While studying civil engineering at Syracuse University, Eric led the structural rehabilitation of a historic armory, a project that demanded consideration of historical significance and constructability. As an intern at the New York City Department of Design and Construction, he participated in management of large projects at diverse facilities, which afforded him insight into detail-oriented construction practices. A certified Engineer-in-Training (EIT), Eric applies his technical background to supporting the New York engineering team.
With a graduate architecture education that includes a stint at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, as well as a master of architecture degree from the University of Buffalo, Dan provides design development and project administration support to Hoffmann Architects’ Virginia office. He produces drawings, reports, specifications, and field notes that bring projects to successful completion.
Earning a Master of Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America represented the start of a new career trajectory for Chris, who worked for several years in the drinking water treatment industry. His undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary concentrated on chemistry and fine arts, and he is well versed in chemical sampling and laboratory analysis. His years in water management also provided him with experience in the design and construction industry, overseeing refurbishment of water and sewer systems.
An experienced architect who first joined the firm in 1997, Debbie meets the challenges and opportunities of building envelope rehabilitation with skill, expertise, and attention to detail. As Senior Architect, she works to advance the firm’s technical knowledge and leads project teams in meeting design objectives. She holds an architecture degree from Roger Williams University.
From her early years at Savannah Arts Academy, through her Bachelor of Architecture degree program at Syracuse University School of Architecture, Deena has been an engaged and dynamic leader. Whether developing a student architecture publication, landing prestigious research and design internships, or studying abroad in Italy and the U.K., Deena takes the initiative in creating meaningful conversations about architecture. In the firm’s New York City office, she supports project teams in delivering innovative solutions to building envelope challenges.
With an MBA from the University of New Haven and more than 15 years of sales experience, Bob has the know-how to meet clients’ building envelope needs. A board member and committee chair for two architectural landmarks—and former Hoffmann Architects projects—in his home town, Bob appreciates the challenges of preserving historic structures. His focus is to expand and sustain client relationships in the New England region.
Cathy brings a wealth of administrative, communications, marketing, and community outreach experience to her role providing clerical support to the Connecticut office. A graduate of Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Cathy applies her diverse background in improving efficiency, streamlining organization, and providing polished deliverables to her position on the administrative team.
With more than 20 years’ experience marketing professional services in the A/E/C industry, Lisa has the know-how to build productive client relationships. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and has served extensively in leadership capacities for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) NYC Chapter. As business development manager for the greater New York area, Lisa excels at forging team alliances. She has the background to understand clients’ architecture and engineering needs, and the perseverance to see that those needs are met.
Developing and maintaining client relationships is Maureen’s central responsibility. She oversees sales, business development, public relations, and marketing initiatives company-wide. Under her leadership, the business development and marketing team establishes connections, develops project strategies, explores new markets, and maintains active participation in industry organizations. Maureen holds an MBA in Marketing Management and Information Systems from Pace University.
With Hoffmann Architects since the 1980s, Ann-Marie is one of the longest-serving employees. The friendly face of the firm, she answers calls, greets visitors and clients, manages correspondence and filing, provides administrative training for new staff, and keeps the office in good working order.
During his bachelor’s and master’s degree studies in engineering at the University of Connecticut, Javi pursued research, internship, and classroom experiences that prepared him not only for the rigor of structural analysis, but also for the challenges of real-world conditions. In Hoffmann Architects’ Connecticut office, Javi supports project teams in the evaluation, design, and rehabilitation of structural systems.
Although her official role is to provide administrative support to the New York office, Teresa does much more; serving as the glue that holds everything together, she keeps the office working efficiently, supports marketing efforts, and manages the day-to-day affairs of senior staff. She has been with the firm since 2000.
At Hoffmann Architects’ Virginia office, Isaiah applies his studies in structural detailing and materials science to the design and restoration of the building envelope. An honors scholar, he earned a bachelor of science degree in architecture from Ball State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Isaiah’s concentration in structures and internship experience with existing buildings bring a strategic approach to solving rehabilitation challenges.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in construction management from Pratt Institute, which affords him a pragmatic approach to the logistical and technical considerations of building envelope projects. Drawing from his internship, educational, and freelance experience, as well as his extensive design software skills, Rob provides drafting, field work, and document development support to the New York office.
