Helena Cerdá-Kun AIA, NCARB, CDT
Helena Cerdá-Kun is a native of Uruguay and graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of the Republic in Montevideo. She subsequently married and moved to Rockville, MD in 1997, which turned out to be a pivotal year in Helena’s life. While settling in the USA, she traveled through Asia and Europe for a three-month period with her former university classmates and teachers. The objectives of the trip were to visit urban and architectural sites and further expand the participants’ professional training through first-hand knowledge of some of the world’s architectural history and cultures. Later that year, she joined the Interiors department of RTKL in Washington DC. She was a member of the team that developed the construction documents for the 300,000 GSF interior renovations of office space and training rooms for Nextel Headquarters in Reston, VA.
After her husband was offered a position at the Centers for Disease Control in 2000, the couple moved to Atlanta where their two children would be born. The transition also opened the door to her long-time passion and commitment to laboratory planning and spaces for science. First, at the architecture and engineering firm Talka & Connor, Helena worked on construction administration for a long-time client, the University of Georgia. Projects included the School of Veterinary’s Animal Health Research Center, interiors adaptation for new BSL-3, BSL-2 and vaccine development labs and support spaces at their campus located in Athens, Georgia. Later, she joined the prominent architectural firm of Lord, Aeck and Sargent as part of their science studio. She was first assigned to provide lab planning services for Richardson Hall for Science at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC and later to Riddick Hall for Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, where she worked on lab casework details and construction documents.
After Helena and her family returned to the Capital area, settling in Vienna, VA, she became part of Strategic Science and Technology Planners (SST), a nationally renowned laboratory planning and design firm, in 2007. At SST Planners, her latest completed projects include Shenandoah University’s Health and Life Sciences including a 16-table Cadaver Lab supporting Physical Therapy Lab, Athletic Training and Nursing in Winchester, VA, and the Quinsigammond Community College Science and Technology Building in Worcester, MA. For the latter, she was involved in all aspects of lab planning for the Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Electronics and Technology spaces, including equipment planning and coordination of engineering services.
In 2015, SST Planners was acquired by Page, and Helena now works in their Washington DC office as a Project Architect, employing the technical expertise and problem-solving skills she gained through her personal experience and wide expertise in the fields of lab planning and architecture. She has earned her valuable reputation with both clients and design teams due to the quality of her deliverables, which reflect her understanding and commitment to team building, professional integrity, and eagerness to accomplish project goals. She feels very optimistic about her future at Page and looks forward to working on new challenges.
Helena is an active member of the National Building Museum where she frequently attends exhibitions and presentations as well as the National Gallery of Art. She greatly enjoys spending time with friends and family.
She is an enthusiastic world traveler, a flamenco devotee and an insatiably curious humanist.