Morris Adjmi loves cities and is dedicated to understanding the history and complex forces that shape them. As the founder and principal of Morris Adjmi Architects (MA), Morris leads an office that specializes in interpreting those forces to create buildings that are contextual but unmistakably contemporary – buildings that may not feel like they’ve always been there, but feel like they should have always been there. The resulting work has put Adjmi at the vanguard of revitalizing post-industrial neighborhoods and historic districts with an architecture that bridges the past and the present without reverting to historicism or relying on nostalgia.
Adjmi’s passion for historic and industrial architecture was formed by the cast-iron French Quarter balconies and crumbling Creole cottages in his hometown of New Orleans and refined in New York and Milan during a 13-year collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Aldo Rossi. Adjmi opened his own practice in 1997 and built on that foundational experience by reformulating this distinctly European approach into one more apt for the modern American city.
Today his work is known for its thoughtful engagement with history, distinct interpretation of industrial forms, and creative expression of materials. Adjmi’s integration of tradition and innovation has yielded a body of work that is sometimes subtle, often bold, but always deeply imbued with a sense of place and purpose.
When not in the office, Morris enjoys spending time in art galleries and museums, relaxing with his family in New Orleans, or feeding the chickens at his farmhouse in Connecticut.
Adjmi is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and sits on the Board of the Tulane University School of Architecture. He has taught at the University of Houston and Columbia University and has lectured on historic and contemporary topics in architecture, including his own work and the work of Aldo Rossi, as well as a frequent participant on panels discussing the urban environment and adaptive reuse. He is the author and editor of several books on Rossi including Aldo Rossi: The Complete Buildings and Projects, 1981-91, Aldo Rossi: Drawings and Paintings, and Aldo Rossi: Collector’s Edition, as well as his own forthcoming monograph, A Grid and A Conversation: Morris Adjmi Architects.
Adjmi is a graduate of Tulane University (M.Arch’83) and attended the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies in New York.
Wesley Wolfe has been a Partner at Morris Adjmi Architects since its establishment in 1997. He oversees a studio that regularly develops projects in landmarked districts, and Wes has personally ushered a number of these projects through approvals, including 70 Henry Street, a luxury condominium in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the Theory Building in the Gansevoort Market Historic District, and Wilf Hall, a LEED Platinum building for NYU in the South Village Historic District. Wes is also responsible for many of the firm’s multi-family residential projects, such as The Schumacher, 465 Pacific, and 11 Great Jones.
Wes finds professional inspiration in the arts, in industrial architecture, and in the work of the Italian Neo-Rationalists of the 1960s, particularly Aldo Rossi, with whom he worked before the formation of MA. In the New York offices of Rossi’s Studio di Architettura, Wes managed the design of large-scale commercial three hotels in Japan, the ABC Headquarters building in Los Angeles, and the Scholastic Inc. Headquarters building in New York City. Outside of the office, Wes finds personal inspiration while sailing, hiking, and gardening at his home in the Hudson Valley.
Wes earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and his Masters of Architecture from Yale University. He is a registered architect in the State of New York
Thomas A. Lewis is a studio director and senior architect at MA. Among the projects his studio has developed are the multi-family residential buildings at 11 North Moore Street and 55 West 17th Street in New York, and the LPC-approved office building at 363 Lafayette Street in the NoHo historic district. Tom is also responsible for overseeing one-million-square-foot mixed-use projects in Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Tampa, Florida. Before joining MA, he gained experience with an array of project types at COOKFOX Architects and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, where he worked on institutional projects including the George Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
Tom is passionate about sustainability and advises the firm on how to thoughtfully integrate sustainable elements into a building’s design, rather than adding sustainable features as an ad-hoc afterthought. He is a LEED accredited professional who sits on the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Steering Committee and has served on the Urban Green Council’s Programs Committee.
