Saida’s passion and experience in architecture and construction, combined with her knowledge of business and finance, allow her to approach complex projects from all angles. She believes that it is essential for architects to be analytical, critical thinkers with strong quantitative and networking skills. This perspective influences every aspect of her day-to-day work, which encompasses both design and project management.
Before joining SGA, Saida served as a designer at SMMA, where she gained extensive experience in life sciences. She enjoyed this work so much that she decided to specialize in lab design and planning, taking on increasingly larger projects. In her previous roles at other Boston-based firms, she honed her skills in other sectors, including institutional, municipal, religious, and residential.
Saida’s academic studies complement her work experience. She received the degrees of a Master of Science in finance and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University, where she also served as a graduate research fellow. Earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College. Saida also earned a degree in interior design from The Art Institute of New York.
In her spare time, Saida participates in long-distance running and cycling. She trains for marathons and Century Rides (100 miles). These events are strenuous, but she appreciates the sense of community they inspire.