About Us

Saab International is an Architectural, Planning and Interior Design firm committed to providing high quality projects. The firm was established as Saab Architects International in 1994 and was incorporated as Saab International in 1997. It was born after its founder and associates practiced for years with leading firms in the industry in various cultures and climatic settings in different parts of the world.

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The firm’s practice comprises:

  • Space Planning and Programming
  • Site Evaluation and Selection
  • Master Planning
  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Construction Administration and Management
  • Renovation and Re-use
  • Historic Preservation

Saab International is experienced in corporate offices, institutional projects, hospitality and retail facilities, single and multi-unit residences, and sports facilities. The firm is organized into studios of architects and designers led by a senior project architect who closely monitors the progress of each project in order to ensure quality design, budget control, and timely scheduling. The firm strives for a close client relationship, which is a necessary ingredient for the creative problem solving process and for an appropriate design.



Ussamah Saab

Ussamah Saab, AIA, Establishes and monitors design direction. Mr. Saab is an expert in master planning and design of large scale corporate, educational and institutional facilities, as well as state of the art professional offices. In 1984, Mr. Saab was awarded an honorary citizenship in the town of Crowley, Louisiana for working on three buildings listed on the national historic register. He holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Louisiana and has attended various special programs of continuing education at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His architectural registrations include the states of Massachusetts, Georgia, Hawaii, and the National Council on Architectural Registration Boards. Mr. Saab worked on projects in various parts of the country as well as Indonesia, Saipan, Guam, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Dubai. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects as well as Ordre des Ingenieurs Et Architectes Libanais.


Bart McDearmon

Bart McDearmon, R.A., has an elaborate experience in management of large scale projects. He worked for long years with leading Architectural design firms in various specialties. Mr. Mc Dearmon credit includes working on the Center for Disease Control Building 23 project in Atlanta, Georgia, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Baylor Research Institute in Dallas Texas, Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie, Wyoming, The University of Florida Pathogen Research Facility in Gainesville, Florida, The UCLA – CNSI – BSL3 Laboratory in Los Angeles, California. His Banking experience includes projects for Regions Bank, Wachovia bank, Fifth Third Bank, and First Tennessee Bank. Mr. McDearmon is a registered Architect in the States of Georgia, Texas and is certified by the National Council on Architectural Registration Boards. He is also an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED Certified). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, USA.

Tony Patel

Tony Patel, AIA combines a keen business acumen with years of experience managing sophisticated corporate, Hospitality and retail facilities and medical projects. He monitors budgets and schedules, helping to ensure that projects provide high value to the client. Mr. Patel’s Hospitality experience includes working on the 36 story luxury hotel Waikikian Hotel tower project in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, the grand Saipan Hotel in Garapan, Saipan, the Double Tree Hotel in Norwalk, Connecticut, the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Visalia, California. Mr. Patel has attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the University of Tucson, Arizona. He is a registered Architect in the states of Hawaii, California, New York and Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Specifications Institute. His professional Affiliations include the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Certified Hotel Administrator. His design awards include the Solano Medical Center Award and the International Design Competition for the Taj Hotel in India.

Kabir Rafiq

Kabir Rafiq, has over 28 years of experience specializing in hospitality, education, aviation and commercial outlets stores and clubs in various Pacific countries. His work includes over 80 hotel projects for some of the USA’s top hoteliers such as Mariot, Hilton, Choice, InterContinental, Wyndham, and Taj branded hotels. He is an expert in information systems, network administration, Building Information Systems (BIM) software, AutoCad as well as Rivit. He holds a Professional Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Hawaii.

John T. Sweeny

John T. Sweeny, AIA, is an expert in large-scale housing, educational institutions, and shopping center projects. His partial project responsibilities include the design of the award-winning Phipps Plaza Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, the Nanuett Mall in Nanuett, New York, as well as six community apartment complexes averaging 200 units each in various parts of the country. Mr. Sweeny holds a Professional Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Louisiana. He is a registered architect in the states of Georgia and Minnesota, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.