CetraRuddy Names Ximena Rodriguez Partner
CetraRuddy, an architecture and interior design firm with headquarters in New York City, has named Ximena Rodriguez partner. Rodriguez joined CetraRuddy in 2006 as a designer, and in the decade since has worked her way up to her current role as principal and director of interior design. As partner, Rodriguez will retain her current roles and will continue as lead interior designer for the firm. She will also be instrumental in increasing CetraRuddy’s reach internationally in places such as London, Saudi Arabia, India, and South America, where she’s originally from and where she earned degrees in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and a postgraduate degree in management at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“When we hired [Rodriguez], her talents were very apparent, and she was already very accomplished and had worked on many interior design projects with architectural components,” says Nancy J. Ruddy, founding principal of CetraRuddy. “I collaborate with her on most of our interior design projects and she has the ability to inspire the teams she works with and has become a major client contact by developing relationships with clients and understanding their mission. We both challenge each other to bring something new to the table.”
Rodriguez will be joining the two founding partners, Ruddy and John Cetra, along with Eugene A. Flotteron, AIA, who was named partner in 2014. Rodriguez’s most recent projects include Walker Tower, 443 Greenwich, and The UAE Mission. “Design for the firm comes first and foremost, and creating useful spaces is always at the top of our list,” Rodriguez says of taking on her additional title at the firm. Ruddy adds: “one thing about Ximena is that there are a lot of people who can design beautiful and innovative things, but she has an amazing technical bent and makes sure everything we design is buildable, smart construction.”