Morris Adjmi Architects

Morris Adjmi Architects (MA) interprets the forces that shape our cities to design buildings that are both contextual and contemporary. The firm’s team of architects and interior designers is guided by a shared belief that timeless ideas about beauty and harmony can be integrated into the modern built environment, but the expression of those ideas must reflect the way we live today. MA’s collaborative, research-based approach has helped establish the firm as a leader in the revitalization of post-industrial neighborhoods and historic districts with commercial, residential, and cultural projects that are imbued with a distinct sense of place and purpose.

Morris Adjmi established MA in 1997 following a 13-year collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Aldo Rossi. On that strong foundation, he built a practice inspired by the arts and by new technologies that is recognized for its thoughtful engagement with context, creative use of materials, and sophisticated designs.

Based in New York City, MA recently opened an office in Adjmi’s hometown of New Orleans. With a combined staff of more than 100, the firm has completed over 5 million square feet of built space, with another 10 million square feet currently underway in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Washington, DC. The firm has won more than 25 design awards for its work.

Principal

Morris Adjmi, FAIA

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 in NYC and relaxing with his family in New Orleans.
 
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 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.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, LA, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, NC, SC, PA, TN, and VA.

Master of Architecture,
Tulane University

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Director

Allison Brantley

As Director of Finance and Operations, Allison works closely with MA’s principal and directors on all aspects of the firm’s operations. She is responsible for strategic planning and business performance in the areas of finance, human resources, information technology, and office management. Previous experience in the design and architecture world gives Allison specialized insight into the best practices and processes for MA. Her team leadership skills extend from the office to the basketball court, where she serves as captain to a team in the New York Urban Professionals league.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Portland State University.

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting,
Portland State University

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Director

Angela Caviezel, AIA, LEED GA

As Director of Interiors, Angela leads MA’s Interiors Studio and oversees the delivery of all interior design services—working closely with our architectural studios to ensure projects reflect a holistic and integrated design. Her extensive experience includes designing and executing a broad range of high-end residential, hospitality, restaurant, and corporate office projects within the U.S. and internationally, as well as innovative government buildings. Angela has also collaborated with some of the world’s most elite luxury retail brands, such as Celine, Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, to evolve their global image. Most recently, she managed the delivery of NEXUS Club New York, a private social and business club offering more than 34,000 square feet of luxury amenities, ranging from wellness and fitness, dining and lounging, meeting and event rooms, and children’s areas—all within a single, thoughtfully designed space.

A proven leader, Angela is known for her ability to nurture constructive relationships between clients, consultant teams, and stakeholders to advance complex projects. She is also dedicated to advancing the technical skills of the Interiors Studio, drawing upon her technical background to promote a high level of quality for all designs and deliverables.

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.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in NY

Master of Architecture and Urban Design,
Columbia University

Bachelor of Architecture,
Washington State University

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Director

Tom Lewis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Tom Lewis is a Studio Director 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 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 licensed in New York.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in NY

Bachelor of Architecture,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Director

Ian Mills, RA

Ian is the director of MA's recently opened New Orleans office. With international experience in the architecture and cultural sectors he brings distinguished insight as project manager to notable projects like the Tampa EDITION Hotel. During his years at the firm he has worked 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.

Ian earned his Bachelor of Arts 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.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in NY, LA, CA

Master of Architecture,
Yale University

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture,
Yale University

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Director

Lucas Posada, RA, LEED AP

Lucas Posada is a Studio Director at MA whose work includes a range of high-profile projects that vary in scale and typology. His team is currently leading the effort at 900 W Randolph, a 42-story residential tower in the Fulton Market District of Chicago, as well as a 405,000-square foot mixed-use development in Washington D.C. Other contributions to the office include 520 West 20th Street in New York City, an 85,000-square foot adaptive reuse commercial project currently under construction, and the completion of 89 Grand Street in Brooklyn, NY.

As an active leader in the firm, Lucas has spearheaded several initiatives to elevate the quality of the architecture and efficiency of operations, particularly in regards to project management and quality control. His keen organization, management skills, and technical abilities are an asset to his studio and the projects under his purview.

