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Who We Are

Elizabeth Yusem, AIA, BSA, LEED® AP

Project Architect

Elizabeth thrives on variety. Over the course of her 25-year career, she has worked on a wide range of building types across many different sectors, including higher education, life sciences, commercial, residential, and transportation.

It’s difficult for Elizabeth to identify her favorite stage of the design process: As long as she’s learning while mastering her craft, she’s happy. But if pressed, she’ll choose the end of construction documentation as the most rewarding phase. That is when a team’s efforts result in what she likens to the completion of a 1,000,000-piece puzzle.

Before joining SGA in January of 2021, Elizabeth served as a project architect at Kleinfelder. During her two years there, she focused on transportation and public works. Previously, she spent nine years at Gund Partnership, leading the design of many projects for notable institutions of higher education, such as Kenyon and Denison. An earlier tenure at SOM gave her a strong background in corporate office projects.

Elizabeth received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. Outside of the office, she enjoys skiing, jogging, gardening, and cooking. A resident of Watertown, she is active in her community, and she has served on the boards of the school committee and the local Boys & Girls Club.