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 joined MA as studio director of the interiors team after almost a decade running her own high-end residential design firm in Philadelphia, where she worked on multi-million dollar projects that have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Elle Decor, and Saveur. With that experience, it’s not surprising that Gretchen has expertise in every aspect of the interior design, from design and fabrication to millwork detailing and textiles. It is surprising, however, that she has full sleeves of tattoos and only started collecting them in her 30s.
Gretchen graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
As technical director at Morris Adjmi Architects, James reviews the construct-ability of each project, resolves documentation challenges, and leads the response to any issues that may arise in the field. With extensive experience in academic, cultural, corporate, educational, government, residential and science and technology projects, his expertise is not only a boon to his coworkers at MA, but to the students of the construction certification classes he teaches. Outside the office, James enjoys watercolor painting and spending time with his daughter, for which he has recognized with the Number 1 Dad Award.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He is a licensed architect in New York Wisconsin, Colorado, and Arizona., a certified construction contract administrator, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
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 is a project architect whose wide-ranging experience includes working in construction administration in New York City and designing high-end residential buildings in the United Arab Emirates. During office hours, he’s known for his work on projects like 207 West 79th Street and the Thrive Offices; after office hours he’s known as a founding member of the MA house band.
CJ graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Jonathan Arcila-Garcia is a designer who is inspired by architecture’s power to improve lives and shape the future. His work draws on his experiences traveling and studying in cities across Europe and South America, and he thrives off working and living in complex and diverse environments like New York City. At MA, he’s been involved with residential projects including 540 Hudson Street, 70 Henry Street, and 41 Great Jones, and looks forward to sharing new ideas with his dedicated coworkers every day.
Jonathan earned both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida.
Jihyea is an interior designer whose work benefits from her background in product design and furniture fabrication. Throughout her career, Jihyea has contributed to luxury residential buildings, high-rise office buildings, and hospitality projects including hotels, bars and restaurants in New York, Europe, and Asia. At MA, her understanding of furniture, fixtures, and equipment, and her experience with interior space planning, has influenced numerous high-end projects.
Jihyea has a Master of Science in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from Hongik University in Korea.
Julia Bialke is a designer in MA’s interiors department. Her past experience on high-end residential buildings and luxury interiors informs her current work at large mixed-use developments including 211 Schermerhorn. She is also an active member of the firm’s Revit Committee. Julia designs multiple-family buildings, but she’s also one of a multiple in her own family — if she looks familiar, there’s a chance you may have actually met one of her two identical sisters.
Julia graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Interior Design.
Andrew is MA’s resident IT specialist, but also has a background in Landscape Architecture, making him a particularly well equipped to identify the firm’s technology needs and respond to any issues that may arise. Outside of his work at Morris Adjmi Architects, Andrew is a hobbyist archer who has been known to attend a Renaissance fair or two to refine his skills.
Andrew graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture.
Katherine Borowczak is a designer whose work explores the connection between the human body and the built environment. At MA, her professional experience focuses on smaller-scale interior projects and multi-family residential work. Outside the design studio Katherine is heavily involved in the arts as an avid photographer, a classical trained dancer, and one of the founding members of the Polish-American Fashion Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a platform for young Polish creatives.
Katherine has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union, where she received the Allen N. Goldfischer Memorial Award for exploring the relationships between humanistic and aesthetic principles in an urban context.
Rachel Boyd is a designer whose appreciation for vernacular architecture traditions first emerged in her native South Carolina and was later cultivate during her time studying in Italy and working in the the Netherlands. This background inspires her work at Morris Adjmi Architects on contextual multi-family residential developments and mixed-use projects.
Rachel has a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor in Art in Architecture from Clemson University, where she also minored in French.
Derek is a designer with LEED expertise and experience working on mixed-use developments, commercial interiors, and high-end fashion retail. At MA, his insight into sustainable design strategies has informed the design of residential buildings in Brooklyn, Washington DC., and Philadelphia. Outside MA, his extremely competitive nature informs his approach to sports and games — even the ones he doesn’t really know how to play.
