Southfield, Mich. - Deirdre Jimenez of White Lake Township, the managing principal for the Detroit and Columbus, Ohio, offices of Jacobs Engineering Group, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award at Lawrence Technological University.
The award will be presented at a reception for Lawrence Tech architecture alumni Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the UTLC gallery on the university's Southfield campus. Jimenez will deliver a presentation on her work as part of a lecture series of the College of Architecture and Design.
Jimenez, who has degrees in architecture and interior architecture from Lawrence Tech, is responsible for building a consulting practice at Jacobs Engineering Group (formerly Carter & Burgess) consisting of 70 architects and engineers who serve federal, state, corporate, aviation, education, and retail clients in the Midwest. Jacobs provides scientific and specialty consulting in addition to covering all aspects of engineering and construction, and operations and maintenance.
An expert in achieving continuous improvement in service delivery systems, Jimenez has developed training and facilitated studies in interactive planning, value engineering, TQM, re-engineering and value driver analysis initiatives. As a business manager, she has taken on the challenge of organizational change, leading teams through downsizing, outsourcing and resourcing as well as acquisitions and mergers. She is a member of the American Institute of Architecture and the American Society of Interior Designers.
Channeling this experience to address a need for predicable results, Jimenez led a small team to create a web-based project execution program that embodies her philosophy of leadership through shared knowledge.
She also has extensive experience in facility management. As a corporate architect, she was responsible for a real estate portfolio of more than 500 buildings, totaling 250 million square feet and a capital budget of $40 million.
Jimenez sits on the advisory committee of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Tech. She and her husband, Tony, have nine-year-old twin daughters, Halaina and Jessica.
Dean Glen LeRoy of the college of Architecture and Design and Keith Logsdon, chairperson of the Architecture Alumni Chapter Cabinet, will present the Distinguished Alumni Award to Jimenez and the 2008 Graduate Fellowship Award in honor of Dean Earl W. Pellerin to Doris Markl, a 2008 Lawrence Tech graduate.
The alumni award recognizes academic, professional, and personal achievements, including local, national or international status; volunteer and community service; and support of the College of Architecture and Design.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.