Sasaki Appoints New Associate Principals

Boston – Sasaki announced that Carla Ceruzzi, Philip Dugdale, Margit Liander, and Meredith McCarthy have been promoted to associate principal.

Carla Ceruzzi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect in Sasaki’s campus architecture practice with broad involvement in design, master planning implementation, and project management. She has significant experience working with institutional clients, and says she particularly enjoys projects that serve a diverse public. Her built experience includes academic, residential, student life, recreation and wellness, performing arts, and library spaces.

Philip Dugdale, ASLA, PLA is a landscape architect and co-director of Sasaki’s office in New York. He is responsible for the realization of a wide range of projects from pop-up parklets and urban plazas, to large-scale landscape planning, public parks, and waterfront developments. He looks to create dynamic, experiential landscapes that integrate art, ecology and resiliency.

Margit Liander, AICP is a planner and project manager in both Sasaki’s urban and campus practices. She has extensive local and national master planning experience for large-scale communities, urban districts, park systems, and university campuses. She manages complex multidisciplinary projects and works closely with a range of public and private sector clients.

Meredith McCarthy, AIA works in both the commercial architecture and corporate interiors markets, excelling at taking projects from initial programming through design and construction. She says she enjoys the problem-solving challenges that design presents, as well as the client relationships that emerge from meeting those challenges together.

“The breadth of Carla’s skill set—from design, to technical thinking, to leading teams and representing clients’ interests—truly represents what it means to be a leading architect today,” said Sasaki principal and chair of Architecture & Interior Design, Victor Vizgaitis. “She sees our world not just in terms of what makes a great and responsible building, but what makes a great place that is interwoven with all aspects of the human experience.”

“Philip is the embodiment of what Sasaki does best—collaborating naturally with large, integrated teams internally and externally,” said principal and chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, & Ecology, Michael Grove. “He has dedicated himself to honing the professional skills that contribute to Sasaki’s special sauce—design excellence, relationship building, and a fervent belief in a strong firm culture centered on authenticity and camaraderie. I am excited to see how Philip continues to lead, and to the future successes his leadership will add to Sasaki’s growth.”

“Margit is an accomplished and versatile planner who can seamlessly move between markets and project types,” said principal and chair of Planning & Urban Design, Tyler Patrick. “She adeptly balances client needs and expectations with the voices of the communities with which she works. Within Sasaki, Margit is deeply engaged in the life of the firm and serves as a mentor to many of her colleagues.”

“Meredith brings such an incredible passion not just for the act of making architecture, but for making sure architecture can come from everyone,” said principal and chair of Architecture & Interior Design, Victor Vizgaitis. “As a founder of the Sasaki Foundation’s Summer Exploratory Experience in Design program and an incredible practitioner, her outreach to the future of the profession as well as the current communities we work in brings a richness to our design that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”