Derek holds a Master’s degree from the Yale University School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Michigan. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.
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’s role as a designer at Morris Adjmi Architects is informed by his background designing experimental structures and investigating digital fabrication techniques. At MA, Alex is a member of the BIM and model-taking teams who has worked on mixed use and residential projects 363 Lafayette. Outside MA, Alex is a full-fledged Eagle Scout who has built and slept in a snow shelter of his own design.
Alex has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute, where his thesis examined programmed landscapes in Los Angeles.
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.
Angela is a Senior Designer at Morris Adjmi Architects whose extensive experiences includes both building and branding. In addition to designing numerous hospitals projects in Europe and North America, she has developed brand identity concepts for corporates and projects at a range of scales. Her past clients include high-end fashion companies including Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton.
Angela has a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. She is a registered architect in New York, a LEED Green Associate, and a member of the AIA.
Nicholas Chelko is an architectural designer whose expertise includes development analysis and urban design, with a particular focus on the city agency approval process. In addition to his work at MA on residential projects in landmarked districts, such as 134 Wooster and 151 Mulberry, Nicholas is a lecturer at the Parsons School of Design. His research and teaching focuses primarily on infrastructure, policy, and finance in urban architecture.
Nicholas holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University.
Erica Claustro is an architectural designer whose work is infused with a knowledge of art history and a background in contemporary art, curation, and exhibition management. She’s worked numerous retail and large-scale mixed-use developments throughout New York, including 720 West End Avenue at MA. Outside the office—way outside the office— Erica is a fly fishing enthusiast who enjoys traveling to National Parks with her young son to fish in small streams and lakes.
Erica graduated with honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Master of Architecture and holds a BA in Art History from Hamilton College.
Albert Core brings experience in residential and commercial architecture to his role as a designer at MA, where he’s been involved on residential and mixed use projects including The Wharf in Washington DC and 116 University Place in Manhattan. His background also includes work on large scale development projects aimed at revitalizing areas of Brooklyn devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Albert graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Christopher is an architect and project manager who keeps an eye on the details without losing site of the big picture. Good communication and collaboration is key to his work, which strives for unified experiences that blur the distinction between interior and exterior design. Chris has experience working with high-end residential, retail, and hospitality projects in Miami, Las Vegas, New York, and Abu Dhabi.
Christopher studied at the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Design in Architecture with a minor in Classics. He is a registered architect in the state of New York.
Matthew DeLuca creates the expert renderings and visualizations that help make MA’s projects feel alive and lived-in before they’ve even broken ground. His wide-ranging experience includes commercial and residential projects of every scale, as well as complex master planning projects. Outside the office and away from the cold light of the computer screen, Matthew enjoys the outside and the warm light of the sun as an avid runner, surfer, and volleyball player.
Matthew earned his Masters of Architecture form the Pratt Institute and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America.
Nick is an architectural designer whose work is informed by a background that includes architectural model-making and extensive research into adaptive reuse. At MA, he’s put that experience into practice on residential and hospitality projects like the Keller Hotel. In addition to his work as a professional designer, Nick is a professional musician who plays guitar, bass and drums, and enjoys recording in his own studio.
Nick holds a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell university and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of 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.
Project architect Magdalena Dlugosz joined Morris Adjmi Architects with a broad portfolio in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects in New York City, as well as an extensive knowledge of ADA compliance. She’s particularly passionate about residential design, with projects ranging from single-family homes to large-scale multi-family developments.
Born and raised in Poland, Magdalena earned her Master’s 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 Emerson is an architect at MA with experience working at every scale, from master planning strategies to custom-designed furniture. In addition to her professional experience in commercial, residential, institution, and urban design, Caroline helped construct a school in the Himalayas while studying abroad in India. She’s maintained her relationship with academia as an adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology, where she teaches students about traditional architectural graphic standards and how to produce modern construction drawings using Revit.
Caroline 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. She is a registered architect licensed in the state of New York.
