SINCE ODA's INCEPTION IN 2007, IT HAS QUICKLY EMERGED AS ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED FIRMS OF ITS GENERATION, PROMPTLY ESTABLISHING A REPUTATION FOR DELIVERING IMAGINATIVE AND MOLD-BREAKING DESIGNS. SEEKING TO REORDER ARCHITECTURAL PRIORITIES BY PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST. ODA CHALLENGES CONVENTIONAL PERSPECTIVES OF DWELLING THAT WILL, OVER TIME, INFLUENCE LIFE IN OUR CITIES. THROUGH A RANGE OF PROJECTS, ODA SEEKS TO RECONCILE THE CONDITIONS OF VERTICAL URBAN LIVING WITH THE QUALITIES WHICH BENEFIT AND NURTURE US AS HUMAN BEINGS: THE DESIRE FOR PROTECTED SHELTER WHILE OBSERVING WIDE PERSPECTIVES, THE SEAMLESS TRANSITION BETWEEN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES, AND THE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT OF LIFE THROUGH GOOD DESIGN. ODA CREATES VALUE WHICH BY ITS NATURE CAN BE REPLICATED AGAIN IN ANOTHER FORM.

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Eran Chen AIA

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Eran Chen is the founding principal of ODA. Since establishing the office in 2007 he has become one of the most prolific and influential architects in New York. Chen has gained a reputation for delivering imaginative designs that are radically innovative as well as socially, ecologically, and fiscally responsible. Seeking to reorder architectural priorities by putting people first, Chen challenges conventional perspectives that will, over time, influence life in our cities. Amongst others his work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the Society of American Registered Architects. He is licensed in New York, DC, Texas and Pennsylvania. Chen graduated with honors from the Bezalel School of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he serves on the board and as guest lecturer. He is a frequent speaker at design and development forums around the world, as well as architecture schools including Columbia University, Clemson University, Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, and The Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

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Christian Bailey AIA

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P. Christian Bailey, AIA, LEED(r), studied architecture at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, he worked with design/build firms in Atlanta on various notable housing and furniture projects. Prior to ODA, Christian was a senior associate at Perkins Eastman Architects in New York City. During his seven years at the firm, Christian provided project management and design leadership for multifamily housing, hospitality, interiors, health care, and educational projects. Christian is a founding principal of the architecture and design practice, ODA. He is a registered architect in the State of New York, a member of the American Institute of Architecture, a LEED accredited professional and is best known for his mildly sympathetic manner and generally nonplussed attitude toward everything.

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Ryoko Okada

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As Principal and Director of Interior Architecture / Design, Ryoko Okada leads a team of skilled professionals to produce highly original, custom solutions for residential, hospitality and commercial clients. Her passion and sophisticated sense of color, grounded in a knowledge of materials and finishes combine to form a distinguished vision that provides for uniquely innovative and memorable creations. Ryoko, a certified interior designer in the State of New York, has had an extensive history of working on a variety of interior and architectural design projects in the United States and abroad. Her broad professional experience includes numerous hospitality, residential, retail, and theater projects. She also has years of experience in creating client-specific custom finishes and furniture designs. Ryoko received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Chiba University in Japan and a Master’s degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in New York. Prior to joining ODA her other selected firm experiences include Jeffrey Beers International, Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design, Perkins Eastman and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Hospitality Design, Interior Design and New York Spaces, among others.

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Francesco Asaro

A well-versed project architect and manager, Francesco has worked on designs/schemes of various scales within the New York area that include residential, commercial, educational and manufacturing. Influences include Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Louis Kahn, Renzo Piano. With over ten years of experience, he is knowledgeable in all phases of architectural design, building codes and zoning regulations. Prior to working in architecture, Francesco honed his skills as a detailer at an iron works company where he developed a technical background and a specialty in steel design. Francesco was born in New York and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology. He derives pleasure from traveling and spending time outdoors in parks, at the beach, and near mountains.

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Chris Berino

Chris is a native New Yorker. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology. Prior to working at ODA, Chris acquired hands-on experience working for a design/build firm where he gained knowledge and understanding of construction methods and building code. His expertise in all phases of architecture from design and planning through construction administration has been essential in his professional development at ODA. As a senior project architect, Chris is now responsible for directing a diverse range of projects in the greater New York City area. Chris is currently working on several mixed-use development projects.

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Jean-Baptiste Berteloot

J.B. is a project architect at ODA. After studying civil engineering, his motivation about architecture brought him to Paris, France where he received his Master in Architecture from Ecole Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Val-de-Seine. In 2012, J.B. moved to California to follow the International Student Program at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and give an interdisciplinary dimension to his own study of architecture. Prior to joining ODA in 2014, J.B. served at Pritzker prize winning firm Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, where he familiarized himself with international and multidisciplinary teams on large scale projects such as the new Louvre Museum in Lens, France. His interests in the architectonic leads J.B. to often compare architecture to music, motion pictures or anything that has a defined structure, especially one that is artistically pleasing.

