Office for a Present Good

After spending the past 15 years working in some of the best firms in the Boston area on a range of award winning projects, OPG Architects brings architect Sarah Dunbar together with friends and collaborators for a new chapter. OPG Architects is an architecture and urban design firm whose practice is founded in the idea that architecture matters and can contribute to the greater good. 

We bring a deep history of working on residential and cultural projects at all scales and innovating with housing types and architectural detail. Our work is founded in the idea that all architecture is public and that the built environment is not a given and can be improved upon. We believe in working through client and stakeholder collaboration and know that there is always more to learn from the world around us and people we work with.

We frequently collaborate with Neighbor Studio, Studio RE+N and Hisel Flynn Architects.

OPG is a woman-owned small business and certified WBE practice.

Sarah Dunbar, AIA


Sarah has a BFA from Oberlin College and an M.Arch from MIT, where she was a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal, Laya and Jerome Weisner Art award, Department Merit scholarship and Schlossman Research Award. Sarah previously worked at Utile Design, Sasaki Associates, and NADAAA.

At Utile, Sarah worked on both private sector and affordable housing and also institutional projects. She was a design lead on The Laneway in Mission Hill, Boston, and led The Neponset, a 28 unit condo building in Quincy, MA, She also was the project manager and led the design on 1170 Hancock Street, a 66 unit mixed use building in Quincy, MA, and several other large and complex mixed use projects. Additionally, while at Utile, she also oversaw the design and construction of the MIT Alumni Welcome Center at her alma mater.

While at Sasaki, Sarah worked on several large residence halls, at University of Rhode Island, St. Edward’s University and others. She also worked extensively on the Tec de Monterrey masterplan and Caretta pavilion, as well as the design and coordination of the façade for the award winning Bruce C. Bolling building in Nubian Square, Boston. At NADAAA, she was a lead designer on the Rock Creek House, which has been recognized with several awards nationally and locally. 

Sarah is currently a lecturer at Northeastern University, where she teaches Urban Design and housing studios. In the past, she has taught studios at RISD and the BAC and served as a visiting critic at several Boston area schools.