Claire Weisz FAIA, is a founding Principal of WXY architecture + urban design, WXY is globally recognized for its place-based approach to architecture, urban design, and planning, and has played a vital role in design thinking around resiliency. In 2019 Fast Company named WXY one of the World’s Most Innovative Architecture Firms. Claire was awarded the Medal of Honor from AIANY in 2018 and was honored with a Women in Architecture Award by Architectural Record in 2019.
Mark Yoes is a founding principal of WXY and has over 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University and a Master's Degree in Architecture from Yale University. With WXY, Mark focuses on innovative design approaches that benefit public space, structures and cities. Mark and partner Claire Weisz received the League Prize in 1993 and more recently the Emerging Voice Award in 2011 from The Architectural League. Mark has led on WXY’s designs for learning environments including REED Academy, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, and an early childhood center for Christ and St. Stephens. Other recent projects include The Battery’s Seaglass Carousel. In 2012 Mark served on Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review jury.
Layng Pew joined WXY as a principal in the summer of 2006, bringing over 24 years of design and project management experience with educational, corporate and residential clients. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Yale College and a Masters at the Yale University School of Architecture. He has specialized in complex and uncommon building types in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Caribbean. The success of these large projects is in a large part due to his ability to forge strong collaborative relationships between international designers and expert craftsmen in a wide range of trades. Layng is a registered architect in the State of New York and the State of Connecticut and has been a member of the AIA since 2001.
Adam Lubinsky, AICP, PhD, is Managing Principal at WXY Studio. Adam leads a range of planning studies, strategic visions and master plans, and he has created new practice areas that address mobility, education and economic development using data analysis, design and new forms of community engagement. Adam holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a PhD in planning from the University College London. Adam is a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum and is a frequent speaker on urban issues. Adam is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University and has been a visiting faculty member at Cornell University, the New School and the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Amy Hau joined WXY in Fall 2015. Prior to joining the award-winning architecture and planning firm, she was the Director of Administration and External Affairs at The Noguchi Museum where she was part of the senior management team that stewarded the legacy of the artist’s estate into a world-renown Museum. During her tenure, she played a significant role in increasing the institution’s capacity, expanding its outreach and programs, overseeing its multi-phase $23 Million Capital project and the development of the Master Plan. She serves on her local community board and is a member of the Board of the Asian American Arts Alliance.
Paul van der Grient
Paul joined WXY in 2014 with a background in architecture and urban design. Paul manages architecture and urban design at WXY, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan, a comprehensive physcial and strategic plan for the 300-acre, mission-driven industrial campus. Paul also served as Project Manager for the Brooklyn Strand, a large-scale, award-winning urban design action plan for 40 acres in Downtown Brooklyn that brings together over 30 local stakeholder groups. He was key to all aspects of the urban design process, from community engagement and concept development to supporting high-level technical studies and planning analysis.
Paul graduated from the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, with a focus on affordable housing, urban revitalization development models, and passive solar design. Independently, Paul has been contracted for design services in North America and in Europe. Most notably, providing design consulting services for the Vimy Foundation’s education center in the north of France.
AIA, RA, LEED AP
Colin Montoute has been a practicing architect in New York for over 25 years and joined WXY in 2021. He has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects in both the public and private sector. His work has focused on residential, commercial, and transportation projects for agencies such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Port Authority, New York City Transit, and AMTRAK. His international work includes projects in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Haiti, and China. Previously, Colin was as an Associate Principal at AECOM B+P, Principal at Fx Fowle, and Founding Director of Montoute A+P. Colin is a licensed architect in New York and received his Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Jacob joined WXY in 2011 with experience in architectural design, urban design, ecology, and construction management. Jacob Dugopolski manages architecture and urban design projects for WXY with over ten years of experience with the firm. He has worked with multiple private developers and city agencies focusing on innovation in the design and planning of buildings, public spaces, and cities. Jacob leads WXY’s zoning and pre-construction work from master plan studies in Brooklyn to multi-family development in the Bronx. Jacob received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. At Yale, he was the Project Manager for the Building Project and was chosen as the Parsons Award winner for excellence in urban design.
