Morris Adjmi loves cities. He’s dedicated to understanding the history and complex forces that shape them. As the founder and principal of Morris Adjmi Architects, 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, which has become a favorite of both forward-thinking developers and history-minded preservationists, 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 Aldo Rossi. When he opened his own practice in 1997, Adjmi built on that foundational experience by looking to the fine arts and to new technologies as he reformulated Rossi’s 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 he’s not in the office, Morris can be found spending time in a gallery or museum in search of inspiration, 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. 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. Wes’ studio regularly shepherds projects in Landmarks districts, and Wes has personally overseen a number of these projects ushered through approvals, including most recently 70 Henry Street, a luxury condominium in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. Before joining MA, Wesley worked for the New York offices of Aldo Rossi’s Studio di Architettura where he managed the design of large-scale commercial projects including three hotels in Japan, the ABC Headquarters building in Los Angeles, and the Scholastic Inc. Headquarters building in New York. Wesley’s projects include many of MA’s commissions for private residences, The Emory condominium in the Ladies Mile Historic District, the Theory Building in the Meatpacking District in the Gansevoort Market Historic District, and the LEED Platinum 133 MacDougal Street in the South Village Historic District.
Michael Zweck-Bronner is a Studio Director at MA where he specializes in residential and commercial projects. He is currently completing construction administration on two phases of the mixed-use residential Atlantic Plumbing project in Washington DC and the historic renovation and addition to the Sterling-Mason residential project. Michael is currently managing a 288-unit residential project at 7 West 21st Street in Manhattan, 282 South 5th Street in Brooklyn, a new hotel in Houston, the renovation of a historical 200,000 square-foot commercial building in Philadelphia, as well as projects in New Orleans and Chicago. He was responsible for executing the conversion of 50 Varick Street into Spring Studios NY. Michael’s career-wide experience includes a range of projects from private residences and restaurants to retail stores and museums, including the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Additionally, Michael is responsible for firm management. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and is a registered architect in the State of New York.
Thomas A. Lewis, a Studio Director and Senior Architect at MA, has over 20 years of experience. He has designed and managed cultural, institutional, academic and multi-family residential, and master plan projects. Tom’s deep interest in sustainability contributes to his advising on sustainable projects. He served on the Urban Green Council’s Programs Committee, sits on the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Steering Committee, and is a LEED Accredited Professional (Building Design and Construction). Tom received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1992. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and NCARB certified.
Jason is a Studio Director at MA and a Registered Architect in New York and Connecticut. With a strong technical background and a fluency in building codes and zoning regulations, he is a firm-wide resource for code compliance and quality control. For new projects, Jason often produces initial zoning studies and works with clients on pre-development analysis. In addition to design and administration of projects inside and outside New York City, Jason’s studio coordinates entitlement packages for all MA projects requiring special permits or waivers from the Department of City Planning and the Board of Standards and Appeals. Current projects include 540 West 26th Street, Atlantic Plumbing Parcel C, and 207 West 79th Street. Prior to joining MA, Jason completed projects for private clients and public agencies, including the NYC School Construction Authority, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Con Edison, and the NYC Department of Design and Construction. His career started in San Francisco with a focus on highly detailed residential projects.
William is the Technical Director for MA. He is a licensed architect in New York State, bringing to MA a strong technical background gained over more than 25 years of experience including master planning, commercial offices, multi-family residential, hospitality and civic projects. He graduated from Pratt Institute where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While the bulk of his career has been spent in New York City, he has also worked in Florence, Italy and has traveled extensively in Europe visiting many iconic architectural sites.
Chris Taylor is Creative Director for Interiors at MA working on designs for large-scale residential and hospitality projects. Chris relocated to New York from Sydney, Australia where he worked as an interior architect at a boutique firm honing his skills for conceptual design and bespoke interior detailing. Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of New South Wales.
Renée Riegler is the Director of Special Projects at MA. With a background in the luxury goods fashion industry, she supported the CEO of Louis Vuitton North America, the Board of LVMH, and the Head Office at Prada USA. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, Renée performed in Italy, Ireland, England, Moldova, Bangkok, and throughout the United States. Equipped with a Professional Human Resources certificate from Villanova University, Renée brings expertise in employment law, protected classes, and performance management.
John Henderson is the Managing Director at MA. John began his career with a focus on interior architecture and has completed six million square feet of space for corporate, commercial, residential, and hospitality clients. He worked for many years in Washington DC, eventually joining STUDIOS Architecture where he became an Associate Principal in the New York office. John has also held past positions as Studio Director for Clodagh Design and Director of Interiors for SHoP Architects. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
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.
Laure Adamo is an Interior Designer with MA. Born and raised in New York, Laure earned her Associate’s degree in Interior Design at FIT, and went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree at IED in Barcelona. While in Spain, she worked on a series of projects including the sustainable rehabilitation of abandoned urban spaces. Having grown up in the U.S. to French parents, Laure is bilingual and has a worldly perspective on architecture and design. Her experience includes hospitality, residential, commercial, exhibition and furniture design.
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.
Corey August is a visualization specialist with experience in animation and both virtual and augmented reality platforms. After receiving his Masters of Architecture from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. he relocated to New York to explore the world of advertising, focusing on business strategies around brand identity campaigns. Most recently, Corey worked as an architectural designer and visualist in support of large scale building repositionings as well as commercial and retail environments.
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.
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 is a Project Architect at MA. He 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 a 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 joined MA as a Project Architect with 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.
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.
Caroline is a Project Architect at MA and 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.
Giulia Gaudenzi is an Italian architect with experience in both architecture and high-end interior design. She worked for multiple Italian firms before working in Toronto and then at MA in New York. Her experience ranges over residential, commercial and hospitality projects, which she has followed from concept design through construction. Giulia earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in architecture at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and is a registered architect in Italy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tonya Markiewicz has experience including construction administration, academia, and working in a design-build and construction group in Pittsburgh. She also designed and managed community revitalization projects with a non-profit organization. She received a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and her Master of Architecture from The University of Pennsylvania where she focused on sustainability, earning a Certificate of Ecological Architecture. Tonya was an adjunct professor of architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and an editor of UPenn’s Via.
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 Office Administrator and Bookkeeper 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.
Michele Needham is working on a range of residential projects. Michele grew up on Long Island and attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated with Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she spent a semester abroad in Florence and a summer in Amsterdam. Michele completed her thesis semester studying humanistic architecture, which explored the movements of transition between extreme exterior and interior environments.
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.
Alsira is a Project Architect with over 7 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.
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 as a Project Architect 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 joins MA as a Project Architect. He 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 a Senior 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.
Prior to joining MA, Nika Taubinsky designed a vacation home in West Virginia and worked in Paris, France on multi-family residential projects. She graduated with a Master of Architecture from Yale University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Art History from Brown University, where she worked on theater productions as a costume designer. She grew up in California and is bilingual in Russian, coming from a lineage of architects in her birthplace of St. Petersburg, Russia.
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.
Alex Tomlinson is a Project Architect at MA with 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.
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.