Tom received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
Jason Little is a studio director at MA who joined the firm in 2012. With his strong technical background and a fluency in building codes and regulations, Jason leads a studio responsible for feasibility and zoning studies and coordinates most of the work in the office requiring special permits and waivers from the city. He is a one-man resource for code compliance and quality control. Jason’s previous experiences includes designing highly detailed residential projects in San Francisco and, with Halpern Architects in New York, he worked on several cultural and academic buildings, including the St. Agnes and Woodstock Carnegie libraries.
When he’s not pouring over the pages of the NYC building code or overseeing a team of designs and project managers, Jason enjoys sailing, gardening, and barbecuing with his wife and two sons.
Jason earned a BA in Philosophy from Brown University and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a registered architect in New York and Connecticut.
Michael Zweck-Bronner is a studio director and firm manager at Morris Adjmi architects, specializing in residential and commercial projects. Since joining the firm in 2012, he has overseen the design and construction of several residential projects in New York, including the Sterling Mason, 7 West 21st Street, and 282 South 5th Street. He was also responsible for the conversion of the former telecommunications facility at 50 Varick Street into a production and exhibition space. As the firm’s portfolio has grown to include projects in major cities across the country, Michael has overseen a mixed-use building in Washington D.C., a new hotel in Houston, and the renovation of a historic commercial building in downtown Philadelphia, as well as projects in New Orleans and Chicago.
Previously, Michael worked at Pentagram, where he co-founded the architecture department and, among other projects, worked on the Harley Davidson Museum, which was recognized with a New York State AIA Award and publication in Architectural Record, and a high-end private residence in Montauk, New York that was published in The New York Times.
Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
Chris Taylor joined Morris Adjmi architects in 2012. In his role as creative director for interiors, he works on many of the firm’s projects and ensures that all finished interiors are not only consistent with the firm’s high design standards, but also harmoniously integrated with the entire building to produce a comprehensive, unified vision. He is particularly involved with the firm’s large-scale residential and hospitality projects such as the Atlantic Plumbing buildings in Washington D.C. and the ROOST extended stay hotels. Prior to joining MA, Chris worked as an interior architect for a boutique firm in his native Sydney, Australia where he focused on conceptual design and interior detailing.
Chris received his a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of New South Wales.
Gretchen Kubiak joins as Studio Director of MA’s interiors team after almost a decade as principal and owner of a high end residential design firm in Philadelphia. Working on multi-million dollar projects in the Philadelphia area as well as in New York, New Jersey and California, Gretchen is skilled in conception, design and management of millwork detailing, soft goods and furniture specification as well as custom furniture and lighting design and fabrication.
William Work joined Morris Adjmi Architects in 2015. As the firm’s technical director, he’s responsible for establishing documentation standards, conducting quality assurance and quality control reviews, and advising the firm on best practices. He brings to MA a strong technical background gained over more than 25 years of experience working on commercial offices and multi-family residential developments as well as master planning, hospitality, and civic projects. While the majority of his career has been spent in New York City, William has also worked in Florence, Italy and has traveled extensively through Europe visiting iconic works of architecture.
William is a graduate of Pratt Institute, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
CJ Anderson has five years of experience in a variety of projects ranging from residential, hospitality, commercial and cultural. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, CJ worked abroad in Abu Dhabi, UAE as team leader for two residential buildings. Upon arriving in New York, CJ continued his professional development working in construction administration and on professional competitions. Later, CJ was project manager for a 130,000 sf hotel tower in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Arcila-Garcia approaches architecture design influenced by his study abroad experiences in Mexico, Brazil, and Vicenza, Italy. He obtained both his degrees, a Bachelor of Design with a major in Architecture and a Master of Architecture, from the University of Florida. Born in Miami, Jonathan is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working and living in a complex and diverse environment. Following graduation he relocated to New York City to pursue his career in architecture.
