ULI Arizona Announces New Executive Leadership Team
Heather Personne, Managing Principal of development firm Evolve Ventures, has been selected as the new Chair of the ULI Arizona.
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15! ULI Arizona joins together in celebrating and recognizing the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Stay tuned as we highlight the contributions of several of our Hispanic American members this month!
This week, we introduce you to Carlos Murrieta, Co-Founder and Principal, Merge Architectural Group
Tell us a little bit about the history of your firm.
Merge was founded in 2012 by Carlos Murrieta and Clarisa del Castillo, both of Hispanic heritage. The goal of creating a firm was to support a growing Hispanic population in the valley, that started to expand into different areas of architecture, not only residential but government, commercial, education. Merge has now 10 employees and participates in multiple projects, not just to support the Hispanic community but a diverse group of clients.
Why are you a member of ULI?
I felt that ULI as an organization provided a wide range of network opportunities, not only with professionals in my same area, but with others that are typically involved in the process of development, construction, design, engineering. I believe the most valuable part of being a ULI member is the support provided by other members willing to collaborate with other members.
What has been your favorite local ULI program, event, or committee to be involved in?
I enjoyed going over the proforma courses and learning more about the point of view from our clients; and regarding participation on the committees, I really enjoy participating in the DEI committee.
How has the firm’s Hispanic heritage influenced your business philosophy or approach?
Originally started with the goal of provided a same-mindset for our clients and help them make important decisions about their investment, today, has become a two-way street education process to learn about their process and also guide them in our process when we design buildings.
Can you share a project that you’re particularly proud of that reflects Hispanic culture or contributions?
We had the opportunity to participate recently in the design of the new Gila River Indian Community District 3 Multipurpose building, this new 50K+ SF building, while designed for the Pima community, reflected a lot of the same history and background of the people from northern Mexico, who have been divided by the borders between US and Mexico. Culturally, the cultural background its really similar, that the design of this facility became a great project to highlight context, beliefs, culture and the people of that community.