COLLABORATIVE TO THE CORE

Workshop/APD’s greatest strength lies in the diverse talent and expertise of our multidisciplinary team. We bring global perspectives and vast experience in architecture, interiors, product design, planning, engineering and branding to projects of every type and scale. We pursue innovation relentlessly but never lose sight of the past.

The Workshop/APD aesthetic is indefinable, because each project is characterized by a unique combination of talents and circumstances that is impossible to recreate; the perfect team, collaborators and consultants, endlessly unique project locations, and client needs and desires. However, our work – obsessively detailed and crafted, inviting and intentional – is unmistakable. Our team, led by founding principals Andrew Kotchen, Matt Berman and principal architect Thomas J. Zoli is inquisitive, conscious and above all passionate, finding inspiration in new creative perspectives among colleagues and clients.

Our Approach

Our Team

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Andrew Kotchen
Founding Principal

For more than two decades, Andrew Kotchen’s distinct aesthetic vision has shaped Workshop/APD’s remarkable portfolio of projects across North America and abroad. Under his leadership, the New York City-based design and architecture firm has expanded to a vertically integrated, 50-person team renowned for luxury residences; groundbreaking multi-family developments including 70 Charlton Street, The Printing House, and 111 Leroy Street; and design products developed in partnership with the industry’s leading manufacturers.

Andrew’s work is defined by a distinctive sense of place and purpose, delving into a project’s unique location and history to inform its details at every scale. This site-specific approach yields highly-customized spaces across diverse contexts, and provides Andrew and his team with new ideas, sources and inspiration to fuel and evolve the firm’s work.

With commissions in locales as diverse as New York City and the Bahamas, Sun Valley and Nashville, Boston, Banff, California, London and Miami, Andrew is adept at understanding and designing places that are relevant to – and seamlessly integrated within- the local landscape. His spaces are timelessly modern, functional, and marked by a focus on extraordinary materials and techniques. He is fascinated with the craft of making, and can often be found on job sites with fabricators, tradesmen and artisans, perfecting a project’s details, furnishings and fittings.

Andrew is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and dedicates his time to institutions including the Van Alen Institute and Swim Across America, also serving as a board member for Suffield Academy and the Artists Association of Nantucket. A resident of Irvington, NY and Nantucket, MA, he enjoys sailing, outdoor sports and travel with his wife Emily and children, Grace and William. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He has served as a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and is a visiting critic at the New York Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Lehigh University, Parsons School of Design and the University of Michigan.

Matt Berman
Founding Principal

Matt Berman believes passionately in the transformative power of good design. A founding principal at New York City design + architecture firm Workshop/APD, Berman considers the built environment a player and protagonist in its inhabitants’ lives, with the ability to create a mood and catalyze more meaningful interactions and experiences.

Since the firm’s inception in 1999, he has encouraged clients to demand more of their spaces, creating modern hotels, restaurants, high-end homes, luxury residential developments and institutional projects that engage the senses and invite inquiry at every scale.  Today, he leads Workshop/APD’s growing hospitality practice, setting the scene for an ever-changing cast of characters with spaces that are interactive, engaging and intrinsically tied to their locations.

Matt’s passion for perfectly imperfect materials and finishes worked by hand, machine or mother nature imbues his work with a timeless, tactile quality.  He is known for pursuing technological advances in construction, fabrication and materials to solve complex design challenges in groundbreaking projects such as Building 92 in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, which uniquely meshes raw, industrial beauty with sustainable technologies.

A formative stint at ANY Magazine made Matt acutely aware of the implications of design at every scale, propelling him from architectural journalism to a career in architecture and design.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and has served as a visiting professor at Pratt Institute.  Along with Bernard Tschumi he co-edited Index Architecture (MIT Press, 2003), and hosted the original television series What the Window Washer Saw, about the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. Matt resides in Brooklyn, NY and Asbury Park, NJ with his husband, Jim, and their son Owen and bulldog, Watson.

Thomas J. Zoli AIA NCARB
Principal Architect

For three generations, Workshop/APD principal architect Thomas Zoli’s family has helped to shape the Northeast’s architecture and infrastructure. Born to the building trades, he spent his early years on job sites learning to operate every piece of heavy machinery possible while honing an eye for building architecture and construction. Today, he is known for the development of strategic solutions for commissions of every type and scale, and his design work and project management reflect an incisiveness, practicality and institutional knowledge that is critical to project delivery.

