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Hussein Alayyan

Hussein Alayyan LEED AP BD+C

  • Senior Designer

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.

Outside of the office, Hussein feeds his creative drive building furniture and cooking.  While no stranger to relaxing in the sun, he enjoys playing tennis, boxing and is in constant search of a new shoreline to surf.

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Origin:
  • Lubbock, Texas
Studied:
  • University of Texas at Austin
Selected Project Work:
  • South Market District Parking Garage
Jose Alvarez

Jose Alvarez AIA, LEED AP

  • Principal

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José has worked with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple for more than 12 years. A talented designer and Project Architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects, his creative work has lead 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.

In addition to his architectural design expertise, Mr. Alvarez’s graphic communications skills help the client to visualize their project from the initial phases. Mr. Alvarez is well-versed in 3D computer modeling and rendering software, including FormZ and Revit. His ability to develop design concepts in these platforms creates informative visuals that have helped many clients in both their decision making and their fundraising/marketing efforts. Jose was named an Associate in the studio in 2007 and maintains ongoing leadership roles in the training and mentoring of our youngest designers.

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Origin:
  • Caracas, Venezuela
Studied:
  • Tulane University
  • Universidad Jose Maria Vargas
Selected Project Work:
Anthony Bayers

Anthony Bayers AIA, CSI, CCCA

  • Construction Contract Administrator

Anthony Bayers joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2012 after pursuing his Juris Doctor degree at Loyola University of New Orleans. Having worked for more than a dozen years with local architectural practices and construction firms, Anthony concluded that obtaining a legal education would be beneficial to his practice and went back to school for this degree – now a great asset in his work for us as a Contract Administrator. Anthony spends the majority of his time in our studio overseeing the construction phases of our projects, but also aids in constructability reviews, quality control meetings, and construction contract negotiations. He is currently leading our Contract Administration efforts for the new $800M VA Replacement Medical Center in New Orleans.

Anthony has worked throughout the region in design and construction management roles on several high profile projects prior to joining our firm. Some of these projects have included the Second Line Stages in New Orleans’ Garden District neighborhood, the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood and Adult Learning Center in Central City, the business school building at the University of New Orleans, Hotel LeCirque at Lee Circle, and several assignments at Dillard University.  In addition, he has significant knowledge of GIS mapping techniques after supporting research in this field during his initial architectural studies.

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Origin:
  • St Louis, MO
Studied:
  • Loyola University
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Leslie Bergeron

Leslie Bergeron

  • Contract Specialist

With 20 years of administrative experience and a long history working in architecture firms in the New Orleans area, Leslie joined EDR in 2003 as Document Control Coordinator. In her years since, Leslie has continually stepped up to fulfill many administrative rolls for the firm as needed, with a never-ceasing “laissez-faire” positive attitude. Primarily, Leslie oversees the Client and Sub-Consultant Contract processes and helps make sure each EDR project is under thorough contractual agreements as early in the process as possible.

Her tireless commitment to getting the answers to the people who need them has made her an invaluable resources – one that each of our clients, consultants, and peers have gotten to know well over the years.

Leslie is a self-proclaimed “Cruise Aficionado” in her free time. She lives in St. Charles Parish, the true Cajun country in south Louisiana and loves bouncing between the city and the swamp on a daily basis.

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Origin:
  • Avondale, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Jefferson Technical Institute
Tiffany Bergeron

Tiffany Bergeron

  • Director of Business Development

Tiffany Bergeron is a dynamic addition to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and joined the firm after 7 years of Business Development for the Duplantis Design Group (DDG) where she was pivotal in the expansion of the Louisiana-based firm’s presence; growing it from two to six offices covering the entire Southeast Region from Houston to Atlanta. Additionally, she was instrumental in identifying and securing opportunities in new emerging markets following Hurricane Katrina.

A member of SMPS since 2009, Tiffany has served on the Board of Directors and has continued to assist the organization’s efforts to build and retain membership and support its educational mission.

In her spare time, Tiffany is an active volunteer and fundraises on behalf of numerous organizations that support at-risk youth, the health and well-being of her neighbors, and the safety of her community. An advocate of sustainable practices, Tiffany and her husband Dave run Bergeron Woodworks, a home furnishing and décor studio that repurposes salvaged, reclaimed wood into one-of-a-kind works of art.

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Origin:
  • Mission Viejo, California
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of New Orleans
Marissa Campos

Marissa Campos

  • Research Fellow

Marissa Campos is the 2013-2014 Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Research Fellow and came to New Orleans from Cincinnati after completing her Masters Degree in Architecture. A native of San Antonio, TX, Marissa has earned multiple degrees from Smith College, American University, and the University of Cincinnati, and has worked in the several architectural firms across the country. She embodies a great commitment to community and public service—including 3 years as a Teach for America Corps Member in Washington, DC.  A winner of multiple scholarships and design awards, she has also seen her work published in architectural research journals.

