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.

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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 AIA
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.

Alexis Corrao
Executive Assistant to Andrew Kotchen

Executive assistant Alexis Corrao is used to working in a fast-paced, creative  work environment. Lexi’s own creative studies include a decade of Irish step dancing and a BS in Dance Education from Hofstra University,  and she is a certified New York State Dance Educator. Following college, she taught at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School in Hartford, Connecticut, where she initially started her pre-professional dance studies. She also danced professionally with a modern dance company. Previously an assistant at a New York real estate investment firm, Lexi now combines her creative background and administrative experience to support founding principal Andrew Kotchen and the team in bringing Workshop/APD’s artistic vision to life. She is especially interested in the way textures, materials, forms, and shapes bring a space to life and build unique narratives through interior design.

Alper Turan
Designer
Amanda March
Designer

From interior elevations and 3D modelling to presentations and site plans, Amanda brings a detail-oriented approach to all aspects of her highly-customized design work. She enjoys the unique challenges presented by each new project, working to create a synergetic balance between aesthetics and technical elements. Inspired by nature, Amanda appreciates architecture that honors its environment and believes that good design engages the exterior landscape to enhance the mood of interior space. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, she holds a Bachelor 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.

Angela Lee
Senior Designer
Ariele Villanueva
Office Administrator
Atique Rahman
Designer

Since his childhood in Bangladesh, Atique has been passionate about interior design. He works closely with Workshop/APD’s senior designers, coordinating sourcing and purchasing and developing design presentations and schedules. Atique jumps into every project with excitement and curiosity, embraces the creative freedom and flexibility that high-end residential works rings, and finds fulfillment in taking a design from imagination through production to installation. An avid traveler, Atique finds inspiration in historical designs and diverse cultures, and seeks unique aesthetics and architectural forms wherever he goes. Recently selected by DIFFA as a student presenter, Atique is often moved by the way landscapes and environments can influence the subtlest of details in a project. A graduate of New York School of Interior Design, Atique hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

Ben Tulman
Architectural Designer

From micro to macro, Ben Tulman looks at every project holistically to create beautifully integrated results. Though he originally considered pursuing a career in engineering he fell into architecture at Tulane University, where he earned a Master of Architecture with a minor in social innovation and entrepreneurship. The school’s immersive 5-year program brought Ben onsite and into the community and its culture, driving his interest in planning, sustainable design and architecture’s ability to impact the greater good. Ben carries all of these things into his work on both residential and commercial projects today, thinking critically about whatever challenges arise, pouring love and creativity into his work to make the client’s dream a reality.

Benjamin Sachs
Project Manager

Language is a common thread that runs through project manager Ben Sachs’ career trajectory and work. Ben, a Nashville native, first fell in love with architecture and urban design while studying Latin and the classics during a high school year abroad in a small, medieval Italian town. The experience moved him to study architecture at Yale University, earning both a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in architecture and a Master of Architecture. Within the industry he has explored a range of roles – from marketing and new business to architectural design – for a who’s-who of iconic firms, working on highly recognizable projects worldwide. For Ben, every firm and project is an opportunity to learn and speak a new design language, a challenge he enjoys immensely. His career has taken him all over the world, from roles in London, New York and Los Angeles to projects in Miami, Malta, Mexico and more. From super-tall skyscrapers to luxury single family homes and cultural venues, Ben appreciates architecture’s potential to surprise people, and is particularly interested in geometry and the places where form and materials meet. In addition to mastering Italian and Spanish, Ben designs puzzles and co-founded the minimalist Waves Puzzle company.

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.

Bryant Wiggins
IT Support Specialist

For as long as he can remember, Bryant Wiggins has been fascinated by technology and electronics, disassembling, reassembling, building and fixing computers and gaming systems and exploring how things work. The native New Yorker channeled his passion into a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and an associate’s degree in electrical engineering, and has experience in IT within the corporate, startup and graphic design industries, providing support and solutions for local and global teams.  At Workshop/APD he creates scalable technological solutions for the integrated team, working to future-proof our systems and technology. In addition to learning the language of architecture, Bryant enjoys playing basketball and recently took up fencing, a sport he appreciates for its precision.

Christian Oanda
Designer

Christian Oanda grew up around video games and animated films during his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, resulting in an interest in animation and video game environment design that led him to the US to pursue an undergraduate Architecture degree from Syracuse University. Today, he applies his interest in digital design to his work on hospitality and high-end residential projects at Workshop/APD, using 3D software to help visualize a captivating end result. An avid designer and musician, Christian aspires to advance architectural and design practices across Africa by highlighting and incorporating the continent’s endless regional artistic influences in his work.

Clara Guerrier
Studio Coordinator

Clara Guerrier’s diverse experience across public relations, television production and administration is invaluable in her role as studio coordinator at Workshop/APD. She enjoys being involved in all a project’s details, and thrives working in a fast-paced, creative environment where each day offers unique challenges and opportunities to learn. A collaborative, team player, Clara works with architects, product and interior designers to seamlessly realize their designs across residential and hospitality projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from City College of New York and speaks French fluently.

