Jacob Higginbottom, AIA, LEED AP is the Director of Higher Education at SGA, a Boston-New York City-based architecture, interior design, planning, Virtual Design and Construction, and branded environments practice founded in 1991. Winner of Fast Company “Most Innovative Companies” award for architecture, SGA embodies tech-forward design that redefines how projects are visualized and delivered. With deep expertise in designing academic architecture, SGA and Jacob have worked on a range of higher education facilities such as student residences, classroom facilities, faculty and administrative spaces, broadcast, student health and wellness and lifestyle centers. Recent projects include a new three-story, state of the art communications building as well as a center for the Performing Arts for Sacred Heart University; graduate student housing for Brown University; a campus center for Wentworth Institute of Technology; the new health and wellness facility on the Smith College campus; and a historic renovation at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. SGA has also become a leader in Passive House structures including the first two residence halls of this nature in Massachusetts at Wheaton College and Williams College.