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Mary-Alice Avila, BS, MS, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, M. Arch, USGBC

Avila & Seiden Architects

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Avila & Seiden Architects


After over 40 years in the construction industry, I decided to "retire" having spent over 37 of those years in the public sector.  "Retirement" has given me the opportunity to indulge my passion for residential renovation, remodeling, and new construction design.  With completion of my second house, I have taken on renovation and remodeling of a larger house and property.  

Since Cal Poly is a learn by doing environment, I can't help but participate by working alone, or along side my construction team members.  We are currently renovating, remodeling and adding new construction on a much larger house, while planning and designing a new custom house.  

Along with other West Region CSI members, I have been teaching Project Delivery webinar classes since 2018.  My sessions are Procurement through Construction Phases.  

Fresno has been my main chapter for years, but Inland Empire was my home chapter while I was working at the University of California in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of campus facilities.  Since I have been spending much time in the Pacific Northwest, I am now a member of the Puget Sound chapter as well.

While working at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as a Project Manager and Project Planner, I volunteered as the CSI Student Chapter Advisor.  We invited product representatives to our meetings to learn about the industry and some of the products.  We also hosted a Conference and Product Show each year open to the students and professors in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and College of Engineering.  Speakers from the CSI West Region usually were the main speakers and session leaders.  My contribution, in addition to assisting the students with the various planning aspects was to prepare and put on a dinner with assistance from the Fresno Chapter members, the CSI Students and one lone aerospace engineering student and great cook, my son.

Since the 1980's, I have participated in teaching contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architect's in training, purchasing agents, project managers and students on the elements in the Practice Manual, and now called the Project Delivery Practice Guide.  At UCR, I spent a year training the new Project Managers using the PDPG.

Besides residential work, my other passion has always been to share the knowledge that I have gained from other CSI members who have generously shared, guided and helped me along the way in my career and project successes.