Laura Ettelman Joins Industry Experts to Develop New York City’s Official COVID-19 Response

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Laura Ettelman, Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to New York City’s Advisory Council in the Construction and Real Estate Sector.

The new Advisory Council will guide and inform the administration’s efforts to restart the city’s economy in response to COVID-19. Ettelman is one of two architects appointed to the Council, composed of leaders in construction, real estate, engineering, and architecture.

“As we consider what New York will look like in the wake of this crisis, we know that the health and safety of our fellow citizens must be our primary concern,” said Laura. “I am honored to have been selected for this role. While this is a challenging time, there is also an opportunity to be creative and transformative with regard to urban design and architecture in our great city.”

At SOM, Ettelman oversees the design and planning of diverse projects around the world, with a focus on airports and transportation, as well as higher education, government sector, healthcare, and science projects. With 30+ years of experience, she is an expert in leading large, multidisciplinary teams to deliver technically complex projects with critical construction, phasing, and operational requirements. She is also one of three members of SOM’s Executive Committee, which oversees all day-to-day operations of the firm, makes longterm strategic decisions, and is leading SOM’s response to the pandemic.

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