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Eric Svahn, AIA, NCARB


Eric, who concentrates on the commercial and life sciences markets, plays a critical role in the success of SGA’s most complex projects. Although he is involved in every project phase, his specialty is construction documentation and construction administration. He is committed to maintaining design excellence through the construction process to reality, working with owners and consultants to solve the most challenging problems, and fostering close-knit relationships with all project team members. Each effort is focused on adding value to the completed project.

Before joining SGA, Eric worked for more than two decades as a senior associate at GUND Partnership in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  During his tenure there, he led the firm’s sustainable design group and completed a range of projects in the realms of education, multifamily housing, residential housing, hospitality, and tourism.

Eric received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. A resident of Newbury, Massachusetts, he is active in the local community, appointed to a variety of civic committees and speaking frequently at town meetings. His outdoor hobbies reflect the setting where he lives: He gardens and grows giant pumpkins. The largest pumpkin he’s grown to date weighed 410 pounds! As for indoor hobbies, he enjoys collecting and reading old architectural books.

Project partners and SGA colleagues are familiar with Eric’s sartorial style. He has worn bow ties since college and owns more than 40. As he explains, he started wearing them to work many years ago, when architects drafted by hand with ink. Regular neckties got in the way. Among his favorite bow ties, which he still sports, are ones his grandmother created from her old colorful silk blouses.