A native of Lubbock, TX, Hussein Alayyan, has been an architectural designer since graduating from the University of Texas, Austin with a Bachelors of Architecture degree in 2005. While there, he secured an internship with CDC ABDELHALIM, a Cairo-based architecture firm, and spent most of 2004 working in Egypt.
After graduating, Hussein moved to New York and practiced with a number of architecture firms before relocating to New Orleans in 2012. During that time he acquired a significant portfolio of domestic and international work that reflects his interests in many building typologies including residential, civic, interiors and urban design.
A native of Paris, TN, Haley Allen moved to New Orleans after spending five years living and breathing architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
At thirteen, a serendipitous visit to Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France piqued Haley’s interest in architecture and that has only been fueled by her parent’s support for all things creative. Traveling—albeit with friends, family or simply by herself—continues to be a source of inspiration.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José is a Principal at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. A talented designer and Project Architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects, his creative work has led to dozens of design awards for projects such as the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum and has contributed for the last 20 years to the successful growth of the firm.
José was the lead designer for an 1,200-seat theatre and performing arts venue in Sao Paolo, Brazil and was an integral member of the design team responsible for 930 Poydras Residential Tower—a mixed-use, contemporary high-rise in the CBD of New Orleans and recipient of a National AIA Housing Award.
In addition to his architectural design expertise, José develops licensure programs within the firm and advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession. José has served as AIA State Delegate and is currently the President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Louisiana Chapter, Program Coordinator and mentor for Project Pipeline; as well as the former Program Director for AIA New Orleans Young Architect Forum (YAF), winner of the 2016 AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibit and the AIA LA Emerging Professionals Award.
A Philadelphia native, Mary Catherine resettled in New Orleans in 2011 to pursue a Masters of Architecture at Tulane University. Before moving to the South, Mary Catherine attended Columbia University where she transitioned from studying visual arts to architecture and anthropology. There she discovered a love of architecture in the intersection of anthropology and art. It was then she decided to spend her life creating artistic expressions that have an everyday impact on people and culture.
Serving in leadership roles within the professional community, she was elected to sit on the AIA New Orleans Board in 2016. In the same year, Mary Catherine and a team of local practitioners received the Professional Achievement Award from AIA Louisiana for her work on 10 Years 10 Stories: Architecture of Recovery, an exhibit that described the 10 years after Hurricane Katrina and the role local architects played in rebuilding the City of New Orleans.
Hannah joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in September 2015 as the Marketing Coordinator. She plays a key role in developing marketing materials, coordinating new business pursuits and maintaining brand standards throughout all firm collateral.
Aseem Deshpande has pursued a focus in digital design since embarking on his architectural career more than a dozen years ago. After moving to the United States to pursue his Master’s in Architecture from Texas A&M University, Aseem worked on several complex project types – including a particular focus in the healthcare sector.
Through his designing high-tech medical facilities, Aseem began pursuing 3D modeling tools to help reduce technical design conflicts and to help visualize highly complex spaces. Since this time, Aseem has become an expert in the Building Information Modeling platform, Revit. Hired in 2009 as our studio’s BIM Manager, Aseem is responsible for training our design team in the capabilities of this program, as well as creating the long-term infrastructure for our studio’s complete migration to this three dimensional design platform. His talent in this platform has become well-known across the community and he also now serves as a leader in helping other practices continue to advance their capabilities as we seek to lead the way toward better quality buildings in the southeast region. His tremendous value to the firm has expanded into a wider range of technologies, including the emerging field of virtual reality.
Born and raised in south Louisiana, Kyle developed his love of design through crafting wooden canoes, kayaks and pirogues by hand. This love of design and working with his hands drove him to study construction management at LSU and later to complete his Master of Architecture at Boston Architectural College.
Kyle has always been interested in the important relationship between construction and design. Working with MASS Design Group in Port-au-Prince Haiti and Architecture Plus Information in NYC has given Kyle an excellent understanding of both the design and construction processes. This allows him to easily bridge communication gaps between clients, designers, contractors and engineers.
In over 25 years of professional practice, Steve Dumez has lead the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design for our practice, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of senior designers in ensuring the consistent quality level that drives our design-first practice. His engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design program for clients including building image and brand goals, program compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. Under his design leadership, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels.
Mr. Dupont worked in the construction industry for over 10 years before joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 1994. His field experience has given him hands-on knowledge of construction issues, and communication nuances, critical to the success of a large-scale building program.
