We are SCB

Solara Saad


How long have you been at SCB?

5 years.

How did you end up at SCB?

My school background started with high-rise building design and technology and ended with envisioning what “home” means. With SCB’s expertise in designing high-rise residential communities, it seemed the perfect place for me to expand my knowledge on the two subjects. SCB was the first firm I applied to and the first interview I entered, leading to my first job fresh out of graduate school.

What initially attracted you to study design or pursue a career in design?

I started sketching at an early age on walls, tables, pillows… anything that my four-year-old self laid eyes on became a sketchable surface. Eventually my mother enrolled me in a sketching camp to just save her house.

At eleven, I started taking a series of graphic design jobs and did posters, presentations, book covers, brochures, etc. Architectural design was a natural segway from graphic design, as both focus on the user experience. I knew I wanted to continue designing experiences and be in the profession of shaping the built environment.

What is the best thing about working at SCB?

The process. What I enjoy most at SCB is the continuous blend of expanding professional and personal horizons. I learn something new every day. There is no limit to the absolute joy of acquiring knowledge in designing and efficiently executing buildings. As a young architect, gaining access to more experienced architects and receiving their feedback and guidance is the cherry on top. And the more experience I gain, the more I trust the process.

What is your most rewarding project you have ever worked on and why?

Republic Square in Austin was my first project in SCB. I joined the team early on the process, as we were just starting to sketch and study the general building form. Three years later, a 42-story residential high-rise had been beautifully executed and the first residents moved in. Being part of the process of designing residential spaces for the first time and seeing it through to the completed building is the reason this is my most rewarding project. It’s the same reason why I pursued architecture and why I joined SCB.