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.

Leadership

Team

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.

Andrew Kline NCIDQ
Design Director, Associate Principal

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jonah Kaplan
Director of Business Development & Communications

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.

Katherine Lundy
Director of Employee Experience

Director of Employee Experience Katherine Lundy’s extraordinary HR career brought her to Workshop/APD at the height of a global pandemic, a unique challenge for any employee, let alone the go-to resource for a rapidly growing team. Hailing from the small town of Dinwiddie, GA, Kat majored in mathematics at James Madison University, falling in love with the HR world in her first post-grad role as an HR administrator at a Richmond, VA hospital. After a decade in Richmond, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio for a position overseeing a diversity leadership program, followed by ever-larger roles including three years in operations, logistics and customer service at Proctor & Gamble. She later returned to the East Coast, gathering considerable experience across all areas of the HR discipline – including benefits, training, hiring, educational and cognitive development, conflict resolution, retention and much more – culminating in nine years at her previous role in the NYC Healthcare Workers Union’s childcare fund. At Workshop/APD, in addition to applying all of her expertise to HR, Kat is dedicated to finding and fostering extraordinary talent, facilitating the sharing of knowledge and tools between teams, and expanding the internal structures and standard operating procedures that are crucial to the success of an 80-person office.

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.

 

Michael Luft-Weissberg AIA
Managing Director, Associate
Since joining Workshop/APD in 2015, Michael Luft-Weissberg has advanced through the firm’s ranks to the role of Managing Director, Associate, 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.
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.

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 Nicole Ficano 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.

Zachary Helmers
Managing Director, Senior Associate

A 17-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.

Abeer Jazzaa
Designer

Abeer Jazza considers her childhood home in Iraq a considerable influence in her architectural career. From the presence of familiar date palms in the central courtyard to a notable lack of skyscrapers , her concept of home is deeply rooted in the lives built therein. Now, Abeer prefers to focus on the elements that give a place a unique character when designing. Since earning her Bachelor of Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University, she has worked on a range of typologies, from commercial and retail to residential developments and residences. Previously at KPF, Abeer coordinated construction efforts to elevate a massive NYCHA housing complex located in a floodplain. At Workshop/APD, her focus lies primarily on single-family residences, where she can apply her passion for people, place, and purpose to one-of-a-kind homes.

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.

Adriana Davis
Designer

Looking back at the path that led her to architecture, Adriana Davis can’t help but credit her parents, both chemical engineers, and her sister, an electrical engineer, for shaping her technical worldview. Though intrigued by scientific pursuits, it was design’s creative potential that drove Adriana to pursue architecture. Since obtaining her Bachelor of Architecture at NJIT and MSD-AAD from the University of Pennsylvania, Adriana has gone on to work on multifamily luxury and single-family residential housing. She gravitates towards a mix of color, sculptural forms and a warm, modern aesthetic, inspired in part by her experience studying Scandinavian design in Denmark. Her favorite projects are those in which she can align with clients’ intentions to create a thoughtful, well-curated space.

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.

Alicia Forzano
Senior Interior Designer

Alicia Forzano’s design roots reach back to a childhood spent upgrading her home with her mother and grandmother, a former fashion designer. She went on to study Architecture and Urban Studies at SUNY Binghamton, while studying interior design in the summer at NYSID and Pratt. Through years in high-end residential design, Alicia developed a minimal, eclectic style informed by Scandinavian design. Alicia’s design process involves in-depth exploration to find inspiration for each project, focusing on every detail of a space until it reflects the client’s unique desires and skillfully blends old and new.

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.

Ariele Villanueva
Office Manager

With a creative background and strong operational experience, Office Manager Ariele Villanueva ensures that Workshop/APD’s offices run smoothly and efficiently, and that our teams are collaborative, productive, and engaged. In previous roles in graphic design, project management and procurement, she honed a proactive, hands-on approach to inventory, training, events and logistics that she applies to her role supporting Workshop/APD’s large, multidisciplinary staff. Ariele’s sunny, positive presence, attention to detail and nimble problem solving make her an indispensable part of our operations and administration team. Ariele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts.

