We are a collective of architects and designers inspired by both the art and technical skills of our profession.
Morris Adjmi is the founder and principal of Morris Adjmi Architects. He creates architecture that is neither a replication of a long-gone past nor a deliberately unrelated insertion into existing and historic districts. Adjmi’s passion for the aesthetic of industrial architecture and his practice of painstakingly searching for the DNA of each district and building has inspired the movement to revitalize old industrial buildings and restore meaning and purpose to historic neighborhoods. He has created an architectural vocabulary that encompasses, engages, and reveals the old and new. Morris Adjmi established the firm in 1997 following a successful ten year partnership with renowned Italian architect Aldo Rossi. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University GSAPP and a board member of Open House New York. Adjmi is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and sits on the Board of the Tulane School of Architecture.
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, RA
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.
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.
Thad Thomas is the Managing Director for MA, overseeing operations, human resources, and finance. Prior to joining MA in early 2015, Thad served as Operations Director and Project Coordinator for several New York firms specializing in high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality design. Thad was born and raised in coastal North Carolina and received his Bachelor of Arts in communications and history from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Eirini Anthouli is working on projects across New York City. She earned a post-professional M.Sc. in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University under the A. Mentzelopoulos scholarship and was awarded the Lucille S. Lowenfish Memorial Design Prize and the William Kinne Fellowship. From Athens, Greece, Eirini earned a professional degree from the University of Patras. She has worked in Athens and New York, and she collaborated on the 2nd and 3rd Athens Biennales. Eirini is a licensed architect in the EU.
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.
Marissa Brown is a Project Manager at MA with experience designing and managing residential and commercial projects. Marissa previously lived in Chicago where she worked on high-rise residential projects and on Facebook’s first custom data center, a LEED Gold project. Her recent projects are residential developments in Brooklyn, the Flatiron, and Washington DC. Marissa is a LEED AP with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. She is currently working on mixed-use and residential projects.
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.
Jacopo Costanzo has studied and conducted research in Portugal, Germany, Iran, South Korea and China. A founding member of Warehouse of Architecture and Research in Rome, he has participated in international architecture competitions and projects ranging in scale from museum exhibitions to renovations to urban design. Jacopo earned his Master in Architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome, where his thesis focused on the work of Aldo Rossi in New York.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mitra Moshari has more than a decade of experience in the design and management of high-end commercial, luxury retail, and residential interior design projects across the country. Her in-depth knowledge of materials and furnishings contributes to bespoke interiors for projects ranging from oceanfront estates to high-rise condominiums with extensive amenity packages. Prior to MA Mitra was a designer in Washington DC, San Francisco, and New York. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Virginia Tech.
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.
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.
Tyson Phillips brings experience working for general contracting and architecture firms in his native South Carolina, where he completed work spanning commercial interiors to industrial renovations. After a semester abroad in Lugano, Switzerland, Tyson graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, where he received honors for his studies of industrial American post-functionalism and modern spatial perspectives. He is currently working on residential projects in Washington DC and New York.
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.
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.
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.
Renée Riegler joins MA as an Executive Assistant. 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.
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.
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.
Marshall Shuster has over 15 years of experience in high-end residential, hospitality, retail, educational, and commercial projects. He brings seven years of project management in retail design; experience on residential projects in New York, Brazil and the Bahamas, including a high rise in Miami; hotels in Miami, the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Toronto; and, a private school in Manhattan. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Arts at the UC San Diego and a Master of Architecture from The City College of New York. A licensed architect in New York, Marshall holds an NCARB Certificate.
Giovanni Sidari is a Project Manager at MA with experience on residential, commercial and hospitality projects. He previously worked on residential, commercial, and custom fabrication projects nationally and internationally. He attended the University of Illinois, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development with a minor in Economics. A love of materials and making took him to Portland, where he worked in the building trades and taught himself to weld. Giovanni earned his Master of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He is a registered architect licensed in 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.
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.
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.
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.
Chika Yamada is a Project Manager at MA with more than 15 years of experience as an architect. Prior to joining MA, Chika oversaw development of a 54-story mixed-use project and managed more than ten ground-up construction projects. She has ten years of experience in managing a range of NYC multi-family residential projects and has extensive experience in zoning and building code and DOB filing. Chika is a registered architect licensed in New York. She is currently working on commercial and mixed-use projects.