DLR Group Adds Design Leader in New York

Vanessa Kassabian has joined DLR Group, and will serve as a design leader, focusing on the firm's Cultural+Performing Arts projects. Based in New York, Kassabian will work closely with teams to facilitate design discussions and provide critical guidance on considerations around site, programming, massing, aesthetics, and execution.

DLR Group Principal Vanessa Kassabian, AIA.

“Vanessa is a recognized leader within the industry and beyond. She brings considerable expertise, knowledge, and a commitment to high-caliber design that is crucial to our continued growth nationally and internationally,” says DLR Group Senior Principal Paul Westlake, FAIA.

Kassabian has extensive experience designing for significant cultural programs throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. A strong proponent of collaboration and an integrated design approach, she will work to foster client, consultant, and internal design team relationships from concept design to construction completion.

“Communication with the client, design team, and in many instances, the local community is critical to DLR Group’s promise to elevate the human experience through design,” says DLR Group Principal Vanessa Kassabian, AIA. “The interdisciplinary firm structure – where cross pollination between design specialties is built in – reinforces seamless communication as part of the process.”

Born and raised in Texas, Kassabian received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Pratt Institute. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. As a champion for the power of design, Kassabian focuses a great deal of her time on educating and mentoring the next generation of designers and has served as a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a guest lecturer at the Haifa International Waterfront Conference in Haifa, Israel. She previously led a research-based design workshop at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design and has acted as a studio critic at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, and the University of Pennsylvania.