Bart Phillips
Project Manager
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
Senior 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.

Bryant Wiggins
IT Manager

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
Senior 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. With a deep understanding of building systems and strong technical skills, Colin unifies design across scales to create functional and beautiful architecture. 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.

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.

Daniel Relyea
Senior Project Manager

Daniel Relyea is passionate about traditional materials and construction, and the innovative ways that both can be applied to modern residential architecture and design. Most recently a Senior Associate at Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, he has spent the last two decades immersed in every detail of the design process from pencil sketches to complex development sets. He approaches each project’s design challenges as a starting point, finding novel, functional solutions and then enhancing the resulting spaces and structures through detailing. As a Senior Project Manager at Workshop/APD he is focused on a wide range of high-end residential projects ranging from the modernization of an Aspen retreat to a ground-up Nantucket compound, collaborating internally with architectural and design teams and overseeing external consultants to bring projects to completion. Daniel holds a bachelor of science in engineering from The George Washington University and a Masters of Architecture from Boston Architectural College.

Dara Jin
Designer
David McEachin
Senior Content 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
Senior 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
Senior 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.

Don Chen
Designer

Designer Don Chen has always wanted to improve people’s lives, and he believes design is a straightforward way of doing so. In his interiors Don works to spark joy through materiality and craftsmanship, always working to create a tangible difference for inhabitants. His own style, inspired by trips across Europe and the US, and his home of Taiwan, is  poetic, and full of small surprises. At Workshop/APD, Don is focused on single-family residential design, and also contributes to firm hospitality projects. A graduate of Cornell University with a Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design, Don enjoys surfing at Rockaway Beach, and photography in his free time.

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.

Elliana Glass
Marketing Coordiantor

Marketing coordinator Elliana Glass has always gravitated towards communications, though she grew up in Raleigh, NC immersed in the language of design thanks to her father, an architect. In her time at UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned degrees in Journalism and Spanish Literature, Ellie also founded the lifestyle publication Limeaid, whose editorial team she still advises today. Heading abroad and tapping into her Spanish language skills at the height of the pandemic to teach young students in Madrid, Spain, she has learned to communicate across a number of mediums since graduating. Returning stateside to expert search firm Alphasights in New York City, Ellie dove deep into industry research to understand the way various industries function and communicate, forging meaningful partnerships between companies and individuals. At Workshop/APD she supports the PR and marketing team across a wide range of projects.

Erik Bjorum AIA
Senior Project Manager

Erik, a Senior Project Manager in our Minneapolis office, is especially drawn to architecture as a collaboration. He finds inspiration through in-depth conversations about a building’s design and construction, the people who occupy it, and the community that surrounds and benefits from it as a whole. Over the course of nearly two decades at top firms in Minneapolis and St. Paul he has worked across a wide range of typologies and scales, from public sector and higher education projects to multi-family developments, casinos, corporate offices, healthcare facilities, high-end residences, and even a castle, each offering countless opportunities for ideation, education, and growth. Erik is committed to exceptional design and quality and relishes the opportunity to build upon an extraordinary portfolio of past work at Workshop/APD. The father of three and an accomplished amateur photographer who has been featured by National Geographic and a number of books on Minnesota photography, Erik holds a Bachelor of architecture from Iowa State University.

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.

Gabriel Guarin
Designer
Hugo Suarez
Senior Designer

Hugo Suarez developed a talent for drafting during high school in Colombia. Sketching by hand – a method he still uses today – Hugo was encouraged to pursue architecture by a teacher as a teenager. Fueled by a passion for learning, he continued his practice in addition to learning an entirely new language and culture when his family relocated to the United States. Years later, Hugo has developed a penchant for modern architecture, especially highly customized, high-end residential designs. He sees projects as the sum of many details, emphasizing the technical possibilities and practical elements within a space. His organized, methodical nature has allowed him to balance an array of project types and build a wide-ranging portfolio, joining Workshop/APD following seven years at Barnes Coy Architects. Hugo holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Hunter Suraci
Executive Assistant to Matt Berman

