Private Industry Partners



Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935. Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, we collaborate with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. The firm’s Resilience Lab tackles global challenges with a strategies approach and methodology that navigate solutions ranging from restoration (repair), sustainability (endure), resilience (adapt), wellbeing (thrive), and regeneration (replenish).


Yanel de Ángel
Project Manager, Principal

Douglas Pierce
Project Architect, Senior Associate

Ryan Kurlbaum
Designer, Associate

Arlen Stawasz

María Roldán

Ismael Segarra

Jennifer Ingram

Armando Nazario
Senior Project Designer, Senior Associate

Basak Alkan
Senior Urban Designer, Associate

Jose Gelabert
Regional Director, Principal

Pat Bosch
Design Director, Principal

Robin Guenther
Discipline Leader, Principal

Leo Alvarez
Design Principal, Principal

Luke Booth
Landscape Designer

Gautam Sundaram
Practice Leader, Associate Principal



ALVAREZ-DIAZ & VILLALON are architects and interior designers who are passionate about design, loyal to customers, efficient in everything they do, and socially conscious to the core. AD&V is dedicated to advanced design and energy-efficient sustainable architecture and interior design that enhances people’s experience of the world and improves their lives.


Ricardo Álvarez‐Díaz 
Founder, Principal

Antonio L. Gárate
Partner, Architect



Shaping a better world

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, and consultants, bringing together broad-minded individuals and encouraging them to look beyond the constraints of their own disciplines.  Arup is a global firm with 92 offices in 40 countries and a staff of 14,000 who deliver with creativity and passion.  Resilience has emerged as a key concept in a world marked by evolving disruptors and increasing uncertainty, and has become a central tenant in Arup’s approach for long-term solutions within the built environment.  Arup is embedding resilience in its design and consulting across the spectrum of its infrastructure work, for site and building scale systems through planning and advice to cities and multinational financing organizations.


Lisa Dickson
Director of Resilience for the Americas, Associate Principal

Alfonso Mendez-Lossada
Associate Principal, Infrastructure Advisory Head


Waggonner & Ball Architecture / Environment


Waggonner & Ball is located where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. We believe that designing for resilience requires living with water and building with nature.

Our work spans a range of scales, from buildings to landscapes, from cities to watersheds. Our work also spans a range of places, from New Orleans to Norfolk, from Bridgeport to Beijing. No matter where we work, we draw on the local and particular while engaging our global context of a changing climate, precarious economic conditions, and powerful new technologies. We work to align cutting-edge best practices with underlying deep structures of place. Our work emphasizes qualities more fundamental than style, and our focus is always on essential matters of soil, water, climate, space, light, and materials. We measure our performance over time; durability and resilience are critical.

Waggonner & Ball remains grounded in the New Orleans community while uniquely engaged in international practice. Since 1970, Waggonner & Ball and its predecessor firms have lived and worked in New Orleans - a deeply rooted place with a rich history, but also a port city with a constant exchange of materials and culture. From this perspective, we see New Orleans - a challenging environment on the front line of climate change where a holistic approach to design is essential - as both our home and our point of departure.


Janice Barnes
Principal, Director of Resilience


Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates constructed works. Incorporated in 1956, SGH employs more than 550 engineers, architects, and scientists in offices in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.    SGH is a founding member of the U.S. Resiliency Council which is part of its commitment to advancing best practices in resilient design such as the development of performance based engineering standards including FEMA P-58 and the SEAONC Buildings Rating efforts.  SGH’s experience in both design and forensics inform its unique insights on facing natural hazards and dealing with post-disaster recovery.



Pedro J. Sifre
Senior Principal



WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms and is dedicated to local communities and propelled by international brainpower. Their technical experts and strategic advisors include engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. WSP develops creative, comprehensive and sustainable engineering solutions for a future where society can thrive. Equipped with an intimate understanding of local intricacies, world-class talent and proactive leadership, they plan, design, manage and engineer long lasting and impactful solutions to uniquely complex problems.



Manuel Fontan, EIT
Building Performance Consultant

Claire McKenna, LEED AP BD+C