Jihyea is an Interior Designer with experience working in high-end residential and large-scale hospitality projects. After studying Product & Furniture Design at Hongik University in Korea, Jihyea moved to New York and earned her Master of Science in Interior Design at Pratt Institute. Throughout her career, she has contributed to projects ranging from luxury condos, rentals and high-rise commercials (mainly in New York) and hotels, bars and restaurants in New York, Europe and Asia.
Julia Bialke is an Interior Designer who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. While in school, she gained experience in high end residential development as well as luxury residential interiors by working for a firm in New York City. She continued her education by interning for MA during her last semester and has now joined the team full-time since graduation.
Katherine Borowczak is a native New Yorker and a graduate of The Cooper Union. She received the Allen Goldfisher Memorial Award, granted to students whose projects best explored relationships between humanistic and aesthetic principals in an urban context. Her professional experience has been focused on small-scale interior projects and multi-family residential work based in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. She is fluent in Polish.
Originally from South Carolina, Rachel graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Minor in French. While at Clemson, she studied off-campus in Charleston, SC, and Genoa, Italy. After earning her Master of Architecture from Yale University and before moving to NY and joining MA, Rachel worked in the Netherlands on residential and commercial projects.
Derek Brown has over 6 years of experience collaborating on a broad range of projects including mixed-use developments, commercial interiors, high-end fashion and beauty retail, institutional and brand strategy. Born and raised in Michigan, Derek holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree from the Yale University School of Architecture.
Sophia Buffara joined MA after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. During her studies she attended the Cornell in Rome program and completed internships in the New York and Rio de Janiero. Though born in the USA, Sophia was raised in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Alex Catalano is a recent graduate of Pratt Institute, where his thesis studied the programming of landscape, specifically within the city of Los Angeles. He worked at the Pratt Center for Experimental Structures where he extensively studied digital fabrication techniques. Prior to joining MA he gained experience working in both Boston and New York on projects ranging from single-family homes to mixed-use residential to high rise condominiums.
Lauren Caughley joins MA’s interior design studio, working on hospitality and residential projects. Lauren brings specialized experience in gallery and exhibition design, as well as high-end single family and multi-family residential design. Originally from New Zealand, Lauren graduated from Victoria University with honors and moved to New York thereafter to pursue her career.
Nicholas Chelko has broad experience in development analysis and the design of institutional, residential, and commercial projects with attention to city agency approvals. Additionally, Nicholas is a part-time lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design where his research and teaching focus on infrastructure, policy, and finance in urban architecture. Nicholas holds a BArch from The Pennsylvania State University and an MS in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
Erica Claustro graduated with honors from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Master of Architecture. Before joining MA, Erica worked on numerous retail and large-scale mixed-use developments in Brooklyn and New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Hamilton College.
Albert Core joins MA with previous experience in residential and commercial design. Prior to MA, he worked heavily on the production and execution of a large scale development project aimed at revitalizing areas of Brooklyn devastated by Super Storm Sandy. Albert grew up on Long Island and earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his undergraduate studies, he spent a semester abroad in Rome and Turin, solidifying his passion for architecture and design.
Christopher joins MA 14 years’ experience working in high-end boutique architecture firms in New York City with a focus on interior architecture. At his previous office as a senior project manager, he designed and managed retail projects world-wide concentrating on refined detailing. Prior to that, he participated in several hospitality projects in Miami, Las Vegas, New York, and Abu Dhabi. Throughout his career, Christopher has focused on high-end residential renovations in New York City from concept to completion. He is very passionate about collaboration and bridging the gap (or blurring the lines) between interior design and architecture. Christopher studied Architecture with a minor in Classics at the University of Florida.
Matthew DeLuca is a visualist who brings over seven years of design and visualization expertise to MA. He has a wide range of experience having worked on projects ranging from retail to master planning. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a Masters of Architecture, he worked at dbox producing high-end marketing visualizations.
Nick DeMaio joins MA with previous experience in residential and institutional projects, as well as a background in architectural model making. He earned his Master of Architecture from Cornell University, where his thesis focused on adaptive reuse and sustainability. Prior to that, he graduated with honors from New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology.