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François Bléhaut

Born in France, François obtained a degree in Architecture from Ecole Nationale Superieure Paris Val de Seine. After discovering Landscape Architecture and Urban Design through an internship at Group Signes Paris, Francois decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the Ecole Superieure d’Architecture des Jardins et du Paysage. He started his US career in Washington, D.C. where he focused on urban design at PRI Landscape Architects. He then moved to New York and worked with firms such as ABB Landscape Architects and Gunn Landscape Architects on multiple gardens, roof tops and urban parks, in addition to several freelance projects. Overall, Francois has designed more than 20 unique projects in New York City and the Hamptons. He refers to his work as “mixed Landscape Design” where garden site lines and axes create a strong frame for a wild and naturalistic planting. He believes that the most successful landscape design integrates the sky and natural elements. Francois joins ODA as a Landscape Architect and hopes to utilize his knowledge and expertise on various landscape projects. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving, trekking, sailing, and gardening. Since the age of 6, he has had an obsession with building tree houses.

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Matt Boker

Matt grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he first fell in love with urban conditions of the built environment, juxtaposed against mountains and sea. He came east to New York for his Master of Architecture at Pratt Institute after achieving a B.S. at University of Idaho and student teaching its architecture program in Rome. Following graduation, Matt led a collaborative student design-build pavilion project in Brooklyn, his first built work of this scale opened to the public. He considers rising global population growth and increasing urbanization difficult and exciting opportunities to design next generation’s future. These modalities play a key role in his work, in both large scale and localized interventions. Prior to ODA, Matt worked on large mixed-use tower projects in New York and New Jersey, and interned in New York and Beijing. He finds inspiration in mountains, sci-fi films, records, and granite works by Michael Heizer.”

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Jason Bourgeois

Jason is originally from Church Point, Louisiana and received his B.Arch degree at Louisiana State University. He is a project architect at ODA and has over 15 years of experience in such project types as multifamily housing, cultural, educational and religious projects. Jason is a registered architect in the State of New York, NCARB certified, a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Jason brings an enthusiasm for sustainability and has a team-based, collaborative approach to exceptional design.

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Yongchun Choi

Yongchun received his Bachelor of Architecture from Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea and a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute. Before joining ODA, Yongchun worked on residential, commercial, as well as cultural projects. He is interested in not only creative innovative architectural spaces, but also in computational systems which help to simplify the design process.

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Yoonah Choi

Yoonah was born in Sydney, raised in Korea, and lived in Shanghai and Maryland during her high school years. She is interested in material and architecture that has a narrative quality. Yoonah received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union, where she spent the past year working on her thesis project – a study on the literary narrative and its translation into architecture. Specifically, how a compilation of letters can indirectly portray a protagonist and then be translated as reflections of mirrors and glass throughout the city. She enjoys taking evening walks around New York and other places to which she travels.

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Jaehong Chung

Jae Chung holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is originally from Seoul, Korea, but spent his 20s in the American Midwest, followed by the New England area. Throughout his higher education, Jae was interested in and actively investigated social relationships among architecture and landscapes in the city. He concluded that these spaces consequently reflect the public's needs, and designers can suggest rewarding paradigms for these spaces. In his spare time, Jae likes to visit public places, such as cafés and plazas. He enjoys observing how people utilize these spaces for daily activities and often thinks about how they can be improved.

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Ruth L. Frommer

Ruth was born and raised in the always cool Brooklyn. After raising four children in Englewood, New Jersey, she and her family happily resettled across the river in Manhattan. Ruth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and recently completed the course for a Certificate of Financial Planning at New York University. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Director at ODA and brings many years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She swims daily, travels frequently, and enjoys off-Broadway theatre, cooking and baking. The team at ODA benefits greatly from her epicurean pursuits.

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Karen Evans

Karen designs with care and an open heart for communication. Working collaboratively with clients and project teams, she enjoys creating environments that support the wellbeing of users. Karen loves the creativity involved in fulfilling the requirements in all design and construction phases, which are unique from one another. Inspired by Louis Kahn’s architecture, Karen’s work reflects her love for simplicity. Resourceful and thorough in her approach, she strives to find the essence of quality in everything she does; by carving away excess, her designs are elegant, vibrant and dignified. After receiving an Architecture degree in Taiwan and a Master's in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, Karen gained experience at Mancini Duffy and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill on multi-dimensional projects with extensive scopes, such as institutional, corporate interiors, health care and commercial properties. At ODA Karen focuses mainly on high end residential design and quality control of the design process. Karen enjoys light travel and strives to live life passionately and with ease.

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Erin Galvin

Erin earned her degree in finance from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she is originally from. Erin has worked in finance and accounting across a number of industries including hospitality, audit, publishing, SaaS, retail, and nonprofit. She brings this breadth of experience to her role of accountant at ODA. When not working with numbers, Erin most enjoys practicing yoga, cooking with her family, and getting to know the world through travel.

