Sanjay Kadu Appointed as New Chief Design Officer


Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) is excited to announce the recent promotion of Sanjay Kadu to Chief Design Officer. Kadu joined the DPS team as an intern more than 20 years ago, growing into a successful design leader in the firm’s Education Studio and joining the firm’s roster of Principals 8 years ago.

His impact on education through design across the Southwest is exemplified in projects including North Star Elementary School, Del Norte High School, Bernalillo High School in New Mexico, ISD Travis 6th Grade Campus, Pinnacle Intermediate School, Bobby Joe Hill PreK-8 School, Irvin High School in Texas, and Lukachukai Community School in Arizona.

“Sanjay is a gifted designer, strong mentor and a person of the utmost integrity. He and I went to grad school together and started at the firm around the same time 22 years ago. We have worked together on multiple projects over the years, and I am thrilled to have him overseeing design for DPS. His skills and design sensibility will continue to support the firm’s delivery of design excellence."

Benjamin Gardner, Chief Executive Officer / Principal

Kadu fills a key role as Chief Design Officer: shaping and managing the firm’s philosophical and tactical approach to design. He leads the firm’s commitment to designing spaces which are dynamic, tuned to peoples’ needs, and long-lasting—resulting in spaces that support our communities, today and far beyond. Kadu’s ability to bring people together and build opportunity into the design process are two of many reasons he is an excellent fit for the role of CDO. DPS is excited to expand his design leadership across the firm’s four offices, spanning Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Education Project Team Meeting

“As the CDO, I look forward to promoting an environment of collaboration, innovation and creativity within DPS - to push boundaries and create unique, sustainable, and functional spaces that improve quality of life and inspire people. It’s one of my goals to continue understanding our clients’ needs and translating them into aesthetic and efficient design solutions that reflects cultural identity, fosters social interaction and positively impacts the community.”

— Sanjay Kadu, Chief Design Officer / Principal

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