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Voices of HED - Lucas Umali
In recognition of the amazing people that make our firm exceptional, we asked our team some questions about their role and what inspires them and their work.

Today, we're recognizing Lucas Umali, RA, an Architect in our Los Angeles office.

What was the most recent project you completed with HED? What did you learn on that project?
"The Village at the University of Southern California. As a project it was a great lesson in the need to collaborate with Owner, Stakeholders, Contractor and Governing Agencies."

What’s your favorite part of your job? What attracted you to this role?
"The collaboration effort between Contractor and Architect and the need to collaborate and get along with people and their challenging attitudes."

What do you wish people outside the industry understood about your job?
"The tremendous effort that goes with organizing and putting a building project together."

What do you wish people inside the industry would understand about your job?
"The same thing I wish people outside the industry understood!"

What do you love about your job?
"The day to day challenges."

What assignment or project are you most proud of? Why?
"There are several projects that I would name, viz., The Americana at Brand, The Carlyle, The Village at the University of Southern California, The Century Plaza and currently The Student Housing East at California State University Los Angeles. I love the successful collaboration effort between Architects of Record and Contractors (Bernards, Swinerton, Dinwiddie and McCarthy)."

What experience (project type, location, dream client etc.) do you hope to have before your career ends?
"To have the opportunity to participate and work on national infrastructure projects (airports, bridges, tunnels, roads, dams, etc)."

If you could give yourself one piece of advice on your first day at HED, what would it be?
"Work hard and get along well."