.

What is a skill you learned or honed while working at TRIA?

I can now develop my own Revit families. I also have a better understanding of lab planning and lab equipment and the emergency standards required for them. I am more familiar with room types such as freezer farms and cold rooms. During my time here, I’ve been exposed to so many new projects and ways of thinking that I am now coming away with bits and pieces of new information across the board.