Thomas’ considerable experience in architecture and construction- including nearly three decades of work in New York City architecture – result in designs that are as functional as they are memorable, resonating beyond transient notions of beauty. Since joining Workshop/APD as Director of Architecture in 2011, he has overseen all of the firm’s architectural output, bringing a technical mastery of space, light, technology and design to projects including major residential developments The Printing House, 88 & 90 Lexington Avenue and 111 Leroy Street; luxury estates in Nantucket, the Hamptons and Miami; numerous high-end apartments, townhouses, and commercial renovations in New York City; and hospitality and social living projects nationwide.

He has worked on a wide range of project typologies, from modern residences and luxury residential developments to large-scale institutional projects including the design and renovation of Newark Airport for Continental and JFK Airport terminal 4 for Delta during his time at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.  At Gluckman Tang, his projects included the Whitney Breuer Museum renovation and addition, concept and master planning for the Guggenheim Hudson Yards, museums and galleries including The Picasso Museum in Malaga, The Tang Museum, The Parrish Museum, Gagosian Galleries, Yvon Lambert, projects for Jenny Holzer, Chuck Close and François Pinault, Second Stage Theater, the Robin Hood Foundation, Syracuse University Architecture School, and Helmut Lang’s NY and Tokyo retail flagships and studios. At Gluck+, he was the Construction Manager and architect onsite for a ground-up design/build of a modern gatehouse with two guesthouses and recreation facility in the Lake George Region.

Thomas earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Lehigh University and a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University, where he received the James Britton Memorial Award for the school’s top thesis project.  He is dedicated to fostering young talent, championing professional development and mentoring Workshop/APD’s architectural staff and, as a visiting professor at the New York Institute of Technology, teaching digital design and 3D visualization.  An outdoor enthusiast, he resides in New York City and Lake George, NY with his wife Carol, daughters Paloma and Malena, and dog Pixie. He is a registered architect in NY, CT, CO, FL, GA, MA, MT, NJ, PA, TX, UT, and VT.

Adam Dello Buono RA
Project Manager

Adam has been immersed in architecture since age twelve, when he began learning construction, management and design from his family. Today, he guides Workshop/APD projects of all types from concept through completion, coordinating details and communications seamlessly. He keenly evaluates elements at all scales to bring a project from abstract design to final product. Adam draws inspiration from art, music and film and their ability to express and visualize the intangible. He finds motivation and innovation through collaboration with his team. A graduate of Stonehill College in Massachusetts and New Jersey Institute of Technology, Adam holds a BA in fine art and a Master of Architecture.

Andrew Kline NCIDQ
Design Director, Senior Associate

Andrew views the built environment as a communication tool capable of evoking emotions and meaningful human interaction. It is an ethos that drew him to hospitality and retail design early in his career and has guided his later work including luxury residences, multi-family developments and products. As design director and senior associate, he leads a multidisciplinary team of architects, interior designers and product designers working collaboratively across project verticals at every scale. Dedicated to creating a holistic experience, his creative process is guided by the development of a fully-realized conceptual narrative which creates a lens through which all design decisions are filtered, resulting in a unified creative direction from architecture and interiors to furnishings. As a leader, Andrew is known for fostering seamless collaboration, drawing on each team member’s unique skills and experience and pushing the boundaries of design at Workshop/APD to inspire the best outcome. He is passionate about space planning, determining the project’s energy in the initial plan sketch, then realizing that energy through massing, elevation studies and finally color, texture and materiality.

Inspired by his grandfather, an artist, Andrew began drawing lessons at a young age. A summer studying graphic design at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles catalyzed his love of design, leading to a Bachelors of Fine Art in Interior Design from Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, OH as well as a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  An internship at LBrands in Columbus led to a full-time role in the retail giant’s NY headquarters, designing stores for multiple brands in the US and abroad. Prior to joining Workshop/APD in 2017, he worked at Yabu Pushelberg designing high-end multifamily projects and luxury hotels in the US, Middle East and Asia.