Luke Erickson’s work as an architectural designer is informed by a belief that buildings should be infused with a sense of emotion, mystery, and memory. He explores these ideas through complex drawings that have been published and exhibited in galleries, and through the projects he’s worked on at MA, including the Rockaway Beach and Frankford Hotels. Outside of drawing in the MA studio, Luke teaches drawing and studio courses at Cornell [CK] and serves as a guest critic whenever he can.
Luke has a Master of Architecture from Cornell University, where he received the Shreve Thesis Award, the Eschweiler Prize, and was named an Eidlitz Fellow. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
Louis Fernandez is a well-rounded designer who enjoys working on every aspect of a project, from broad concepts to the smallest details. He has experience in high-end residential and hospitality projects as well as affordable housing and more community-oriented work. At MA, he focuses on large hospitality and mixed-use projects like 601 Washington Avenue. Outside MA, Louis is an avid cyclist.
Louis graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
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 with experience working on an array of residential, commercial, and institutional projects. His work at MA often features complex, mixed-use programs, such as the Atlantic Plumbing development in Washington DC, a 500,000-square-foot project that includes high-end residential units as well as affordable housing, a library, fire station and squash tournament venue. Chris is also an active member of MA’s QA/QC Committee, a dedicated oil painter, and avid traveler who has visited nearly every county in Asian and Latin America
Chris received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
John Graham is a project manager with extensive experience in residential construction and high-end interior renovations. At MA, he’s worked on the Sterling Mason in Manhattan and the Standard in New Orleans. These projects and others benefit from John’s expertise at architectural detailing, assembling complex documentation, and coordinating the full spectrum of a consulting team. He brings that same focus to this work outside the studio as part of a trained animal assisted therapy team with his dog Olive.
John has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Jacob Granoff is a designer from the New York City area who grew up inspired by the buildings that towered over him. His diverse experience working on everything from single-family homes and commercial interiors to college campuses and high-end resorts informs. When he’s not designing or enjoying the architecture of the city, Jacob enjoys skiing, tennis, and the cinema.
Jacob graduated with a B.Arch from Syracuse University, where his senior thesis explored the architecture of the emerging cannabis industry.
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.
Matthew is a designer in the interiors studio who has been dreaming, designing, and building for his entire life — from his childhood in South Korea playing with Lincoln Logs to his adulthood in Brooklyn playing with Legos. At Morris Adjmi Architects, Matthew has worked on residential projects at every scale, including single-family townhouses and large mixed-use developments like 550 Clinton Avenue. In addition to his contributions as a designer, Matthew is also the firms’ materials library coordinator.
Matthew holds a Master of Architecture from Pratt and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Courtney is an interior designer who is passionate about sustainability and improving the quality of life for residents in urban areas. Her work is informed by an extensive background in multi-family residential and hospitality projects and a fascination with the relationship between neighborhoods and their larger urban context. Outside the office, Courtney embraces everything New York offers, from biking to work, strolling through the city’s its picturesque neighborhoods, and regularly visiting the city’s world-class museums.
Courtney has a BA in Interior Design from Washington State University. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Jasmine Ho is a Project Architect with experience in high-rise multi-family residential projects ranging from affordable housing to high-end luxury developments and commercial interiors. In addition to serving as the head of MA’s Building Information Modeling committee, she’s worked on residential buildings in New York and Washington DC.
Jasmine has a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. She is a registered architect, licensed in New York.
Kent Johnson is a designer who is fascinated by the relationship between traditional compositional strategies and contemporary architecture – particularly as it relates to the city. Having closely studied Aldo Rossi’s work and The Architecture of the City, Kent came to MA with an extensive knowledge of the firm’s prehistory and created all the original drawings for the firm’s first monograph, A Grid and a Conversation.
Kent has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas, where he was awarded the John G. Williams Joy in Architecture Medal.
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 brings a global perspective and passion for sustainability to his work as a project manager at MA. He came to New York from Greece, where he ran his own firm developing architectural and urban planning projects in Europe and the Middle East. In addition to his work on high-end residential and commercial projects at MA, George plays a critical role in the firm’s Sustainability Committee and BIM initiative. Outside the office, he is a pilot, a fencer, and an adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology.