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Eric Gellman

Originally from Philadelphia, Eric graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas. He also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining ODA as a Project Architect, Eric worked for architecture firms in Washington, D.C. and New York City, focusing on multi-family and commercial design, as well as adaptive reuse projects. Eric is constantly traveling the world seeking out influential architecture, bucolic sites, and local experiences. He can also be seen walking his Maltese around Brooklyn every day of the week, weather permitting.

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Olivera Grk

Olivera Grk earned her graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Belgrade where she was the recipient of the Faculty of Architecture Best Student Award. She received a post-professional degree, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she was granted the Honor Award for Excellence in Design and the William Kinne Travel Grant. Olivera’s initial design interests were driven by informal urban practices actuated by the transition in the Western Balkans with an emphasis on post-war phenomena of divided cities. Later on, her work overlaid the sociopolitical mappings with algorithmic processes.
Olivera’s computational experiments have been exhibited at the Machinic Processes Exhibition, Architecture Biennial Beijing 2010. Olivera has collaborated with offices in Belgrade, Beirut and New York. She was involved in large–scale governmental projects and numerous city plans in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Mexico. Prior to joining ODA, Olivera worked for the OMA New York office where she collaborated with performance artist Marina Abramović.

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Patricia Gortari

Born in Spain into a family with an extended architecture tradition, Patricia earned her graduate degree from ETSAB, Architecture School of Barcelona. Thanks to school merits she also studied at the City College in New York under an exchange program scholarship. She expanded her studies becoming an auxiliary Interior/Industrial Designer at the Llotja Art & Design School of Barcelona and began working at Ravetllat Ribas Architects where she participated in several small and large scale competitions. She has also worked at Joaquin Gortari´s studio, acquiring knowledge in restoration and small residential projects and at Bond Bryan Architects in the UK immersed in the education field. Marked by a dynamic spirit, Patricia has participated in architectural workshops that involved traveling and multicultural exchange experience such as the EASA International Workshop Wastelands in Helsinki. During her travels she was deeply influenced by northern European architecture which encourages a strong connection with materiality, light and the historical context while transmitting a modern vision. At ODA, Patricia adds her multicultural perspective and experience collaborating in the design of several residential, cultural mixed-use projects and competitions.

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Ivan Heredia

Ivan is originally from Bogota, Colombia, but has lived in New York for the past 18 years. Prior to joining ODA, he worked as a project architect on affordable housing projects in New York City and throughout the state. He holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, and received his Master of Architecture from the City College of New York in 2009. During his college years, Ivan worked as a draftsman in the woodwork industry, producing drawings for residential and commercial projects. Ivan enjoys finding creative solutions to problems that make architecture and design attractive and thoughtful, ultimately creating spaces that are both livable and interesting. He admires the work of architects such as Alvar Aalto, Renzo Piano, Louis Khan, Alvaro Siza, and the Campana brothers, among many others. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and attending his kids’ swim meets.

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Adelle Hernandez

Adelle joins ODA as the new front desk receptionist. She is enthusiastic about learning new things and is currently exploring her love of animation while studying at the Academy of Art University. She hopes to utilize her knowledge and passion for media at ODA. During her free time, Adelle enjoys hearing stories from her sister who lives in Japan, attempting to tame her unruly Shi-Poo, and going on lunch dates with her mom.

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Shin-Yau Huang

Shin-Yau Huang is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and American Institute of Certified Planners, as well as an LEED Accredited Professional. Shin-Yau received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from National Cheng-Kong University in Taiwan and her Master of City and Regional Planning and Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to ODA, Shin-Yau was an Associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners in New York. As an architect, planner and urban designer, she has worked on a range of projects of multiple scales, both locally and internationally. Her ten years of professional experience focused on master planning, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use residential and commercial development. She aspires to design great spaces that respond to and shape their neighborhood context, enhance the urban environment, as well as improve quality of life. Most recently, she worked as a Project Architect on the Seward Park Development Site 5 project, a 15-story mixed-use development on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and one of the nine sites in the 6-acre Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project, also known as Essex Crossing, the largest stretch of undeveloped City-owned land in Manhattan below 96th Street. Aside from her work, Shin-Yau loves to travel for adventure. She loves to visit art museums and botanical gardens to find beauty and inspiration. She also practices yoga for peace and happiness.

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Sonia Huang

Sonia was born in Taiwan, raised in New Zealand, and now pursues a career in graphic design in New York. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Auckland in 2008 and her degree in Graphic Design from Parsons in 2015. She sees re-joining the marketing and communications team at ODA as an opportunity to apply her hybrid set of skills. Her stylistic ideals are greatly aligned with that of the Swiss Style, particularly works of Wolfgang Weingart and Armin Hofmann, select Constructivist's works such as László Moholy-Nagy, and works of contemporary designers such as Fabien Baron and Kenya Hara. As a designer, she aims to reach a place where the elements used all serve a function. Prior to ODA, Sonia worked in architectural practices in New Zealand, interned at Hearst magazines, and worked as a freelance designer. She spends most of her spare time trying not to burn her blue apron meals, exploring new hiking trails, and dabbling in iPhone photography.

