Wing-Pin (Winnie) Kwan

Wing-Pin (Winnie) Kwan
Job Title: 
Senior associate
Age: 
36
Professional Credentials: 
PE
Education: 
PhD, Cornell University; BSE, Princeton University
Accomplishments: 

Promoted to associate in 2002, senior associate in 2007 (at age 33).

Spearheading firm’s effort to open Shanghai office. Helped develop business plan and marketing efforts for the new office, actively pursuing client base.

As assistant project manager for $1.2 billion Shanghai World Financial Center, led LERA’s advanced analysis effort and navigated firm through Chinese codes for structural design.

Doctoral work in earthquake engineering helped LERA achieve sophisticated architectural designs for multiple projects in Almaty, Kazakhstan, an extremely high seismic zone.

Successfully met aggressive deadlines for NASCAR Hall of Fame project (Charlotte, N.C.) and coordinated firm’s effort with large multidisciplinary team of design consultants, contractors, and inspectors.

Extracurricular: 

Chairs firm’s Analysis Standards Committee.

Leads LERA Continuing Education Program.

Adjunct assistant professor of architecture, Columbia University.

Off the Clock: 

Favorite music genre: bossa nova.

Achieved Grade 8 pianist rating (the highest possible) of the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music when she was 15.

Secret Life: 

Her grandmother, born to a rich family in China, was given away to be raised in an impoverished household.