Bronsin Ablon
Product Designer

Bronsin brings five years of furniture and product design experience to luxury hospitality and residential projects and licensing collaborations at Workshop/APD. His work marries utilitarianism and artistry, building, sculpting and deconstructing designs until they perfectly balance form and function. He particularly enjoys how the firm’s licensing partnerships offer an opportunity to create a narrative and dive deeper into the development, manufacturing, and marketing process. He also finds inspiration in creating custom products for hotels and residences, curating designs for unique spaces and diverse needs. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York, Bronsin holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design, with a minor in philosophy. His personal work has been featured recently in online showcases for Wanted Design Launch Pad and Site Unseen Offsite Online.

Brook Quach
Design Director, Associate

Brook equates his role as a design director to that of a composer, applying a creative and functional vision to our practice and projects, providing clear direction to move work forward and ensuring and elevating the quality of all design at Workshop/APD.  He loves creating harmony between a well-designed space and its inhabitants, and applies an intuitive approach and sharp eye to designs that achieve this critical balance.

His childhood passion for designing dream homes led to a five-year BS in Architecture from the University of Houston, a program that refined his understanding of architecture and fostered a deeper appreciation for the intimate details of the space. His broad professional experience spans nearly two decades and includes work at every scale, from casinos, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and corporate projects to luxurious private homes and apartments. Brook finds great satisfaction in physically building his ideas and seeing them come to fruition in as little as a season.  A 14-year veteran of Workshop/APD, he bridges the gap between high end residential and development work, driving creative direction and developing solutions to complex architectural and design challenges, helping clients to realize projects that suit their unique needs and desires.

Caio Dicenzo
Marketing Coordinator

In addition to his role as assistant to founding principal Matthew Berman, Caio provides critical support and insight to Workshop/APD’s human resources, marketing, public relations and business development teams. With an extensive background in administrative support and human resources management, both within the military and in civilian startups, Caio brings a wide range of talents and expertise to highly varied role. An eager, adaptable planner and scheduler at heart, he is known for effortlessly balancing varying responsibilities from day-to-day administrative duties to web development and SEO management.  A graduate of the University of Utah, Caio holds a BA in Strategic Communications.

Charlotte Strauss
Executive Assistant to Andrew Kotchen

A New York City native, Charlotte first became immersed in architecture and design through a six-year stint as a real estate agent, a demanding role that she filled while completing a BA in art with a concentration in studio art from City College of New York. After graduation, she spent two years at a prominent safari company, which opened her eyes to international travel and led to a role at Workshop/APD, where she is executive assistant to founding principal Andrew Kotchen. Charlotte brings impeccable organization and an eye for detail to the position, deftly managing items that might slip through the cracks in less capable hands. She enjoys being immersed in design each day, collaborating with different teams and finding new ways to expand her role to utilize her diverse talents. An enthusiastic writer, she also taps into her creative side through content creation as a member of the marketing team.

Colin Murtaugh RA
Project Manager

As a project manager at Workshop/APD, Colin facilitates the complete design and construction process, managing consultants, team members and clients and ensuring the pristine execution of each project. Colin got an early start in construction at age 14 and has been an essential member of the Workshop/APD team since 2015. He utilized highly developed technical skills to think of mechanical, structural and enclosure systems in unique ways, uniting large and small details to create a functional, beautiful whole. Colin holds a BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and serves as an adjunct professor at the City College of New York, teaching Revit software to graduate students.

Constantina Tsiara
Intermediate Designer

A skilled computational designer, Constantina applies her technological expertise to a range of architectural projects at Workshop/APD . She enjoys finding innovative solutions to intricate problems, and is motivated by a challenge that pushes her to hone her skills and understanding of architecture and design. She dives through technical details and complex geometry to figure out how forms and facts work together to compose a space, and enjoys collaborating with a passionate group that appreciates the importance of diverse perspectives and ideas. A graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and University of California, Berkeley, Constantina holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and a Master of Advanced Architectural Design.