A resident of the Faubourg Marigny, Marissa never misses an opportunity to partake in the city’s whirl of activity and enjoys exploring on her bike and playing Rugby for the New Orleans Halfmoons.

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Origin:
  • San Antonio, Texas
Studied:
  • Smith College
  • American University
  • University of Cincinnati
Kelly Colley

Kelly Colley

  • Senior Designer

Kelly Colley returned to her native New Orleans after spending the last six years working in New York as a contributing writer for Metropolis Magazine and a designer for some of the most dynamic practices in the city including OMA and RMJM. A 2007 graduate of Louisiana State University, Kelly earned her Bachelors of Architecture degree in addition to an Architectural History and Photography minor.

An artist at heart, Kelly spends a significant portion of her free time—when not renovating her historic home in the Holy Cross neighborhood—drawing, painting, and photographing the beautiful simplicity of the world around her. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and shows throughout the region.

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Origin:
  • Abita Springs, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
  • Virginia Tech
Collette Creppell

Collette Creppell AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Principal | Director of Urban Strategies

Collette Creppell, AIA, has over 25 years of experience as an architect and planner, including the past ten years as university architect and director of campus planning for Tulane University.  Having trained in the architecture offices of Rafael Moneo, Ben Thompson & Associates, and Moshe Safdie in the U.S. and abroad, Mrs. Creppell returned to New Orleans in 1994 to establish an architectural firm Design for Public Spaces and to teach as a clinical assistant professor at Tulane School of Architecture. A former city planner in New York City, she served as Executive Director of the New Orleans City Planning Commission (2001-03). Mrs. Creppell has served as a national awards jury member for the Society of College and University Planning, as Vice Chair of the Board of the New Orleans Building Corporation and on the boards of the Tulane School of Architecture, Benjamin Franklin High School, the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, and A Studio in the Woods. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, on whose Alumni Council she sits. Mrs. Creppell is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Association of University Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, and the American Planning Association.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Harvard University
Aseem Deshpande

Aseem Deshpande AIA, LEED AP

  • BIM Manager

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 tremendous 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.

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Origin:
  • Nashik, India
Studied:
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Pune
Selected Project Work:
Cynthia Dubberley

Cynthia Dubberley AIA, LEED AP

  • Associate

Cynthia Dubberley joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2007 with 10 years of experience in many aspects of the architectural design process including project management, building design, 3D computer aided drafting, detailing, specifying, and construction administration. Her project experience ranges from luxury high-rise condominium towers to historic French Quarter business restorations. Cynthia was named an Associate in the firm in 2011 and also one of the top 40 Under 40 professionals in the industry by Building Design + Construction Magazine in 2012.

Since joining our studio, she has become actively involved with many of our most technically demanding projects such as the New Orleans BioInnovation Center and most recently as the Project Manager for the Veterans Affairs Replacement Medical Center. For the VA assignment, Cynthia is overseeing the design/rehabilitation of three large facilities; one renovation into an administrative building, one an adaptive reuse of a historic brewery building into a research laboratory, and the last, the design of brand new central energy plant for the 1.7M square foot facility.

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Origin:
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
Studied:
  • Tulane University
Selected Project Work:
Steve Dumez

Steve Dumez FAIA

  • Partner | Director of Design

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.

Steve is a Past-President of AIA Louisiana and AIA New Orleans and serves as an active professional mentor within the region. He has also chaired AIA design awards programs at the local, state and regional level and has served on numerous design award juries across the country. He is actively engaged in many local civic organizations and currently serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. His projects have been recently published in several books as well as numerous national architectural and design magazines such as Architect, Architectural Record, Contract, and Interior Design.

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Origin:
  • Houma, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Yale University
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Rick Dupont

Rick Dupont CSI, CCCA

  • Construction Contract Administrator

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.

As the lead Contract Administrator for EDR, he oversees the construction administration process on many of the firm’s projects including the management of site visit protocols, punch lists and construction documentation processes. Through his years of experience in the New Orleans area, Rick has developed strong professional relationships with dozens of local contractors. These relationships allow for a strong line of communication, resulting in a smooth construction process for our regional clients. In addition, Rick has conducted Contract Administration assignments for projects well beyond our region though developing strong lines of communication and clear oversight protocols alongside local associates or Joint Venture partners. With the ability to elevate construction concerns in their priority level rapidly, Rick’s construction insight has provided significant assurances to our many repeat clients, such as Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the State of Louisiana, throughout the years.

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Origin:
  • Gretna, Louisiana
Studied:
  • University of New Orleans
Selected Project Work:
Michael Glenboski

Michael Glenboski AIA, LEED AP

  • Project Architect

Michael Glenboski, LEED AP moved to New Orleans after spending 9 years in New York working for CookFox Architects and collaborating on projects in the studio of celebrated, contemporary artist, Jeff Koons.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute (magna cum laude) and Auburn University, Michael earned his Bachelors of Architecture degree as well as his Master of Integrated Design and Construction degree, respectively, before relocating to New Orleans.