With more than 20 years of experience in architectural design and restoration, John has expertise in building enclosures that ranges from historic preservation to waterproofing design to new construction peer review. He applies his architecture degree from the University of Toronto and extensive background in project management and collaborative team leadership to the assessment, design, and construction administration of roof, facade, plaza, and parking structure projects in New York and New England.
With a background in classical architecture and field study in Florence, Italy, Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Keene State College, and she has completed more than two years toward a Master of Architecture degree at the Boston Architectural College. Kelsey brings experience in drafting to her role as part of the Connecticut technical team, where she develops plans and detail drawings, reviews submittals, performs field work, and prepares documentation for building envelope rehabilitation projects.
Craig manages the resources of the New York City office. Under his direction, project teams consistently deliver technically demanding rehabilitation solutions on time and within budget. Craig has over 25 years’ experience in building design, construction, and rehabilitation. He puts his architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology to work as he and his staff address the complex building envelope challenges of America’s largest metropolitan area.
With a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona, Alison is the single point of contact for all official corporate communication. She edits and produces the award-winning Hoffmann Architects JOURNAL, as well as technical articles in trade publications, and she oversees the image and reputation of the firm in print, online, and in the industry.
A commitment to the nearly lost art of innovative, precise architectural detailing guides John’s direction of the remedial and restoration projects undertaken by the firm. He received his architecture degree from the City College of New York and was elevated into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 1992 for significant contribution to the field of architecture.
Director of the firm’s Washington DC area office, Richard has devoted three decades to managing projects with Hoffmann Architects. With experience ranging from green roofing design considerations to glass curtain wall replacement to historic stone restoration, he lends diverse expertise to exterior rehabilitation projects. Richard earned a master’s degree in architecture from State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo.
Avi provides financial accountability for all of the firm’s projects. He oversees resource allocation and contract administration to maintain budget and scheduling objectives. Liaising between clients and the firm’s technical professionals, Avi applies his degree from Brandeis University to multidimensional business management practice.
Larry is the manager of technical staff for the firm’s Connecticut office. Both a licensed structural engineer and a registered architect, he brings experience and technical wherewithal to complex structural challenges. A civil engineering graduate of the University of Connecticut, Larry has been solving design problems in garages, facades, and plazas with Hoffmann Architects for more than 20 years, garnering two patents in the process.
Erin applies her architecture degree from Roger Williams University to the investigation and remediation of building envelope problems. Her leadership in mentoring emerging design professionals and overseeing company drafting and technical standards promotes achievement and consistency firm-wide.
Juan is responsible for the diagnosis and resolution of building system distress. In his 15-plus years with the firm, he has been recognized for his expertise by both Spanish and English publications. Juan earned architecture degrees from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru and from Pratt Institute in New York.
Guiding employees in navigating benefits election, training, and personnel relations, Cindy is responsible for overseeing recruiting, hiring, and retention, as well as for administering benefits and compensation, providing management coaching, and improving job satisfaction and employee engagement for the entire staff. With a degree in sociology from Susquehanna University and experience at global Fortune 500 companies, Cindy brings sensitivity and strong interpersonal skills to the support and management of the firm’s most valuable resource: its people.
A graduate of the Master of Architecture degree program at Tulane University, Ari concentrated on urban studies and participated in the Tulane URBANbuild studio, as well as internship opportunities at the Tulane Office of the University Architect and private practice design firms. With educational experience that ranges from campus planning and feasibility studies to existing building field verification, Ari applies his well-rounded architectural studies to supporting project teams in the New York City area.
With bachelor and master degrees from the University of Connecticut, Mary has over ten years’ experience marketing professional services in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Her education in graphic design and her personal experience with photography and mixed media arts bring visual balance and economy to her work, from proposals and qualifications packages to website and direct mail material. Working from Connecticut, Mary supports business development and marketing activity in all three offices.
A civil engineering graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Tai supports project teams in research, design development, detail drawing, report preparation, and construction administration. His experience in building science and performance offers valuable perspective for the evaluation and rehabilitation of exterior envelope conditions.
Steffany graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and she is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate. In addition to studying at the Pantheon Institute in Rome, Steffany interned at the NASA Glenn Research Center. She supports project teams at the firm’s New York office.
A civil engineering graduate of Syracuse University, Paul refined his drafting and field skills through internships with both private practice and public utility agencies. As a student, he held leadership positions in a science and technology-driven outreach organization and an art and culture magazine, where he gained real-world experience in collaboration, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. Paul supports the engineering team at the firm’s New York City office.
