McCormack Baron Salazar is pleased to announce that Adi Shamir-Baron has joined the company as Vice President of Design. An architect, urban planner and architectural historian with extensive cross-disciplinary experience, Shamir-Baron focuses on the early stage design process and cross-company design procedures. As Vice President of Design at McCormack Baron Salazar, Shamir-Baron will guide project physical plans from initial master plan conception through construction.
“Adi’s extensive experience in planning and design immediately brings a fresh perspective to the company and our designs,” said Vincent Bennett, President of McCormack Baron Salazar. “Her first efforts at the company will be to increase communication across sectors and disciplines, closing feedback loops from builders, designers and property managers. Our goal is to ensure that our designs reflect best practices in the most efficient and thoughtful way.”
Shamir-Baron will coordinate with the design team on early conceptual designs to articulate design goals, define challenges and identify opportunities to enhance the built environment through design, including advancing template unit designs, creating sustainable and resilient building designs, incorporating green infrastructure and preserving historic assets.
Shamir-Baron has worked within several nationally and internationally recognized architectural firms and as an independent practitioner. Her experience extends beyond the built environment to interactive media programs, exhibit installations and dynamic landscape architecture. Her work includes collaborating with McCormack Baron Salazar on the design of the Thomy Lafon Park in New Orleans and the design of Bloody Run Creek in Detroit, MI. She has also served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies at California College of Arts (CCA) and served as Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute, a national design and urban planning research institute.
Shamir-Baron has a Ph.D. in Architecture/Architecture History and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She also earned an MBA from NYC Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union. She is a Commissioner with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the largest municipal historic preservation agency in the nation, a role she has held since 2014.