Vincent Myers, AIA, LEED AP, President, DIGroup Architecture, was invited to be a guest on “NJBIZ Conversations” with Jeffrey Kanige, Host and Editor.
With new developments, redevelopments, and construction projects underway, Myers spoke about the company’s origins as well as their future plans.
During a lengthy conversation, Kanige asked Myers to highlight some of the projects the company has worked on. Myers selected one project in particular to elaborate on, “Probably one of our smaller scale projects but certainly very much representative of our culture, is at Stony Brook University. The UNITI Cultural Center is a tiny gem of a project, but it is having a ripple effect across that college community because it is a special place for minority students to assemble on that campus and was applauded for its design and impact by University President Maurie McInnis.”
When asked if and how the pandemic has affected work, Myers explained how the company looked for opportunities to keep their projects diverse, and across multiple fields.
Kanige pointed out that with so many architectural firms in the mix, how does DIGroup stand out. Myer’s response was:
“Our tagline is ‘Architecture for Change’ and we believe very strongly that our history, how we came about… our willingness to want to go into communities and work with diverse clients, in diverse settings, really represents who we are.”
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ABOUT VINCENT MYERS:
Vincent Myers is President and co-founding member of DIGroup Architecture – one of the area’s largest majority, black-owned firms, headquartered in New Brunswick, NJ. The company is founded on the principle of “Architecture for Change” – a philosophy and commitment to transformative designs that unite people, enhance well-being, and enrich communities. His passion lies in strengthening our urban centers through redevelopment, adaptive reuse and new construction.
Vince has helped grow the firm to include a rich, diverse portfolio of projects for senior living clients, nationally, and healthcare, civic and education clients throughout New Jersey, New York and the Greater Philadelphia Area. He is a recognized leader in educating clients in designing spaces to fit the complex needs of the new aging generation, from independent living residents to those requiring skilled nursing and memory care services. Recently his efforts have focused on preparing for the design of the next generation of senior facilities within urban areas. Vince serves as a guest speaker on the future of aging, sharing insights with leading developers and operators of senior living communities. His work and influence are featured across the country. He is also a Board Member of Springpoint Senior Living and the Mary Owen Borden Foundation. He also mentors high school students through The ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) – a national program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry.
Vince was named a ‘Difference Maker’ by ROI-NJ in their ‘ROI Influencers: People of Color 2021’ segment and was a recent guest on New Jersey Business Podcast and Health Professional Radio, and named a ‘Top Influencer In Senior Housing’ by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum.
ABOUT DIGROUP ARCHITECTURE:
DIGroup Architecture is an award-winning certified Minority, Disadvantaged, and Small Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE/SBE) specializing in architecture, planning, interior design and environmental graphics, signage and wayfinding for Senior Living, Education, Healthcare and Civic clients.
DIG originated as a consortium of several small architectural firms who formed an alliance to collaborate and compete for large projects issued by the NJ Schools Development Authority that revitalized the state’s most under-served public school districts. This collaboration became so successful at delivering many of the state’s most significant, community-centered design projects that the firms formally merged in 2006. The profound impact these projects had on the most basic human need of health and wellness, brought a whole new meaning and purpose to the firm. From that point forward, “Architecture for Change” became our story, design philosophy and commitment to clients to re-imagine structures and environments to unite people, enhance well-being and enrich communities.
DIG’s successes have not gone unnoticed; in 2021, the company was selected as one of the 2021 Leaders in Real Estate, Construction, and Design in the Architecture category by NJBIZ, and was ranked among the top Minority Businesses and Architectural firms by both NJBIZ and Philadelphia Business Journal.