New Orleans, LA – November 15, 2016 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Tovrea as an Associate Principal in its New Orleans studio. Tovrea, a New Orleans native, will lead the day-to-day operation of the studio in support of our broader firm mission to create impact through beautiful and intelligent design solutions.
Tovrea’s hire underscores Gould Evans’ long-term commitment to New Orleans, its built environment and the Gulf South region as a whole. He will actively support Principal Robert Riccardi in business development and marketing, client and project management, and future growth of the New Orleans studio. Tovrea re-joins Gould Evans after working locally for five years with Blitch Knevel Architects and practicing for seven years prior to that in the Gould Evans Phoenix studio. His experience with the firm includes:
- Herberger Theater Center Renovation
- Maricopa Skill Center Renovation and Expansion
- Arizona Western College Science + Agriculture Building and College Community Center
- Glendale Community College Life Science Teaching Lab
- Concept design for the Salt River Maricopa Pima Indian Community Wellness Center
“We’re delighted to have Martin back with the firm,” said Robert Riccardi, Managing Principal of the Gould Evans New Orleans Studio. “His body of knowledge and experience is the perfect complement to our team as we continue to grow.”
Tovrea is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has more than 23 years of experience in the design and process management of large-scale, complex projects. He has developed expert technical competence, including a specific focus on Quality Assurance and Quality Control. He brings both Louisiana-specific expertise and national perspective to his new role, having practiced across the country in locations as far reaching as Alaska. He is NCARB-certified and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
“I’ve lived and worked in several very different geographic regions, but it’s especially meaningful to be practicing architecture in my hometown with the company that helped me develop my process. Everything has come full-circle,” said Tovrea. “In my new role with Gould Evans, I’ll continually strive to transform client vision and goals into beautifully-constructed buildings that respect and enhance this special and unique place.”
Gould Evans has been working in New Orleans for the past decade on a variety of projects, large and small, including five New Orleans Public Libraries, Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium and Hertz Center, the Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Chambers Renovation, the Odyssey House Louisiana Tonti Campus Planning and Historic Renovation, and the Family Justice Center Housing Complex.
The firm’s ever-growing New Orleans studio, which was established in 2012, is rooted in the heart of Uptown on the second floor of a classic New Orleans masonry building on Magazine Street. The vibrancy and variety of this corridor is symbiotic with the way the studio works, establishing an environment that naturally sets the tone for innovative, creative designs.
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