Senior Vice President
Started with Firm: 1994
B.Arch., Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY
M.L.S., St. Johns University, New York, NY
B.A., Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
As a Senior VP, Cynthia Gardstein focuses on special projects, as well as supporting the firm’s Sustainability Consulting Services group as business director. In the early 1980s, Ms. Gardstein was one of the lead authors of the award-winning book, The Passive Solar Construction Handbook, which paved the way for her long-standing interest in research in energy efficiency and renewables, and her recognition of the importance of information dissemination. As a result, she has gained significant experience in architectural research, complex document editing, writing and formatting. For the past fifteen years, her responsibilities have included management of large, multi-task projects, primarily in the government sector.
Having led SWA’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs’ indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Ms. Gardstein managed SWA and subcontractor staff, identifying, processing, and deploying both SWA staff and subcontractors to sites throughout the US to deliver technical assistance to tribes, including mold and moisture mitigation, energy efficiency measures, sustainable and innovative design training, accessibility training, and construction contracting procedures. Under a similar contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Unit Cost Study, she managed a team that linked criteria development of four building core and shell types and typical fitouts for federal buildings to current and future cost escalation methodology.
Ms. Gardstein’s recent projects include managing HUD PD&R’s Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Awards, the NYC Water Conservation Manual, for which she provided overall coordination and editing, High Performance Landscape Guidelines for NYC Parks & Recreation, two carbon reduction research projects for the American Institute of Architects, and an education/outreach project for the Associated General Contractors developing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for New Construction™ curriculum.