Hunter Suraci’s dedication, organization and discipline began with her 15-year ballet career and early roles in fashion PR. Although she enjoyed her internship at brands like Moschino under Jeremy Scott, she liked the idea of using her skillset and laser-focused mind to assist in making a single person’s life easier. This led her to becoming an assistant at Coldwell Banker Town and Country Properties. These experiences taught her to be extraordinarily resourceful and nimble, able to see how each small task contributes to the big picture. As Executive Assistant to Matt Berman, Hunter’s data-driven approach is part of what keeps things at Workshop/APD running.

 

Irina Casale AIA
Senior 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.

 

Javier Villarroel
Designer

When he was ten, Javier Villarroel’s parents purchased a fixer-upper home on Long Island, setting him on the path to a career in architecture. Through the family project, Javier saw endless opportunities for the to customize the design to his loved ones’ needs and specifications. He loved reviewing materials, finding solutions to problems, and flexing his creative muscles – and he knew he could keep doing it forever. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, with minors in Digital Design and Fabrication. Afterwards, he spent several years working in Philadelphia, and later in Boston, where he gained construction administration experience with Elkus Manfredi. At Workshop/APD, Javier brings his passion and experience to a mix of residential and development projects. In his spare time Javier has teamed up with his brother, a biomedical engineer, for several design incubators and entrepreneurship competitions to create innovative prototypes.

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.

Jocelyne Correia
Interior Designer

A Boston native, Jocelyne Correia arrived in New York City for college and has called the city her home ever since. As an interior designer, she seeks inspiration in the world around her, filing away ideas from beautiful spaces and quotidian experiences alike. Jocelyne studied advertising and marketing at Pace University, originally working in the ad world before pivoting to the fashion industry. Over time, she made the transition to high-end residential design, realizing that interior design was the perfect intersection of her talents. Her diverse experiences provides her with perspective on the importance of strong client relationships, and allows her to understand and interpret clients’ vision for the project.

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 Grinstead AIA
Senior 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.

Jonathan Kirby AIA
Project Manager

If there’s a problem, Jonathan Kirby will solve it. From client concerns to contractor relations, his ability to consistently and efficiently troubleshoot makes Jonathan an invaluable part of the Workshop/APD team. No matter the scale, meeting the needs of clients, collaborators and teammates gives Jonathan a sense of achievement – especially as our firm continues to grow. Jonathan’s diverse background includes design for higher education, commercial interiors, and high-end residential projects. At Workshop/APD, he has expanded his portfolio to support hospitality projects across North America as well. Jonathan enjoys managing and manipulating the flow of light through a space, changing throughout the day. Jonathan holds a Bachelors in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture from Ball State University, and enjoys playing recreational league softball In his free time.

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.

Julia Turner
Designer

Julia Turner’s attention to detail is no surprise given her upbringing among the exquisite architecture of her native Russia. In her early years in the cities of Ufa and St. Petersburgh she aspired to be a fashion designer, though an issue of Vogue Living sparked an idea that she might apply her signature style and precision to the art of interiors. Julia moved to the U.S. after earning a BA in Interior Design and began working on residential and commercial spaces in Charlotte, NC. A move to New York City in 2018 offered her the opportunity to expand her expertise within healthcare and hospitality. At Workshop/APD, Julia has returned to residential work, a longtime passion, and recently worked on a yacht, which has proven to be especially inspiring. Julia enjoys thoughtfully planning and applying her vision to each space, and bringing her classic, fresh style to a wide variety of projects.

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. 

 

Karianna Larson
Designer

Karianna Larson developed an affinity for architecture at a young age, combining her interests in math and art to arrive at a perfect outlet for creative problem-solving. Karianna earned a BFA in architecture with a minor in construction from South Dakota State University, going on to receive her Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Her career began in Minneapolis, working on historic preservation projects before joining a larger firm to take on institutional architecture. From these experiences, she learned about the power of designing for community, and she has taken her interest in social living to Workshop/APD, where she is working on development projects across the U.S. Outside of design, she spends her time outside, exploring the surrounding national parks.

