Airport Business

OCT 2018

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42 airportbusiness October 2018 Tarah Young, M.Arch, LEED AP Tarah Young didn’t plan to go into a career in airports, but since coming into the field she hasn’t looked back for a second. “It’s a really interesting niche,” she said. “There are a lot of players involved and it can get hairy sometimes, but it’s exciting. It’s always a different day, it always keeps you on your toes. You’re not sitting back and doing repetitive types of things.” As URW Airports LLC’s associate director of design at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Young’ impact goes far beyond what a customer can see or touch. She must carefully balance the customer’s overall experience with the base building existing conditions and construction requirements, the tenant’s needs and goals, and the airport’s standards – all while managing tight budgets and ever-changing schedules. Young’s nomination notes she has a keen eye for authenticity and has passion for finding inspiration from her city of Los Angeles by crafting ways to deliver those unique and diverse vibes into the airport. More importantly, she creates a collaborative relationship between the airport, airlines, operators and key stakeholders to push beyond the initial standard design into unexplored territory. Her process has helped not only change airport design, but change the way airports approach the redevelopment process in the first place. The airport’s concessions program was recognized three years in a row for its excellence by industry leaders. Young won first place in the City of Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics Memorial Design Competition and has worked as a designer on projects located around the globe. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Utah and a master’s in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona with a concentration in historic preservation. Her Master’s thesis project was the recipient of the 2006 Richard Neutra Award for Professional Excellence. Continued online at Bravo, Tarah! Congratulations on being named Top 40 Under 40 by Airport Business Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Tarah Young Associate Director, Design URW Airports

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