George earned his Master of Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College of London and his Bachelor of Architecture from the Hull School of Architecture, University of Lincolnshire. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Green Associate, a Certified PassiveHouse Designer, and a registered architect licensed to practice in New York and the European Union.
Tony Kuric’s role as a designer at MA is informed by a wide-ranging knowledge of architectural styles gained while living in three different countries on three different continents. His education began in New Zealand (where he was the 2005 New Zealand Secondary Schools Lawn Bowls Champion), then later on in Croatia, and finally the United States (where no one really knows about Lawn Bowling). In addition to his cosmopolitan architectural awareness, Tony has an expertise in Building Information Modeling that has contributed to the success of projects such as 116 University and 950 South Capitol.
Tony has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
Jamie is an Interior designer whose work at MA has focused on multi-family residential and hospitality projects in New York City, including 465 Pacific Street, 70 Henry Street and 1162 Broadway. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jamie moved to the United States to pursue her passion for design at the Pratt Institute. Her early research into the intersection of form, space and human behavior continues to provide valuable insight into her professional work.
Jamie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute, where she was awarded the International Merit Scholarship.
Paul is a designer whose work draws on his interest in the intersection contemporary design, history, and digital media. His knowledge of how these ideas relate to typology and architectural character inform his experience with architectural product design and adaptive reuse projects, as well as the several design competitions he’s been involved with at Morris Adjmi Architects.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, where he was awarded the Ralph T. Walker Travel Prize.
Jesse Levin is a Project Manager at MA whose residential and institutional projects are informed by her background working in the public sector on zoning and building code regulations. Her knowledge of codes is complement by a working knowledge of craftsmanship — Jesse knows how to cast glass, weld steel, and how to cut a mean dovetail joint. Outside of the office, she is a consummate traveler who has visited five of the seven wonders of the world.
Jesse has a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a BFA from the California College of Art. She is a registered architect licensed to practice in the state of New York.
Jessie is an interior designer with experience working on private residences, creating artwork for luxury hotels, developing interactive children’s exhibits, and designing interior furnishings from recycled materials. This eclectic background inspires her work on residential projects at Morris Adjmi Architects, such as the Austin Nichols House and the Standard at South Market.
Jessie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, where she was part of a team that won the CONNECT competition organized by The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair in Chicago.
Brynn is an interior designer whose expertise includes high-end residential design that has been featured in Interior Design magazine, as well as ADA Compliance, QA/QC, and project management strategy. At Morris Adjmi Architects, she has worked on some of the firm’s most distinctive residential buildings, including 363 Lafayette and 465 Pacific Street. When Brynn’s not working, her focus and eye for detail come in handy in athletic pursuits that include boxing, skiing, and climbing.
Brynn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Brittany is a project manager at Morris Adjmi Architects with expertise in multi-family condos, affordable housing, and residential design. Projects such as 250 Bowery and 151 Mulberry have benefitted from Brittany’s extensive experience working in New York City as well as her background in industrial design. In addition to her work in architecture, Brittany has designed and built furniture that has been exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Brittany graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Minor in Industrial Design.
Ian is a project manager with international experience in the architecture and cultural sectors. At MA, he works on an array of residential, commercial, and master planning projects, including 465 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, 1800 South Bell in Crystal City, and the Gallaudet University Masterplan in Washington DC. In addition to his role as PM, Ian plays guitar in the office’s house band.
Ian earned his BA in Architecture, as well as his Master of Architecture, from Yale University, where he was also editor of Perspecta: the Yale Journal of Architecture. He is a registered architect licensed in New York.
In her role as finance manager at MA, Cynthia provides billing and collection support to all staff and administrative operations and oversees vendor and consultant accounts. As one of the first employees at MA, she has a unique insight into the growth and development of the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Cynthia worked in the property management and restaurant industries and sometimes she still dreams of opening an Italian restaurant.
Cynthia holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from the Plaza Business Institute.
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.
