Liz Amaral Named Gresham Smith’s Richmond Office Leader

Market Studio Leader Takes Over Key Regional Relationships

Life and Work Places Studio Leader Liz Amaral, CID, will assume the position of Gresham Smith’s Richmond Office Leader on July 1, 2023.

In this new role, Amaral will oversee operations of the firm’s Richmond office, which includes nearly 20 professionals in the Aviation, Healthcare, and Life and Work Places markets. She joined the firm in 2016, and now serves as the Studio Leader for Workplace and Learning and Research in the Life and Work Places market.

Amaral will also take ownership of key relationships in the region, including serving as the firm’s primary representative with the ChamberRVA. She is also the President of the Richmond Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) organization.

Amaral’s technical skill, strong conceptualization abilities, leadership, and keen understanding of the business of architecture have allowed her to assume many roles over the course of her career. As a planner, lead project designer, project manager, relationship developer and practice leader, she has worked with clients across the Southeast, including Virginia Commonwealth University; Dominion Energy; Sentara Healthcare; Norfolk Airport Authority; University of South Florida; Lincoln Property Company; Innovatus Capital Partners; Gwinnett County, Georgia; Baptist Health South Florida; and Novant Health.

“Liz has a strong track record of delivering results for her clients across markets, and she’s already established herself as a leader in the community,” said Rodney Chester, CEO and Board Chair of Gresham Smith. “She will be a great leader for our Richmond office as we serve our existing clients and continue to expand our reach in the region.”

Amaral received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is active within the design and commercial real estate community.

Amaral replaces Senior Vice President David King, AIA, NCARB, who will remain engaged with key client relationships as well as help oversee the firm’s ongoing geographic and office expansions.