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Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth spent her formative years moving around the country, living in more than a dozen cities across seven states, but considers both Kentucky and New York home. Before landing back on the east coast, she lived in Los Angeles for eight years, getting her fill of the SoCal lifestyle. Prior to joining ODA, Elizabeth worked for two other architecture firms in operational, marketing, and communications roles. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Hunter College, where she focused on contemporary art and architecture and their roles in the urban environment. In addition to being the firm’s executive assistant, Elizabeth also serves as art director for its newly-formed arts initiative and rotating gallery space. Some of her favorite creative minds include Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, and Renzo Piano. She loves to paint, sew, read, and write, and is currently working on perfecting her knowledge of the German language, in which she is, “nearly fluent”.

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Celia Julve

Celia is originally from Zamora, Spain. Having grown up in a Spanish town full of Romanic churches, she is often fascinated by the scale of New York. Celia studied at Universidad Europea de Madrid where she earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She has been influenced by the work of Mies van der Rohe, Lacaton & Vassal, as well as Junya Ishigami. Celia is interested in the presence of art and nature in architecture, particularly how the integration of these elements within a project can lead to better design. Prior to joining ODA, Celia worked at amid.cero9, an office based in Madrid. While there, she worked on the design and construction administration of several cultural projects. She also worked with the engineering company ACCIONA on civil projects. She later joined Fernando Romero’s office, FR-EE, in New York where she worked as a project leader for four and a half years on a wide array of projects ranging from cultural and masterplan to residential, transportation, and product design. During her free time, Celia enjoys seeing exhibitions and catching up on movies, especially documentaries. She is also very interested in furniture and fabric design and has produced some sample dresses.

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Boram Lee Jung

Boram Lee Jung is originally from Korea and studied Architecture and Philosophy at the University of Seoul. He earned his Master’s degree in Urbanism from Harvard Graduate School of Design. His thesis at GSD was about a train moving from Korea to London passing through 24 countries. He envisioned the potential unification of South and North Korea and its implication at a regional and global level through train. Beyond his research, he made a series of five films where he explored, described and posed questions on notion of currency, border and territory. Before he joined ODA, he worked at Mass Studies and Atelier Jean Nouvel.

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Dawoon Jung

Dawoon Jung originally hails from Jeonju, South Korea. After gaining practical experience in Seoul, he moved to the U.S. to pursue further education, strengthening his design skills and broadening his architectural horizons. Attending the University of Pennsylvania had a positive effect on Dawoon’s architectural thought process and gave him an understanding of what he wanted to pursue as a designer; he believes architecture should have a solid balance between design aesthetic and practicality, and aims to incorporate both in his designs. Dawoon enjoys an active and energetic lifestyle. He loves swimming, riding his bike, and running in nature. He likes to watch UFC as well as other sports.

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Saranya Kanagaraj

Saranya joins ODA as a Junior Architect. She is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a Bachelor of Architecture and minored in Business. Her experiences living in Austin, New York City, London and Mumbai have led her to appreciate urban environments and contemplate their complexities. She is interested in how the tangible architecture of cities can work in tandem with the intangible social, political, and economic forces that shape our urban experience. During her undergraduate studies, she investigated architecture as a response to societal trends-including the aging population, an increasingly freelance workforce, and the rise of the sharing economy. Saranya enjoys swimming, yoga, and searching for the latest addition to her collection of Hawaiian shirts.

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Dongyoung Kim

Born in South Korea, Dongyoung spent the majority of his childhood in Dallas, Texas. In 2001, he moved to New York to study at Cooper Union. During his time there, he had the privilege to learn from architects Raimund Abraham, Lebbeus Woods, and Diane Lewis. Also, during his studies, he turned much of his attention to the designs of Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando. His approach to architecture affirms the old adage that form follows function; that aesthetic decisions, no matter how elaborate, should be rooted in program and purpose. As director of Construction Administration he is involved overseeing the efforts to bring concepts to full construction, all the while maintaining the spirit of the project. Prior to ODA, Dongyoung worked as an architect for Perkins Eastman.

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Paul Kim

Paul is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. During his studies, he spent time at the Qatar Foundation in Doha where his exposure to the culture and values of the Middle East allowed him to explore design in context. By analyzing contextual cues and social issues, he came to believe that sensible design comes from the capacity to anticipate users’ needs. Prior to joining ODA, Paul has worked on hospitality and residential projects of various scales in Manhattan. He is currently an Intermediate Architect at ODA and enjoys film, photography and woodworking in his spare time.

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Steven Kocher

Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied for a summer in Paris and a semester at the Architectural Association. Originally from Central Illinois, Steven moved to the East for education and public transportation. He is interested in the juxtaposition of ideality and reality in contemporary culture and practice. Steven enjoys intellectual sparring, drop crotch pants and a smoky scotch.

