New Brunswick-based DIGroup Architecture has announced the promotion of Swarupa Samant, AIA, LEED AP, to principal. She is the first minority woman to be promoted principal at the majority black-owned architecture firm. Since joining the firm in 2014, Samant has skillfully managed some of the firm’s largest and most complex urban design-build school projects in New Jersey, exceeding $200 million in construction costs.
As a LEED Accredited Professional, Samant is strongly committed to sustainable, sensible design, achieving LEED Level Silver status for the new $133 million Camden High School and LEED Gold certification for the new $32 million School #16 in Paterson. She also managed the completion of Dina’s Dwellings, an award-winning supportive housing project for survivors of domestic violence, in her hometown of New Brunswick.
According to Jeff Venezia, CEO, “Swarupa’s continued success and leadership in the K-12 market and her strength in serving large public agencies, such as the NJ Schools Development Authority and the NYC School Construction Authority, led to the owner’s unanimous support of this well-deserved promotion.”
Samant has over 25 years of experience as an architect in both the United States and India and serves as a mentor to the firm’s emerging young architects to help them grow professionally. She holds a G.D.Arch from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, India, is a licensed architect in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and a member of Professional Women in Construction-NJ Chapter.
DIGroup Architecture is a certified Minority-owned, Disadvantaged, and Small Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE/SBE) specializing in architecture, planning, interior design and environmental graphics, signage and wayfinding services for senior living, education, healthcare and civic clients. The company takes great pride in its ethnically and culturally diverse staff who are passionate about architecture.
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