Daisy Lan
Accounts Manager

As accounts manager, Daisy oversees and tracks funds and expenses, provides billing and purchase reports for clients, and makes purchases as needed, providing indispensable support to the interior design team. A seamless multitasker, Daisy applies the diverse experience she has gained in roles managing the reception, scheduling and bookkeeping at a nail salon; working as a personal assistant; and serving as operations manager for an event planning company. While she has a natural affinity for numbers, she loves the interconnected nature of Workshop/APD, which exposes her to all aspects of our work and allows her to learn more about the inner workings of interior design each day. A graduate of Stonybrook University in New York, Daisy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing management with a minor in psychology.

David McEachin
Senior Communications Manager
Since joining Workshop/APD in 2013, David McEachin has risen steadily through the firm’s ranks. Today, he manages internal and external communications programs and serves as brand steward for all visual assets and photography across business development, marketing and public relations. A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, he holds a BFA in advertising art direction.
Deana Della Cioppa
Designer

As a member of our interior design team, Deana develops and executes unique residential and hospitality interiors. She particularly enjoys work that allows her to dive even further behind the scenes and channel her diverse interests towards creating meaningful, lasting experiences. A world traveler and foodie with a background in the restaurant industry, she finds inspiration in global art and architecture, imbuing her work with a love for different cultures, tastes, and people. A graduate of Syracuse University, Deana holds a BFA in environmental and interior design.

Dirk de Beer
Designer

Raised on a farm in the Free State Province of South Africa, Dirk moved across the world to pursue an education and career in design. Now an interior architect on Workshop/APD’s hospitality team, he explores an endless variety of materials, colors and textures to build material palettes, concepts and design narratives. Dirk’s fully-realized interior spaces bring hospitality design’s bold, artful guest experiences to life. He is Inspired by beautiful architecture and the creative, subtle moments that combine to create a striking space, and can be found exploring hidden, unique NYC places to spark new interpretations of familiar ideas. Dirk received a BA in marketing from South Africa’s Central University of Technology, Free State and an MFA from the New York School of Interior Design.

Elizabeth Saballos
Office Administrator

For the last three years, Elizabeth has provided invaluable support to the Workshop/APD team as office administrator. She is responsible for day-to-day oversight of reception and other office-wide needs, effortlessly providing technical support for all staffers. As the central, go-to person who keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes, getting to know and working with each team member, and embraces the excitement each day brings. With a background in branding and product photography, she is constantly curious about the process behind our projects and often lends her talents to the marketing team in order to creatively showcases the work. A graduate of Fordham University in New York, Elizabeth holds a BA in communications with a concentration in new media and a minor in graphic design.

Irem Cabbaroglu
Project Manager

Since joining Workshop/APD in 2014, Irem has proven indispensable to the project management team. With an affinity for ground-up, residential architecture, Irem understands how a home can affect an entire community and sees facade design as a chance to create a unique environment and experience for all to enjoy. She is inspired by creative and thoughtful solutions and small but impactful details, finding innovation through design freedom and motivation in her team’s ability to collaborate and ensure the meeting of impeccable standards. A graduate of Izmir University of Economics in Turkey and Pratt Institute in New York, Irem holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture.

Irina Matos RA
Designer

Irina has worked as an architectural designer on Workshop/APD’s luxury residential and Nantucket coastal projects since 2017, perfecting every detail of a home from the outside in. Spending time traveling has always inspired her and helped her to develop a broad global sensibility and a keen understanding of the many ways different people live. Invigorated by the design process, she enjoys working closely with clients to uncover their diverse needs and conditions. She particularly enjoys the reward of seeing a project through to completion. Irina holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

 

J. Tyler Marshall RA
Managing Director, Associate

Halfway through a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering at the University of Kansas, Tyler discovered a passion for architectural design as well. It was an ah-ha moment that led him to pursue a second BS in architecture, completing the two demanding five-year programs concurrently.  Drawn to Workshop/APD in its earliest days by the opportunity to work on a project from its inception through to completion, he is known for a unique ability to draw upon his background in architecture and engineering to skillfully manage every aspect of a ground-up project. Tyler’s interest in – and technical mastery of – architectural design and visualization tools have been a driving force in pinnacle Workshop/APD residential projects including 111 Leroy Street, instantly-recognizable NYC apartments in NYC’s Printing House and on Central Park West, as well as an iconic renovation of an 1800s Aspen, CO miner’s cabin. He also contributed to Workshop/APD’s winning entry in Brad Pitt’s 2006 Global Green sustainable design competition. Today, Tyler’s primary focus is on ground-up construction, from schematic design to design development and construction administration. In each of his projects he relishes the opportunity to evolve traditional exterior details in compelling, modern ways. For nearly four years Tyler has been dedicated to the reinvention of a 1920s Tudor residence on the Greenwich, CT waterfront, deconstructing and reimagining the classic home’s aesthetics, functionality and efficiency in a modern way. Tyler is certified in passive design, and enjoys connecting with nature. A recent transplant to New York’s Hudson Valley, he spends his free time outdoors, kayaking, hiking and climbing in the surrounding area.