Angela De Riggi, a Project Manager at MA, is working on residential and commercial projects. Her prior experience includes managing large-scale mixed-use projects in Manhattan and buildings for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Angela has worked in construction management on several high-end residential renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Angela received her Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she held student leadership positions and produced publications for the School of Design.
Magdalena joins MA with a broad portfolio in residential, commercial and hospitality projects in New York City. Her primary focus and personal passion have been in the residential field with projects ranging from single-family luxury renovations to large scale multi-family new construction. Magdalena has practiced architecture since moving to New York City in 2006. Born and raised in Poland, Magdalena earned her Master degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Bialystok University of Technology.
Kerim joins MA with experience in high-end residential design, mixed-use developments and master planning. He has worked on various projects in New York, Boston, Chicago and Palm Beach. Kerim also has a background in product design producing furniture, lighting, tiles and architecture hardware. A textile print design collaboration in 2014 led him and his team members to receive the Interior Design’s Best of Year award. Kerim’s designs are influenced by context, culture, and technology which he draws from his travels and education. He is a frequent guest critic at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and can be found attending tours throughout his hometown of New York.
Caroline brings experience in commercial, residential, institutional, and urban design. Her focus on design at all scales ranges from master planning concepts to high-end residences to building furniture. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. Caroline studied abroad in India during graduate school, working on a design/build program to construct a school, visitor center in the Himalayas. She is a registered architect in the state of New York.
Luke Erickson joined MA after completing his Master of Architecture from Cornell University where he received the Shreve Thesis Award, the Eschweiler Prize, and was named an Eidlitz Fellow. Prior to his graduate studies he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he has also worked in Baltimore, New York and San Francisco.
Louis Fernandez is a Designer at MA with previous experience in affordable housing, high-end residential, commercial, hospitality, and community-oriented projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Illinois Institute of Technology and has worked in architecture firms located in both Chicago and New York.
Lucy Garner grew up near Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of New South Wales. She worked in Sydney on projects encompassing high-end residential, retail and hospitality projects. Extending the scope of her experience as an interior designer, she completed a variety of internships including positions at Vogue Living Australia magazine and at a custom millwork workshop. Lucy enjoys a love of utilitarian and beautiful product design. Prior to joining MA, Lucy worked in Sydney and New York.
Chris Glass is a Project Manager at MA. His prior experience with residential, commercial, and institutional projects in New York City and Philadelphia covers a wide range of scales, often with complex, mixed-use programs. Most recently Chris managed a 500,000 sf project comprising two buildings in Washington DC that include high-end residential, affordable housing, a library, fire station and squash tournament venue. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Chris is currently working on mixed-use and commercial projects.
John Graham joined MA with extensive experience in residential and high-end interior renovations and new construction. He is adept at architectural detailing, assembling complex sets of documentation, and coordinating the full spectrum of a consulting team. John graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Jacob Granoff joins MA with diverse design experience working on a little bit of everything from smaller scale homes and commercial interiors to larger scale college campuses and high end resorts. Originally from the New York City area, he grew up inspired by the buildings around him while watching his father run his own architecture firm. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, where his thesis explored emerging cannabis architecture.
Turner Gray is the Receptionist at MA. Previously she worked at Chanel corporate headquarters before returning to school. Turner was the receptionist at Advantage Human Resourcing and a boardroom attendant at Macquarie Holdings. She completed her degree in business administration at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Chris Hall is a Project Manager at MA with 30 years’ experience as a registered architect in New York. He has extensive experience with institutional projects in New York and Washington, DC including museums, a private school, a university student center and a cultural center. He has managed the interior for the corporate headquarters of Google in Mountain View, CA and an innovation center in Gaborone, Botswana. Chris also lived in Italy and Switzerland working on mixed use and commercial projects. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Courtney Hathaway is an Interior Designer with an extensive background in multi-family residential and hospitality projects. Courtney’s interest in neighborhoods as they relate to urban environments brought her to New York City, where she creates authentic and honest spaces true to their surrounding context. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University and took related courses at American Intercontinental University in London.
