Arup tapped Cierine Nicolas to head its Chicago office this week. Nicolas is a specialist in large high-rise and high-performance buildings and has experience in a variety of sectors, from mixed-use to government.
"I am thrilled to join Arup, the creative force behind many of the world's most innovative and sustainable projects, and to return to Chicago's world-renowned architecture and engineering community," Nicolas said. "Arup's range of multidisciplinary expertise is unparalleled and enables us to deliver projects to our Chicago clients in ways that are strategic, economical and innovative. Applying Arup's expansive resources to the challenges of this vibrant city will position it at the forefront of all facets of contemporary urban design, from architecture to resiliency to infrastructure."
Nicolas was named as one of "40 Under 40" in Building Design + Construction magazine in 2013. She is recognized in the electrical engineering field as a technical authority and leader. She will bring her expertise to Arup Chicago's current projects, including the Chicago Union Station Phase 1A and the Nanotechnology and Bioengineering Institute in Monterrey, Mexico.
Before Nicolas joined Arup in 2016, she worked in Silicon Valley as an executive consultant, lending her expertise to a major tech firm's CEO and management team. She has also contributed to the Wrigley Field Restoration and Expansion project, the Block 37 mixed-use development in downtown Chicago and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Tower.