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Brian Lee

Brian is originally from Korea, but his demeanor is more representative of Southern California, where he spent his formative years. Brian holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California and a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. Oki Sato influenced Brian's work and how to think about design, through his simple, functional, and unrealistic viewpoint. Ferda Kolatan and Albert Chen have most recently influenced Brian's work. Brian's approach to design includes a contemporary, conceptually based massing method and easily understood conceptual underpinnings. He uses various software programs and enjoys experimenting with materials and fabrication processes. Applying the concept of the kinetic in architectural design, he dealt with architecture and machines in recent work. He watches music and is motivated by observing the circumstance of playing and players. He also enjoys 3D printing in his living room.

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Kris Levine

Kris has been a project architect with ODA since 2008. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy and his Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology. Kris started his work experience with Beckhard Richlan Szerbaty & Associates, a descendant firm of Marcel Breuer. There he gained firsthand knowledge of modernism and the legacy of Marcel Breuer while working on various high end health care facilities, institutional and residential buildings. Kris has also worked on various high end residential and commercial interiors in New York, California and Tokyo with Mr. Yutaka Takiura, AIA, NCARB. Kris teaches as an adjunct studio professor at New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture. A native New Yorker, Kris enjoys traveling through Italy and spending time with his family.

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Tulika Lokapur

Born in India and raised in a family where art is predominant, Tulika drew inspiration from her mother, an artist of Indian classical dance. Choreography taught her the meaning of space - the occupied and unoccupied. She took these ideas and turned them into the formal study of architecture. Having received her undergraduate degree in architecture, she moved to New York in 2014. She attended Pratt Institute where she earned a M.S. Interior Design degree. Her thesis explored shared programming in under-utilized infrastructures such as parking garages. Before joining ODA, she interned at SHoP Architects and Morris Adjmi Architects. Tulika is passionate about all things design and enjoys taking photographs that weave and layer story.

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SeungBum Ma

SeungBum Ma received his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 2015. He also holds a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture from Seoul National University. Before joining ODA, he acquired four years of working experience with various architectural firms in South Korea. SeungBum is interested in art and craftsmanship. While he was a member of an artists’ group called ‘Post-Eat’, he was selected as an ‘Emerging Artist' of 2008 by the Arts Council of Korea. He has collaborated with various artists and has curated many exhibitions in Korea. In order to investigate wooden joinery, he also became an apprentice to Yongsik Shim, a master of traditional Korean carpentry. He loves Louis Kahn and Alvaro Siza and consistently tries to establish his own architectural language while assimilating the influence of those who inspire him.

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Diego Soto Madriñán

Diego was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his degree in architecture from Universidad de Los Andes and spent a semester abroad in ETSAM in Madrid. After working on mixed use and institutional projects, he came to New York to pursue his master’s degree in advanced architectural design at Columbia University where he gained interest in adaptive reuse projects. He believes that architecture is the re-interpretation of context translated into a spatial condition and tested in time. He is a licensed architect in Colombia, and in his spare time, enjoys sketching and biking.

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Katherine Mendez

Katherine is from New York City and grew up in Queens. She studied architecture in Boston, MA at Wentworth Institute of Technology where she received both her Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in architecture. While at Wentworth, Katherine had the opportunity to travel to Athens, Greece to study public spaces within a dense urban fabric. While there, she became very interested in the contrast between voids and the built environment and focused her research on how urban voids can inform their surrounding architecture both physically and socially. Katherine enjoys designing spaces that are simple and elegant yet interesting. She believes the allure of minimal spaces is found in well executed details, and this idea is tantamount to her design process; Katherine takes the time to understand the materiality of an area in order to create layered, multidimensional spaces. Before joining ODA as an interior architect, Katherine worked at Groves & Co., a small architecture and interior design firm in Chelsea, where she was the project manager/designer of a high-end residential project in the West Village. Katherine also had the opportunity to work at Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston as a junior architect. At EMA, she worked on the construction administration of three new buildings on the Rutgers University campus in New Jersey. Katherine has worked on everything from conceptual design to construction administration to furniture design. Katherine loves traveling and tries to visit new places whenever she can. She finds much of her inspiration by exploring new cities and experiencing new cultures. She also loves dogs and has a two-year-old English bulldog.

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Adrienne Milner

Adrienne is a Junior Architect at ODA and a recent graduate of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design where she received a Bachelor of Architecture. She had the opportunity to study for a semester at the Arkitektskolen Aarhus in Denmark where she addressed changing port city conditions as a part of Studio Urban Design + Landscape. She also engaged in a work/study with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago where she was able to reimagine Chicago’s public housing initiatives with the help of research done by SOM. The thread through her student work and thesis project is an interest in architecture in the urban realm as a lens for perception between occupants; and the conscious manipulation of that lens. Adrienne was previously an intern at ODA as well as in practices in Detroit and Chicago.

