Sara Lappano

Specialist

"Building a strong relationship with each client I work with not only makes the project more enjoyable, but it is also an essential part of ensuring a project's success."

Sara brings the skills of an artist and an engineer to the design of her projects. Her electrical engineering expertise ensures that power systems are precisely designed and properly constructed in the field; her background in lighting design allows her to apply the highest aesthetic standards. Sara also incorporates sustainability into every project, from daylighting strategies to the design of photovoltaic systems for on-site power generation. "I remember agonizing over how to choose between architecture and engineering as my career path," she recalls. "I've found a perfect fit for my talents and interests, able to impact both the art and the science of building design." While exceptional buildings are the end result, "people and relationships really form the basis for what we do," Sara says of the firm's work. "Building a strong relationship with each client I work with not only makes the project more enjoyable, but it is also an essential part of ensuring a project's success."

Specialty
Electrical Engineering, Lighting Design, Sustainable Design

Recognition
"40 Under 40" Honoree, Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine (2016)

Professional Credentials
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Professional Member (IESNA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C), Professional Engineer (PE)

Contact
E Sara.Lappano@smithgroupjjr.com
P 202.974.4552
LinkedIn profile



Community Involvement

Sara ran her first 10k in 2012: the “Spat Dash," a benefit for student outreach programs for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Since then, she's completed several 10-mile races and a half marathon for various causes.

Community Involvement