John Grinstead RA
Project Manager

For ten years, John has overseen day-to-day details from design concept through client move-in as a project manager. In his three years at Workshop/APD, he has been dedicated to a single pinnacle residence, allowing him to delve deeply into design development and ensure a perfectly realized design intent down to the most minute detail. John is constantly inspired by his two-year-old daughter and nature’s colors, forms and function, and sees architecture as an opportunity to achieve a legacy through the highest form of art. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, John holds a Bachelor of Architecture.

Jonah Kaplan
Director of Business Development

Jonah is Workshop/APD’s lead brand evangelist, developing business strategy and catalyzing more meaningful relationships within the industry in order to identify and secure projects that are aligned with our design philosophy. As a child, Jonah was influenced by his grandmother’s modernist aesthetic, igniting a passion for architecture and design and a keen awareness of architecture’s effect on our lives. In his five years at Architizer, he ran the digital design resource’s business development and sales. Today Jonah brings a unique ability to converse about the intricacies of architecture and design to his role, as well as an infectious enthusiasm for projects of every type and scale. Passionate about Workshop/APD’s holistic, vertically integrated approach, he truly enjoys contributing to the firm’s growth by  building connections and serving as a resource for the team and the greater architecture and design industry. A graduate of Tufts University in Massachusetts, Jonah holds a dual BA in political science and architectural studies.

Jongseok Lee
Designer

As an architectural designer at Workshop/APD, Jongseok works on a wide variety of residential, hospitality and development projects, handling everything from pre-design to construction administration. With a keen interest in the way different forms can shape human experience and the combination of methodology, he constantly seeks the perfect unity of technical and aesthetic design. Often inspired by the works of other modern architects, he enjoys exploring the various construction techniques and scales that high-end residential properties allow for. A graduate of Kookmin University in Korea and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Jongseok holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture.

Ken Maes
Finance Manager

Ken brings 14 years of accounting experience  to Workshop/APD, where he oversees every financial detail.  His complex day-to-day responsibilities include managing the books, handling and tracking expenses, coordinating client invoices , and assisting with budgeting and forecasting to ensure a solid financial future. Though experienced in finance, Ken is new to  work in a creative industry, and he enjoys seeing firsthand the creative, collaborative work he supports and contributes to. Naturally, his favorite projects are the expensive ones. Ken finds inspiration in his creative surroundings and enjoys teaching others about Excel and the fun, easy world of accounting. A graduate of Colorado State University in Pueblo, Ken holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration in accounting, with a minor in art.

Lisa Jasper
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

With art and antiques in her blood and nearly two decades of marketing and public relations experience in architecture & design, Lisa brings diverse and specialized knowledge to her role leading internal and external communications and brand strategy at Workshop/APD. Drawing on expertise in digital and social media, PR, brand development and events, Lisa ensures that Workshop/APD’s marketing initiatives are aligned with business and creative goals to drive our practice forward. In previous positions at the New York Design Center and as chief innovation officer at design-focused PR firm VP+C she honed a creative, strategic approach to campaigns and outreach for clients including Dornbracht, One Kings Lane, Interface, Allsteel, and Benjamin Moore. Lisa holds a BA in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and sits on the board of non-profit NYC design atelier The Alpha Workshops.

