Monika Hajnalka Sasvary

Monika Hajnalka Sasvary

Brooklyn, NY, US

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SENIOR ASSOCIATE / STUDIO DIRECTOR with 15 years of experience in commercial, residential, mixed-use and institutional design. Effective at all phases of development from initial concept to completion. Offering diverse perspectives and innovative solutions that communicate visually utilizing a wide range of media. Innovative professional capable of creating dynamic design in collaboration with associates and clients. Talented in managing the complexity inherent in construction projects and managing in-house teams. Unique understanding and approach to modern architecture within the international market. Extremely budget conscious and detail oriented with the ability to meet project deadlines and maintain strict quality control throughout all project phases.


•   Project Management

•    Organizational / Systematic Management

•    Strategic Positioning

•    Value Engineering

•   Team Building

•   Operations Management

•   NYC Building Codes & Zoning

•   Strategic Management

•   Sustainable Design



J Frankl Architects, Brooklyn, NY, US, Senior Associate / Studio Director

• Manage the development of complex multi-million dollar high profile projects, coordinate the design process and organize cross-functional activities with clients, in-house professional team and multidiscipline consultants.
• Responsible for initial client contact, design presentations, fee and contract negotiations, and review of desired construction budget.
• Analyze architectural design problems and provide functional creative solutions, assuring that the design meets client’s goals while maintaining high quality architectural design profiles.
• Responsible for presenting variable design approaches to clients to reduce delinquencies through interpersonal negotiations and strong communication and problem solving skills.
• Develop and implement project management schedules to provide clear direction and guidance to in-house team on deliverables schedules and cost program controls.
• Oversee project management through programming, schematic design, design development, contract documents development and coordination (RFP, contracts, drawings, specifications, cost estimates, project management schedules, and renderings) and ensure compliance with design intent/scope, client goals. Consistently meet budget requirements.
• Conduct and coordinate meetings along with design team through all phases of the project including design presentation, concept development, quality control, and design consultation.
• Review comprehensive zoning and building code analysis and oversee the coordination of meetings with local Planning Board and Building Code Officials, ensuring design compliance with zoning and planning regulations, building codes, ADA guidelines, and environmental standards.
• Oversee the coordination, preparation and execution of testing requests with the client and structural consultants to determine existing conditions and analyze results to ensure accurate design scope and cost estimates.
• Coordinate bidding phase negotiations with proposed value engineering items to meet client goals, scope, schedule and budget.
• Review Energy Conservation Code requirement research conducted by in-house team and ensure full compliance.
• Review project status reports, financial reports and project schedules for completion and accuracy.
• Developed and maintained a continuing client base to support the firm’s needs.
• Conduct internal staff meetings to disseminate appropriate company and project information. Ensure that all staff are informed of needed information, policies and expectations.

Feb 2016 - current

Nelligan White Architects, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Manager

• Worked as project architect in design and construction on multiple NYC projects.
• Developed project objectives, program, scope, budget, schedule and management plan.
• Established consultant scope of services, approved consultant team and fee.
• Implemented staffing requirements and worked with the Director of Operations to determine team assignments.
• Managed project team and monitored performance in order to ensure compliance with all project objectives and requirements including budget, schedule performance and quality assurance.
• Regularly communicated with client representatives to verify design requirements and specifications, progress reviews and delivery of final presentations.
• Oversaw all aspects of contractor construction program, enforcing codes to job site specifications spanning multiple disciplines and developing viable job site manuals.
• Responsible for the final review of submittals, on-site construction revisions, RFI’s, change orders and inspections.
• Supervised on-site architecture, civil engineering, structural, and environmental projects to ensure compliance with national and international standards including ASTM.
• Ensured consistent information collection and reporting on design progress, program management, cost control, and scheduling throughout the life-cycle of each project.
• Managed studio team, including Project Managers, Project Architects, Architectural Drafters and Estimators.

Apr 2013 - Feb 2016


• Contributed in the design of units within multi-million dollar commercial and new development residential projects.
• Managed the in-house design team in the completion of project designs for Poliform dealers and developers within Poliform kitchen, closet and day systems products.
• Assisted developers and dealers in the decision making process mean and method of achieving the best construction solutions for new developments.
• Provided technical expertise and guidance to dealers of specifications, layouts, construction schedules and drawings of all trades for delivering multiple projects simultaneously.
• Created new design layouts suitable for the required programs of new residential and hospitality developments.
• Reviewed and assisted the in-house team on production of construction documents sets, presentation layouts and pricing for Poliform dealer designers and developers.
• Ensured construction documents and specifications were well coordinated with project consultants and all drawings met Department of Buildings and ADA code requirements.
• Performed site visits to ensure the accuracy of design and installation of Poliform products.
• Created and tracked production data for department cost analysis.
• Allocated and distributed production resources as necessary for each project.

Jan 2012 - Feb 2013

SASVARY + THOMAS, LLC - Design-Build Firm + Project Management, Brooklyn, NY, US, Partner

• Developed proposal packages and contracts for prospective clients including program requirements, cost estimates, and construction timelines.
• Effectively managed projects from schematic design to construction completion, including budgets and financial tracking from mid-size to multi-million dollar projects.
• Consulted with clients through all design phases including architectural layout, lighting design, fixtures, materials, and color selection and custom furniture.
• Interfaced extensively with expeditors, engineers, property management and Department of Buildings for compliance with permitting and inspections requirements.
• Maintained regular communication with owners, site supervisors and project engineers during construction while keeping track of all financial requirements including change orders.
• Directed all facets of multiple projects simultaneously including monitoring construction crews, subcontractors, vendors and all trade representatives.
• Produced and managed development of Department of Buildings filing and CD set production for ground up multi-family residential and commercial projects.
• Analyzed & researched NYC Building Codes, LEED regulations, NYC Zoning Resolutions, and NYC Design Commission requirements.
• Performed drawing standards, quality control, and oversaw detailing and section development.

Mar 2007 - Nov 2011

ADBNY, LLC - Design-Build Firm + Project Management, Brooklyn, NY, Senior Project Manager / Senior Designer

• Created outlines, schematics, preliminary and construction document sets for clients, contractor bidding and governmental permitting.
• Managed all outside trades including Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Structural throughout all phases of projects.
• Acted as a liaison between clients, subcontractors, investors and vendors by managing conflict, ensuring shared understanding of design scope and being accountable for final resolutions and decisions.
• Managed staff, supervising construction documents production, responsible for consultant coordination, bid analysis, construction administration, and RFI responses.
• Performed timely site visits for quality control, completion status, adherence to the construction documents and conducted punchlists.

Sep 2002 - Mar 2007


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

Master of Science of Interior Architecture, Awarded Departmental Honors
Focus of study in Sustainable Architecture and Hospitality design

Sep 2003 - May 2006

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Copenhagen, DK, Architecture

Jan 2005 - Aug 2005


Sep 2001 - Aug 2002

Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts Sociology, Minor Women's Studies
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Sep 1998 - May 2000

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