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 the development of projects in landmarked districts, and has personally ushered a number of them 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 Master of Architecture from Yale University. He is a registered architect licensed in New York.
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.
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 his Bachelor of Philosophy from Brown University and Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a registered architect licensed in New York and Connecticut.
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.
Michael Zweck-Bronner is a Studio Director 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 licensed in New York.
Angela is Director of Interiors at Morris Adjmi Architects whose extensive experiences include building and branding. In addition to designing numerous hospitality and residential projects in Europe and North America, she has developed brand identity concepts for corporations and projects at a range of scales. Her past clients include high-end fashion companies including Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton.
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 MA’s high design standards but are also harmoniously integrated with the entire building to produce a comprehensive, unified vision. He is particularly involved with 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 designer for a boutique firm in his native Sydney, Australia where he focused on conceptual design and interior detailing.
Chris received his Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of New South Wales.
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 son and 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 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.
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.
David is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at MA and brings over 20 years of industry and leadership experience. He is the author of “The Architect’s Essentials of Marketing,” a guide to marketing for architects, published by John Wiley & Sons and endorsed by the American Institute of Architects. In 2008, David was named one of the “40 Under 40” in Building Design & Construction Magazine. He is a Fellow of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and a Certified Professional Services Marketer. David is personally very committed to the arts and culture and led the team that created the annual participatory event FIGMENT, which was a catalyst for the transformation of Governors Island. He is a frequent writer and public speaker and has taught at Parsons the New School for Design.
David holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University, and a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
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. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
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.
Libby is an architect who brings a diverse background that ranges from overseas government compounds to university research laboratories to historic preservation projects. She is currently working on a new 24-story residential building in midtown Manhattan. Outside of the office she enjoys painting and exploring the city. She’s a seasoned runner and accomplished skier.
Libby earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland. Her work in graduate school focused on classical and vernacular architecture. She is a registered architect licensed in New York.
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.
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 of Arts 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-making teams. He is currently working on 363 Lafayette and has been involved with an array of 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.
Lauren is a senior designer in MA’s interiors department who approaches her work from a humanist perspective. She has a particular interest in the ordered complexity of interior spaces, and how they affect our consciousness and well-being. Lauren’s experience includes single and multi-family residential projects as well as gallery and exhibition design.
A native of New Zealand, Lauren Caughley graduated with honors from Victoria University of Wellington, where she earned a Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Nicholas is a 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.
“Chef Mike” brings MA together like no one else with the Lunch Program. As the resident chef, he provides employees with family-style lunch during the week and caters for various office events throughout the year. His experience spans a range of industries and scales, including boutique prepared foods, private supper clubs and local restaurants. He served as the executive chef for Union Market grocery stores and aided in the opening of a cafe in upstate New York.
Mike received his Associate in Classic Culinary Arts at the International Culinary Center in New York City.
Erica is a 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 Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Hamilton College.
Albert brings experience in residential and commercial design to his role as an architect at MA, where he’s been involved in residential and mixed-use projects including 116 University Place, 250 West 49th Street, and The Wharf in Washington DC. His background also includes work on large-scale developments aimed at revitalizing areas of Brooklyn devastated by Hurricane Sandy. During his college years he was granted the AIA Long Island Chapter Scholarship Award, recognizing his talents and dedication to the field of architecture. Outside of the studio he mastered a different type of field as an NCAA collegiate lacrosse player and two-time team captain.
Albert graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with his Bachelor of Architecture. He is a registered architect licensed in New York.
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. Christopher has experience working on high-end residential, retail, and hospitality projects in Miami, Las Vegas, New York, and Abu Dhabi. Among his MA contributions is the firm’s inaugural New Orleans project, The Standard at South Market, on which he served as lead architect.
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 licensed in New York.
Matt 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, Matt enjoys the outside and the warm light of the sun as an avid runner, surfer, and volleyball player.
Matt earned his Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America.
Nick is an architect with a rich 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 from Cornell Univeristy and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. He is a registered architect licensed 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.
Magdalena Dlugosz joins MA with a broad portfolio of 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 experience ranging from single-family homes to large-scale multi-family developments. During her years of study, she received a nomination for Best Architectural Master Thesis of the Year in her native country of Poland.
Magdalena earned her Master of Architecture and Urban Planning from Bialystok University of Technology.
Kerim is a project architect whose practice is inspired by the intersection of context, culture, and technology — interests that stem from his extensive travels and background in biomedical engineering. His experience designing high-end developments and master planning projects in cities around the country inform his work at MA. Kerim has also designed furniture, lighting, architecture hardware, and a textile print that received an Interior Design “Best of Year” award.
Kerim has a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute, where he is a frequent guest critic, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a registered architect licensed in New York.