 

Michael Ellison
Director of Interiors, Associate

Michael has led Workshop/APD’s interior design team for nearly five years, working hand-in-hand with our architects, product designers and most importantly clients to create beautifully realized, luxurious interiors. Michael draws on his background in acting to develop each project’s unique storyline, mood, and message, and enjoys the opportunity to reinvent the designer’s role in each client-specific project. He draws on a modern definition of luxury that first and foremost considers the way clients want to live in their space and reflects a tailored, layered approach elevated by one-of-a-kind pieces and striking art. His streamlined, serene designs invite exploration and interaction, rejecting the notion that luxury design should be stiff, untouchable, or unapproachable and defining a project’s success by the client’s comfort and joy in their surroundings.

Michael ultimately draws inspiration from a project’s location and enjoys the challenge of breathing new life into an existing home with good bones. That approach is demonstrated in striking projects like the ultra-minimal “Fifty Shades of White” renovation of a post-and-beam Hamptons home but he is equally at home starting with nothing but the surrounding landscape, evident in the lush, vibrant design for a private Bahamas resort. He is averse to trends and fads, beyond subscribing to “timeless design” and instead viewing decor as a continuum that is constantly evolving and changing because users’ lives are not static. He loves when preconceived notions are shattered, pushing the boundaries of beauty and function.  A native Texan, Michael was raised in a slightly bohemian, southwest-inspired home, and transitioned from his life in the spotlight to work with top design firms including Eric Cohler Design, Philip Gorrivan Design, and Thom Filicia Inc.

Michael Luft-Weissberg RA
Senior Project Manager, Associate
Since joining Workshop/APD in 2015, Michael Luft-Weissberg has advanced through the firm’s ranks to the role of Senior Project Manager, overseeing the day-to-day communication and coordination of all project details between tradespeople, consultants, contractors and clients. He is passionate about ground-up construction and inspired by the search for technical beauty and clever design solutions. This focus informs his work overseeing complex projects in regions with unique design and regulatory restrictions. Michael is passionate about learning, and in addition to teaching a course on Building Information Modeling (Revit) to graduate students at the City College of New York, he constantly seeks opportunities to educate himself and the Workshop team. He holds a BFA in fine art and design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Architecture from The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.
Nickie Anderson
Senior Designer, Interiors

An essential member of Workshop/APD’s interiors team since 2018, Nickie Anderson oversees all aspects of the interior design process for residential projects. From establishing the design, sourcing and purchasing furniture, décor and accessories to seamlessly managing complex installations, Nickie creates live-in ready homes that are uniquely creative, beautifully functional and immaculately realized. She seeks out pieces that artfully fulfill both form and function, constantly searching for new methods and perspectives within the design industry, art world and beyond. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she holds a BA in fine arts with a focus in interior design.

Nicole Ficano
Senior Designer, Interiors

A seasoned interior designer with eight years of experience at prestigious New York firms, Nicole Ficano has quickly become an invaluable member of the Workshop/APD team. Taking care and time to deeply understand clients’ lives and needs, Nicole transforms blank spaces into beautifully layered, highly functional, high-end residences. Nicole’s love for NYC and its stunning views informs her fresh, modern apartment designs, and she credits a collaborative team dynamic and ongoing search for groundbreaking techniques as essential components in creating exceptional interiors for homes of every kind. A graduate of Cazenovia College in New York, Nicole holds a BA in fine arts with a focus in interior design.

Olivia Manzano
Senior Project Manager

An architectural industry veteran, Olivia brings more than 15 years of experience to her role at Workshop/APD. She coordinates even the finest of details, developing drawings and managing communications with consultants and clients. Olivia oversees projects from beginning to end, tackling every challenge with curiosity and excitement and avidly pursuing beautifully and impeccably realized design. At Workshop/APD, she also applies her years of experience in high-end residential and development work to hospitality projects, finding inspiration through collaboration with clients and team members, as well as her projects’ diverse locations. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California.