Interior designer Alexandra Peck’s passion for design was sparked during her childhood living in the Middle East and traveling through Europe and Asia, where she was exposed to a multitude of cultures, customs, and concepts that would later inform her work. In addition to her contribution to projects high-rise projects like the Gothic-inspired tower at 30 East 31st Street, Alexandra is known around the office for her ear for accents, eye for mannerisms, and uncanny impersonations.
Alexander graduated with a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a LEED Green Association.
Jasper Pope is the graphic designer and marketing coordinator at MA. His work is informed by a diverse background that includes working as the director of a contemporary art gallery, co-founding an arts-based publishing company, managing the studio of a leading sculptor, and developing branding for high-end hospitality and commercial clients. At MA, he oversees the regular exhibition program, designs all proposals and in-house resources, and was heavily involved with the production and design of the firm’s first monograph A Grid and A Conversation.
Jasper holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Western Washington University.
Lucas Posada is a project manager at MA with whose varied work includes residential and office buildings, research facilities, and mixed-use sustainable developments. The office not only benefits from Lucas’s knowledge of sustainable design, but also his skills playing rhythm guitar (and occasionally violin) in the MA house band. When he’s not designing or performing, Lucas is an active volunteer with the ACE national mentoring program for high school students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering.
Lucas graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a Registered Architect in the state of Oregon and a LEED Accredited professional who has spoken on sustainability and green cities.
Julie Puaux is a project architect with experience designing residential buildings, commercial interiors, and gallery spaces, as well as her own clothes and jewelry. Since join gin MA, she’s guided large scale projects from schematic design to completion, including the Atlantic Plumbing development in Washington DC, Landmark West Loop in Chicago, and 7 West 21st Street in New York City.
Julie earned both a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from the Parsons New School for Design and studied art history at the Lycée Buffon in her native Paris.
Kaleb’s work as a project architect draws on his minimalist sensibility and dedication to detail. A transplant to the East Coast from the Midwest, Kaleb has experience with design at every scale, from large commercial and master planning projects to the design and construction of custom furniture and light fixtures.
Kalen has a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He is a registered architect in the state of Illinois and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Vincente is a project manager whose work draws on his passion for the arts as well as his keen interest in history and the natural sciences. At Morris Adjmi Architects, he’s known for his extensive knowledge of historic structures, renovation work, envelope design and construction, and New York City zoning codes, which has informed his work on residential projects such as 151 Mulberry Street.
Vicente earned a Master of Architecture degree from City College of New York and his BA from New York University Gallatin. He is a registered architect in New York and a LEED accredited professional.
Ludmilla Raphael is a project manager whose work is infused with an artistic sensibility earned while designing museums and performing as a violinist in her native France. At MA she has brought this experience to her work on residential developments such as Atlantic Plumbing in Washington DC, 30 Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, and 55 West 17th Street in New York.
Born and raised in Aix-en-Provence, Ludmilla has a Master of Architecture degree from the National Higher School of Architecture of Paris la Villette and a Bachelor of Architecture from the National Higher School of Architecture of Marseille. She is a is a certified violinist from the Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Music in Aix-en-Provence.
Andy Rauchut is a project architect who is fascinated by the intersection of real estate development and architecture, and the architect’s role in the design of high-quality housing. In addition to his professional experience working on a multi-million square foot mixed-use developments, cultural and arts projects, and single family homes around the world, Andy has exhibited work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Storefront for Art & Architecture, and the Latvian Museum of Architecture in Riga.
Andy received his Masters of Architecture II with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union, where he was awarded the George Leslie Fund Dean’s Prize. He is also a Fulbright Fellow.
Alsira is a project architect with professional experience in both Rome and New York City, where she has focused on designing high-end multi-family residential projects at every scale. At Morris Adjmi Architects, her expertise informs her work on large multi-family development projects.
Alsira has a Master of Architecture from Sapienza University. She is a licensed architect in Italy
Jeremy is an architect and project manager whose eclectic experience includes a background studying biology and working in neuroscience labs. At MA, he frequently works in post-industrial and historic districts on contextual residential buildings such as 254 Front Street, distinctive commercial properties like 837 Washington Street, and iconic hospitality work like the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Jeremy has also created exhibition designs for the Brooklyn Historical Society and exhibited his own interactive sculptural installation for the summer sculpture garden on Governor’s Island.
