Sarah Swearer

Sarah Swearer

Philadelphia, PA, US



My architecture work has focused on academic, institutional and development projects. I am enthusiastic about using computer technology as a design tool and utilizing BIM to manage projects.I also have a fascination with history and historical buildings. I enjoy working with clients, contractors and consultants and leading teams of architects.


Self Employed Consulting Architect, Philadelphia, PA, Consultant

I am engaged in a variety of projects ranging from a community garden master plan in Germantown to a theater renovation in East Falls.

Aug 2009 - current

Parsons Corp., Austin, TX, US, Senior Associate

I served as Project Architect and Project Designer on a number of academic projects for The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Dallas, Tomball Community College, Austin Community College and Tyler Community College. The most notable of these were a Biomedical Engineering building for UT Austin and a Health and Sciences Building for Lone Star Community College at Tomball. These projects included laboratories, mock surgical suites, classrooms and faculty offices.

I also worked with Schlosser Development Corporation on several mixed-use projects in downtown Austin.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2009

HOK, Houston, TX, US, Architect

I was selected to serve on the team of architects from Parsons who were hired by HOK to design the central plaza and interconnected structures of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. This was an intensive fast tracked coordination effort between offices and consultants in Saint Louis, New York City, Chicago, and others.

Jun 2008 - Sep 2008

Jamie Nesbitt Weber Interior Design, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architect

This position offered me the opportunity to reconfigure the interiors of prewar residential apartments in New York City to create a more contemporary esthetic.

Jan 1999 - May 2004

Helpern Architects, New York, New York, Architect

Oct 2001 - Oct 2002

Graeber, Simmons & Cowan, Inc., Austin, TX, US, Associate

Feb 1992 - Jun 1998


The New School, New York, NY, US, Digital Imaging

My studies included courses in computer animation (3D Max), web design and Adobe programs.

Sep 2003 - May 2004

Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1981 - Jun 1984

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, US, Bachelors, Liberal Arts

Sep 1977 - Jun 1981

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