Jasmine Ho is a Project Architect at MA. She brings experience in high rise multi-family residential projects ranging from affordable housing to high-end luxury, as well as retail projects and commercial interiors. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and her post-professional Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.
Kent Johnson joins MA after graduating from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, where he was awarded the John G Williams Joy in Architecture medal. He has studied the theories of Aldo Rossi in depth, and studied at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. He has experience in locomotive and healthcare design from internships in Fayetteville, AR and Dallas, TX.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Clive moved to California during his high school years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, he decided to enroll in Pratt Institute’s master’s program for interior design. His primary focus has been hospitality where he has worked on projects from large business hotels to small boutique hotels.
Brent Kitchen joined MA with experience designing and project managing a mixed-use building that includes a high-end triplex residence, the conversion of a warehouse to high-end residential condos, boutique retail, and commercial interiors. Brent received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia where he focused on sustainability. A LEED GA, he provided green building consulting for a new waterfront development in New York City. At MA, Brent worked on a commercial project near the High Line and a residential project in Williamsburg. He is currently managing the design of a mixed-use residential commercial in the West Village.
George Kontaroudis is a Project Manager at MA. He has 10 years of experience in residential, mixed-use, and retail design as well as master planning and urban design. He relocated to New York from Greece where he ran his own firm with work in Greece and the Middle East. George earned his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Hull School of Architecture at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and his master’s from the Bartlett at the University College London, both in the UK. He is a licensed architect in Greece and New York.
Tony Kuric joins MA after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan. Having spent his life living in 3 different corners of the world, Tony has had the privilege of gaining architectural knowledge and exposure to various styles of architecture and building types, starting from a young age in New Zealand, then later on in Croatia, and finally the US. Recipient of the Dean’s Architectural Excellence Award at graduation, Tony joins the team after a successful thesis year and internship with MA.
Jamie Lee graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. While there, she received the International Merit Scholarship and her thesis projects of applied theories of human behavior were selected for archiving. Prior to joining MA, Jamie gained experience in commercial, hospitality, and high-end residential apartments in New York City and Seoul.
Paul J. Lee is a graduate of Syracuse University, where his thesis investigated typology and character in architecture through images, specifically working with Bernd & Hilla Bechers’ photo series. His interests in architecture include the relationship between contemporary design, history, and digital media, which he explored through Syracuse’s Florence abroad program. Paul has worked with renovating existing buildings into luxury hotels and designing sheet metal products for weather-proofing.
Jesse Levin is a Project Manager at MA and a registered architect licensed in New York. She has experience working on residential and institutional projects as well as working within the public sector on New York City Zoning and Building Code regulations. Past projects include ground-up residential projects while working at Gwathmey Siegel Architects, the Aspen Art Museum while working at Shigeru Ban Architects, and the publication of a flood resiliency manual for retrofitting buildings in New York City. Jesse received a Bachelor of Fine Art at California College of Art and a Master of Architecture at Yale University.
Jessie Lu earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. She was part of a team that won CONNECT at SOFA Chicago and Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Strategies’ Green Week Student Design Award for an innovative and environmentally conscientious lounge design. Prior to joining MA, Jessie designed residences, artwork for luxury hotels, and interactive children’s exhibits.
Brynn MacDonald is an Interior Designer with a background in high-end residential design. After moving from Salt Lake City, Brynn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. At previous firms she has contributed to projects ranging from townhouses, apartment combinations, and suburban homes spanning New York, Boston, and London.
Brittany is a Project Manager with 10 years of New York City experience in residential and retail projects with a focus on multi-family condos, rentals, and affordable housing. Brittany graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelors of Architecture and a Minor in Industrial Design. While in Virginia, she interned for KBAS during the design coordination and construction of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.