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Carolina Moscoso

Born in the north of Portugal, Carolina is an architect, photographer and illustrator. Early on she learned that images are the strongest and most honest communicators, and has spent most of her life engaged in the visual arts. Sketching and photographing became methods of archiving thoughts and ideas, now very important to her design work. Carolina studied architecture in Lisbon, where she also held her first job. She was fortunate to collaborate on several landmark renovations that reinvigorated her awareness of patrimony and the value of our built history. It was after completing an illustration residency at the School of Visual Arts, that Carolina discovered the work of ODA. Here, her work focuses mainly on residential, high-end condo buildings in Manhattan. She appreciates being able to lend attention to detail at various scales and integrate originality into problem-solving. Carolina believes that as architects we have the power to implement change through matter and design; and that it is our responsibility to question ourselves so that our work does not become merely a creative exercise, but a response to the needs of society.

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James Moulder

Born and raised in South Africa, James moved to Sydney, Australia at age 12, where he discovered his passion for architecture upon visiting Utzon’s Opera House for the first time. He received his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of NSW, his Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney, and partook in travelling studios to Chile and Japan. He was a junior architect at the Sydney firm Bates Smart Architects, where he worked on the early design phases for a variety of residential, hotel, and commercial buildings. James moved to New York to expand his career abroad and enjoys spending his spare time exploring the grid.

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Vi Nguyen

Originally from Adelaide South Australia Vi completed her Bachelor of Interior Architecture with honors at the University of South Australia. Prior to her relocation to America Vi worked primarily for Enoki with a focus on high end residential projects, boutique retail design, commercial projects as well as product design. Whilst working there many of the projects she worked on received multiple awards from the Design Institute of Australia. Vi's particular interest in design lies in the in-between space of Architecture and Film or as she likes to conceptualize dream spaces. Part of this thinking reflects a duality between reality and narrative and its content interchangeability. She also draws inspiration from fashion, art and her travels. Since joining the ODA team in late 2013 she has primarily been working on high-end multi-residential projects.

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Natsumi Oba

Natsumi grew up in Tokyo, Japan, but spent the last ten years in Richmond, Virginia. After completing her undergraduate degree in printmaking, she worked as a graphic designer for a knowledge integration specialist, as well as a graphic web designer before deciding to pursue a path in architecture. While pursuing her master’s degree at Virginia Tech, Natsumi spent semesters in both Switzerland and Japan, exploring renowned architecture and its history. As an architect, she explores the possibility of tranquility in architecture, and its development through the interwoven lines of traveling, designing, and reading. Some of her influences are Peter Zumthor, Raimund Abraham, Maki Fumihiko, and Kiyoniri Kikutake. Prior to ODA, she worked in Tokyo, as well as Ashland, Virginia, on small residential projects.

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Arta Perezic

Born and raised in New York City, Arta graduated from The Cooper Union with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2015. Prior to joining the team at ODA, she worked for an architecture and interior design firm in Miami, Florida. Arta seeks inspiration from film, art, and nature, always with a sketchbook on hand. Continuously fascinated by the scale of the human body, she approaches design by first addressing architectural elements at this intimate scale, and then progressively increasing its scope. Weather permitting, you will find Arta spending her free time at the beach.

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Unjae Pyon

UnJae grew up in Northern New Jersey after moving from Seoul, South Korea at a young age. Having earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture at Pratt Institute, UnJae believes that architecture is an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Prior to joining ODA as an intern, UnJae worked on residential and commercial projects at a small architecture firm in New Jersey. He has also served as a volunteer and participated in missionary services in Turkey, Belize, and Haiti. UnJae is largely inspired by film and animation, and has a love for traveling, enjoys movies, playing music, and illustrating.

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Joanna Regiec

Joanna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University with a concentration in Graphic Design. Since graduating in 2010, Joanna has had experience working in both office and art gallery settings. She joins the team at ODA as the current Office Manager where she helps maintain the administrative duties of the office and supports the studio staff. Joanna is originally from Poland and speaks the language fluently. She is passionate about art and photography, and in her spare time enjoys working on freelance design projects.

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Keren Feilgut Reshef

Born in Israel, Keren Feilgut obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. During her studies, she won multiple awards for projects in Parametric Architecture and Building Design. For the past six years, she was a Project Architect at two of Israel’s leading architecture firms, focusing in residential towers, mixed-use projects, and office buildings. After leading the transition from AutoCAD to Revit at her last film, Keren co-created a Revit plugin that supports this transition. The plugin was featured by Autodesk as one of the top apps of 2017. Keren is passionate about urban traveling, and she spends her vacations exploring cities and buildings across Europe, Japan, and the U.S. So far, she considers Copenhagen her favorite place. In her spare time, Keren enjoys kickboxing and decorating cakes.

