design synergies

Our firm stands out because we are Architects with a deep understanding of and experience in the design of interior spaces.  We've managed the LEED certification process for other design firms, for contractors, and for manufacturers.  We are experienced project managers and construction administrators.  Whether we are designing our own projects or consulting to other firms, we bring a lot to the table.

Design Synergies is a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) in New York State, Erie County, and the City of Buffalo.

Design Synergies was founded by Buffalo-based Architect Roxanne Button Kujawa AIA in 2012, after she spent more than two decades working at design firms, not-for-profits, and government agencies in Canada and the U.S.  ​A licensed Architect in New York State, Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), & LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C, Homes), Roxanne Button has been an advocate and practitioner of sustainable design for over 23 years.  Her diverse background includes designing and managing LEED projects, consulting for green building projects, and scriptwriting for a green renovation TV series. 

Roxanne is a former board member of the New York Upstate Chapter of the USGBC and the Chapter’s Advisory Panel.   She currently serves on the Diversity Committee of AIA Buffalo/Western New York, and the local organizing committee for the 2018 Association of Preservation Technology conference.  She led the team that created Public Day for the American Solar Energy Conference in Buffalo in 2009 & co-hosted the monthly Buffalo Green Drinks networking event.  As a member of the National Education Reviewers Team and GreenBuild review team for USGBC, Roxanne contributed to the development of educational programs for fellow LEED Accredited Professionals for almost a decade.  She still creates and delivers programs for design and construction professionals on green building and sustainable design.  
Most Architectural and Design firms are named after their founders, just like law firms.  When people retire or leave, the name inevitably has to evolve as the firm does.  

We wanted to do things a little differently.  Instead of using her own name, founding Principal Roxanne Button Kujawa decided to name the firm Design Synergies to reflect the way she approaches design projects:  as a synthesis of ideas that come together to create something which is greater than the sum of its parts.  

Design Synergies was founded on the basic principles that the design of the interior of a building should not be a separate effort from the exterior, and that sustainable design is simply good design.  

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  • Architectural & Interior Design
  • Facility Evaluations & Feasibility Studies
  • Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse
  • LEED Project Management, Facilitation, & Systems Review
  • ​Space Planning, FFE Selection, and Specifications for Procurement & Bidding
  • Specifications Review & Writing for LEED & Non-LEED Projects
  • Sustainable Design Consulting