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Eran Chen AIA

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Eran Chen AIA, LEED®, is the founder and executive director of ODA, a boutique architectural firm based in NYC. Chen is known for creating buildings that are radically innovative as well as fiscally and ecologically responsible. Since its inception in 2007, ODA has quickly become one of the most prolific and influential firms of its kind. He received a B.Arch Diploma 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 registered architect both in the State of New York and Boston and a member of The American Institute of Architects. Prior to founding ODA, Chen served as a principal at Perkins Eastman NYC.

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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

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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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Shraddha Balasubramaniam

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Shraddha is an Interior and Graphic Designer. Born in Montreal and raised in Chennai, India, Shraddha’s interest in the arts began at an early age with training in Indian classical music and dance. Her artistic sensibilities later manifested into a passion for graphic design when she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at the University of Madras in 2008. She co-founded a graphic design partnership, Shradha + Shraddha, that focused on layout, branding and identity design. Working for Apurva Interiors, a boutique Interior Design firm in Chennai, for three years motivated Shraddha to actively pursue a career in Interior Design. She earned her MFA degree in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design in 2015. Shraddha explored the meeting point of Carnatic Music and Design in her Thesis ‘Manodharma’, a multifunctional space for classical Indian music in New York City. Her design, ‘Anispoteran Anatomy’ & ‘Ferrol Spa’, won her the IIDA NY 2015 Student Design Award. Shraddha has an affinity for patterns, an art she was surrounded by growing up in India. She is inspired by the work of Louis Kahn and Yayoi Kusama. She is also part of a professional Carnatic choir called The Navatman Music Collective based in NYC.

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Chris Berino

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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

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Jean-Baptiste is a junior architect at ODA. After studying civil engineering, his motivation about architecture brought him to Paris, France where he received his Master in Architecture degree from Ecole d'Architecture de Paris Val-de-Seine, in 2013. Born in Northern France, J-B also studied at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo under the International Student Program in 2012. Prior to joining ODA, J-B served at 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 interest 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. Outside of the office, you can find J-B meditating or simply catching up on pop culture.

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François Bléhaut

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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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Jason Bourgeois

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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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Ulises Castillo

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Originally from Havana, Cuba, Ulises relocated to Florida at an early age where he completed a Bachelor of Design in Architectural Studies from the Florida International University. He also holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where he received a Kinne Scholarship for his research on the urban history of Havana. Prior to ODA, he worked as an associate for Helmut Jahn in Chicago on many commercial, residential and multi-use high-rises with an emphasis on high-tech facades and structures. Ulises believes in minimal use of materials and high performance in buildings, be it in its structure, skin, functioning, or response to the environment. Ulises is a Registered Architect, NCARB certified, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and LEED accredited. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cycling and spending time with his family. Ulises joins ODA as a Project Architect.

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Yongchun Choi

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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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Jennifer Endozo

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Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Jennifer didn’t stray too far away from home to study architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she received her Bachelor of Architecture in 2015. During her studies, she had the opportunity to take travel studios in Istanbul and Rome, immersing herself in new cultures very far from the Big Apple. She learned to develop a greater sensitivity to the historical and cultural context of architecture, not only through living in new cities but also designing for them. She is interested in working with restraints and the problem solving that design and architecture can offer. Before joining ODA, Jennifer worked for a small design firm, gaining experience in small scale projects in New York City and California. After graduating in May 2015, she fed her wanderlust in Korea and the Philippines while tasting various Asian delicacies and enjoying simple island life.

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Karen Evans

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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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Ruth L. Frommer

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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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Erin Galvin

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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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Olivera Grk

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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. Olivera joined ODA in the role of project architect and is currently leading the team for a 1,200,000 square foot mixed-use development in Long Island City, Queens.

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Patricia Gortari

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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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Adelle Hernandez

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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

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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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Boram Lee Jung

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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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Saranya Kangaraj

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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

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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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June Kim

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June was born in South Korea and has spent equal parts of her life between Seoul and Chicago. She considers herself truly a Midwesterner at heart. June earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While there, she spent a year studying abroad in Versailles, France where she fell in love with architecture and art. She continued her graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis and received a dual master's degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. During her time at Washington University, she received a Steedman Travelling Fellowship Grant to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam to study their floating settlements. Her degree in urban design greatly influenced her thinking about architecture as well as her decision to move to New York City where the city lifestyle is closely tied to design and architecture. Before joining ODA, she mainly worked on exterior design of large scale commercial and residential projects throughout the city and abroad. She enjoys traveling, and she finds cooking and baking therapeutic.