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Juan Roque Urrutia

Juan Roque Urrutia is an architect and the director of communications of ODA. He earned his Masters degree from the School of Architecture of San Sebastian in 2011 after studying at the Fachhochschule Potsdam and working for Jeanne Dekkers in Delft. Juan Roque joined ODA in 2012. Since then he has worked on several projects and awarded competitions and has developed the framework for the office communications. He works across teams to support with creative content and is responsible for ODA’s outreach across marketing and educational channels. Juan Roque has been a guest academic critic at the School of Architecture at City College and the New York Institute of Technology.

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Alex Sarria

Alex was born and raised in Queens, New York and is a first generation American-Colombian. Both of his parents are from Cali, Colombia, and he is one of two children. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from New York Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. He also received his Master of Architecture from the University of Arizona where his thesis focused on multimedia marketing for design firms. He taught AutoCAD and 3DS Max for two semesters to exchange students from Universidad La Salle located in Mexico City. Prior to joining ODA, Alex consulted with various firms for nearly 7 years, during which time he had a lengthy relationship with the rollout of Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses throughout the country. He also provided architectural consulting and renderings for various architects, interior designers, and developers throughout Long Island and New York City. His experience includes corporate interiors, high end residential design, and furniture design, in addition to restaurants and catering facilities. Throughout the years, Alex has followed Santiago Calatrava and his organic ways. While he may not agree with all his work, he does find it to be largely inspiring. He has also followed DBOX – a rendering company that emphasizes the elegance of each project - applying the same approach to his own renderings. Ironically, Alex concentrates on the imperfections of a rendering. He believes that we all experience architecture, spaces, and moods individually, and believes his task is to portray emotion through a rendering as best as possible. Alex’s approach to design is to always be practical with an unexpected element of flair. Enthusiasm to design is essential; it will always reflect on the work presented. Alex speaks, writes, and translates Spanish. He is married with two children – son Jayden, 12 and daughter Kendra, 8. He is a big soccer fan and coaches his son’s travel soccer team in Hicksville, Long Island. Alex used to play for the US U14 soccer team and had the opportunity to play in a Youth World Cup in Colombia in 1984. He also loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alex joined ODA in February of 2018 and will be involved with Interiors and all aspects of project management, production, and presentations of projects.

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Joohwan Seo

Joohwan was born in Daegu, South Korea. He received his bachelor’s degree in architectural design from Hanyang University in Seoul, and relocated to the states to earn his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During his studies, Joohwan had many opportunities to travel around the world, and was especially influenced by Eastern Asian architecture. Prior to joining ODA, he worked for a small firm in Philadelphia, where he specialized in architectural competitions. He loves Paul Rudolph, Renzo Piano, and Ando Tadao. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and cooking.

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Yaarit Sharoni

Born in Israel, Yaarit Sharoni earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the City College of New York, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Prior to her studies, Yaarit devoted a year to travel, exploring international urban settings which then influenced her academic pursuits. During her education she investigated the emergent concept of culturalization of economy as an approach to urban redevelopment. Her studies in architecture and urban design as social, economic and political forces help to shape the theories which are applied in her practice today. Yaarit has been the recipient of many awards including the Bernard L. Spanier Scholarship for outstanding achievements in academics and design and the Matthew W. Delgaudio Award presented by the New York Society of Architects. Skilled as an architectural photographer she has been developing a body of work which focuses on building exteriors and interiors from around the world. Yaarit joined ODA in 2010 and has since led both architectural and interior design projects. She has been a design team member on one of the largest private residences in the country as well as several new construction, boutique condominiums.

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Asunción Tapia

Asunción Tapia was born in México and received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in México. His work has been influenced by the architecture of the Aztecs and Luis Barragán. At ODA, Asunción works on the interior design team. Prior to joining ODA, he worked for Ronald R Borus Inc on high-end residential projects. When not working he likes to photograph and enjoys the art of painting. His work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art.

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Alex Tehranian

Alex Tehranian was born and raised in New York. Prior to joining ODA as a Project Architect, Alex worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he led the design of residential, commercial, hospitality, infrastructural, and master planning projects in China and New York. He has also worked at REX in New York and Neil M. Denari Architects in Los Angeles, collaborating on a number of winning design competition entries. He received his Master of Architecture from Rice University where he focused on architecture’s ability to reorganize social interactions and influence economic and political patterns. Prior to his career in architecture, Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Georgetown University and subsequently worked as a Finance Analyst at JPMorgan Chase.

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Heidi Theunissen

Heidi Theunissen grew up in South Africa where she lived and worked before moving to the US. She holds a Master of Architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. Before joining ODA as project architect, she worked at COOKFOX as architectural researcher and designer on projects ranging in type and scale from art installations to large-scale multi-use developments, infrastructure projects, schools and high-end single- and multifamily residences. Her design work is informed by ideas on biophilia and attempts to restore the relationship with the natural world within the built environment. In her free time, she indulges her obsession with architectural history and urban agriculture through teaching and growing food, and keeping bees, in unlikely places.

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Audrey Topp

Audrey, originally from Michigan, received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2014, where she studied the importance of theory and craft. Directly from there, she studied at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in the Advanced Architectural Design program whereby she earned a Master's of Science of Architecture degree in 2015. She is particularly interested in construction methods and the expression of design through physical model building. Audrey is currently a junior architect at ODA working on residential projects at various scales.

