Our Team is Expanding

We are excited to welcome Cindy Villarreal, AIA, WELL AP, CDT, to our Team. Bringing over 12 years of experience in higher education, science + tech, and healthcare education design, Cindy is located in Houston and will focus on regional expansion for O’Connell Robertson as she adds to the Firm’s knowledge and expertise in these project types.

Cindy’s experience includes academic health such as nursing and dental school projects at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State Universities. She has designed notable projects for Texas Children’s Hospital and the Debakey High School for Health Professions. Her portfolio of work includes skills, simulation, BSL-3 and general labs; research facilities; and a variety of classrooms and administration spaces.

As the First RELi Accredited professional in Houston, Cindy is committed to human-centric design to help people thrive in the built environment, while contributing to a more sustainable future for upcoming generations. RELi is a rating system and resilience standard that takes a holistic approach to resilient design. This system can be used by architects to assess and prepare for threats that buildings and communities can face during unplanned events. She is also a WELL Accredited Professional and LEED AP BD+C certified.

“Cindy’s commitment to sustainable and resilient design provides an exciting new depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for designing for ideal occupant well-being,” said Amy Jones, President. “This specialization is a great complement to O’Connell Robertson’s focus on healthcare and education facilities that impact how people live well, and learn, throughout Texas.”

Cindy is a native Houstonian, a lifelong learner, and a graduate of the University of Houston. She has written articles and presented on resilience and sustainable design at regional and national conferences, sharing and exchanging her knowledge with other industry professionals.  Cindy and her husband Stephen, also an architect, have a deep fascination for connecting information, problem solving, and experiencing history and cultures.

O’Connell Robertson is excited to have Cindy join our Team and help establish the Firm’s presence in the Gulf Coast Region. You can reach Cindy at cvillarreal@oconnellrobertson.com or 713-487-1583.