Ms. Pamela Sams, AIA

SE Design Realization Leader,

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Washington, DC


Pamela Sams is a Technical Director at the Washington DC office of Gensler. She has been a Senior Project Architect on design teams developing and building many innovative, large scale, and complex projects in the U.S., Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She was a project leader on the Western Expansion to Dulles Airport; Oqyana-World First, a multi-use development located on built islands off of the coast of Dubai; and she recently completed the design for a new Forensic Laboratory Campus for the Department of Justice and is heading the in-office Construction Administration team for Phase One. Before returning to the U.S. in 1998, she worked and taught in Paris and Ireland. She received her MArch from Princeton University and her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the Women In Architecture Committee, Northern Virginia. She is committed to creating a more open and rich dialogue regarding the importance of excellent technical design and high building performance in achieving sustainable goals and innovative designs.


Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
M Arch, 1992
1988 To 1992
Advisor: Ralph Lerner

Parsons School of Design
New York City, New York, United States
BFA, 1988
Environmental Design
1984 To 1988

Job History

Senior Project Architect
Washington DC, DC, United States
April 2000 - July 2014

Ayers Saint Gross
Washington DC, DC, United States
January 1998 - March 2000


  • Architectural Design
  • Code Compliance
  • Construction Documentation: Drawings
  • Contract Administration
  • LEED Certification Services
  • Project Representation
  • Site Development Planning
  • Sustainable Building Design


  • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)