As a key part of the firm’s engineering team, Rob lends proficiency in structural design and modification to building envelope and garage projects. With a degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University, he brings insight into technical matters that has proven vital to the investigation and rehabilitation of building distress.
In collaboration with the Controller and CFO, Rachel maintains Hoffmann Architects’ financial records, processing invoices, reviewing expenses, and providing accounting support. An honors graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Rachel contributes her experience in finance and administration to meeting the financial record-keeping and reporting needs of the firm.
A collaborative leader with a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Amanda received accolades for her work in urbanism and social justice and is now co-organizer of the Harvard Black in Design Conference. At the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Amanda was recognized for exceptional leadership, service, and academic merit with multiple awards. She brings a background of professional experience in commercial and institutional renovation and adaptive reuse to her role at Hoffmann Architects, where she develops building envelope design solutions for projects in the greater New York City area.
Given the technologically-driven nature of the profession, Nick plays a critical role at Hoffmann Architects: he directs, plans, implements, troubleshoots and maintains all computing systems for the firm. From drafting software to smartphones, Nick applies his computer science degree from Quinnipiac University to the long-term planning and day-to-day management of the firm’s technology resources.
With extensive experience in drafting, 3D modeling, and conceptual rendering, David is responsible for the development, maintenance, and implementation of computer-aided drafting standards for the firm. He develops training programs to support the technical staff in achieving consistent, precise drawings that provide clear information to the project team. Proficient in various architectural and graphic software programs, David works closely with the information technology manager to provide technical support and identify new ways to use technology to meet the needs of the firm.
Applying studies in urbanism, ecological design, Modernism, and high-rise structures to the considerations of the building envelope, Richard supports project teams in the New York office, diagnosing and resolving distress and failure in facade, roof, and plaza systems. An architecture research fellow in Southeast Asia and South America with a background in dense urban environments, Richard earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
An experienced professional engineer with a background in restoration and sustainable design, Rachel studied Historic Preservation at the post-graduate level at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and she holds a Master of Structural Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis. For projects in the greater New York City area, Rachel applies her broad experience in engineering and preservation to the diagnosis and resolution of building envelope distress, as well as to the development of design details in consultation for new construction.
Donna is responsible for all financial and accounting activities of the firm, from client and payroll account processing to financial reporting. With a degree in accounting from American International College, Donna brings nearly 30 years of senior-level finance experience to her role in keeping the books and providing critical financial information to guide company decisions.
As chairperson of the Training and Resources Committee, Ben leads the firm’s professional development program and oversees implementation of company technical standards. A graduate of Connecticut College, Ben brings specialized experience in historic materials and construction styles to the restoration of local and national landmarks.
Fluent in both English and Arabic, Tamara was afforded the opportunity, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Northeastern University, to intern at a design firm in Amman, Jordan, where she gained firsthand experience in all aspects of engineering practice. Her background also includes internships in environmental and site planning, as well as field testing, drafting, and community outreach at engineering, science consulting, and utility companies. Originally in the Connecticut office, she now provides technical support for building envelope projects in New York City.
A seasoned architect with nearly 30 years at the firm, Art lends his extensive experience in architectural remediation to organizing technical resources efficiently, overseeing project completion, and mentoring junior staff members. He is a strong proponent of specifications in design and has been active in the Construction Specifications Institute throughout his career. A Yale University alumnus and longtime New Haven resident, Art is committed to preserving and sustaining the architecture of his community.
Russ is responsible for the attention to detail that characterizes Hoffmann Architects projects. He oversees the technical staff company-wide to ensure that work is completed to rigorous standards. After receiving his architecture degree from the Ohio State University, Russ came right to work at Hoffmann Architects, where he has since honed a career’s worth of expertise in the technical demands of rehabilitation.
Often photographed hanging over the side of a New York skyscraper on an observation platform, Kara provides close-up inspection for even the most daunting of buildings. She also applies her architecture education at the University of Hartford to preparing drawings and specifications and providing project management services for building envelope rehabilitation.
Steve’s engineering solutions do more than demonstrate the systems analysis techniques he learned while pursuing his structural engineering degree at the University of Connecticut. His technical ability goes beyond textbook calculation to draw from years of experience with diverse building materials and configurations.