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.

Katie Lanski
Designer
Ken Maes
Director of Finance

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.

Krista Wiryomartono
Designer

From urban design to government projects, from collaborating with transit engineers to clients at Workshop/APD, Krista Wiryomartono is a veritable Swiss army knife of architectural design. Growing up in Toronto, she was fascinated with architecture from an early age, and while earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture at Columbia University, she became focused on work with an environmental and sustainable scope. A true asset to our ever-evolving practice, Krista came to Workshop/APD seeking a more holistic approach, along with a desire to explore new project typologies and locations through the full design/build process. Her simple, clean and natural style is influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, and a desire to create feelings of comfort and ease with her designs.

Kristian Hager
Designer

Designer Kristian Hager brings unique design experience to his role as designer at Workshop/APD, where he is focused primarily on luxury residential projects.  A native of Middleville, Michigan, Kris previously held roles at Corbin Patten Design, where he honed his skills designing smart, healthy high-end homes, and ArchAll in Columbus, Ohio, where he focused on commercial work. Kris appreciates the opportunity to flex his creative muscles when designing, while backing up creative ideation with rigorous planning and research. He holds an undergraduate degree from Lawrence Tech University and a Master of Architecture from Ohio State University, where he also taught architecture.

Leah Bordenga

Leah Bordenga’s production experienced prepared her for her role as Studio Coordinator at Workshop/APD. On set, Leah developed expertise in pre-production logistics, creating her own sweet spot at the intersection of creative and business. Leah has always enjoyed applying her talents behind the scenes, especially in artistic environments. She studied fashion business and communications, applying her skills to roles in operations and administration for a number of fashion boutiques, later pivoting to film and cinematography. Leah’s appreciation for set design and architecture was born while studying both through the camera lens, where she observed how spaces and environments created meaningful experiences. She is excited to expand her architectural and design knowledge at Workshop/APD, finding ways to organize, streamline workflow, and ultimately support her studio to ensure that the team can realize its creative visions.

Lili Whitelaw
Executive Assistant to Thomas Zoli

Lili Whitelaw is passionate about helping others thrive, and determining the conditions for each team member’s optimal performance. A New Jersey native, Lili earned a degree in Hospitality & Management at Ole Miss, spending her first post-graduation year working in Vail, CO, as an event planner at one of the region’s top wedding planning firms. In this role, Lili was able to develop her considerable organizational skills while designing unique, out-of-the-box events that embodied her clients’ dreams. Back on the East Coast, she earned both a real estate license and a personal training certification, wielding both in part time roles as a sales associate and trainer. As Executive Assistant to Principal Architect Thomas Zoli, she is charged with complex coordination and is dedicated to helping the Workshop/APD team work smarter. Lili enjoys spending time with her cat, Chicken Nugget, and is pursuing a Master of Health Promotion at American University.

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.

Maxwell Chen

Maxwell Chen approaches design as he approaches cooking – always with his whole self, always creating with comfort in mind. With a Bachelor of Interior Design and dual Masters Degrees in Architecture and Real Estate Development, Maxwell looks at the world of single-family residential holistically, bearing in mind the elements of people and place, function and aesthetics. In any project, Maxwell’s aim is to bring something special, authentic, and natural to a space. With design experience in his native Taipei and adopted home, New York, Maxwell finds that there is limitless inspiration to be found in cities around the world.

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.

Noah Medlinsky Assoc. AIA, LEED
Designer

Noah Medlinsky originally planned for a career in finance and real estate when he entered college, but a truly enlightening course in architectural history during his freshman year changed the trajectory of his career path forever. From that point on, Noah began focusing his liberal arts curriculum at Bates College on courses in art and architecture, supplementing his education by attending several study abroad programs in Florence, London and Paris. At the University of Pennsylvania, Noah found himself as a designer while receiving his Master of Architecture, where he enjoyed diving head first into the academic discourse surrounding architecture, always passionately debating, discussing and experimenting with the potentials of innovative architectural design with both his professors and colleagues. Professionally, he has experience on a broad range of project typologies and scales, including sectors such as sports and exhibition, hospitality, commercial and mixed-use high rises. Noah’s design process proactively addresses the idea that architects can play a pivotal role in creating unique, unexpected and emotive experiences for the user, through design tools such as form, tactility and light, as well as strong narrative – a method and perspective he hopes to also apply to single family residential projects at Workshop/APD.