Jeremy has a Master of Architecture from City College of New York and a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia. He is a registered architect licensed in New York, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an active member of the American Institute of Architects.
Project Architect Jim Rund’s design and construction experience spans from high-end homes in the Catskill Mountains to research laboratories in Abu Dhabi. At Morris Adjmi Architects, he has worked on residential projects such as MA’s Gothic-inspired tower at 30 East 31st Street.
Jim graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Rossana Russo is a designer who strives to bring a sense of grace and movement to her work. With a particular expertise in facade design and fenestration detailing, she has worked on residential and commercial projects, including the transformation of 50 Varick Street from a call center into one of the most sough-after production spaces in the city. In addition to architecture, Rossana has been passionate about classical ballet for her entire life and has been studying the art form for more than 25 years, earning her the nickname “the dancing architect.”
A native of Turin, Italy, Rossana has a Master of Science in Architecture from the Polytechnic of University of Turin.
Danielle Sanchick is an architect with experience on several international high-rise buildings, master plans, and urban design projects. Born into a family of architects, she began cultivating an interest in art and design at a young age, and has since expanded those interests to include new developments in computational design and Building Information Modeling. In addition to designing skyscrapers, Danielle scraped the sky herself when she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2017.
Danielle graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She is a registered architect licensed in New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Allison Schwartz is and architect who specializes in conceptual design and zoning analysis. At MA, she’s brought this expertise to some of the firm’s most complex mixed-use and multi-family projects in New York City and Washington DC. She has shared her professional insight with students in Columbia’s Master of Architecture and Real Estate Development programs. Outside of her roles as an architect and educator, Allison is also a photographer and watercolor artist.
Allison has a Master of Architecture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a LEED Green Association and a registered architect licensed in the state of New York.
Alex’s role as a designer at Morris Adjmi Architects is informed by his background designing experimental structures and investigating digital fabrication techniques. At MA, Alex is a member of the BIM and model-taking teams who has worked on several mixed use and residential projects. Outside MA, Alex is a full-fledged Eagle Scout who has also fabricated and slept in a snow shelter of his own design.
Alex has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute, where his thesis examined programmed landscapes in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Sgro brings an artistic sensibility to her role as an architect at MA, evident in her work on projects in New York, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Jennifer is not only a practicing architect, she is also a painter and graphic designer whose work has been exhibited in galleries in New York and Toronto.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture, with honors, from the Carleton University School of Architecture.
Hayeon Shim is a project architect with experience working on mixed-use projects and institutional work in San Francisco and Shanghai as well as New York City. At Morris Adjmi Architects, her work includes prominent residential developments and hospitality projects.
Hayeon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a LEED Green Associate and a registered architect licensed in New York and Texas.
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 Sowerby is an architectural designer with extensive knowledge of New York City zoning codes and extensive experience working on multi-family residential projects, with involvement in all aspects of design, from concept to documentation to construction. At MA, residential projects such as Atlantic Plumbing and Mulberry Street have benefited from his experience. A Canadian native, Graeme has played field hockey for the Junior and Senior Canadian Men’s National Team.
Graham has a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University.
Lea Stagno is an architect whose work at MA has been primarily on building design, with deeper focus in the coordination and development of materials and details. She has extensive experience leading design teams on a variety of commissioned projects and competitions in Miami and South America. Her experience also includes teaching Core studio at Cornell University, which awarded her the Eidlitz Fellowship to support her study Latin American earth architecture techniques and their potential applications in the construction of contemporary housing.
Lea has a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Architecture from La Universidad de Los Andes, in her hometown of Merida, Venezuela. She is a licensed architect in Venezuela.
Danny Thai is an architect with experience working on a broad array of new construction and renovation projects, including high-end residential buildings, hospitality projects, and urban master plans. At Morris Adjmi Architects, Danny has been involved with residential projects at every scale.
