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. ODA challenges conventional perspectives of dwelling that will, over time, influence life in our cities.
Our award-winning team of designers bring an expertise in a range of disciplines from landscape and interior design to architecture and master planning. Our team is dedicated to creating a more equitable future through good design.

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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 architects in New York. Chen has gained a reputation for delivering mold-breaking designs that will deliver a better urban future. His work has been widely published around the world and recognized amongst others by the American Institute of Architects and the Society of American Registered Architects. 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, as well as architecture schools including Columbia University, Clemson University, Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, and The Technion in Haifa. Recent projects include the renovation of the former Postkantoor in Rotterdam, the conversion of the Arbuckle Sugar Refinery at 10 Jay into offices and the forthcoming 416-4120 Kent Ave towers in Williamsburg’s Waterfront. His writings on architecture have been published in ODA’s latest book, Unboxing New York.

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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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Dongyoung Kim

Dongyoung is a founding member of ODA. He has been integral in helping ODA become one of the most notable firms in New York and around the world. He has played a critical role in helping to realize a multitude of projects within New York City such as projects like 15 Union Square West, 51 Jay St., Pier 6, and 420 Kent Avenue. Dongyoung has been instrumental in structuring the growth of ODA from an operations standpoint from a small boutique firm to one that sustains more than 80 employees. He has also overseen the efforts within ODA to provide CA services to over 2.5 million square feet of construction within the past few years. Dongyoung received his Professional Bachelors of Architecture from the prestigious Cooper Union learning under renowned architects as Raimund Abraham and Lebbeus Woods. He has also been a guest critic at multiple schools within New York City.

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Ruth L. Frommer

Ruth brings many years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to ODA. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Director at ODA. Ruth earned a B.S. in Accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and completed the course for Certified Financial Planners at New York University. Ruth channels her passion for social justice into her position as Treasurer of exalt youth, an education program for young people encountering the juvenile justice system.

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Alexandra Polier

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Alexandra Polier is a media and communications expert with more than 20 years of experience. After graduating from Columbia Journalism School she spent a decade as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa before returning to New York in 2009 to work in public relations. Alex has worked as the Director of Communications for both Richard Meier & Partners and Dwell Media. She opened the strategic consulting firm DNA in 2015 where she represented leading international architecture and design firms. She joined ODA in January 2020 to head business development strategy. She is a Board Member of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit architecture and urban design studio aimed at combating the extinction of all planetary species through pioneering acts of design. She is also an active member of ULI.

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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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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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Gene Pyo

As project director for ODA, Gene uses his technical and architectural expertise to support project teams with effective communication and personalized client service. In his role, he manages relationships with clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and other representatives, ensuring established goals are met for all. Gene earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is a registered architect in New York State, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. While at ODA, Gene has led key projects, including directing the entire process from design development through construction for 75 Nassau St., a residential tower in downtown Manhattan, and developing the design for Luxelakes residential towers and retail in Chengdu, China. He is also overseeing the mixed-use renovation and expansion of the historic Book Building and Tower in Detroit. Prior to joining ODA, Gene served as principal for 5+design in Los Angeles, leading creative efforts on architecture, interior, and urban planning projects, cultivating and maintaining client relationships, and pursuing business development opportunities. There he developed concepts, design directions, and narratives for competition-winning, high-profile projects including Sadiyaat Island Cultural Canal Precinct in Abu Dhabi, China World Trade Center redevelopment and expansion in Beijing, and Dubai Design District Waterfront and Cultural Hub, among others. Gene is fascinated by product design and hopes to become a DJ in another life.

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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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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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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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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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Mohammad Askarzadeh

Mohammad began the practice of architecture in 2006 by designing and building a townhouse for his parents in Iran. Since then, he has been involved in the design of various residential and commercial projects. He has also actively participated in a number of national and international architectural events, competitions, and award-winning projects. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Arizona, as well as a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Tehran University. Mohammad fulfills his passion for architecture with the application of form and material to space. His work utilizes the characteristics and techniques of computational design and algorithmic thinking, with the aim of discovering a way to change the basic perceptions of the design process. Prior to joining ODA, Mohammad worked with INC Architecture & Design and Dattner Architects.

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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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Kelly Burke

Kelly Burke works on the business development team at ODA as a Communications Strategist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Indiana University. Prior to joining ODA in 2020, Kelly worked at a major advertising agency in New York running campaigns for a national retail brand, as well as a boutique PR agency representing a handful of architecture, design and technology clients. Her favorite ODA projects are POST Rotterdam, 10 Jay and Quay Tower.

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Vladimir Chervoniuk

Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Vlad holds a Bachelor and a Master of Architecture from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, and a Master of Interior Design from National Academy of Government Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts. Throughout his education, Vlad was interested in all aspects of the architectural environment, resulting in a professional foundation which includes public, commercial, residential, landscaping, interior, and exterior design. Before joining the ODA team, Vlad gained career experience in both Ukraine and the United States, working for several architectural and design companies where he contributed to designing high-end residential development projects, some of which were published in professional magazines. Vlad believes that architecture affects everyone, from infant to senior; from family to society. His goal is to accommodate ideas and possibilities into real projects and to bring the enjoyment of surroundings into everyone’s home.

