Our Team


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Debra Pickrel, Assoc. AIA
Founder and Principal

Working with ambitious architects, interior designers, and historic preservationists, Pickrel Communications delivers powerful verbal and visual engagement that fuels business through a range of related services. An award-winning marketer, content creator, and multimedia director, Debra launched her firm in 2001 following a career at media visionaries Hearst, Condé Nast, and Time Inc., during which she was associate publisher, marketing, for two preeminent titles. She was also communications and public relations director at Rafael Viñoly Architects.

 

Debra supports the wider design community as an AIANY member, serving on its marketing and communications committee for a decade, and as its director of programs for three years. She received an Outstanding Service Award from the Society of Marketing Professional Services NY, and was vice president of education on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy board of directors. She is co-author of several books including Frank Lloyd Wright in New York – The Plaza Years, 1954-59, the editor of others, and has written and developed special projects for Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Elle Decor, Metropolis, Preservation, and additional design publications and websites. Debra holds an MA in historic preservation from Goucher College; a BA from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served on the UNC General Alumni Association board of directors; and a Certificate in Strategic Media Communications from NYU. 

Affiliates


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Henry B. Lee
Multimedia Producer

Founder of Henry Lee Pictures, Henry is a multimedia producer and content creator with dynamic film, photography, and digital expertise. His work traverses marketing, advertising, public relations, news, and editorial projects. Mentored by Spike Lee while pursuing his MFA in filmmaking at NYU, Henry’s camera has captured a host of national luminaries including politicians, authors, actors, and others. He has created industrial films for 3M, GlaxoSmithKline, Ogilvy & Mather, Time Inc., and the Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, NY, a National Historic Landmark) among others, and produced for Sesame Street (PBS). Henry holds a cum laude BFA in communication arts and design from Virginia Commonwealth University and a photography/multimedia degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.


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Cristiana Peña
Digital Communications Specialist

Cristiana is a digital media strategist and web content developer specializing in architecture, design, historic preservation, and allied fields. Expert at leveraging digital platforms, she builds online communities to drive real-world change. Since 2013, she has served as chief of social media for CIRCA Old Houses, developing timely, creative campaigns to continually expand its digital footprint. Cristiana also led the digital campaign for “Unite to Save the Frick,” was director of programs at the Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, NY), and is the executive director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. She received her BA in art history (emphasis in architectural history) from the Pennsylvania State University and her MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.


Danielle Link
Communications Coordinator

This freelance position provides a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media student or recent graduate the opportunity to gain design marketing communications experience while benefiting PCI clients. Danielle is a senior in the School, majoring in advertising/public relations and economics. Handling a combination of administrative, media communication, and social media tasks for the firm, she was most recently a marketing and communications intern for a leading renewable energy company and has previous experience in the technology, hospitality, and education sectors. A native of Miami, Florida, Danielle takes pride in her Latin American roots.