In 1989, PariSima Hassani founded
Westgroup Designs, a small architec-
ture firm committed to serving clients
and driving value. Today, as CEO and
managing principal, Hassani contin-
ues to deliver client’s visions. She has
grown the firm into a team of 40
architects, planners and interior
designers, with 50% women and 60%
minorities on staff. The company has
designed spaces totaling more than
$535 million in value with an 80% return-client ratio. In the last
year, Hassani has focused on growing the healthcare platform,
increasing business by 40%. She is dedicated to grooming lead-
ers, and supports professional licensure for all staff and imple-
ments flexible work schedules.
ambassador and her business is a certified Women-owned
Mitra Esfandiari is a true trailblazer.As a senior principal at RDC, she isthe first female principal and partnerat the firm. In the role, she drives thefirm’s mixed-use design practice areaforward, leading her team throughevery design phase, from conceptualdesign and entitlement to construction. In the last year, the platform hasexpanded with new significant projects that include transit design andencourage alternative modes of transportation. Esfandiari supports gender diversity and inclusion, and has launched flexiblework schedules and onsite childcare for staff. As a result, threewomen are on track to achieve leadership positions.
Welcome to our 2020 edition of Women of Influence. As we have been doing for many years now, we have based our selection of nearly 200 candidates on such criteria ascareer achievements, community outreach andmentorship within the industry. And as we experienced in previous years, we found it hard, to saynothing of humbling, to sift through the applications and select just the right nominees. We havealso spotlighted up-and-coming women in commercial real estate who bear watching. You canfind these executives by our Woman to Watch icon.As you will see as you flip through the followingpages, these women come from diverse backgrounds with a wide array of specialities. What theyhave in common is they have all made a distinctivemark in commercial real estate.