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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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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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Jacob Hedaya

Jacob Hedaya is from Brooklyn, having received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture with distinction from Pratt Institute in 2018. He joins the ODA team as a Junior Architect, participating on all project phases at a variety of scales. Jacob sees architecture as a way to explore curiosities in the urban condition; a craft at the confluence of social, urban, and ecological issues. He has a multidisciplinary background with experience in fashion, industrial design, and digital fabrication. When he’s not at work, he can be found building 3D printers or exploring the natural environment on the water and on two wheels.

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Celia Julve

Celia Julve joined ODA in 2018 as a project architect. Originally from Spain, she graduated from Universidad Europea de Madrid, a Laureate International University, with a degree in architecture. She also completed advanced courses in digital fabrication, laser cutting, 3D printing, and computer-based numerically controlled milling machines at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. She is a licensed architect in Spain and prior to joining ODA worked at amid.cero9, an office based in Madrid on the award winning Giner de los Rios Foundation. 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 on a wide array of projects ranging from cultural and masterplan to residential, transportation, and product design. At ODA she has worked on a myriad of projects including 167 Chrystie Street and The Book Building in Detroit on design as well as construction administration. She is a member of SARA and an Associate member of the AIA.

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Gregory Kamback

Gregory Kamback is a Junior Architect at ODA who has worked on a range of projects including 75 Nassau and Book Tower in Detroit. He currently holds his Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where he studied abroad in Paris and Copenhagen while focusing on the city as a built environment and the inadvertent effects that private buildings can have on public life. Prior to ODA, Greg spent time working in London on projects in the UK as well as the UAE. He has experience working on higher education, hospitality and residential projects of all scales throughout the US and abroad with a focus in supertall structures.

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Brianna Lazzaro

Brianna Lazzaro is an administrative professional with more than 5 years of experience. After graduating from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor's in Journalism, she spent her early years managing social media platforms for casinos in the United States. Brianna moved on to managing social media campaigns for pharmaceutical clients at the PR agency Chandler Chicco Companies. Brianna has worked as the Event Director for Fraunces Tavern, a historic landmark building in downtown Manhattan, and has worked as the Catering Director for the PR agency Ogilvy & Mather. She joined ODA in March 2020 as the executive assistant to the founder of the firm.

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Michelle Le

Michelle was raised in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a five-year Bachelor of Architecture. Prior to joining ODA, she spent a work/study semester at Booth Hansen in Chicago, addressing adaptive reuse and mixed-use designs in transitional neighborhoods. She continued exploring various scales of residential architecture and city specific typologies at practices in DC and New York City. Between internships, she was heavily involved in the design and build of a deployable disaster relief home and a net-zero, prefabricated house competing in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. In Dubai, she worked with an interdisciplinary team to integrate accessibility, aging-in-place, sustainability and culture in a design responding to harsh climates while addressing the future of construction and architecture. The house competed for five weeks against teams and universities from all around the world and eventually took first place. Michelle’s combined experiences influenced her curiosity in the woven relationships between architectural intent and human experiences of urbanization and the design possibilities of future conditions.

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Brian Lee

Brian Lee is an Associate at ODA. Since joining the firm in 2014, He has served as a lead designer for key ODA projects, including West Half, a mixed-use building in Washington, DC and 10 Montieth, a residential building in Brooklyn. He was also the project architect who led from concept through construction administration for the residential site 531 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Brian has also been integral in design competitions such as Bauhaus Museum, the Pyeongchang-dong Arts Complex, Seoul Education Hub, and MAZD Moscow. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Brian earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Tulika Lokapur

Tulika Lokapur has been an Interior Designer at ODA since 2016. Originally from India, she moved to New York in 2014 to pursue her Masters degree in Interior Design at Pratt Institute where she was awarded the Naomi Leff Scholarship for Excellence in Interior Design. Over the years at ODA, she has made contributions from Concept Design to Construction Administration on various projects like 561 Pacific Street, 4th Ave & Degraw Street and Long & Waterson in London. Most recently, she led the interior design efforts on The Book Tower, a restoration and renovation project in Detroit. She is especially passionate about furniture design, sourcing and curation. Prior to joining ODA, she worked on hospitality and workplace design at Morris Adjmi and SHoP architects.

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Chiekh Loume

Chiekh is originally from Senegal and serves as ODA’s Maintenance Custodian. He ensures that the office is clean and safe at all times.

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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 has been at ODA since 2015 and has worked on projects of various since then, from concept phase to construction administration. She has been a key member of the project teams for Denizen Bushwick, 75 Nassau Street, 212 W. 93rd Street, National Landing, and Book Tower. She most enjoys the feeling of problem solving during the life of a building, whether from purely a design perspective or learning the ins and outs of a technical issue, and especially doing so alongside the many characters different projects have brought her way. Adrienne is from Detroit and was trained as an architect at Virginia Tech.

