Carla L Picardi has over 30 years experience in leadership, property development, concept development, and project management. Carla has led and been involved in complex real estate development projects in the UK and the United States. She graduated with a degree in architecture and design from the University of Massachusetts, and from New York University in Real Estate Development. Carla was awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship for Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University – Graduate School of Design for her work on Canary Wharf, London where she was one of the original 8 people who created its concept, and was one of the Project Executives who had overall responsibility for the design, development and construction of Phase I (4.5 million square feet of office, retail and infrastructure). As a Loeb Fellow, Carla focused on the rebuilding of derelict urban areas and bringing these areas back into the fabric of the city.

Carla has held various corporate facilities positions including Project Manager for Equitable Life, and Vice President and Director of Facilities for Private Banking & Investment Citibank NA operations in the US.  She was the Project Director for the Pre-construction Phase of 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), the iconic Swiss Re 40-storey office building in London, and had total responsibility for the management of the design, development and planning process. The building, designed by architects Foster and Partners, received the first planning permission in over 30 years for a tall building in the City of London and won the 2004 Stirling Prize for architecture.

Carla has been a consultant to the Battersea Power Station during its early planning phases, and a member of the BBC Workplace Futures Forum, Architectural Design and Workplace Advisory Council and a Special Development Advisor to the BBC.  She consults on projects of all sizes ranging from large urban regeneration to residential renovations.  Carla has lectured on the vision and leadership of complex architectural projects and various other topics.

Carla L Picardi is available individually or with her associates for visioning and consulting on any size project.