Ian Mills is a Project Manager at MA with previous experience in Rotterdam and New York offices. Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University, Ian settled in Chicago where he worked in architectural firms as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Ian returned to Yale and obtained his Master of Architecture and was an editor of the university architecture journal Perspecta, entitled “Agency.” He is currently working on residential, commercial and hospitality projects.
Cynthia Moral is the Finance Manager for MA, providing support to all staff and office operations, as well as management of vendor accounts. Before joining Morris Adjmi Architects in 2007 she was a bookkeeper for a property management office in Queens and an assistant controller at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Cynthia graduated from Plaza Business Institute where she earned an Associate Degree in Accounting.
John Paul Pacelli joins MA with previous experience in residential, commercial, and cultural projects. Upon receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University, John Paul worked in Rotterdam on various international projects including a contemporary art museum in Moscow. Prior to joining MA, John Paul also has experience designing and executing small, single-family residences.
Alexandra Peck joins MA as an Interior Designer. She has a background in high-end residential, commercial, and high-rise residential design. Alexandra’s deep interest in architecture was sparked at an early age after spending her childhood living in the Middle East and traveling through Asia. Alexandra pursued her passion for design by studying Interior Architecture at the University of Georgia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Alexandra is a member of ASID and is also LEED GA certified.
Jasper Pope is the graphic designer and marketing coordinator at MA. He arrives at the firm with a diverse background that spans the fields of art and design. Jasper worked closely alongside conceptual designer Tobias Wong, served as the director of a contemporary art gallery, co-founded an art history publication firm, managed production at the studio of a leading sculptor, and developed branding for high-end fashion, hospitality, and restaurant projects.
Lucas Posada was born in Colombia and grew up in Oregon. He graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, and has since worked on a variety of project types including residential and office buildings, research facilities, and museums. Before joining MA he focused on a mixed-use residential project with 650 units, 270,000 sf of office space, and 56,000 sf of commercial space that integrates eco-district approaches toward water, energy, and waste. Lucas is LEED Accredited and a licensed architect in the State of Oregon.
Julie Puaux is currently working on projects in Washington DC and New York City. Her previous experience ranges from residences, commercial renovations and a retail restoration for Barneys New York to exhibition spaces, gallery spaces for the Krannert Art Museum, and an exhibition presentation for the Dia:Beacon. Julie was born in Paris, France where she studied Art History at the Lycee Buffon. She received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Parsons the New School for Design.
A recent transplant to the east coast, Kaleb joins MA as a project architect licensed in the state of Illinois. After receiving an MArch from the University of Kansas, He has spent the previous 9 years working in Chicago on a variety of project types domestic and international ranging from small custom glass installations to large commercial projects and master planning.
Ludmilla Raphaël is a Project Manager at MA who is currently working on several residential developments in New York City. Born and raised in Aix-En-Provence, France, she has worked for various architecture firms in New York City and in France. Ludmilla obtained her Master of Architecture from the National Higher School of Architecture of Paris la Villette.
Andy Rauchut received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union and his Masters of Architecture II with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is also a Fulbright Fellow. Andy has years of professional experience working on a range of scales and project types in the US and abroad, including New York, Texas, China, Nepal, London, and Senegal. He has developed or supervised the design of multi-million square foot mixed-use developments, cultural and arts projects, and single family homes. His primary interest is in the intersection of real estate development and architecture and the architect’s role in the design of high-quality housing.
Alsira joins MA with over 8 years of professional experience, both in Rome, Italy and in New York City. Her work in NY for the last 6 years has focused on residential projects, designing high-end multifamily condos and rentals, from small scale to larger developments. She has an MA from the Sapienza University of Rome and is a licensed architect in Italy.