Marion joins Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2017 from New Haven, Connecticut where she started her career at Gray Organschi Architecture focusing on residential, interior design, and design-build projects.
Marion enjoys working with an interdisciplinary approach to design that enhances the many facets of design and construction. Marion’s diverse background in music, film, and fine arts brings a unique perspective to architectural design and is something that she continues to explore today. She has worked collaboratively with clients, designers/colleagues, and consultants to create beautiful designs at many scales from houses to custom furniture.
A current resident of the Faubourg Marigny, Tom Gibbons returns to New Orleans after spending a portion of his summer internship working with the Make It Right Foundation in 2009 and interning in the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple studio in the spring of 2013.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Tom spent the early portion of his career working in the private sector developing geographic information systems (GIS) for clients including the US Postal Service, US Forest Service, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and The Federal Communications Commission; before returning to Yale University for his Master’s degree in Environmental Management in 2010 and the University of Virginia for his Master’s degree in Architecture in 2013.
Shannon began her career New York City but eventually felt the pull to move to New Orleans, where the mix of historic and contemporary coupled with a unique culture provided a different type of opportunity.
With over 20 years of professional practice prior to joining EDR in 2000, Mr. Hagstette has managed the design and production of a range of building types with particular focus on complex public attraction projects including the New Orleans Arena, the Louisiana Superdome renovation, and work at the New Orleans Convention Center. He brings his extensive knowledge of the regional building industry and his expert management skills to current projects in the Cultural Arts, Sports and Environmental Education in our studio.
Mark joined the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple team in the fall of 2014, bringing invaluable digital design and fabrication experience to the firm.
After receiving his Bachelors of Architecture from Louisiana State University, Mark attended Yale University where he received his Master of Architecture degree and was awarded the Inaugural Stanley Tigerman Scholarship for design integrity and excellence. Over the years, Mark has worked for firms such as Trahan Architects in New Orleans, LA, Allied Works Architecture in Portland, OR and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York, NY.
Emily joins Eskew+Dumez+Ripple after working as a Junior Architect/Designer for STUDIOS Architecture in New York City.
A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (M.Arch, B.Arch), Emily’s love of design has been embedded from a young age. The daughter of a structural engineer, her first coloring books were blue prints and designing a better doll house became an obsession by the age of 6. In the time since, Emily has gained a broad understanding of architectural practice and has worked on corporate interiors, renovations, high-end retail, and institutional projects of varying size, scope and complexity.
Michael Johnson joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2016, bringing with him experience from a variety of firms in New Orleans and Boston, along with numerous summers working with a master carpenter and general contractor on residential construction in New Orleans. Since starting at EDR, his interest and leadership in the growing use of visualization and animation within the design process has been a great asset to both the firm and clients alike.
Travis Kalina joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple after completing his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
A native of Arlington, TX, Travis earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University and chose advanced studies in architecture due to an abiding interest in the built environment and its dramatic effects on the daily lives of everyday people. It was in Chicago where Travis gained valuable experience working with different firms outside of school and participating in design opportunities including the MOMA PS1 entry “Virtual Water;” an exhibition for the Venice Biennial at Urban Lab; and the Navy Pier competition with Xavier Vendrell Studio; as well as a 600m high-rise in China with Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM).
Originally from Los Angeles, Max first fell in love with architecture after skateboarding through the relentless bustle of the city, finding ways to be creative with urban space. Max was drawn to New Orleans five years ago to study architecture at Tulane, but ended up deeply connected to the city and is honored to live and work here now. Currently residing in the East Riverside Neighborhood, Max frequently looks to collaborate and learn from other local architects and craftsmen. Having studied abroad in Rome and traveled to various parts of Asia, Max has a love for travel and applying what he’s learned to New Orleans.
Since joining the firm in 2007 Wendy Kerrigan has added value to several EDR projects through her many years of experience with architecture and planning projects Her experience at New Orleans’ lead regulatory agency, the City Planning Commission, brings to EDR particular insights into urban design and planning issues in the community. Prior to working with the CPC, Wendy spent time at an interior design firm, focusing on space planning and product selection as well as interior architectural detailing. This variety of approaches to a design problem - from interiors, to full architectural design, to urban planning - has allowed her to visualize projects on a holistic basis, a great benefit to each EDR project she works on.
