Building the future: North America’s pandemic recovery

Experts give their thoughts on how the pandemic has shaped the types of building projects taking off in North America


  • Modus staff

28 April 2022

Left to right Ali Sims AssocRICS, Alexandra Faciu MRICS and Julia Chesher MRICS

In this episode of the Modus podcast Building the Future, we’ve brought together two rising stars based in San Francisco and New York to discuss the issues affecting their work in the built environment.

How has COVID-19 impacted their jobs and the types of projects taking place? Are cities recovering from the economic impact of the pandemic and how has the industry benefitted from the shift to flexible working practices?

We also focus on sustainability and ESG (environmental social and governance) factors in the sector. How much are these values integrated into the work they do and what properties have incorporated this in an impressive way?

The podcast is hosted by Alexandra Faciu MRICS, who sits on the RICS Americas regional board and specialises in portfolio and asset management.

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Ali Sims AssocRICS

Ali Sims AssocRICS is a senior cost manager at Gardiner and Theobald and has been with the firm for five years. Ali received her AssocRICS qualification last year and will begin her APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) route this year. Ali’s experience has been predominantly in the interior fit-out sector with a portfolio including law firms, financial institutions, private equity firms, technology companies, and retail developments.

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Julia Chesher MRICS

Julia Chesher MRICS is an associate director at Turner & Townsend in the San Francisco Bay Area, with 12 years of international experience in cost management across the USA and Australia. She is a chartered member of the RICS and plays an active role supporting people working towards their accreditation, as well as growing the profession across North America. 


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