Marla Gayle


Managing Principal, Transportation Practice Leader

New York


As a director in SOM’s New York office, Marla Gayle brings more than two decades of experience dedicated to the programming, planning, and project management of large-scale transportation and infrastructure programs, including state-of-the-art airports, light and heavy rail systems, and ferry terminals. She is a skilled, hands-on project manager with extensive expertise leading and coordinating large, multi-disciplinary teams for fast-track planning, design, and construction programs. Additionally, Gayle has experience and interest in alternative project delivery methods, including design-build and public-private partnerships.

Gayle is passionate about the role and importance of transit architecture in creating sustainable cities—improving the way people live and work in and around urban areas. Gayle’s management approach is informed by her extensive technical expertise as well as her background in transportation programming and planning. She takes a holistic approach to directing all phases of the process, from early planning through design, permitting, and construction. She thinks of each new airport and rail station as a statement about the values and cultures of the city and a gateway for connecting people with each other, as well as to new places, experiences, and ideas.

Since joining SOM, Gayle has been responsible for the management and coordination of multiple airport master plan and redevelopment programs in India and New Zealand. Gayle currently serves as the project manager for the transformation of the McKim, Mead & White 1913 James Farley Post Office into the new Moynihan Train Hall. This $1.6 billion design-build project is a critical part of the redevelopment of the entire Penn Station Complex, serving as an anchor to the burgeoning development of Manhattan’s Far West Side and providing a reinvigorated gateway to the entire Northeast Corridor.

Prior to joining SOM, Gayle was a leader on more than 20 airport master planning, redevelopment, and expansion programs, including each of New York’s metropolitan airports, and projects across North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and China. She has also led the design of major light rail systems and transit hubs in the United States, Canada, and Israel. Gayle is a proven team builder whose leadership approach reinforces SOM’s commitment to design excellence, innovation and sustainability.

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