Colin Murtaugh AIA
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
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 Aine
Designer

As an architectural designer and technologist, David has worked across a medley of typologies, from higher education and civic to single family residential and urban mixed-use projects. A California native, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a minor in Sustainable Environments from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and credits a year at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen with underscoring his keen awareness of the contextual environment. He also applies a background in construction to his role at Workshop/APD, performing diverse tasks ranging from technical detailing and space planning to specifying products and materials and coordinating with engineering. Dedicated to environmental stewardship and trained in PassiveHaus design, David enjoys collaborating with clients on projects that have high aspirations for building performance and occupant wellness.

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.

Denali Farrell
Designer

A native of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and a longtime New Yorker,  Denali Farrell brings 4 years of architectural experience to Workshop/APD. He honed his skills as a visualization specialist at top architectural firms before making a full transition into architectural design at Workshop/APD. Today, Denali assists with project workflow and detail management, helping to ensure design intent is beautifully realized. Excited by highly- customized spaces and the many ways that unique design challenges can foster creativity, Denali finds inspiration through discussion and interaction with friends and colleagues. In his free time, he works with musicians and artists to create abstract works, a passion that often informs the way he thinks about space and the opportunities to engage the sense through visual, tactile, and auditory elements. A graduate of New York Institute of Technology, Denali holds a Bachelor of Architecture.

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.

Dylan Kessler AIA
Senior Designer

Years of doodling houses in the margins of his middle school notebooks drove Dylan Kessler to a high school summer architecture course at Roger Williams University, where he eventually earned a BS in architecture. But, earning his Master of Architecture from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin was particularly formative. His time in the desert – worlds away from his childhood in New Jersey – and the program’s extensive international travel, has imbued his work with a sustainable, organic quality and global perspective. Before coming to Workshop/APD he worked on restaurants, international hotels and resorts at Rockwell Group, and on residential and cultural projects with studioMDA. Today, his work is defined by an innate understanding of a project’s purpose and end user, as well as a contemporary aesthetic. Dylan enjoys  pushing the limits of design through technology working in BIM, Revit, Rhino and Enscape and exploring new technologies.

Fran Fang
Designer

Though she often dreamed of designing homes as a child, design came later for Fran Fang. With a degree in advertising and marketing from Chinese Culture University in Taiwan and a master’s degree in transportation geography from SUNY Buffalo, she eventually made her way to Pratt Institute to pursue her passion with an interior design degree. In her time at top firms including Wimberly, Tihany and Foster & Partners and in her own practice she has realized restaurant, hotels, and social lounges, relishing the opportunity to create a unique personality and narrative for each project. Fran takes a broad view of every project thanks to her education in geography communications, applying both a contextual and branding lens to a project’s interiors. She enjoys the opportunity to explore project design at all scales at Workshop/APD, where she collaborates with a diverse team of specialists as a single team on residential and hospitality projects.

Hannah Kwon
Designer
Hugo Suarez
Senior Designer
Irem Cabbaroglu
Senior 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 Casale AIA
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 AIA
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.

Jeremy Morton
Designer

Jeremy Morton applies a unique vision and broad interior architecture and project management experience to his projects at Workshop/APD. With 6-years of experience in high-end residential and hospitality design, he is involved from concept programming, massing and project narrative, to interior architectural design, material selections and branding elements. A native of Maui, Hawaii, Jeremy has always loved New York for its diversity and cultural complexity, which he now examines and incorporates to enrich his designs. Through his interests in art and photography he has learned to absorb his environment and examine every detail, taking a progressive, open minded approach to every project. Jeremy’s work is inviting and livable, characterized by clean lines and layered curated colors and textures applied to contemporary forms. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University.

Joel Edmondson
Senior Product Designer

Though he was raised just miles from the American furniture mecca of High Point, North Carolina, Workshop/APD furniture designer Joel Edmondson discovered design through elective courses like woodworking while pursuing a degree in business administration at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University. Location, timing – the media had recently begun to place a broader emphasis on architecture and design – and a newfound passion for furniture converged, leading Joel to SCAD for a master’s degree in fine arts in furniture. Throughout his career, he has applied his business acumen and creativity to produce successful furniture designs at all scales for a wide range of leading trade and consumer brands, both as an in-house designer and in his own practice. Whether it is a luxury gallery piece or a design intended for mass production, Joel is adept at finding the resources necessary to create a unique product that is beautiful and functional, but also efficient and economical. He brings a timeless, modern approach and a reverence for craft to his work, and he particularly enjoys seeing a piece come to life through the process.

John Garrison
Designer
John Grinstead AIA
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.

Jonathan Kirby
Project Manager
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.

