While earning a master of architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of architecture degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Tom pursued diverse internship experiences, where he honed his skills at architectural drafting, wind load calculations, condition surveys, site visits, urban planning, and facade and roof replacement design. He supports building enclosure evaluation, rehabilitation, and design in the firm’s New York office.
An honors scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Kristen studied architecture in Rome and interned at New York design firms, where she participated in historic preservation, educational, institutional, and civic architectural projects. With a commitment to outreach and service, she dedicates her design and community action experience to numerous volunteer activities. Kristen applies her broad skill set to providing architectural support for the firm’s New York area projects.
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.
While earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University College of Engineering, Mike was a mentor, a teaching assistant, and an undergraduate researcher in the Cornell Fracture Research Group, as well as an intern with the U.S. Department of the Interior. After graduation, he worked at an engineering practice, analyzing structural building elements and developing plans and details. He knows several programming languages and is fluent in Spanish. At Hoffmann Architects, he supports condition assessment, design development, document preparation, and contract administration for projects in the greater New York City area.
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 supporting business development and marketing activity in all three offices. 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 marketing team.
While earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rachael received many honors, from faculty awards and scholarships to commendations for leadership and design. She sought out varied internship experiences in private practice, academic research, and government agencies, working in New York, Connecticut, and Washington DC. A mentor to female undergraduates through AIAS and the RPI architecture program, Rachael is committed to the success of women in STEM. At Hoffmann Architects’ New York office, she provides investigation, design, and contract administration support for building enclosure projects.
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.
Senada began her architecture studies in Albania, continued at City College of New York, and completed a B.S. in architecture at Keene State College and an M.Arch. at UMass Amherst. Fluent in Albanian and Turkish, she studied the diverse architectural landmarks in each place she has lived, from the Byzantine churches of Europe to the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Now in Connecticut, she brings her experience in research, project team collaboration, and design to building enclosure projects at a wide range of facilities.
With more than 10 years’ experience leading business development and marketing teams, Katherine is a seasoned professional who understands the nuances of building successful client-consultant relationships. Through her work with preservation organizations and historic real estate, her involvement with the Urban Land Institute and National Trust for Historic Preservation, and her guest lectureships at the College of Charleston and the University of the District of Columbia, as well as her contributions to industry publications, she demonstrates a passion for supporting building owners through the challenges of restoration. At Hoffmann Architects, she applies her degrees in historic preservation and marketing from Clemson University to helping clients find the right solution for their buildings.
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 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.
After beginning his career as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy, Travis earned a B.S. in architectural studies from Washington State University, followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University GSAPP. As a building enclosure consultant, he is experienced in the design and documentation of high-performance facade systems, including complex geometry detailing, thermal and condensation analysis, performance specifications, and project management. Travis provides comprehensive exterior envelope design services for projects in the greater New York City 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.
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.
Nupur not only graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, she also earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. For Nupur, the intersection of architecture and engineering brings to life the beauty and organization of structures. She studied Renaissance architecture and history in Florence, Italy and interned with a design firm in Boston, Mass., building skills in design documentation and the LEED certification process. With Hoffmann Architects’ Virginia office, Nupur supports building assessment, design development, drafting, and construction administration for building envelope projects.
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 civil engineering graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Tai leads 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.
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.
While earning an architecture degree from Syracuse University, Melissa interned at prestigious New York design firms, developing skills in design development, drawing, document preparation, bidding assistance, and contract administration. She studied architecture in Florence, Italy and participated in service, outreach, and leadership programs that helped shape the architecture program at her alma matter. She brings experience building collaborative client relationships to her role in supporting building enclosure projects with the firm’s New York City office.
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.
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 leads 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.
Director of the firm’s Washington DC area office, Rachel is an experienced professional engineer with a background in restoration and sustainable design. She 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. 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.
Committed to sustainable design and efficient construction, Guilherme doesn’t just talk the talk: he designed his home, which he is building with his own two hands, to be a Passive House with zero carbon footprint. Guilherme is a student in the Honors Program at Boston Architectural College, where he is working toward a Master of Architecture degree, and he earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Hartford. Well versed in design software, he has an Architectural and Civil CADD Technology Diploma from Porter & Chester Institute in Connecticut. Guilherme applies more than 12 years’ experience in architectural drafting and construction management to supporting projects in the Connecticut office.
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.
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.