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May 20, 2019

Outstanding Women

Eric Naslund

Principals Mathilda Bialk, AIA and Maxine Ward, AIA were honored to be selected as two of San Diego's Outstanding Women in Construction & Design, published by The San Diego Business Journal. Congratulations to all twenty-eight talented and dynamic women who are executing on their companies’ goals and pushing their businesses forward. Read below for Mathilda & Maxine's bios that accompanied the article.

Mathilda Bialk is a principal and partner in one of San Diego’s leading design firms and she has led the firm’s efforts with several University of California campuses from UC Davis to UCLA. These projects have been recognized with national, regional and local design awards and have been extensively published. She is currently working on two desert research facilities for UC Riverside and several mixed-use housing projects in San Diego. Her leadership skills have extended beyond the office. Mathilda has renewed and reinvigorated the American Institute of Architects San Diego Chapter’s Women in Architecture committee. Her role as chair of the committee has resulted in a completely new and expansive program and a swelling of committee membership to architects and many related professional’s in the design and building industries. The committee is quickly becoming the go-to resource for those interested in the full participation of women in these industries.

Maxine Ward is a principal and partner in one of San Diego’s leading design firms and she has led the firm’s efforts on several important charter school and affordable housing projects. These projects have been recognized with national, regional and local design awards and have been extensively published. She is currently working on a rebuild of Cardiff Elementary School and several mixed-use housing projects in San Diego. She is a talented architect and natural leader. Besides her role in Studio E Architects, her leadership skills have extended beyond the office. Ward has been the president of the San Diego Architectural Foundation and currently chairs the Open House San Diego program for the foundation. She has also chaired the Orchids and Onions program and was awarded the Young Architect of the Year Award from the San Diego Chapter of the AIA.

Both Mathilda and Maxine are dedicated wives and mothers. They successfully balance their demanding roles as leading architectural practitioners and industry leaders with their responsibility to support their families and raise young children without compromise. They are a model of work/life balance and powerful examples.

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