Jeremy Reed is a Project Manager at MA, where his experience includes residential, commercial and hospitality projects, often in landmarked historic districts. Previously, Jeremy worked in New York City, including on a school in Battery Park City. Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia. After working in a molecular biology lab, he moved to New York and earned a Master of Architecture from the City College of New York. He is a LEED accredited professional, active in the AIA, occasionally runs marathons, and a registered architect licensed in New York.
Project Architect Jim Rund brings over 5 years of experience in design and construction to the MA team. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Jim began his career in Abu Dhabi, UAE working on research laboratories for a newly built international university. Relocating to upstate New York in 2012, Jim completed a high end residence in the Catskill Mountains. Prior to joining MA, Jim worked on hospitality projects in the New York City area.
Rossana Russo Pavone began her career in an architecture studio in Milan, Italy, where a collaboration with brought her to New York for the interior renovation of a landmark building on Wall Street for the headquarters of San Paolo Bank. A native of Turin, she earned her Master of Science in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Turin. Prior to joining MA, Rossana was a designer with Adjmi & Andreoli and AA Studio working on the conversion of 50 Varick Street into new fashion photography studios for Spring Studios NY.
Danielle Sanchick joined MA with experience on several international high rise residential, commercial and cultural projects. She also brings experience and interest in master planning and urban design. Coming from a family of architects, she developed an interest in art and design at a young age. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University where she pursued an interest in computational design. Danielle is a registered architect in the State of New York.
Allison Schwartz is working on mixed-use and multi-family projects, as well as initial zoning studies and pre-development analysis. Prior to joining MA she worked on a wide variety of project types in New York, Amsterdam, and Caracas. She has assisted in teaching design courses at Columbia’s Master of Architecture and Real Estate Development programs. Allison is a LEED GA with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Kevin Schwirian joins MA’s Interior Design Studio after receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. Kevin had the opportunity to experience both the Vendor and Design sides of the industry through several internships in his hometown of Tampa, Fl.
Jennifer Sgro is currently working on commercial buildings in New York City. Her previous experience includes commercial buildings and plaza designs. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jennifer worked in Toronto and is a watercolor artist and graphic designer who has shown her art work in galleries in both New York and Toronto. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture, with honors, from Carleton University, where she worked as a teaching assistant for the Directed Studies Abroad program in Spain.
Hayeon Shim joins MA with experience in mixed-use residential, commercial and institutional projects. She received an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining MA, she has worked at firms in San Francisco, Shanghai and New York.
Rui Silva brings to MA more than eight years of experience in rendering photo realistic images for projects worldwide as a 3D Architectural Visualizer. A native of Portugal, he received his Bachelor of Interior Design from the Institute of Arts, Design and Marketing in Lisbon. After working in architectural offices in Lisbon he moved to Belgium to begin new challenges as a creative designer. His passion for architecture, design and photography provide a sense for creating detailed 3D images of projects.
Graeme brings with him extensive experience in multi-family residential, performing arts and commercial architecture, where he has been closely involved with all aspects of design, documentation and construction. Graeme holds a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in Toronto.
Lea Stagno is an architect at MA. Prior to her arrival at MA, she taught the core design studio at Cornell University. She has over 10 years of experience in leading design in residential, mixed use, commercial, hospitality and cultural projects. Lea received her masters in architecture from Cornell University, where she focused on sustainability. In 2016, she received the Eidlitz Fellowship, whose support she used to study earth architecture techniques in Latin America. Lea earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from La Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela, her hometown.
Danny Thai is a Registered Architect in the state of New York with experience working on new construction and renovation projects in a broad array of various programmatic typologies including high-end residential, hospitality, mixed-use and urban master plans. He received his Master of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he also studied in Copenhagen, Denmark extending his architectural education and broadening cultural perspective.
Paul Tierman joined MA with over six years of experience ranging from ground-up and modular construction for commercial and residential projects, to commercial interior design and bespoke architectural detailing. Paul received a Master in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. After completing his degree, Paul taught at the Taubman College and researched contemporary strategies for adaptive reuse.
