WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate, will honor Aine Brazil, Managing Principal of Thornton Tomasetti, as “Woman of the Year” at the organization’s 2006 Dinner on Thursday, November 16.
Ms. Brazil is among the most recognized and celebrated structural engineers in the nation, and the most prominent woman in her field. Her contributions to real estate development are evident throughout New York, including 731 Lexington Avenue (The Bloomberg Building/Beacon Court) for Vornado, 5 Times Square for Boston Properties, 15 Metrotech in Brooklyn for Forest City Ratner and 745 Seventh Avenue for Rockefeller Group Development Corporation. Ms. Brazil has directed engineering marvels such as New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Greenberg Pavilion and served the City with her work on the initial rescue and recovery mission at Ground Zero.
One of just nine Managing Principals at the 500-person international engineering and design firm responsible for the world’s tallest three buildings (the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Shanghai 101 and Taipai 101), world-class sports facilities (from Pac Bell Park in San Francisco to the current Nets and Yankees facilities in New York), and other complex structures spanning the globe, Ms. Brazil brings more than 28 years experience in the design and construction of high-rise office and residential buildings, hotels, airrights projects with long span transfer systems, hospitals and parking garages.
“We are extremely proud to honor Aine Brazil as our Woman of the Year,” said Sherida Paulsen, President of WX. “She is a remarkable professional, setting the highest standards for structural engineers and establishing a new bar for the role women can play in the field of real estate development.”
Ms. Brazil is a board member of both NEW (Non-traditional Employment for Women), a nonprofit organization that trains women for jobs in the building trades, and for ACE (Architecture, Construction Management, and Engineering) New York. She has taught as an adjunct professor at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities such as Princeton, Columbia and Manhattan College, and has served as a guest lecturer at Cornell and Yale.
In receiving the WX “Woman of the Year” honor, Ms. Brazil follows a number of the business world’s most impressive women executives, including: Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CB Richard Ellis; Tara Stacom, Executive Vice President of Cushman & Wakefield and Marilyn Jordan Taylor of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate, is an invitation-only association of senior-level women actively engaged in the commercial real estate industry in New York. WX’s diverse membership includes owners, developers, brokers, architects, engineers, bankers and lawyers, among others. Its mission is to promote the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry, and the funds raised at the Annual Dinner support outreach and education programs initiated and administrated by WX, including scholarships, lectures and seminars for young women pursuing careers in the field.
The Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at the Union League Club. For information about sponsorship opportunities, tickets or WX, please contact: Tara Oehlmann (212) 414-9309, ext. 4 or visit www.wxnyre.com.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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