 

 

 

Rachel An
Designer

In her role as an interior designer at Workshop/APD, Rachel helps to create design concepts, strategize spatial planning, and specify furniture and décor for residential, hospitality and development projects, collaborating with clients and teammates to achieve well-rounded, elegant, cohesive design. With a keen eye for a project’s many moving pieces, Rachel enjoys analyzing designs, discovering how different goals and styles unite to achieve a harmonious final product, and creating shared spaces to serve and engage diverse audiences. Always learning, she finds insight through discussions where thoughts and ideas flourish. Rachel holds a BFA in interior design from Pratt Institute in New York

Rodrigo Zamora RA
Project Manager

Rodrigo applies nearly a decade of architectural experience to the successful execution of concept and design at Workshop/APD. Born and raised in Guatemala City, Rodrigo speaks five languages and brings vast international perspective to his projects. A consummate student of architectural history, he believes the past can inspire future innovation and is motivated by the desire to improve the world one space at a time. Rodrigo holds a BA and Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York.

Ruoxi Wang
Product Designer

Ruoxi applies her considerable product design expertise to the creation of unique custom pieces for high-end residential, hospitality and development clients, as well as furnishings, kitchen & bath fittings and fixtures, rugs, hardware, lighting and accessories collections in collaboration with best-in-class licensing partners. Guided by a desire to create products with depth – and better living environments that connect to our memories and emotions – she shapes artistic, sculptural and organically-inspired concepts that elevate the union of function and modern aesthetic. A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, Ruoxi holds a BS in industrial design and an MS in furniture design. Her work has been featured in top publications including Wallpaper, Design Milk and Metropolis.

Ryan Kelly
Designer

Part of Workshop/APD’s Minneapolis team, Ryan is responsible for design, planning and coordination for luxury residences and multi-family developments across the US. Inspired by beauty in architecture and nature and guided by a love of collaboration, Ryan produces creative, modern spaces to fit clients’ unique needs. With an affinity for interiors and exceptional millwork, finishes and details, he is dedicated to establishing and implementing innovative computational techniques through parametric design. As a member of Dunwoody College of Technology’s second graduating class, Ryan also helped to shape the Minneapolis, MN school’s Bachelor of Architecture and Design curriculum.

Sam Titone
Designer

Bringing 7 years of experience to the Workshop/APD team, Sam enjoys developing designs from conceptual and schematic design, to construction coordination and completion. He searches for opportunities to reflect and reset outdoors, finding the balanced perspective to create beautifully efficient and environmentally conscious properties. An avid surfer, Sam translates a passion for the ocean into properties with a holistic coastal narrative. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Sam holds a BFA in architecture and a Master of Architecture.

Stephan R. Thimme RA
Managing Director, Senior Associate

In 16 years at Workshop/APD, Stephan has seen more than 120 projects through from pre-design to successful completion, with a focus on highly-customized luxury homes. He believes that the secret to his long career at Workshop/APD is the ever-evolving nature of the firm and our field, noting that he “never had to change jobs because thankfully, my job keeps changing.” Stephan has always relished participating in the maturing of each project from a quick sketch to a very complex and highly refined finished home, and the many collaborative interactions with clients, teammates, consultants and contractors to make that happen. As managing director and a senior associate he leads a skilled group of architects and designers who benefit from his experience in high-end construction. Stephan encourages a mature, exploratory approach, and believes that a healthy level of playfulness in design – while still adhering to the core idea of each project and of course the highest standards of quality – results in extraordinary work.

 

Stephan attended a 7-year architectural program at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany, a school known for fostering technical mastery and attention to detail. He learned the NYC design and construction landscape at Michael Schmitt Architect, PC, and continued to hone skills in drawings and specifications, bidding and contractor negotiations and construction administration with Workshop/APD. Today he is essential in the development of organizational systems that enable our multidisciplinary teams to work collaboratively across verticals, and helps to lead mentorship and educational initiatives.

Tarika Thienapirak
Senior Designer

A competitive kayak polo player, Tarika – also known as Pin – brings equal drive and determination to her design work. At Workshop/APD, Pin is dedicated to creating and developing interior architecture concepts and environments to fit clients’ needs, while meeting complex regulatory standards. A fan of ground-up construction, she enjoys being involved in all aspects of a project, aligning each piece of a complex puzzle and nurturing a design from inception to its realization. Not one to shy away from a challenge, she is inspired by hardworking colleagues, tackles experiences that push her to grow, and thrives on the ability to explore and discover through her design process. A graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Pin holds a BFA in architecture and a Master of Architecture.