David Vega-Barachowitz joined WXY in 2019. He is a recognized leader in transportation and land use planning and has extensive experience working with cities and public sector clients. At WXY, David leads planning and urban design efforts including the Downtown Davenport Master Plan in Iowa and the Hudson Square Streetscape Plan for the Hudson Square BID. David is the former Director of the Designing Cities Initiative at NACTO, where he spearheaded the production of NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide. He also served as Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of Planning where he launched the agency’s computational design practice and has worked with NYCHA to create guidelines for infill development and neighborhood planning. David received a Master of City Planning degree from MIT and Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies with Architecture from Columbia University.
Christopher joined the WXY team in 2016 with a background in resiliency, green infrastructure, and community-based planning. At WXY, Christopher has led urban planning and design processes including the D15 Diversity Plan, the first DOE-initiated community planning process to create racially and socio-economically integrated middle schools. He further managed school planning projects for the Lancaster School District and the Prince George’s County Public Schools. Prior to WXY, Christopher’s work at the New York City Council included managing large-scale neighborhood rezonings throughout the city and implementing the most expansive inclusionary housing program to date. At Thread Collective, Christopher worked with tenants in NYCHA residences to develop a comprehensive green infrastructure and open space plan. Christopher received his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Pratt Institute and his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree from Oberlin College.
Director of Global Practice
Farida recently joined WXY as Director of Global Practice in 2022.With over ten years of professional experience, Farida Abu-Bakare was previously a Project Director of Adjaye Associates in Accra, Ghana and an Associate at HOK Architects in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Farida brings a wealth of global experience to her role as a Director, as she has lived and worked on projects throughout Africa, Canada, the Middle East and the United States on a range of typologies including aviation, cultural, healthcare, higher education, justice, residential and urban design projects. Prior to joining WXY with focus on urban design, she led the design development of three redevelopment masterplanning projects in Accra, Ghana initiated by Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. The plans aim to transform the city’s waterfront, convention centre and
Director of City-Building
Kaija joined WXY in 2019 with over ten years of experience as a design director and project strategist specializing in architecture, design, and strategic systems thinking. At the firm, Kaija directs varied projects merging strategy, master planning, urban design, architecture and policy. She has led several upstate New York projects, including a feasibility design study as a part of the Reimagining the Erie Canal work, Castle on the Hill, a market feasibility and redevelopment strategy for the Greater Binghamton Health Center and a comprehensive plan update for the New Milford riverfront. Prior to WXY, Kaija led the award-winning design practice Laavu in Detroit taking on projects that were complex and layered in social, racial and economic challenges. Kaija received her Master’s Degree in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy
Director of Planning
Kushan first joined WXY in 2015 and then again in 2019 as Director of Planning with a background in architecture, planning, policy and geospatial analysis. Over the years, Kushan has worked with public and private sector clients to provide strategic solutions for complex planning projects in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Michigan. Working alongside a wide range of school districts including the Montgomery County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools, Kushan has developed an expertise in managing projects that involve complex boundary changes, enrollment analysis, forecasting, and facility planning. He also managed the Bowie and Vicinity Master Plan amongst other large-scale masterplanning projects. Prior to WXY, Kushan worked with AECOM’s Design, Economics and Planning division and worked as a project leader for Rahul Mehrotra & Associates in Mumbai, India. Kushan received his degree in Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelor or Architecture degree from Saurashtra University.
Tom Offord has been an essential member of the WXY team since 2018 with 8 years of previous experience in architecture in the US and Australia. At WXY, Tom leads the studio’s effort on Revit-intensive projects and has been the project manager for the Peninsula Campus, a 4.75-acre mixed-use development with affordable housing, cultural, commercial and community facilities in Hunts Point, Bronx. Prior to joining WXY, Tom was a project architect at Selldorf Architects, leading the design and management of a condominium tower and a large retail development in Queens, as well as the office’s transition from AutoCAD to Revit, creating and implementing a BIM process for the office. Tom also previously worked at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects focusing on multi-unit residential, institutional, and cultural projects.
Joining WXY in 2019, Kendall is a licensed architect in New York with a professional background in cultural, civic and high-end residential projects. As an Associate, she leads the design development of several of the studio’s architectural projects with a strong focus on detailing, material exploration and building systems coordination. She is currently managing a 15,000 square foot rooftop pavilion and 2-acre green roof expansion project for the Javits Convention Center, and the design of a new 8,000 square foot facility for artists-in-residence on Captiva Island, Florida. Prior to joining WXY, Kendall worked at Thomas Phifer and Partners, Eisenman Architects and Grimshaw Architects. She holds a Master of Architecture II degree from Princeton University and Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she was the recipient of numerous awards including the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and the Faculty Award.