Caroline Emerson is an architect who has worked at every scale, from master-planning strategies to designing custom 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 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 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 community-oriented work. At MA, he focuses on large hospitality and mixed-use projects like 601 Washington Avenue. Outside of the office, Louis is an avid cyclist.
Louis graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with his Bachelor of Architecture.
As Human Resources Manager, Brittany strives to create a quality workplace through the development and implementation of policy, recruitment and benefits initiatives. Her experience spans a number of industries, including fashion, eCommerce and design. Brittany’s role offers her unique insight into MA, as she is the only person who works with each and every employee at the firm. Outside of the office she enjoys exploring the city and is an accomplished violinist.
Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Brown University.
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.
Christian brings a multifaceted perspective to his role at MA. His study of architecture is complemented by his hands-on experience designing and producing furniture – an endeavor that earned him a spot in NYC’s ICFF Studio for emerging designers in 2018. Currently he is working on a multi-family residential project in New York City. Outside of the office he enjoys painting and film.
Christian earned his Master of Architecture from Yale University and Bachelor of Architecture from Ohio State University.
John Graham is a Project Manager with an expansive background 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 the same focus to his 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 is a designer from the New York City area who grew up inspired by the buildings that towered over him. His diverse experience spans everything from single-family homes and commercial interiors to college campuses and high-end resorts. When he’s not designing or taking in the architecture of the city, Jacob enjoys skiing, tennis, and the cinema.
Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, where his senior thesis explored the architecture of the emerging cannabis industry.
One of MA’s most recognized (and adored) employees is Office Coordinator Turner Gray. She welcomes all visitors, directs phone calls, manages meeting logistics, coordinates deliveries and pickups, and serves as office liaison on a number of fronts. She has experience providing administrative support in a number of industries, including fashion, finance, and consulting. On the weekends she likes to decompress by cooking and spending time with her children.
Turner has an Associate in Business Administration from the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Matt Hallstein 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 MA, he 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, Matt is also the firm’s materials library coordinator.
Matt holds a Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects.
Courtney is an interior designer with a considerable background in multi-family residential and hospitality projects. Her 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.
Courtney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University and took related courses at American Intercontinental University in London. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Jasmine Ho is an 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 has worked on 211 Schermerhorn, 215 North 10th Street and 419 Broadway.
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.
As a designer, Kent 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 University of Arkansas, where he was awarded the John G. Williams Joy in Architecture Medal
Russell brings experience in high-end single-family residences to his role as a designer. His approach to architecture is enriched by his practical skills in carpentry and woodworking. At MA, he is working on a two large complexes, including a commercial building in Washington DC and a mixed-use development in Detroit. He is a lover of the great outdoors and spends his weekends roaming the city outskirts on his motorcycle.
Russell has a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University. He is a LEED Green Associate.
Josh is a designer with a strong interest in sustainable design and how it can be used to push architecture forward. His projects include a new commercial office building in the East Village. Growing up near the Hudson River led to a love of kayaking and sailing, as well as hiking and camping. When not in nature, Josh loves to travel and has studied in London and Florence.
Josh received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, where he co-founded the online architecture publication POSIT.
Brent Kitchen joins MA as an architect with experience designing and managing complex projects, including high-end triplex residences, warehouse conversions, boutique retail, and commercial interiors. As a LEED GA, he has a passion for sustainablity and has provided green building consulting for a new waterfront development in New York City. At MA, Brent has worked on a commercial project near the High Line and a residential project in Williamsburg. Most recently, he oversaw the design and build of 116 University Place.
Brent received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is a registered architect licensed in New York.
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 University College of London and his Bachelor of Architecture from the 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 in New York and the European Union.
Tony’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 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 from Syracuse University, where he was awarded the Ralph T. Walker Travel Prize.
Jesse 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 complemented by a working knowledge of craftsmanship — Jesse knows how to cast glass, weld steel, and 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 Bachelor of Fine Art from the California College of Art. She is a registered architect licensed in 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.
As a Project Manager, Jesse brings 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 a Bachelor of Architecture and a minor in Industrial Design.
In her role as Finance Manager, 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 in Accounting from the Plaza Business Institute.
Nick Musser is an architect in MA’s New Orleans office. He grew up in rural Pennsylvania, and was drawn to architecture by a desire to explore cities and study how they are built and how they age. During college he spent time in Tokyo and Mumbai. Following graduation, Nick practiced at an emerging architecture firm in Philadelphia, where he gained professional experience at all scales from casework to campus master plans and guided award winning projects through construction. He moved south in 2015 and joined an established New Orleans firm, working primarily in historic rehabilitation as well as new multi-family construction.
Nick has his Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University. He is a registered architect licensed in Louisiana.