Tyler Chavers
Senior Project Manager, Interiors

An Alabama native, Tyler began her diverse design career in Washington D.C., overseeing and approving architectural standards for embassies as a State Department intern. From there, she transitioned to residential design in a boutique D.C. firm, working on classical homes but dreaming of trying her hand at commercial interiors. A role at a larger firm working on federal and corporate projects convinced her that commercial design was not her passion, but also helped to crystallize an understanding of her unique talent for logistics and project management. Tyler made her way to New York City, and into a freelance role where she honed her skills building and managing the logistical framework that is integral to the execution of every successful design project. Tyler came to Workshop/APD as a purchasing agent in 2017, but quickly took on the responsibilities of an accounts manager, then rising to her current role as project manager for the interiors team. Structured, organized and analytical, Tyler works hand in hand with Michael Ellison to manage staffing and workflow, also streamlining efforts between design and architectural teams, serving as an advocate for the interiors group and ensuring the creative and financial health of each project. A hyper-efficient problem solver known for clear, concise communication and sterling client relationships, Tyler also leads best-in-class concierge services for complex projects including a private oceanfront resort in The Bahamas. She holds a BA in Interior Design from the University of Alabama.

Valentina Llanos
Human Resources Manager

A five-year veteran in administration and human resources, Valentina quickly grew into the crucial role of human resources manager at Workshop/APD. In addition to building and sustaining meaningful working relationships with the staff, she is responsible for recruitment, benefits and payroll, internal programs and events and fostering an inclusive office culture . Above all, the most rewarding aspect of Valentina’s position is getting to know each member of the team, making sure they feel engaged and involved, and working to make a difference in each of their lives. Grateful for the family dynamic Workshop/APD provides, Valentina embraces every new challenge and experience that keeps her work interesting, fun and meaningful. Inspired by her three dogs and creative colleagues and a desire to grow personally and professionally, she is constantly in search of new resources and ideas to build a better work environment.

 

Wael Mashini
Project Manager

Bringing six years of architectural experience to Workshop/APD, including time with well-known architectural firms Studio Libeskind and Rockwell group, Wael Mashini manages our hotel projects, from all day-to-day design details and behind-the-scene aspects with clients and contractors. Having grown up abroad in Jordan, and studied and worked internationally, Wael is inspired by forward-thinking methods and innovative designs, and brings us a distinct global perspective informed by different cultures and styles. Passionate about both architecture and theater, hotel design presents the perfect meeting point for both, allowing him to design immersive environments that focus on the experience of the guest. A graduate of the American University of Beirut, Wael holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in theater.

Zachary Helmers
Managing Director, Associate

A 15-year Workshop/APD veteran, Zach has been integral in shaping the firm’s identity from its earliest days. In 2012 he moved from New York City to Minneapolis, Minnesota, establishing our firm’s Great Lakes Region office and building a centralized team to more efficiently service clients in the Midwest and on the west coast. Today, he leads high-end residential and multi-family development projects across the US, overseeing design, day-to-day client relations, and project realization in close collaboration with the entire Workshop/APD team.

As a high school student in Sumner, Iowa, Zach discovered a love of art and geometry, leading to a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree at the Iowa State University, followed by a Master of Architecture from Columbia University – selected for its position as a digital fabrication leader. There, he focused on architectural theory, honing 3D software skills and developing a lifelong interest in groundbreaking building technologies. He has been with Workshop/APD since graduation, cutting his teeth on high-end residential projects – where he became known for jaw-dropping kitchen designs – and focusing on developing the overarching client experience and journey. A decisive, technical designer, Zach enjoys owning the process from start to finish to ensure that the design intent is perfectly executed. He is passionate about collaborating with partners that will push the boundaries of fabrication and material to create a unique and impactful moment within a space and blurring the line between minimalist architecture and art.

Zeynep Tugba Ozkan
Senior Designer

Born and raised in Turkey, Tugba brings a unique, multicultural design perspective and six years of interior architecture experience to her work at Workshop/APD. An integral part of our hospitality team, she is deeply involved in the holistic project from concept creation to interior design, creating unique, memorable designs – elevated by her passion for travel and cultures – that touch the lives of thousands. A graduate of Haliç University in Istanbul, Turkey and IED Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy, Tugba holds a BA in interior architecture and a Master of Interior and Living Design.

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