Jacqui joined WXY in 2019 with nine years of experience across public realm and infrastructure, institutional projects, and museum exhibition design. She became an Associate at WXY in 2021. At WXY, Jacqui is currently managing the design and construction of six new stations and renovations of existing stations for the 3rd Rail track expansion of Long Island Railroad as well as several cultural projects across New York City. Prior to WXY, Jacqui worked for Grimshaw Architects, where she worked on a breadth of projects ranging from transportation initiatives to interior retail and residential projects. Before Grimshaw, Jacqui worked for the Guggenheim Museum as an Exhibition Designer, producing three different exhibitions between 2012 and 2013. Jacqui received both a Masters of Architecture with High Distinction and a Bachelors of Architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Currently, Jacqui is registered with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria.
Abby joined WXY in 2019 with a background in cultural and educational sectors, with specific expertise in strategy, research, design, and planning. At WXY, Abby is currently working in our D.C. offices, and has worked on the Montgomery County School Boundary Analysis, a district-wide boundary analysis for Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Bowie and Vicinity Area Master Plan, which combines market analysis, creative community engagement, land use analysis, transportation planning and urban design for the Bowie, Maryland area. Prior to WXY, Abby developed Climate of Change, an action research project and design prototype for collaboratively envisioning and planning climate resilience in Washington, D.C. Other notable projects include Shifting Foundations, a design and policy brief about disaster recovery and social cohesion in The Rockaways, and a research project in San Juan, Puerto Rico about participation and equity in disaster mitigation, supported by a grant from the Zolberg Institute.
Rob Daurio joined the WXY team in 2016 where he works to develop solution and strategies at a variety of scales, from regional plans to buildings and maps. He has been involved in various comprehensive master plans including the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the 130-acre Kearny Point Industrial Campus, which he led the efforts in. Prior to WXY, Rob conducted academic research and has served as lead research associate and project manager for the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Sustainable Future for Exuma, Bahamas project. Rob has also been involved in several significant master plans including OMA’s entry for the European Commission in Brussels, as well as projects in Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Korea. Rob received his Master of Architecture II degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design with a focus in Urban Design and Geography, and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, where he graduated cum laude.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Asher has a background in both architecture and business, and joined WXY in 2018. At WXY, he is currently working on a variety of projects including: envisioning a multi-phased masterplan for the renowned Storm King Art Center and completing Construction Documentation for the first phase of work; framing the urban design strategy for Anable Basin, a large-scale rezoning project on the waterfront of Long Island City; devising the Elmhurst Dairy Urban Design Masterplan in Jamaica; and advising clients on the development potential of various complex sites across the five Boroughs. Prior to joining WXY, Asher worked with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, where he collaborated on the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
Senior Project Manager
Peter is a Senior Architectural Designer at WXY and joined the team in 2020. He has 9 years of architectural experience working on projects both large and small. At WXY, he has led the delivery of several multi-family housing projects as part of the Stevenson Commons development. Currently, Peter is working on multiple cultural renovation projects around New York City.
Senior Project Architect
Richard Jolta is a licensed architect and joined WXY in 2021. He is currently involved in projects with city organizations, design commissions, and regulatory agencies across various project phases. Richard is part of a large team tasked with assessing and making proposals for impactful quality of life improvements across 7 sites owned by the New York City Housing Authority. Prior to WXY, Richard has more than 10 years of experience working on a variety of project types including retail, affordable and market rate housing, corporate interiors, and industrial design at HOK, Dattner Architects and Studio V. Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Cornell University.
Architectural Visualization Specialist
Business Development Manager
With a background in architecture, Olivia joined WXY in 2019, where she manages business development and communications endeavors. Prior to joining WXY, she held positions as a communications manager and designer at various architectural and interdisciplinary design practices and has written for a number of design-oriented publications. Originally from Toronto, Olivia received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from York University.
Dalia is a designer with a background in architecture from London, UK. She joined WXY in 2021 after graduating with a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Parsons School of Design. With past experience in the UK and France, Dalia works between design, writing, publishing, and research practices. During her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Central Saint Martins, Dalia won a competition to design an installation for LVMH. She later went on to work as an artistic director in Paris, contributed to the Venice Biennale 2021, and assisted with graphic design and editing for a number of publications.
