Abby Schwartz, FARA, brings over thirty years of creative experience and leadership to the firm of Abby Schwartz Associates, LLC. After a decade of employment at several prestigious architecture firms in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Abby started her own business in 1992, focusing on residential additions and renovations. As the firm grew from a one-woman entity to a thriving small practice, its scope of work broadened to include larger and more varied projects. Through her role as principal of a steadily maturing organization, she has been featured in multiple publications. Abby is honored to be a Vice President of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) and an Adjunct Professor at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
New Jersey, 1998
As Director of Design, Amina’s creativity impacts both the Architectural and Interior Design process within ASA, where she has been working for 18 years. Her strength of character and open communication style have furthered the evolution of the firm. Amina holds a critical position of importance at the firm and is involved in all aspects of management and business development. Her favorite part of the design process is encountering challenges within a project and brainstorming unique design solutions that meet each client’s individualized needs.
Outside of work, Amina is a spin instructor at her neighborhood Y. She also spends her weekends at music venues with her husband, as well as hiking local trails with her children and their dog, Maeby.
Lily Meier, RA, is the project manager at ASA and is involved with all aspects of the projects, from initial client meetings, through design, documentation and construction. “I love the collaborative nature that a small firm brings, as well as the familiarity and bond it allows us to build with our clients and projects,” she says.
On weekends, you can find Lily working as a collage artist. Her recent projects include a series of street art and large-scale wall coverings for an apartment building. Lily also spends her free time mentoring girls and teens through Camp Sojourner, a leadership program based in Philadelphia.
A critical member of the Abby Schwartz Associates team, Jennifer uses her organizational and communication skills to coordinate the purchasing and installation of materials and furnishings with ASA designers, clients, and product vendors. Jennifer’s detail-oriented approach and strategic input contribute to the success of every project… and the sanity of our team!
According to Jennifer, the best part of the job is install day, of course! “I love honing in on a client’s likes and dislikes to develop a design that fits their taste, while educating them along the way”, she says. Jen explains that her personal style has evolved throughout the years, from traditional to more transitional recently, when she and her husband renovated their home 7 years ago. When she isn’t working, Jen prioritizes her family, volunteers at her children’s schools, and is involved in several organizations. In her free time, Jen loves to cook and of course, decorate.