Noah Marble, a Masters graduate from Tulane University, recently returned to New Orleans to join Eskew+Dumez+Ripple after six years of professional practice in Los Angeles. His design experience includes a wide variety of building typologies including multi-family residential, commercial, educational, and government assignments.
Claire Matucheski is a native Midwesterner from Indianapolis, Indiana. Growing up, she split her time between the city and the limestone country of Southern Indiana.
Claire attended undergrad at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. At BSU she was active in the University’s Institute for Digital Fabrication and led the service arm of the AIAS, Freedom by Design. She recently graduated from grad school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While at the University of Michigan, she was awarded the Dow Sustainability Fellowship that encourages interdisciplinary teams from across the University to make real contributions to a sustainability related issue of their choosing. With team members from Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources, her team partnered with the National Resources Defense Council to investigate the landscape of green infrastructure in Detroit in order to see how the NRDC may contribute to those efforts in the city. This project then dovetailed into a thesis exploring urban water issues in Detroit especially related to the city’s bankruptcy.
Liz is a researcher and licensed architect whose work aims to reduce mechanical cooling loads in hot-humid climates by enhancing building façade systems. She joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple as the 2017 research fellow after completing her Master of Science in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After receiving her Bachelors of Architecture (BArch) and Fine Arts (BFA) from the Rhode Island School of Design, Liz practiced in Santa Fe, Seattle, Boston, Houston and Singapore before relocating to New Orleans. With a sizeable portion of the globe occupying hot-humid climate zones, Liz’s work strives to enhance architectural innovation and construction technologies in these areas. Her work explores climatically sensitive and contextually appropriate building enclosure designs that both connect the occupant to the outdoors and reduce the dependence on mechanical conditioning. Currently she is exploring energy recovery potential at building membranes, as generated by extreme temperature differentials.
Originally from Central New Jersey, Gianna comes to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple after receiving her Masters in Architecture from Tulane. While in school, Gianna was awarded both the Class of ’73 Travel Fellowship to work in Istanbul and Most Outstanding Thesis Award for her work creating a fictional underground city.
Jenifer Navard has over 25 years of experience in business and financial management. Her experience ranges from auditing with one of the top 5 public accounting firms, through financial accounting for SEC firms and the management of mid sized companies in a diverse range of industries. This background has provided her with a broad set of skills to draw from in managing the growing business of our firm. Her approach to managing the day-to-day finances of the practice, as well as our long-term strategic planning, has proven invaluable in both the sustainability and the transparency of our studio.
After interning for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple during his undergraduate studies, Ian O’Cain joined the studio full-time in the Summer of 2013.
An avid runner and cyclist, Ian is one of the most knowledgeable members of the studio on all subjects related to digital fabrication and printing. As a native New Orleanian, he’s also a great source of information about all things New Orleans: the culture, the history, and most importantly, the food.
Shawn Preau joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2007 after several years working in the regional industry as a project manager. His strong client service, prioritization of schedule and budget, and attention to drawing detail has lead to successful building projects for numerous repeat clients through his career and in his time here at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. He has accumulated specific management and design experience in several project types such as religious, cultural, commercial, and educational facilities.
Andy joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in the Fall of 2013 bringing with him six years construction experience in operations and estimating.
A graduate of Auburn University, Andy has always been fascinated by building technologies and exploring new ways to make the design and construction process more streamlined and efficient. He holds a Bachelors- and Masters of Science Degree in Building Construction with concentrations in Urban Planning and Business Administration.
Since joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2007, Jason has been a critical member of many award-winning projects, including the widely-published Rosa Keller Library & Community Center, Commerce Building Apartments and the New Orleans Ace Hotel. He is currently working to expand EDR’s presence in the hospitality market, in addition to his ongoing work with with institutional clients including Tulane University and LSU Health. As a Senior Associate and Team Leader, Jason is a talented, tireless architect who has achieved tremendous growth and advancement in a very short amount of time.
In over 30 years of professional practice, Partner Mark Ripple has developed specialized experience in the management of large institutional projects. Having successfully completed a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects in both the private and public sector his career has grown rapidly though his tenacious commitment to project expectations – no matter how restrictive. His analytical approach to project delivery and commitment to client satisfaction has also helped the firm maintain strong, long-term relationships with several repeat clients.
Since joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2003, Ms. Rivera has actively managed a diverse range of projects for the firm. Her ability to anticipate future steps and her unwavering dedication to deadlines has produced numerous, award-winning projects for the studio and our clients. During her tenure with the firm she has also focused her talents on the technical aspects of design serving as a key resource in technical production standards and design detailing.
