The all-female team behind Reina talk condos, covid and controversy

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17 Nov 2020

Women Build speaks to Sherry Larjani, Managing Partner at Spotlight Developments and Heather Rolleston, Principal and Design Director at BDP Quadrangle about why they formed an all-female team to combat the gender imbalance in the real estate development industry

Every aspect of the Reina project has been run by a woman in a leadership role with the goal of drawing awareness to the significant gender imbalance that exists in real estate development and providing role models to encourage more women to enter these fields.

Sherry Larjani, Managing Partner at Spotlight Developments and Taya Cook Director of Development at Urban Capital joined forces and assembled a team of female experts from a range of industries including but not limited to construction management, architecture, engineering, including structural, mechanical and electrical, legal, marketing and sales. 

Heather Rolleston, Principal and Design Director at BDP Quadrangle was brought into the project to design the architecture and interiors of Reina. Heather has 20 years of experience designing, leading and managing award-winning projects in the residential, mixed-use, master plan and commercial sectors. Prior to joining the Studio, Heather worked at architectsAlliance for 16 years as a Senior Associate. She continues to be active in the architecture and design community as a sitting member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, and also as a guest critic at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, as well as that of her alma mater, the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

We recommend you read our coverage of the Reina project while you listen to gain a greater understanding of the amenities offered and topics discussed in the podcast. You can find our article about it here.

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