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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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Belen Pena

Belen was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but New York City has been her home since 2014. Initially drawn to fashion design, Belen pursued an undergraduate degree at the Universidad de Belgrano. It was there that she realized she was ultimately inspired by the architecture and structure of garments and their construction, and soon decided to return to higher-learning to earn her master’s degree in architecture. Prior to joining ODA as an interior architect, Belen worked at Tonychi & Associates where she expanded her knowledge in high-end hospitality design. While at Tonychi, she was involved in various project phases, with a focus on master planning. Before relocating to the United States, Belen also worked at Plan Arquitectura in Argentina as a licensed architect and interior designer, where she was an integral part of a wide range of national and international projects, ranging from hospitality to residential and retail design. Belen has always been fascinated by colors, textures, and lighting, and how they can affect the perception of space. She enjoys traveling, as it has been a constant source of clarity and inspiration.

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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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Ali Sandhu

Ali Sandhu is a junior architect at ODA. She is from Cleveland, Ohio and earned both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. During her graduate studies, she was awarded the Henry Adams Medal and the Alpha Ro Chi Medal for academic excellence. Before ODA, Ali worked at a firm in Columbus, Ohio where she focused mostly on multi-family residential projects. The type of built work that interests her is highly contextual while still imposing new ideas about site and formal relationships.Since starting at ODA, Ali has worked on many residential projects including 2461 Broadway on New York’s Upper West side and a 30-story tower in Midtown Manhattan.

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Jessica Schoen

Jessica grew up around the globe; living in Indonesia, London, and Switzerland, but has always considered California to be home. Interested in interiors, she was drawn to pursue a degree after being impressed by the craftmanship she encountered doing a year study abroad in Budapest while finishing her bachelor’s in Art History from University of California, Santa Barbara. She went on to get a bachelor’s in interior design from the Art Institute of Austin. Prior to joining ODA, she worked for architecture and interior design firms in Denver, Colorado and Melbourne, Australia. Outside of work you will find her outdoors, hiking, biking, or traveling - where she finds most of her inspiration.

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Christopher Sjoberg

Born the son of a hat-designing mother and attorney father in Wisconsin, Christopher departed the Midwest for a year abroad in Chile before heading to Montana State University-Bozeman, obtaining a B.A. in Environmental Design with highest distinction, and advancing his skiing ability (without distinction). After two years at Seattle-based Mithun, Christopher moved to Japan to study parametric design and digital fabrication at the University of Tokyo, graduating with a Master of Engineering from the Department of Architecture. This experience fostered Christopher’s deep curiosity and exploration of materials, fabrication processes, and the constraints of dense, urban living. Ultimately spending over 5 years in Tokyo, he concluded his time in Japan by visiting many iconic architectural works while traversing the country on a 2-month, solo bicycle tour. He joins the ODA team as an architectural designer committed to exploring new potentials in building form, materials, and their relation to the city.

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Akshay Surana

Akshay joins ODA as an Intermediate Architect. He spent the last three years working on high-end multi-family residential projects at Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York. Originally from India, Akshay earned his Bachelor of Architecture, and after gaining practical experience in Mumbai, moved to the United States to pursue further education. He earned a Master of Architecture at Cornell University in 2015. Akshay believes that architecture is the juxtaposition of abstract thought with logic. Just like cinema or literature, it is a transformative force that can impact social development and human behavior. Outside of architecture, in his spare time, Akshay enjoys traveling, photography, and soccer.

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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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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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Yinxing Xu

Yinxing Xu was born and raised in Nanjing, China, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southeast University. She came to New York in 2017 to pursue her master’s degree in Advanced Architecture Design at Columbia University. After graduation, she joined the ODA team as a Junior Architect in 2018 and has worked from concept phase to construction administration on various projects, including 4th Ave & Degraw Street, 439 W 54th Street and the Guoshen Museum competition in China. Prior to joining ODA, she worked in China on several residential and educational projects.

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Haroon Yousaf

Originally from Pakistan, Haroon received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Before moving to New York in 2017, Haroon worked for a hospitality as well as an architecture company in Dubai. He joined ODA in 2018 as an Accountant and works alongside the Chief Financial Officer. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and traveling.

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Pablo Zepeda

Pablo is a project architect with over 15 years of experience. While at ODA, he has worked on 75 Nassau and Innovation QNS. Pablo attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture, earning a Bachelor of Architecture. Before joining ODA in 2018, Pablo worked for OMA, Gensler, Frank Gehry Partners and Stereo.bot. Pablo's design experience includes skyscrapers, museums, exhibitions, large scale installations, galleries, concert halls, master plans, mixed-use developments, and shipping container architecture. Pablo has worked on several iconic projects including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Renovation, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Renovation and Expansion, and Grand Avenue Development in Los Angeles.