Clara Wineberg is a principal at SCB with over twenty-five years of experience in professional practice and is the executive director of the firm’s Boston office. As the leader for several of SCB’s significant and award-winning urban mixed-use projects, Clara is actively engaged in the firm’s expanding practice on the east coast.
How did you end up at SCB?
Gary Kohn and I had worked together at another firm and ran into each other at a children’s string concert where his high school daughter was expertly playing the viola and my three-year-old son was giving his first violin stage performance. We chatted, and he asked if I was ready to come back to the practice after taking time off with my children. I had a job at SCB a week later.
What is the best professional advice you have ever received?
Set goals, be deliberate, and seek input from others you admire.
What advice can you give to future designers and planners?
Invest in knowledge and become an expert. Own your career instead of being reactive – you can influence your path if you are intentional.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing the fruits of my daily activities and the positive impact our design work has in creating vibrant urban neighborhoods.
What influence do you hope to have in the AEC industry with regard to inclusivity and equality moving forward?
I believe design is only strengthened by a diversity of voices, perspectives, and opinions in the design process. As a Colombian-born immigrant, a wife, and a mother – these various lenses provide me a unique cultural and social perspective, both for how I practice architecture and how I lead design teams. I am proud of the diversity within our firm and empathize with much of the young talent whose families have made tremendous sacrifices for them to come to this country in pursuit of opportunities. I do not take my position for granted. I know from my own professional experience that leaders have the ability, and responsibility, to guide, mentor, and advance others in the firm. This is central to my commitment as a principal.