Lucas graduated with honors from the University of Oregon school of Architecture and Allied Arts, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture. He is a registered architect licensed in Oregon and a LEED Accredited professional who has spoken internationally about sustainability, smart growth, and green cities. Outside of the office, Lucas has volunteered with the ACE national mentoring program for high school students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in OR

Bachelor of Architecture,
University of Oregon

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Director

Lyle Starr

As the Director of MA Art, Lyle leads the design and development of all art programs and related services. Specializing in the thoughtful curation of artwork and the coordination of original commissions, he has recently overseen the art programming at NEXUS Club NY, a 34,000-square foot social club offering a wide range of amenity spaces and services in Manhattan; established the creative direction and oversaw the production of the 85-foot illuminated WELCOME Sign in Brooklyn Heights; and is currently working on the design and development plan for a large public sculpture to be featured at MA’s 1.2 million-square-foot Front & York project in DUMBO. Lyle also directs the MA exhibition program of regular, curated art and design shows held in the MA offices.

Lyle has lived in New York City for more than 25 years, working as an artist and in art services. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum.

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities,
University of Colorado at Boulder

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Director

Chris Taylor

Chris is the Creative Director of Interiors. Since 2012, he has worked with founding partner Morris Adjmi to develop a warm but refined sensibility that has earned MA recognition by AN Interiors, the sister publication of The Architect’s Newspaper, as one of the top 50 interior design firms in the United States. Chris ensures that all interior projects are consistent with MA’s high design standards and harmoniously integrated with the entire building to produce a comprehensive, unified architectural experience that prioritizes simplicity and functionality, the use of natural materials, and craftsmanship.

He specializes in creating distinctive, brand-defining interiors for large-scale residential and hospitality projects, including the Atlantic Plumbing development in Washington, D.C.; the ROOST extended stay hotels in Philadelphia; the Austin Nichols House condominium, a conversion of a 1915 Cass Gilbert warehouse building in Brooklyn; 7 West 21st Street in New York, a 288,000-square-foot through-block residential building in the Ladies' Mile Historic District; and Nexus Club New York, a new private social and business club located where Tribeca and the Financial District meet in Lower Manhattan.

Chris received his Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of New South Wales.

Bachelor of Interior Architecture,
University of New South Wales

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Director

Michelle Wagner RA, LEED AP

With more than 25 years of experience, Michelle Wagner excels in the management of large-scale projects and has played a vital role in leading the design and delivery of some of the firm’s most ambitious mixed-use developments. Most recently this includes the highly anticipated Front & York complex in Brooklyn, NY. Named for its bordering streets, the unprecedented 1.2-million-square-foot mixed-use multifamily development in Dumbo will supply enough housing to increase the population of the neighborhood by 25 percent. In addition to Front & York, which is currently under construction and expected to top out in the Spring of 2020, Michelle is guiding the delivery of 1 Huron—a 265,500-square-foot multifamily building with ground floor retail and a generous package of high-end amenities located within Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood; a 670,000-square-foot mixed-use project in Atlanta, GA, featuring a unique blend of residential, hospitality, and retail spaces; as well as a 550,000-square-foot commercial development in her hometown, Denver, CO.

Prior to joining Morris Adjmi Architects, Michelle worked on the World Trade Center Master Plan and Design Guidelines with Studio Daniel Libeskind.

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.

Registered Architect
Licensed in NY and CO

Bachelor of Environmental Design,
University of Colorado

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Director

William Work, RA

William Work joined Morris Adjmi Architects in 2015. As the firm’s Director of Standards, he’s responsible for establishing documentation standards 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 licensed in New York.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in NY

Bachelor of Architecture,
Pratt Institute

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Director

Michael Zweck-Bronner, RA

Michael Zweck-Bronner is the Managing Director at MA and is responsible for providing firm-wide leadership to design teams in all phases of the project life-cycle including overseeing design direction and ensuring quality control standards through construction. Specializing in multi-family residential and commercial projects, Michael has managed the design and construction of over 2 million square feet at MA in major cities across the country, including The Sterling Mason, 7 West 21st Street, and the conversion of the former telecommunications facility at 50 Varick Street into a production and exhibition space in New York City; 11 Ludlow in Philadelphia, 950 South Capitol in Washington D.C., The Standard at South Market in New Orleans, and a 31-story residential tower in the West Loop neighborhood of 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.

Registered Architect,
Licensed in NY

Bachelor of Architecture,
Cornell University

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Studio