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.

 

 

 

Orit Theuer
Senior Designer

Orit Theuer has a unique talent for craft and creative ideation. Her explorations began with textiles, sewing, and drawing, before evolving into the digital realm with 3D modeling and rendering as she began to study architecture. She finds deep satisfaction in visual outputs, and how they play into the spaces she designs – the more customized and detailed, the better. A native of Austria, Orit received both Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, also participating in exchange programs in Copenhagen and Jerusalem. Before moving to New York, she also worked in Beijing as a landscape architect. She finds inspiration comes through a sort of gradual osmosis by exposing herself to new ideas, people and places, closely studying space, and constantly exploring new angles.

Rachel An
Senior 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 AIA
Senior 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
Senior 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 Savage
Project Manager

Project Manager Scott Savage has nearly a decade of experience in all phases of architectural design, from concept to construction. In his time at firms including KPF and A+I, he contributed to renowned mixed-use NYC projects including Hudson Yards and Pacific Park, as well as Hurricane Sandy Recovery Project efforts. Scott’s early experience as a production manager and graphic designer also contributes to his interest in holistic design, drilling down to digital fabrication, furniture, and product design- his complex small-scale projects have been exhibited at Wanted Design. A native of Logan, Utah, Scott holds a BFA from Utah State University and a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute.

Sean Lee
Senior 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.

Sydney Slater
Business Development Coordinator

Hailing from a family of builders, Business Development Coordinator Sydney Slater grew up watching high rises being topped out and cultivating an appreciation for the architecture, design, construction and art. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Rollins College and a Master’s in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Sydney’s studies sparked a sociological interest in the ways that humans relate to spaces and environments, insight that she believes can help to bridge the worlds of art and architecture arts from the onset of the design and planning process. She has since applied her specialization in Decorative Arts & Design to roles at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York and Harmony Domes in Denver, Colorado, where she most recently oversaw sales, marketing, and business development. From new regions of the world, to new industries, to the metaverse, Sydney is looking forward to helping bring Workshop/APD into new and previously uncharted territory.

Tala Caskey
Accounts Manager

Tala Caskey joined Workshop/APD to bring her supply chain experience to a design-related role as an Accounts Manager. Originally from a suburb of Bangkok, Thailand, Tala moved to the U.S. to study Supply Chain Management and International Business at Penn State University at Behrend. Since graduating, she has lived and worked around the US, from Orlando to New Orleans to San Diego, gaining meaningful experience in the business world. In her previous role at a design firm in San Diego, Tala oversaw projects from start to finish, ensuring perfection down to the smallest detail. She is inspired by working with creative people, and gains satisfaction in seeing projects come to life. At Workshop/APD, her roles include creating purchase orders, crafting client proposals and supporting the design team with budgeting, deftly handling logistics to ensure that the design process run smoothly. Tala enjoys seeing the skyline from Gantry Park and searching for the city’s best Thai food spots.

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.

Zeina Barakat
Senior Designer

Zeina Barakat’s first role in the design world was hard won, earning a coveted spot as a design intern at Starbucks in a company competition while she was still a student at New York School of Interior Design. Since then, her architectural knowledge and hospitality design experience have grown exponentially, working for an impressive roster  of former clients including Dean & Deluca, Marriott, Hilton, and Bulgari Hotels, as well as countless projects in the high-end single family and multi-family residential space. Throughout her work, Zeina channels a space’s power determine one’s mood, infusing her designs with the clients’ personal stories and preferences. An avid traveler and painter, Zeina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from NYSID.

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