Design + Construction Strategies

About Us

Architects, business analysts, technologists, and visionaries. That's who we are.

We know how to break down the complexity of integrated building components and optimize them to achieve the desired results.


Barbara Heller, FAIA - President and CEO

A registered architect who has participated in more than 500 large-scale construction projects, Barbara Heller brings over 20 years of experience to DCStrategies. She is a leading authority on architectural and construction specifications, information management and facilitating business process improvements through technology integration and organizational change.


Ms. Heller's experience includes national and international projects, new construction, renovations and historic preservation, extending across a wide range of building types for governmental and private sector concerns. These include commercial offices, military, institutional and retail projects, many of which have been recognized with prestigious design awards.


Recognizing that globalization and technology are rapidly changing the building industry, and that most organizations are not equipped to embrace the opportunities these changes bring, Ms. Heller founded DCStrategies to fill the void. With clients ranging from large government agencies, to Fortune 1000 software companies and industry standards organizations, Ms. Heller is a thought leader who brings clients unique insights that span across the entire building industry spectrum.


Ms. Heller graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Architectural Studies and is registered in the District of Columbia. She served on the American Institute of Architects' Documents Committee for 15 years and as Chair from 2003-2004. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, one of the highest honors bestowed by professional peers.


Louise Sabol, AIA, LEED AP - Director of Technology Solutions

Louise Sabol, Director of Technology Solutions with DCStrategies, is an architect and technologist with over 20 years of experience in leveraging technology to improve project delivery and lifecycle management of the built environment. Ms. Sabol's experience in the AEC, IT, and facilities management consulting arenas provide her with unique capabilities for developing complex and versatile information-enabled solutions. She brings particular expertise in sustainability, real property data systems, and technology-enabled workflow analysis. For DCStrategies, she directs the development of solutions that combine data and visualization technologies to meet rapidly changing business needs affecting the built environment.


Clients have included Autodesk, Smithsonian Institution, Veterans Administration, GSA, among many others. Her degrees include a B.S. in Architecture, Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture, Catholic University. She is a registered architect and a LEED AP certified professional. Guest speaking engagements have included IFMA World Workplace, Autodesk University, George Mason University, SAME, Federal Facilities Council, among others.


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