Senior Urban Analyst
After interning at WXY in 2017, Mario returned to WXY in 2019 with an expertise in mapping, modeling/python, zoning analysis, resiliency, and computational design. At WXY, Mario is currently working on the Montgomery County School Boundary Analysis, a district-wide boundary analysis for Montgomery County Public Schools, assisted in the “Cuidad Central in San Salvador” strategic plan among other urban planning projects. Prior to WXY, Mario was a Research Associate for the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, where he designed a modeling framework and worked as a Research Assistant in the Civic Data Design Lab, where he researched and prototyped ambient sensing techniques. Mario’s work has been included in various publications and he has lectured at a variety of universities.
Senior Urban Planner
Raphael has been a part of the WXY team since 2018 with a background in mobility, geographic information systems, and computer science. At WXY, Raphael has led the production of over 100 graphics for OneNYC 250 and led the analysis and boundary modeling for the firm’s recent school planning work. During his tenure at WXY, he developed a redistricting model to algorithmically draw new school boundaries, optimizing the redistricting process. Prior to WXY, Raphael worked on incorporating equity metrics into Oakland’s paving policy and bringing demand responsive parking to the City’s Downtown and Chinatown. Raphael was also a graphic designer for a non-profit where he aided in translating research in renewable energy and hydraulic fracturing into accessible infographics. Raphael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.
Senior Urban Planner
With a focus on equitable mobility, sustainable urban design, urban policy, and data analysis, Bahij joined WXY in 2021. At WXY, Bahij is managing a report on the future of mobility in Indian cities for Uber and coordinating the design-build Glass City Riverwalk project in Toledo, OH. Prior to WXY, Bahij held positions as a Researcher at MIT’s City Form Lab and as a Senior Manager of Development and External Relations at Green City Force, where he managed a large philanthropic project aimed to make New York City public housing communities more environmentally sustainable. Bahij is a founding member of Mechanical Gardens Bicycle Co-op and is involved with several community organizations centered around cycling, transportation and waste management.
Senior Architectural & Urban Designer
Manasi graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University and joined WXY in 2020. At WXY, she has been involved in a wide range of work including waterfront revitalization projects, affordable housing, and streetscape designs. Most recently she has been a part of the core team for the Metroparks Toledo–Glass City Riverwalk project, the OMNI Affordable housing project sited in Brooklyn and an Uber Future of Cities Report which focuses on future of transport and mobility. Prior to joining WXY, Manasi worked for more than three years as an architectural designer in India and the United States on interior, architecture and urban design projects. While at Sameep Padora and Associates, she led two winning entries for international design competitions.
Senior Urban Designer
Majed joined WXY in 2021, managing architecture and urban design projects. He is currently managing a project for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to assess and propose improvements to the quality of life across several NYCHA sites. Previously, he has worked for public, non-profit, and private organizations focusing on urban design, transportation planning, and public realm design in cities. Majed has worked with city agencies in New York, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Mumbai and Addis Ababa through his work at the Global Designing Cities Initiative. Majed was also a fellow at NACTO and an Urban Design Intern with the New York City Department of City Planning. Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, Majed co-founded the Syrian Youth Empowerment Initiative, a non-profit organization providing youth in conflict zones a path to higher education.
Charvi joined WXY in 2022 with a background in urban and regional planning, community and economic development, and public engagement. She is currently involved in a number of planning projects at WXY including the Rogers Cultural Plan, District Equity Initiative, Prince George’s County Public Schools Boundary Initiative, and Anne Arundel’s County Public Schools Boundary Initiative. Prior to joining WXY, Charvi was a Senior Planner at an Upstate New York-based firm, Highland Planning. Her contributions have led to the development of comprehensive plans, preservation plans and financial studies, resiliency studies, multimodal and placemaking studies, transportation masterplans, corridor and trail studies, and strategic housing plans across the northeast region and beyond. Charvi received her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelors in Physical Planning degree from School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
Nathalie Kauz joined WXY in 2021 with a background in curriculum development, community engagement, and program planning and implementation. In her role as Project Coordinator, she supports WXY’s schools-based work including the School District of Philadelphia and presentation development with NYC School District 15, project planning with District 3, and historical research and interview design and facilitation with District 13. Before joining WXY, Nathalie was based in Durham, NC, and worked closely with Durham Public Schools. She first served as an environmental elementary school educator through FoodCorps, then as a manager at a non-profit running advocacy support programs for high school students through AmeriCorps VISTA. Nathalie received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Public Policy from Duke University in 2018.
