We are pleased to announce that Aya El-Khouly has joined Paladino’s consulting team. Originally trained as a biological engineer, Aya’s methodical approach serves her well as she manages programs like LEED, Arc Performance, and Fitwel. Her experience managing a diverse portfolio of projects is an asset for clients who seek sustainable results.
Join us in getting to know more about Aya.
Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.
I graduated with a BS in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas. That’s where I was really inspired to work in sustainability, so upon graduation in 2017, I began my career in the construction and building industry. More recently, I started planning a move to the east coast and came across Paladino and Company. Paladino’s values, expertise, and culture really aligned with my own. I was looking for new challenges and opportunities to grow and I saw that Paladino could be a good fit.
Where do you find inspiration in your work?
It’s inspiring to be able to see how our work can have an impact on the way teams approach designing and constructing healthier buildings. I really appreciate being in a position that can have a positive impact on the environment and how people interact with the buildings in their communities.
What direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?
I think more and more cities are going to set higher goals for buildings in terms of energy and carbon so that buildings lower their impact on the environment. I also think the pandemic is changing the way that we will be interacting with office buildings specifically, so we are going to see a lot more folks working remotely. I’ll be interested to see how some of the offices’ spaces end up being repurposed.
What role does sustainability play in your life outside work? What does it mean to you?
To me, sustainability is about being resourceful and not wasteful. It’s about utilizing what you have, taking only what you need, and making a conscious effort to leave usable resources for others. We live in a throwaway society, which is frustrating because of how much we end throwing away slightly used items.
What is one positive impact you feel sustainability will support in the world?
Sustainability doesn’t only affect buildings and the environment. It’s also about helping those in need have better opportunities. If we look at who is impacted the most by others’ wastefulness, it’s the vulnerable populations. I hope that the more we talk about sustainability and implement policies and regulations, the more positive impact we are able to make in those communities.
What do you do in your leisure time?
I really enjoy baking, it’s a great stress reliever. I’ve recently started hiking which has been pretty great.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Family & friends, Coffee, and laughter
What are you most proud of?
At the moment, I’m proud of where I am in life. I’m proud to be doing work that will have a positive impact on the world. I’m proud of the connections I have with my family and friends. I’m also proud that I entered a baking contest on a whim once, and won 2nd place.
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