Haley joined the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple team in October 2015.
Born in Enterprise, AL and raised in a handful of southeastern cities, a young Haley watched in awe as her father built haphazard additions to their quirky houses. At that time, she didn’t understand the sensitivity to environment that these charming little spaces were ingraining in her.
In high school, she took an interiors class. A few problem-solving exercises later, along with a short video of Fallingwater, and the rest was history. She rode a scholarship through Auburn University’s architecture program, graduating magna cum laude in 2009.
Upon joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2010, it became clear that Christian’s talent, energy, and depth of design creativity would become a key asset to our studio. He utilized his digital design skills to add value to many studio projects in addition to his playing a key role on the major renovation assignment at Tulane University’s main campus library and as project architect for the national award winning St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden. In 2013, he left the studio to work with Trahan Architects upon their relocation to New Orleans, working mainly on a 40-acre master plan. That experience was put to good use upon his return to the studio a year later, as project manager for the 30-acre master plan with a high sustainability agenda and building design for the Thaden School in Bentonville, AR.
A Colorado native with a strong connection to the natural environment, Cassidy’s interest with architecture lies at the intersection of social justice and the built environment and understanding the role of the architect within community engagement. She studied environmental design and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, focused on the implications of privilege and oppression/ societal inequalities in relationship to the built environment. After two years working at a structural engineering firm, architectural firm, she moved to New Orleans to complete her master’s in architecture.
Since joining the firm in 2005, Jack Sawyer has worked on projects for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple at multiple scales, on varied timelines, and widely varied budgets. His ability to adapt to the individual needs of a project and the specific goals of a Client has been of significant value to our ever-growing practice.
Jessica Sigmundsson came to New Orleans in the fall of 2005 to start her undergraduate studies at Tulane University. As an English and Film Studies double major, Jessica spent a considerable amount of time advocating on behalf of- and volunteering for several film and arts-related nonprofit organizations throughout the city including the New Orleans Film Festival and the New Orleans Video Access Center; in addition to the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Center for Fiction, New York City.
Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. His built work includes academic, laboratory and residential buildings earning LEED Gold and Platinum certification, and winners of the RAIC Green Building Award and the AIA COTE Top Ten. He brings training and experience in physics (MIT) and engineering (Princeton) to the field of architecture (UC Berkeley), and is named as inventor on 10 patents and author on over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He teaches at the Tulane School of Architecture, serves on the national Advisory Group of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), is former Chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter, and served on the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. He is a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). He serves as Chair of the 2017 SCUP Southern Regional Conference.
Sharp business development leader, creative marketing professional, savvy strategist, and mentor to all who cross her path, Maggie joins the firm from Charlottesville, Virginia leading the firm’s marketing and business development activities. Over her 25-year career marketing professional services, she has worked with some of the nation’s finest – including Harry Weese Associates and Perkins + Will. Most recently, Maggie collaborated with VMDO Architects, where collectively the practice grew from a staff of 20 to 70 and revenues from $3 million to over $10 million. Her collaborative and confident leadership is a boon for staff mentorship, believing deeply in its meaningful impact on one’s career trajectory.
Jill Traylor-Mayo joins the practice after living and working in Manhattan for the last decade. A licensed interior designer, Jill has made a career of designing some of the most dynamic corporate environments for such industry titans as MTV and their parent network Viacom, in addition to a number of projects executed while she worked for Corgan Associates in Dallas.
Jill believes each assignment is a new opportunity to reinforce culture, brand and uses technology, materials and best practices to generate moments of deep and intense collaboration where employees are encouraged to abandon the classic workplace design, activate their surroundings and choose to be more social.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Liz spent ten years in Washington DC before returning to New Orleans. After earning her Masters of Architecture, she began her career at Collective Architecture focusing on restaurant, retail and corporate design.
Liz has helped review and develop many design endeavors to ensure clear continuity throughout each project she has pursued. She has collaborated with team leaders and colleagues to develop solutions in response to the design criteria by focusing on integrating the program and design with technical requirements throughout a space. Working directly with clients on projects, she reviews and develops construction documentation, leading team members and consultants, while also attending key design meetings and presentations.
Liz takes walks throughout the French Quarter to find inspiration in the beautiful French and Spanish architecture and art culture. Painting is one of her passions in life and is one of her creative outlets in her down time.