Senior Architectural Designer
Radhika joined WXY in 2019 after completing her Master of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture where she held positions as a teaching fellow and guest critic. Prior to her tenure at WXY, Radhika has held design and research positions in distinguished offices between India, New Haven and New York. While studying at Yale, she was an assistant researcher at Keller Easterling Architect where she contributed to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 exhibition. Since 2018, she has also been an invited critic at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and at Barnard College in New York.
Senior Architectural Designer
Chris joined the WXY team in 2022. Chris received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Philadelphia University in 2018. Afterwards, he worked at AECOM before recently joining WXY as a Senior Architectural Designer. Through his professional career, Chris’ work has focused on transportation projects.
Pierre de Brun
Senior Architectural Designer
Pierre De Brun is an Architectural Designer at WXY and has been a part of the team since 2019. Prior to WXY, Pierre was a founding member of UN1ON, a collective based in Belgium and France in which he took part in several self-initiated projects, educational activities, and public competitions. Pierre’s past work includes collaborating with various architecture firms in Belgium and in the USA and working on a vast array of goals ranging from large scale urban studies to medium-size public buildings and housing.
Santiago Vasquez Carvajal
Senior Architectural Designer
Santiago joined the WXY team in 2022. Having recently completed a post graduate degree in Architectural Design at Cornell AAP, Santiago’s interest focuses on the creation of spaces that contribute to the identity of the place in which they manifest. Prior to WXY, Santiago worked in Colombia for five years where he participated in the design and coordination of housing projects, hotel complexes and architectural design competitions.
Senior Architectural Designer
Angel Castillo joined WXY in 2022 and is an architectural designer focused on the systems that make up our built environment. Based in New York City, he is looking for ways we can reshape the way our world is put together to address our climate crisis and social divides. Angel holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He is currently teaching at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Hillier College of Architecture.
Nobuhiko Arai joined WXY in 2022. Nobuhiko has over fifteen years of experience as a senior architectural designer for projects of varying scales and typologies across the country and overseas from residential, commercial, educational, cultural, and transportation/infrastructure projects. He focuses on the high-performance exterior envelop design, detailing, and material exploration. Nobu was the job captain for the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which comprises seven development parcels totaling 8,000,000 SF. Programmatic components include office, residential, educational, retail, cultural, and Religious sites. Before joining WXY, Nobuhiko worked as a senior technical designer at FxCollaborative, AECOM B+P, and STV Inc. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Hartford.
Shurui completed her master’s degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Architecture at the University of Virginia in 2020 and joined the WXY team in 2022. Before joining WXY, she was a Virginia Sea Grant fellow in the Office of Secretary of Natural Resources of Virginia. She was involved in both the administrative and research work of the Virginia Coastal Adaptation Master Plan.
Leslie joined WXY in 2021. She is an accomplished graduate of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. At WXY, Leslie is currently working on the Brooklyn Navy Yard On-Call project and the Rogers Alleyway Activation Plan. Awarded NOMA Student Member of the Year 2019, Leslie founded the CCNY NOMAS Chapter in 2018 and served as President until early 2020. Leslie also received the title of NOMA Student Representative and serves on the NOMA Board of Directors for the role.
Sarah Yoes recently graduated from Dalhousie University School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and a Master of Architecture, and joined WXY in 2021. Sarah’s work focuses on public infrastructure and constructed landscape—as a result of her thesis research, Sarah recently participated in the exhibition Conceiving the Plan: Nuance and Intimacy in the Construction of Civic Space at the Venice Biennale this past fall, a group project which explored the construction of Amsterdam. In addition to the study of civic spaces, Sarah has been contracted for design services in Canada, with a focus on residential work.
James joined WXY in 2022. He received an Honors Bachelor of Architecture degree with Distinction from Waterloo University, and has been involved in the realization of furniture, art installations, theaters, masterplans, and a wide range of public institutions in Paris, Toronto, Detroit and New York.