meet our team
Abby Schwartz, Principal
Abby Schwartz 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 and is honored to be a President of the Pennsylvania Council of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA).
New Jersey, 1998
lily Meier, Architect
Having recently acquired her architectural license, Lily applies her creative and computational skills to architectural projects of all scales and is involved with various phases of the entire design process—from schematic design to construction documentation. Lily continues to gain professional experience while approaching every new challenge with a refreshingly exuberant passion for design.
Susan Dearden, director of operations
Susan joined Abby Schwartz Associates in 2008 in the Interior Design department. Currently, as Director of Operations, her role includes Collections, and Customer Service, as well as Human Resources. She is committed to the success of Abby Schwartz Associates and believes that the job is not done until the client is totally thrilled with the end result.
Amina Hovey, Director of Design
As Director of Design, Amina's creativity impacts both Architectural and Interior Design projects. For seventeen 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.
Amina specializes in custom residential design from the ground up, to include all aspects of design and detailing. From molding and built-ins to the selection of finishes, furniture and fabric, she confidently handles coordination with contractors, vendors, as well as clients. Amina has also executed many commercial projects from tenant fit-outs to custom interiors.
Jennifer arnott, interiors manager
As a previous client of Abby Schwartz Associates, Jennifer now applies her firsthand experience and personal interest in decorating and design as the Interiors Manager—a critical member of the Abby Schwartz Associates team. Jennifer uses her organizational and communication skills from a previous career in insurance and marketing to coordinate the purchasing and installation of materials and furnishings with Abby Schwartz Associates 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!
Daria Surowiak, Executive Assistant
Daria comes to us with a background in commercial interior design, having worked previously for fifteen years as a space planner and interior design project manager. Daria is currently involved with the administrative aspects of the company including client customer service, ordering and tracking samples, and scheduling contractors/vendors. She is happy to assist this excellent design team!