Sorg Architects Merges with DLR Group

Griff Davenport and Suman Sorg; Photo courtesy Business Wire

Sorg Architects’s Washington, D.C., office has merged with global firm DLR Group and will henceforth be known as DLR Group | Sorg.

DLR anticipates a complete assimilation of Sorg’s Washington, D.C., operations by September—the end of its fiscal year—however the transaction does not include the firm’s New Delhi location. 

“The addition of Sorg Architects gives DLR Group a physical location in Washington, D.C., and a high profile presence along the East Coast,” said DLR Group CEO Griff Davenport, AIA. “Sorg Architects is an award-winning, recognized design firm with a culture that shares our passion to elevate the human experience through design.”

Following the acquisition, DLR will gain an established presence in Washington, D.C., with access to new sectors, including the civic, federal government, higher education, hospitality, multifamily housing, and workplace markets. Its 21 international locations will also lend Sorg a more expansive international presence and increase the breadth of design services the firm can offer in-house. New offerings will include integrated planning, engineering, interiors, and energy services.

“Now is the right time and place for Sorg Architects to join a national design firm to enhance our competitive position in a changing marketplace,” said Sorg Architects Founding Principal Suman Sorg, FAIA. “DLR Group shares our passion and commitment to design excellence, and this will allow us to use design to influence the built environment on a larger scale. This also provides our staff access to new project types and leadership opportunities in DLR Group, and to be employee-owners in the firm.”

Sorg will retain her design leadership, while Director of Marketing and Communications Nikki Sorg will manage the office’s operations and Principal Rachel Chung, AIA, will lead the design studio.

Suman Sorg founded the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in 1986 before launching an additional New Delhi branch in 2010. The firm currently employs a 30-person design staff and has completed projects in more than 40 countries.