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Paul Kim

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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

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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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Kyriakos Kyriakou

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Kyriakos Kyriakou earned his graduate degree from the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens in 2008. He also studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris LaVillette (UP6) under the Erasmus program, where he prepared his undergraduate dissertation on spaces of transition. Kyriakos, under the 2009 Varangis honor scholarship, earned a post-professional degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation of Columbia University where he was the recipient of a William Kinne Travel Grant. Kyriakos has worked as an architect and designer in several architectural practices in Athens, Paris, and New York. As part of a joint effort he received the NYSCA 2012 Grant, for the proposal “American Condominium Metabolism”. His work was exhibited at the 2012 and 2014 Venice Biennale. Kyriakos has been a guest studio instructor at the school of architecture of Pratt Institute and a visiting academic critic at Columbia University, Barnard College and University of Pennsylvania. Kyriakos is a project director at ODA, leading several projects into all design phases and the director of ODA’s internship program.

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Brian Lee

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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

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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

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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

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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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Adrienne Milner

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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

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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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Vi Nguyen

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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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Sojin Park

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Although she majored business, Sojin started drawing when she was in 1st grade and her passion was painting. After working for a South Korean credit card company for a month, she decided to return to art and design. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Cornell University and Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University. She has experience designing high-end architectural and interior design projects on a variety of scales. She has worked on single-story structures as well as high-rises for Peter Eisenman, Rafael Viñoly Architects and KPF Architects and also worked as a senior designer for interior design projects including the 75 Rockefeller renovation and SONY lobby at 11 Madison. What excites Sojin during the creative process is imagining how the spaces she designs might eventually inspire its inhabitants. Her goal is always to provide design solutions that are simultaneously attractive, contextual and functional.

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Unjae Pyon

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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

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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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Juan Roque Urrutia

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Juan Roque Urrutia joined ODA in 2012 and has collaborated on select projects such as the National Library of Israel, West 18th Street and Hunter’s Point Parcel C, the major waterfront development in Long Island City. Juan Roque earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of San Sebastian in 2011 after working for Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur in Delft and studying at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. At ODA, Juan Roque is involved in all phases of design and approaches each project from the perspective that architecture is unavoidably a reflection of the spirit of the times. He considers the best foundation for any project to be analysis and, to his surprise, he often finds that cinema provides adequate references. When asked about his relationship to architecture he relies on the quote: the greatest freedom is born of the greatest rigor. Having studied at a school deeply rooted in the International Style, instilled in him was the belief that every single line in a plan must be deliberate; he is starting to understand that this ought to be the means not just the end in architecture. There are also other intangibles to be pursued. At ODA he is trying to figure out which and how.

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Kate Samuels

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Originally from New York, Kate focuses her work on the cross between urbanism and architecture and continually studies the collage of the city for inspiration. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her love of the urban environment was solidified with her final independent thesis project that discussed the transformation of a sprawling suburban town into a network of sustainable, dense development. After working on the west coast, Kate attended Columbia University’s Masters of Urban Design and Architecture to further her exploration on the growing need of livable cities. Before working at ODA, Kate has designed in many different mediums including interior design, high end residential and public buildings. By being influenced by Jane Jacobs, Kate spends most of her time exploring the city that she lives in, investigating the visible and invisible networks, and in hunt of the perfect ramen shop.

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Yaarit Sharoni

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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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Bernhard Stocker

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Bernhard, is a Senior Architect and Designer with more than 14 years of experience in world leading, Pritzker-Prize awarded architectural design firms, working for and with some of the most acclaimed architects of our time. Bernhard brings extensive value and experience in design, technical design, sustainability, master planning and project delivery. His experience includes programming, code analysis, all phases of design, construction documentation, shop drawing review, quality control, construction administration, project management and client relations. His experience and rapport with world leading architects and consultants equip Bernhard with the expertise to combine diverse creative and technical requirements to meet and often exceed his clients' aesthetic and business goals. Bernhard views the design process as collaboration between architect and client, an ongoing conversation in which a balance is achieved among a variety of factors to create unique, intelligent and successful results. He believes that the key to a great work of architecture lies in this critical interaction, and that an enlightened client is as important as an inspired architect. His work ranges from urban design, landscape and master planning, to high end residential and class-A commercial buildings, tall and super tall towers, museum buildings and exhibition spaces, educational buildings, furniture and interior design, as well as work in jewelry design and other media. Bernhard believes strongly in sustainable design and innovation and has excellent knowledge in designing high performance building enclosures. His portfolio includes work in Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia.

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Asunción Tapia

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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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Heidi Theunissen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nai Wong

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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

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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

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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

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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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Ruomei Zhang

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Originally from Beijing, Ruomei received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tianjin University in 2012. In the same year, she relocated to New York City where she earned her Master of Science in Architecture at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Prior to joining ODA, Ruomei spent the past 3 years in a small design firm based in New York and has worked on a variety of institutional, commercial and residential projects including Design Within Reach Flagship Store, Headquarters of Council of Fashion Designers of America, a building renovation and a new gallery in upstate New York for a renowned artist. She believes that architecture should be both poetic and functional, and should respond to environment, humanity and society. By expanding the boundaries of design and exploring the possibilities of the in-between space, architecture has the ability to contribute and challenge our perception of everyday life and, at times, shock and surprise us.