First minority woman promoted to director of a majority black-owned architectural firm


DIGroup Architecture On Friday, he said he had elevated Swarupa Samant to director – the first minority woman promoted to director at a majority black-owned architectural firm.

Based in New Brunswick, DIGroup is a certified minority-owned, disadvantaged small business specializing in architecture, planning, interior design and environmental graphic services, signage and wayfinding for seniors, education, health care and civic customers. The firm said it was very proud of its ethnically and culturally diverse staff who are passionate about architecture.

Since joining the company in 2014, Samant has ably managed some of the company’s largest and most complex urban design-build school projects in New Jersey, exceeding $200 million in total. building costs.

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Samant is strongly committed to sustainable and sensible design, achieving LEED Silver status for the new $133 million Camden High School and LEED Gold certification for the new school #16 of 32. million dollars to Paterson. She also managed the completion of Dina’s Dwellings, an award-winning supportive housing project for victims of domestic violence, in her hometown of New Brunswick.

According to Jeff Venezia, CEO, “Swrupa’s continued success and leadership in the K-12 market and its strength in serving major public agencies, such as the New Jersey Schools Development Authority and the NYC School Construction Authority, led the owner to unanimously support this well-deserved promotion.

Samant has over 25 years of experience as an architect in the United States and India and serves as a mentor to the firm’s young emerging architects to help them grow professionally.


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