Architecture and interior design firm SGA announces internal ownership transition and expansion of management team

Adam Spagnolo named CEO, John Sullivan and Gable Clarke named Co-Chairs, Al Spagnolo named Chairman

BOSTON, June 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SGA – an award-winning architecture, design and planning firm specializing in life sciences, corporate and academic design – today announced an internal transition of ownership and expansion of its management team. The company will now be led by equal majority shareholders: Architecture President John Sullivan, AIA; President of Interior Design Gable Clarke, NCIDQ, LEED® AP, Certified Generations Trainer; and CEO Adam Spagnolo. Former SGA President and Founding Partner, Al Spagnolo, AIA, NCARB, will transition to President and Founding Partners Bill Gisness, AIA, BSA, and Jeff Tompkins, IIDA, LEED® AP, will leave the company. Michael Schroeder, CCM, will remain a minority partner.

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SGA has grown tremendously in recent years, more than doubling the staff in its Boston and New York offices to over 130 professionals. The business has 15 million square feet of active projects, as clients have relied on SGA’s unique ability to provide flexible, state-of-the-art design and durable, state-of-the-art facilities that promote collaboration and engender innovation. Always at the forefront of its field, SGA has designed innovation campuses, emerging life sciences clusters, R&D accelerators, high-performance sustainable buildings, complex mixed-use developments, vibrant, brand-rich work and campus living facilities for national leaders. developers, owners, academic institutions and users of real estate.

“Under new leadership, SGA will continue the transformational work that has made us one of the most trusted architecture and design firms,” said Chairman Al Spagnolo. “Our recent growth is credited to the hard work of Gable, John, Adam and the rest of our talented team. They take SGA to heights that Jeff, Bill and I could not have dreamed of when we started the business. in 1991.”

CEO Adam Spagnolo will direct and oversee the firm’s activities, including overall tax responsibilities and enterprise-wide operations. Adam will draw on his many years of organizational leadership across multiple industries including retail, architecture and design. Over the past seven years, he has modernized SGA’s business practices, opened the company’s New York office and managed its exponential growth.

John Sullivan will serve as President of SGA Architecture. For 17 years, he led the company’s many large-scale projects in the commercial, technology, life sciences and academic markets and often plays a major role in the overall planning, design and approval process. public. Sullivan will lead the firm’s strong architecture practice with a focus on design leadership and client management.

President of Interior Design Gable Clarke has won many prestigious honors and awards over her 20-plus year career, 18 of them with SGA. She has been the driving force behind the expansion of the company’s interior design practice and is an ambassador in the marketplace. In addition to leading numerous interior design commissions and overseeing the Science and Technology discipline, Clarke will manage the company’s human resources department.

“John, Gable and I are honored to lead SGA and this exceptional company into a new era,” said Adam Spagnolo. “As CEO, I am here to serve the leadership team and our practice to ensure they have all the tools they need to continue delivering cutting-edge, state-of-the-art projects. SGA’s position as an innovator and trusted advisor to customers is a testament to the leadership and expertise of our founding partners Al Spagnolo, Jeff Tompkins and Bill Gisness – we will continue to build on the trusted and highly valued reputation that ‘they worked tirelessly to create.

In addition to Sullivan, Clarke and Adam Spagnolo becoming equal majority owners, SGA named five new directors and seven directors. Matthew Fickett, AIA, CPCH, LEED®, Joe Mamayek, AIA, LEED® AP, Brooks Slocum, AIA, Brian Slozak, RA and Eric Svahn, AIA, NCARB and have all been promoted to Director. Scott Barnholt, AIA, Caroline Bergin, IIDA, NCIDQ, WELL® AP, David Enriquez, LEED® AP BD+C, Bill Fleming, Marc Gabriel, LEED® AP BD+C, NCARB, Jessica Randolph, AIA, NCARB, Walker Shanklin , AIA and Amanda Vicari, NCIDQ have all been promoted to Director. The company will remain based in Boston, and CEO Adam Spagnolo will work from his New York office.

About SGA

SGA is an award-winning national practice whose work spans virtual architecture, interior design, planning, design and construction. The 130+ people company has offices in Boston and New York and embodies forward-thinking design that redefines the way life science, academic, urban, mixed-use, corporate and commercial projects are viewed and delivered. The strength of the experienced team is speed to market, problem solving, expedited public approvals and seamless integration of the design, development and build process. SGA’s team-oriented approach and brand creativity have resulted in more than 500 million Swiss francs in innovative and successful orders. For more information, visit

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