Lia oversees the university's capital construction and building management operations, integrating the continuum of campus planning through facilities maintenance. Before joining The New School in 2004, Lia was responsible for design and construction at the City University of New York's 19 campuses, at Columbia University, and for 16 New York City municipal agencies. Her architectural experience includes work with several internationally-known architecture firms such as I. M. Pei, Johnson Burgee, and Ulrich Franzen, and her own private practice. She has taught architecture design and theory at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Columbia, City College of New York, and New York Institute of Technology. Among other professional honors, she was named the 1998 New York AIA Public Architect of the Year and has been awarded AIA's highest honor of Fellowship. Lia holds a master's in architecture degree from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University.