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Sonia Turk

Sonia Turk is a Junior Architect at ODA, and a recent graduate from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, during which she spent one year studying in Versailles, France. Sonia is particularly influenced by architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, admiring their ability to overlay new architectural experiences on existing cities. At Columbia, her studies focused on unlocking the design potential of combining city infrastructure with various architectural typologies, including the university campus and housing. At ODA, she continues to enjoy working on large and complex residential projects. Outside of architecture, Sonia loves traveling, fashion, and playing ping pong or tennis, whichever the weather permits.

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Michael Unsicker

Originally from northern California, Michael spent some of his early childhood in Africa before relocating to Vermont where he spent most of his formative years. Michael’s exposure to architecture began through a vocational trades program at his high school and started his career with a design-build firm in his hometown. His early opportunities led Michael to pursue a uniquely deliberate and self-directed path to licensure focused on professional experience. He supplemented his twelve years of professional experience with two years of independent studies at DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to joining ODA, Michael worked with firms in Boston and New York on a variety of project types across multiple market sectors. Most recently, Michael was a Project Manager at Rafael Viñoly Architects where he led the conversion of a historic landmarked tower into luxury residential condominiums. Michael’s approach to architecture has been heavily influenced by extensive independent travel across Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East – including a two month placement as a visiting architect at BRAC University in Bangladesh.

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Chia-Min (Min) Wang

Min was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. His interest in spatial design began during his undergraduate studies in theater, film and media. The overlay of cultural, international, visual, textural, as well as performance challenges has opened him to a global sense of design. He believes the combination of these experiences strengthen his passion for architecture. Min received his Master’s degree of Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. The architectural expertise of the program focused on adaptive reuse, intervention and transformation of existing structures. It also emphasized sustainable design. Before joining ODA, he completed a successful internship at Moshe Safdie Associates and worked as an architectural designer at Tighe Architecture. He enjoys exploring New York, as well as performing art such as plays, dance, musicals and jazz in his free time.

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Alex Ward

Alex is from a small town neighboring the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast of Australia. Prior to joining ODA as a Project Architect, Alex practiced as a licensed architect in Australia before exploring the Northern Hemisphere from London to New York where he led project teams across multiple continents focusing on large scale cultural, commercial, residential, as well as hospitality projects. Alex believes in efficient, sustainable performance-based design, development of spatial connections, technological integration, and key material selection. While working in the design industry, he obtained his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the Queensland University of Technology.

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Nai Wong

Nai is an Intermediate Architect at ODA currently focusing on the construction administration phase of the building process. He was born in Hong Kong but spent his formative years in Boston, Massachusetts and has lived in NYC for the past 10 years. Nai has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WPI and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University. He is interested in combining technology with smart architectural design to make the construction process more efficient and to create a better end-user experience. Along the path to becoming a Registered Architect, Nai has also worked as a bartender, hardware/software engineer, sports marketing associate and systems engineer. Nai is an avid sports fan, whether it is running or being on the field/court playing basketball, baseball or football. He also loves taking evening strolls with his Boston Terrier Jackson at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Joshua Wujek

Josh comes to ODA via a previous stint at Barlis Wedlick Associates in NYC and most recently offices in London and Stockholm. He will be establishing BIM standards and methodology at ODA while assisting project teams. Born and raised in a small mountain town in Colorado and an architecture graduate of the University of Colorado, the West serves as a continual reference and inspiration - the topography, contrasts and extremes, light, scale. Josh is interested in the restorative properties of nature and believes that architecture should always complement and supplement the life occurring in and around it - and that architects consequently must strive to engage life with great curiosity and humility.

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Soo Bum You

Soo Bum You holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Korea University in South Korea. He is interested in the magic and alchemy of invention; these elements have a great influence on his approach to design. He believes the most beautiful architecture is birthed not by a designer but by people who can feel and imagine the magic hidden in daily life. At ODA, he works as an architect on residential projects.

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Zachary Zeller

Zac Zeller earned his Master of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University in 2011, with his Masters thesis focusing on a model for flexible, modular public housing for Post-Katrina New Orleans. Upon graduation, Zac traveled to Vienna, Austria as recipient of the 2010 Louisiana A.I.A. Travel Fellowship, where he studied the Viennese model for social housing. Since joining ODA, Zac's focus is concentrated on multi-family, residential work within New York City.

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Shixiao Zhang

Originally from China, Shixiao earned his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 2015. Prior to joining ODA, Shixiao spent two years at Asymptote Architecture working on a variety of institutional, cultural, and residential projects in Russia, North America, and Asia. Shixiao believes that an architect’s role should be between that of a scientist and artist, and that architecture should be both rational and emotional at the same time. Thomas Heatherwick is his favorite contemporary architect. He is passionate about all kinds of design, loves traveling, as well as sports.