Torti Gallas is proud to announce that Sarah Alexander has been honored as one of the Washington Business Journal's "40 Under 40" for 2017! The 40 Under 40 award honors the Washington Metropolitan area's brightest young business leaders who have demonstrated business success and are making a difference in their profession and their community.
Ms. Alexander joined Torti Gallas + Partners upon receiving her Master of Architecture degree in 2003. Within 4 years she passed her Architectural Registration Exams to become a Registered Architect in the District of Columbia. That same year she also became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. Her commitment to both her profession and the firm took her from a staff designer to an Associate Principal of the firm within 10 years. In 2017, as a testament to her dedication, talent and abilities, she was named a full Principal of the firm.
As an award-winning registered architectural designer, Ms. Alexander is a committed leader in improving the Quality of Life for those who live in the homes and neighborhoods she designs. Through her work, Ms. Alexander espouses her belief that community transformation begins with understanding the community and the people who live there. Ms. Alexander is an expert in building consensus among a wide array of community stakeholders. She listens, learns, understands and responds to what is important and meaningful to the people who will live, work, shop and play in the communities and homes she designs.
As a woman successfully practicing in a field historically dominated by men, Ms. Alexander feels a responsibility to be a role model for young women entering the profession. She is a mentor to numerous young female architects, helping them in advancing their roles and careers in the profession of architecture. Sarah is an active member of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative and is on the Women Build Campaign Steering Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C..
Additionally, Ms. Alexander works with architectural interns from numerous colleges who come to the firm every summer. Many of these young architects return to the firm upon graduation, having developed a desire to continue the work they began with Ms. Alexander. She is also a frequent contributor at her alma maters, University of Notre Dame and University of Maryland at College Park, offering critiques, participating in panel discussions and providing counsel to students.
Congratulations, Sarah - you make us proud!!