Karen Cheung
Designer

lifelong explorer raised between Hong Kong and Taiwan, Karen’s design work benefits from her extensive travels. She applies broad experience and a global perspective to create unique interiors across hospitality, residential development, retail and commercial projects. At Workshop/APD, she is responsible for modeling, designing, planning, rendering and 3D visualization, collaborating with a team of architects to create holistic designs that seamlessly merge architecture and interiors. She incorporates both Eastern and Western elements in her work, also finding a balance between aesthetics and functionality by finding a shared vision with clients, taking beauty, budget and practical use into consideration equally. A graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelors degree in Interior Design, Karen lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. 

 

Katerina Gurova
Designer

A global traveler and lifelong creative, Katerina Gurova’s time at a high school for the arts in her native Stockholm, Sweden influenced her decision to pursue an education in architecture. At Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg – where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban design and a master’s in architecture – she also participated in an exchange year in Shanghai, China, a formative experience where she discovered a passion for the scale, pace and cultural diversity of big cities. Today, Katya helps projects across all verticals to life through design and construction documentation, handling everything from permitting to drafting and modeling, sun studies and design presentations. She enjoys the creativity of a design’s conceptual phases and the ability to work at all scales, developing massing and materiality that will carry through to a building or space’s smallest details, as well as the unique challenges each new project brings.

Katherine Lundy
Human Resources Manager
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.

Kristian Hager
Designer
Lisa Jasper
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

With art and antiques in her blood – and nearly two decades of marketing and PR 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 a principal and 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.

 

Maddie Perry
Interior Designer

In the seventh grade, Maddie Perry decided that she would be an interior designer and she has never wavered from that vision. A South Carolina native, she earned a BS in interior design from Auburn University and then moved to the West Coast to explore hospitality design with a San Francisco firm.  After spending years immersing herself in the complex design mechanisms and logistics of large hotels she moved to New York to pursue more residential projects, and a desire to focus on smaller scales and details. Maddie’s technical background provides a strong foundation for her creative work, which now includes luxury residences and boutique hospitality amenity spaces. Her favorite part of her job is working with a multidisciplinary team and diverse consultants, as well as the meaningful relationships and highly customized residential designs that emerge from direct collaboration with clients.

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 AIA
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.
Nhu Phan
Designer

Nhu Phan brings diverse experience across architecture and interiors to the team, including five years of work spanning residential and retail projects.  As an architectural designer at Workshop/APD, she assists with concept and design decisions, planning and coordination, and drawings and submissions. An sharp eye for detail and a clear view of the big picture guides all of Nhu’s work as she helps guide a project from kickoff to completion, tackling challenges along the way and pushing the limits whenever possible. Her love of single-family residential projects belies a thoughtful, caring approach to design and a desire to create meaningful, intimate spaces that uplift and transform the way people live. A graduate of Arizona State University, Nhu holds a Bachelor of Science in Design, Architecture, with a minor in Urban Planning.

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
Design Director, 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 and a strong leader within our interiors group. 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

Robert Yoos
Designer

From concept creation to technical drawing, Rob delves into the fine details of renderings and image production within our architectural team. Guided by a love for public spaces and their ability to unite people, he aims to design meaningful moments everyone can share while establishing a cohesive design language. He enjoys exploring new design precedents, discovering ways to layer materials and artwork together, and pushing limits wherever possible to create concepts that are innovative yet timeless, practices evident in his previous work at Deborah Berke Partners and HWKN. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from the University at Buffalo in New York and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where he was named the James Gamble Rogers Fellow.

Rodrigo Zamora AIA
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.

Scott Topel
Designer

Scott’s background in marketing and advertising brings unique perspective to his work. Passionate about design from a young age, he now sources materials, fabrics, furniture and accessories, and coordinates all planning and design details. Scott is excited by the unique challenges and opportunities urban apartments present, and he loves working with the unique history and character of each NYC building. A fan of new construction as well, Scott enjoys contributing to the narrative of the city and creating permanent works that will affect people’s lives for years to come. Always proactive, he has learned to anticipate how one decision ties into the next and how they all work together towards the completion of a project. Informed by client needs and guided by a love for creating tangible and functional works of art, he believes in creating thoughtful spaces that can uplift and change the way people live.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, with a minor in Graphic Design from Quinnipiac University in CT.

Sean Lee
Architectural Designer

Architectural designer Sean Lee is always building – from his project work to his passion for custom computers – and spends much of his time catching up on the latest technology. At Workshop/APD, Sean’s work includes ground-up architectural design and renovation, overseeing design coordination with a special emphasis on technical systems and solutions. Though he planned to pursue a career in product design, Sean realized early on that architecture would provide the opportunity to work at all scales, a holistic approach that he finds particularly appealing. A native of Seoul, Korea, earned a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design before moving to New York in 2013 to work on residential hospitality and cultural competition projects as well as workplace design. He enjoys the collaborative nature of his work, exploring and translating the philosophy or thesis of a project into a visual diagram, then a program, and finally seeing it realized in partnership with a collaborative team.

Stephan R. Thimme AIA
Managing Director, Senior Associate

In 17 years at Workshop/APD, Stephan has seen more than 140 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 AIA
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.

Tiffany Cho
Designer
Tiffany Zhou
Junior Designer
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.

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.