Victoria J. Cerami
Victoria Cerami operates Cerami & Associates, the largest women-led acoustic design and technology consulting firm in the world. Cerami has grown exponentially each of the three decades that she has headed her eponymous firm. Vicki, as everyone calls her, presides over 80+ engineers, who are devoted to their practice and passionate about Cerami’s role in improving communication through acoustic, audio-visual and technology solutions.
Vicki leads with tireless enthusiasm, humor (she really could do stand-up) and gumption, which explains how she is able to keep the innovative spirit escalating at Cerami. One example is Cerami Acoustic Reality, which makes it possible for architects and developers to hear their spaces before they are built — a real game-changer.
Vicki has instilled the idea of mentorship (or womentorship) into each of us, and we feel outreach is our duty. The firm sponsors a woman each year entering college to study mechanical engineering in honor of her father, Vito Cerami. Vicki sits on the board of ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering), which mentors inner city high school students. She is also a board member for the New York Building Congress, past member of the University of Hartford’s Board of Regents, Co-Chairwoman of the Council of Industry Women, and past Chairwoman of the University of Hartford’s Institute of Science and Technology Building Initiative Program. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford and a Master’s degree in business from MIT’s Sloan School of Business.
Vicki has three sons, two of whom are in the architectural design community and also, Cerami clients. Matthew Breitel and Ben Breitel (her famiglia) proudly accompanied her when she was Guest of Honor at the annual New York Building Congress Gala. The honor was given for “making acoustics an integral part of architecture design (before there was Cerami, there was little thought given to the way a building should sound).”
Cerami’s imprint can be felt through the signature voices she and her firm bring to such iconic buildings as One Vanderbilt, The Ford Foundation, Moynihan Train Hall, MoMA, LaGuardia Airport, Salesforce Tower, CIBC Square and the World Trade Center redevelopment.