JP joins MA with experience in residential, commercial, and cultural projects. Upon receiving his Master of Architecture, he worked in Rotterdam on various international projects including a contemporary art museum in Moscow. His background also includes the designing and building of small, single-family residences. A guitar player in the MA house band, he enjoys listening to and performing music.
JP earned a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and is a registered architect licensed in Illinois.
Brian Parnagian brings a range of experiences and skills to his work as an architect. He is well-versed in the world of high-end residential design and has lead teams in large commercial and institutional projects. After beginning his practice in the United States, he spent several years living and working in New Zealand. Following the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, he volunteered his time in the design and construction of a school in the Nuwakot district. It will come as no surprise that Brian is an adventure-seeker, be it trekking the Himalayas or surfing in the South Pacific seas.
Brian has a Master of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a registered architected licensed in New Jersey and holds membership in the American Institute of Architects.
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 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 from 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. He is a registered architect licensed in 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 an architect draws on his minimalist sensibility and dedication to detail. A transplant to the East Coast from the Midwest, Kaleb has experience with a range of scopes, from large commercial and master planning projects to the design and construction of custom furniture and light fixtures.
Kaleb has a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He is a registered architect licensed in 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 MA, 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 his Master of Architecture from City College of New York and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from New York University Gallatin. He is a registered architect licensed 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 and 55 West 17th Street in New York.
Born and raised in Aix-en-Provence, Ludmilla has a Master of Architecture 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 certified violinist from the Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Music in Aix-en-Provence
Andy Rauchut is an 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 Master of Architecture II with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Architecture 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 MA, her expertise informs her work on large multi-family development projects like the Tampa EDITION Hotel.
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 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 Bachelor of Arts 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.
Architect Jim Rund’s design and construction experience spans from high-end homes in the Catskill Mountains to research laboratories in Abu Dhabi. At MA he is the primary liaison for 30 East 31st Street, the highly anticipated Gothic-inspired skyscraper under construction in NoMad. Outside of design, he is a member and avid endorser of the company bowling team.
Jim graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and is a registered architect licensed in New York.
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 an 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 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 New York.
Kevin joins MA’s interiors department with experience in both the vendor and design sides of the industry. He is currently working on large commercial and luxury residential projects in TriBeCa and the Upper West Side. His love of design extends to the world of luxury cars and he is a frequent visitor to auto shows in New York City and his hometown of Tampa, Florida.
Kevin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Jennifer brings an artistic sensibility to her role as a designer at MA, evident in her work on projects in New York, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Since joining the interiors department over six years ago she has contributed to a number of projects, including 116 University Place and 520 W 20th Street. Currently, she is working on a nearly completed tower in East Market and the up-and-coming Italian Market, both large residential developments in Philadelphia.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture, with honors, from the Carleton University School of Architecture.
Hayeon is an architect with experience working on mixed-use projects and institutional work in San Francisco and Shanghai as well as New York City. She has contributed on prominent residential developments and is currently working on big-name hospitality projects in the West Village and Tampa. Her free time is often spent exploring new countries and cities and her office hours are split between MA’s two locations.
Hayeon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a registered architect licensed in New York and Texas.
Rui brings to MA more than eight years of experience in rendering photo realistic images for projects worldwide as a 3D renderer. A native of Portugal, studied and worked in Lisbon before moving to Belgium, where he took on new challenges as a creative designer. His passion for architecture, design and photography provide a sense for creating detailed project images.
Rui received his Bachelor of Interior Design from the Institute of Arts, Design and Marketing in Lisbon.
Graeme is a designer with extensive knowledge of New York City zoning codes. He has significant experience in 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 background. A Canadian native, Graeme has played field hockey for the Junior and Senior Canadian Men’s National Team.
Graeme 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.
Natarsha is an interior designer at MA. She recently moved to NYC from Sydney, Australia. Natasha’s prior work experience includes museums, galleries, and theater spaces. She has also worked on not-for-profit interior design projects, such as leading the renovation of an historic building in Sydney for Canteen, a charity assisting children with cancer.
She has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (First Class Honors) from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She was awarded the Graduate of the Year Award by the Design Institute of Australia for her final project.
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.
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.
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.
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 an 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.
Daisy is the Executive Assistant to Morris Adjmi and brings over a decade of experience, most recently assisting C-Level executives and senior management in the global fashion market. Her coordination and negotiation skills extend to the home front where she lives with her teenage daughter. Daisy is an advocate of the arts and huge supporter of emerging and historically overlooked artists. An accomplished cook, you can usually find her in, or very close to a kitchen.
Daisy has an Associate in Liberal Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and continues her coursework through CUNY, focusing on Urban Studies and Food Policy.
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.
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.
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, Canterbury. 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.
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.
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.
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.