Ami Robinson RID, PMP
Associate / Project Manager
When Ami worked for a global energy company, she had the opportunity to collaborate on a tenant build-out project (and subsequent later expansion) in Malaysia. After planning the work virtually from Houston, she lived in Kuala Lumpur for eight weeks to finalize the design, coordinate with local suppliers, and manage construction. The experience made her realize that the easy part was the work itself; quickly learning the intricacies of a foreign country proved to be the real challenge.
Her professional experience is almost as diverse as her own life, having worked in a position where she filled the roles of planner, designer, drafter, project manager and construction administrator. Although that sounds lonely, she found the positive, which was a lot of “in the field” experience on job sites, interfacing directly with contractors and coordinating multiple disciplines. As a result, she gained a deeper understanding of how facilities are constructed both in terms of execution and sequence.
Ami also has worked with teams of creative people, all of whom brought different experiences and talents to the project, reinforcing to her there can be many ways to approach a problem and many solutions. As an example, she worked on a large-scale headquarters centralization that required a great deal of up-front research, change management across the client company, investigation of new space and furniture standards, and restacking departments across multiple buildings. Ami remembers, “It was a big logic problem and surprisingly fun; I never would have thought you could do so many different testfits and space plans for one floor!”
Adaptability is Ami’s strong suit, This personality trait may have been instilled by her diverse upbringing as an expatriate in Southeast Asia who often traveled to see family in Europe and the US, and parts beyond. She acknowledges, “Nothing is done the same way everywhere, and everywhere has its own culture and personality,” which is also applicable to her projects.