Associate RAIC, B.ARCH
Ayola began her career in her hometown, New York City, after completing her B.Arch at the University of Virginia. Under the mentorship of Robin Guenther, she worked on a wide variety of institutional, residential and health care projects focusing on sustainable architectural material research. In the urban context, most projects were interior renovation and she developed a specialty for programming existing spaces for reuse. For example, in 2000, Ayola redesigned the landmarked TriBeCa 1931 Corn Exchange Building, formerly a bank, into a multi-unit residential building.
In 2002, Ayola moved to coastal Maine, continuing her interest in residential architecture, at the firm Eric A. Chase Architecture. There she designed contemporary homes and renovations that were sensitive to the historic 18th and 19th century New England surroundings. In addition, she created programs for the USGBC Maine chapter to connect rural/coastal citizens, local grassroots environmentalists and the architecture community with each other. Within this framework, her residential work best utilized local master craftsmen, local materials and sustainable design.
Ayola and her husband moved to Halifax in 2009 and she joined Lydon Lynch in 2012. At Lydon Lynch, she has completed the Shaw Media Global Studio, an adaptive reuse project of a 1930s theatre as well as the RBC Waterside Center, a commercial building which has restored the heritage facades in the Historic Properties neighborhood of the Halifax waterfront. More recently, she has been involved in multi-unit residential projects in St. John’s, Newfoundland that have incorporated the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. Ayola was part of the design team for the redevelopment of Bloomfield and is currently completing a new office building to be situated at the Wright & Burnside Business Campus.