Tricia Esser – Bisnow Honors Los Angeles Power Women


July 18, 2016

Today we bring you the fourth installment in our 10-part series highlighting some of the top leaders in SoCal commercial real estate. Bisnow’s Los Angeles Power Women recognizes 50 influential players in the industry. We’ll bring you profiles on each of these women (read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) and then honor them this October at a special awards reception (details to follow).


As a college student, Tricia Esser went to work for an architecture firm that connected her to several of the founders of KTGY Architecture + Planning, where she later served as controller when the firm was founded in 1991. KTGY is celebrating 25 years in 2016, and Tricia is now CEO. Tricia works with KTGY’s leaders to continually move the discourse of architecture forward. She is most proud when she visits KTGY’s completed projects—she says it is rewarding to imagine how people will enjoy the spaces KTGY has designed. Tricia cites some examples of the firm’s work in Southern California: KB Home’s LEED Platinum Skylar in Playa Vista, which turned the traditional three-story townhome design on its side to appeal to the large Boomer market and multi-generational families that want spacious single-level living at townhouse densities; and Toll Brothers’ Capri Collection at Hidden Ranch in Irvine, a luxury collection of single-family homes that won the SoCal Home of the Year Award in 2015. When real estate development becomes very active, she tells us, the challenge is attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent architecture has to offer. Tricia has found the key to her success has been creating formidable teams by gathering great talent around her.