DMR Architects names first COO; promotes 5 others

Hasbrouck Heights firm continues to recruit new staff to address rapid growth

DMR Architects said Tuesday it named Pradeep Kapoor as its new chief operating officer and promoted five others in response to the firm’s continued growth, as well as expansion into new practice areas.

One of New Jersey’s largest and most prolific architecture firms, the Hasbrouck Heights firm has doubled its staff to more than 40 over the past five years.

“Supporting the scope and volume of our new projects and absorbing and directing new staff members is made all the more complex by the layers of practice areas and services we have added in recent years,” says Lloyd Rosenberg, founder and CEO of DMR. “Pradeep has been managing the firm’s operations, and I am pleased to be able to recognize his success at this role by naming him DMR’s first chief operating officer.”

Kapoor’s 21-year tenure at DMR has included several roles through which he has managed many of the firm’s most complex design and construction projects, primarily focusing on the municipal, health care and education practices. In 2017, he was named a partner in the firm while serving as its director of sustainability. A passionate sustainable designer, he was among the first architects in New Jersey to achieve LEED accreditation, and helped build DMR’s sustainable design program, which today includes certified, silver and gold level projects, notably Hudson County Schools of Technology, a LEED Gold recipient, and the Carlstadt Elementary School, the first LEED Silver public school in New Jersey.

While still managing day-to-day responsibilities for significant firm projects, as COO, Kapoor provides managerial support for all ongoing projects, offering guidance on contracts, project management, budget, schedule adherence and staff development.

“It has been a privilege to take on a leadership role during a time when the firm has literally created a new practice format that bridges traditional architecture with planning, design, construction management and other services that provides clients with exceptional skill, efficiency and value,” Kapoor said.

“As we lift the standards for architects, we have been able to lift the careers of our people. I am a prime example of DMR’s culture of nurturing staff, fostering professional achievement and recognizing talent and hard work, and I am proud to recognize five other staff members whose achievements also warrant promotions.”

DMR’s other recent promotions include five new positions for existing staff with tenures that range from two to 27 years. They include: Maria Perez, director of human resources; Donna Coen O’Gorman, director of business development – education sector; Megan Apostol, director of marketing; Kevin Johnson, project manager; and Pierre Talisse, project manager.