AK Thompson grew up in South Carolina and completed her undergraduate studies at Clemson University. There she received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Music. Previously she worked as an office manager and executive assistant to a C-suite leader at a global consulting firm.
Alex Tomlinson brings to MA experience on hi-rise, multi-family residential, and residential interiors. Alex attended Clemson University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a minor in Business Administration. During his undergraduate studies, he spent a semester in Barcelona studying urban planning typologies and the Eixample district. An interest in historic preservation led him to work on the restoration of the New York Studio School- historically the first site of the Whitney Museum. Prior to joining MA, Alex has worked in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and New York on residential projects.
Tina is an interior designer at MA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design with the Highest Honors from Pratt Institute and studied Interior Architecture at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Her education shaped her holistic approach to design by exposing her not only to interior architecture, but also to textile and object design. Prior to joining MA, Tina designed commercial spaces and high-end private residences in New York as well as abroad.
Carlos Velez has experience on a range of large-scale development and luxury residential projects spanning New York, New Jersey, and California. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University, he worked for several high-end interior designers in New York City. He is currently working on residential development projects in New York.
Michelle Wagner is a Project Manager at MA with over 20 years of experience. Originally from Colorado, Michelle worked in Denver on commercial projects including resorts, mixed-use residential, and industrial loft conversions. In 2003 she moved to New York City to work on the World Trade Center Master Plan and Design Guidelines with Studio Daniel Libeskind. Since then, Michelle has worked independently and with other NYC firms on a range of projects including a 1500-acre five-star resort in Morroco, a 200,000 sf industrial plant conversion into an events and conference center, and New York City luxury residences. Michelle received her Bachelor of Environmental Design, with honors, from the University of Colorado. She is a LEED AP and licensed in NY and CO.
Thomas Wensing works on residential and commercial projects at MA. He holds licenses as an architect in both the UK and the Netherlands. His experience includes high-end residential projects in New York, an artist studio for the sculptor Antony Gormley, and large scale urban planning at Canada Water, London. He grew up in Den Helder, The Netherlands, and graduated from Delft University and Columbia University on a Fulbright Scholarship. His teaching experience includes the AA in London, Eindhoven University, and the University of Kent, in Canterbury. Thomas is a regular contributor to Blueprint Magazine and other publications.
Elizabeth is an Architectural Designer with experience in mixed-use residential, commercial, transportation and aviation projects throughout New York City. Previous projects include a mixed-use luxury Residential Building on the corner of 86th street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport Terminal B. She has extensive experience using Building Information Modeling (BIM), exploring efficient ways for a client to have a fully coordinated project prior to construction. Having graduated with honors from New York Institute of Technology, Elizabeth continues to educate herself in the arts, history, and music for inspiration for her work.
Sarah Whitney is designing a variety of interiors for retail, commercial, hospitality, and corporate clients. Previously Sarah worked at firms in New York and Baltimore, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. After moving to New York City she earned her Master of Science in Interior Design at Pratt Institute, where her thesis studied the design of emergency and transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence. Sarah is a member of IIDA.
Nicole Wiznitzer brings an interest in the public good to her role as a designer at Morris Adjmi Architects. Her work has been recognized as a “world-changing idea” by Fast Company, and at MA she applies her ambitious visions to transformative projects such as 85 Jay Street. When she’s not working to change the world, Nicole is out conquering it as a marathon runner and rock climber.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received the AIA Henry Adams Silver Award. She also has a postgraduate certificate in Public Interest Design from Archeworks.
Ryan joined the MA interiors team after moving to New York from Melbourne, Australia. Having previously worked for the last 5 years as an architect on medium scale multi-family projects through to high-end single-residential projects in Australia he brings a passion for good design and detailing. He holds a personal belief that design excellence and sustainability go hand in hand and brings this approach to each of his projects. He holds both a Bachelor and Master in Architecture from the University of Adelaide and is a registered architect in Australia.