Danny has a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a registered architect licensed in New York.
Paul’s background in painting and sculpture gives his work as an architectural designer an artistic sensibility. His experience ranges from modular construction to commercial interior design and custom architectural detailing. At MA, this includes 151 Mulberry Street 8th and the pair of buildings on Driggs Street. In addition to his work as an artist and architect, Paul has taught at courses at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he was awarded a grant to explore digital design techniques for adaptive reuse. He also taught drawing and painting in incarceration facilities as part of the Michigan Prison Creative Arts Project.
Paul has a Master of Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.
AK Thompson is the executive assistant to Morris Adjmi. In addition to her previous experience in management, AK brings to her multifaceted position eclectic experience as a certified EMT and a classically trained pianist.
AK is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science with a minor in Music.
As a project architect at MA, Alex’s draws on his photographer’s eye as well as his experience on high-rise multi-family projects and residential interiors in South Carolina and Washington DC. 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. Alex’s fascination with exploring context and competition not only manifests in his work on projects like 540 West 26th Street and 625/658 Driggs Avenue, but also in his passion for shooting street photography.
Alex graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a minor in Business Administration. He is a registered architect and AIA Associate.
An interior designer with a dedication to detail, Tina’s holistic approach to creating user-friendly spaces was shaped by her time studying at the Danish Institute. She’s brought her expertise in textile design and interior detailing to the design of retail spaces and high-end private residences in New York and abroad. In her free time, Tina enjoys weaving and learning new techniques on her loom — an activity that embodies the relationship between the smallest detail and the whole.
Tina graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute, where he earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and her work was recognized by multiple awards from professional organizations as well as academic institutions.
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 who first moved to New York City to work on the World Trade Center Master Plan and Design Guidelines. Since then, she has worked on residential and commercial projects around the world. In addition to leading MA’s project management committee, she has played a key role in some of the firm’s largest projects, such as 30 Journal Square. After work, Michelle enjoys drawing and painting, playing the guitar, and spending time with her two children.
Michelle graduated with honors from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Environmental Design. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered architect, licensed to practice in New York and Colorado.
Thomas Wensing is an architectural designer whose experience includes studio space for an internationally renowned sculptor, high-end residential projects, and large-scale urban planning work. In addition to his work at MA on projects like Mulberry Street, Driggs, and various competition proposals, Thomas is the firm’s resident authority on architecture history and theory and works to ensure that all employees understand the foundational principles that drive MA’s work. He has also has taught architecture at Eindhoven University in his native The Netherlands, as well as the AA in London, and the University of Kent, Canterberry. He is a regular contributor to Blueprint magazine and other publications.
Thomas has an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship, and a Master of Architecture degree from Delft University. He is a licensed architect in the UK and The Netherlands.
Elizabeth is an architectural designer whose background includes experience in mixed-use residential, commercial, transportation and aviation projects. She also has extensive experience using Building Information Modeling to create efficient methods for coordination projects before, during, and after construction. At MA, her work on large-scale residential building and adaptive reuse projects is inspired by her passion for the arts, history, and music, and informed by her love of drawing and painting.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, where she was an active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Sarah Whitney is a lead designer on MA’s interior team and lead of the firm’s women in design committee. As the first hire in MA’s interiors department, Sarah has been involved with many of the firm’s private residences and hospitality projects, including the ROOST extended stay hotels in Philadelphia and the Atlantic Plumbing buildings in Washington DC. She was also instrumental in the development of the custom plumbing fixtures MA developed in collaboration with AFNY.
Sarah has a Master of Science in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute, where her thesis focused on emergency and transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the International Interior Design Association.
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 ideas” by Fast Company, and at MA she applies her ambitious visions to project that have the potential to transform their neighborhoods. 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 Wilson is an interior design whose work is infused by his personal belief that good design should be inseparable from sustainable design. He joined the MA interiors team after moving to New York from Melbourne, Australia, where he worked as an architect focused primarily on multi-family developments and high-end single-family homes.
Ryan earned both his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Adelaide. He is a registered architect, licensed in Australia.