A native of Omaha, NE, Michael is a vintage motorcycle enthusiast and spends a large portion of his spare time working on his house in the St. Roch neighborhood of the city, supporting the New Orleans Film Society, and is a member of an art collective that continues to work towards Dithyrambalina: a sonic playground and laboratory for musical architecture and collaborative projects that celebrate and nourish the growth of an against-all-odds artistic renaissance in the city.

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Origin:
  • Bellevue, Nebraska
Studied:
  • Pratt Institute
  • Auburn University
Kurt Hagstette

Kurt Hagstette AIA

  • Principal

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.

As a Principal in the firm, Kurt effectively manages each of his projects in a very time and budget-conscious manner. His focus on achieving client goals has lead to tremendously successful building projects from start to finish. Recent experiences working in the Sports & Entertainment District have also proven Kurt’s strong ability in complex project scheduling scenarios, as well as in leading multiple ownership entities through the design decision-making process. In addition to his project oversight responsibilities, Kurt also manages Quality Control efforts studio-wide to ensure consistent project quality across all of our work.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Sabeen Fatima Hasan

Sabeen Fatima Hasan

Sabeen has developed a unique interdisciplinary approach to design through education in civil engineering complementing her architectural experience. Through this approach, she has spent much of her career focused on the cross section between engineering and architectural solutions to unique problems created by natural disasters. Her work designing and constructing prefabricated housing solutions has been displayed at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and has taken her to Pearlington, MS on a Fellowship through the Harvard Graduate School for Design.

In 2011 Sabeen moved to New Orleans to join the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple studio where she has since applied her engineering experience to assist in our close collaboration with our consulting engineers in order to improve the efficiencies and creative intent of our work. Her recent work on assignments for the Civic Theater Restoration and the South Market District Parking Garage, both located in the City’s CBD, have given her the opportunity to apply her skills to somewhat complex project scenarios.

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Origin:
  • Mount Holly, New Jersey
Studied:
  • Harvard University
  • Rutgers University
Selected Project Work:
Chuck Hite

Chuck Hite AIA, CSI, CCCA

  • Principal

Chuck Hite has been professionally affiliated with Allen Eskew since 1982 as a member of the Louisiana World Exposition and New Orleans Riverwalk development teams. With over 30 years of experience in design and construction on a number of important institutional and civic projects, he has managed several large projects alongside Allen Eskew including the South Carolina Aquarium, Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species, Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center and the New Orleans Museum of Art Expansion. More recently, Chuck has taken on large studio commissions, in the Project Director role, for major institutional clients and private housing developers. 

In addition to his project management responsibilities, firm Principal Chuck Hite also oversees the studio’s Construction Contract Administration responsibilities and monitors the evolving issues associated with building technology and product performance.

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Origin:
  • Niagara Falls, New York
Studied:
  • University of Michigan
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
James Hollister

James Hollister LEED AP

  • Marketing + Public Relations Manager

With an interest in historic preservation, sustainability, and adaptive reuse James Hollister, LEED AP, SMPS has made a career of leading and developing strategic marketing and public relations initiatives within the A/E/C industry for nearly a decade. A graduate of Susquehanna University and native son of Pennsylvania, he has worked for some of the most talented, prestigious, and promising architectural practices in the country.

An avid reader, self-professed foodie, political junkie, and coffee snob he spends his spare time searching for his next great meal and a well-made Sazerac while fostering a personal love of travel, the arts, urban exploring and cycling.

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Origin:
  • Montrose, Pennsylvania
Studied:
  • Susquehanna University
  • Universidad de Granada
Cydney Jaggers

Cydney Jaggers

An Intern Architect, Cydney attended the University of Arkansas, where she received a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in German Language. An eight month stint in Europe contributed greatly to her academic growth and subsequently triggered an insatiable appetite for travel.

Upon graduation, she moved to New Orleans, and has since enjoyed taking part in the community and its many unique design opportunities. Since joining EDR Cydney has taken on major roles in the Ochsner North Campus Expansion and WVUE Dominion Tower Studio projects.

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Origin:
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
Studied:
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Arkansas
Selected Project Work:
Wendy Kerrigan

Wendy Kerrigan AIA

  • Project Architect

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.

Her involvement on the 930 Poydras Residential Tower allowed the Client to execute the project in a Design-Build approach under aggressive schedule constraints. More recent assignments have included roles on the W Hotels in New Orleans as was as the interior design of multiple spaces within the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Often working in a collaborative team setting, Wendy vets her ideas throughout the design process in order to achieve the most insightful design for each Client.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Tulane University
Selected Project Work:
Matthew Kymes

Matthew Kymes

  • Senior Designer

With more than 10 years working in the profession, including three  prior years with EDR, Matt Kymes returned to New Orleans and to our studio in 2009. Through his career he has gained signficant experience in education, retail, and mixed-use projects while working in the Dallas, Texas area for firms such as Perkins & Will, Laguarda Low Architects, and the Beck Group.

Since returning to EDR he has brought his strong design talents to important firm projects such as the Superdome Enhancements and most recently, the Champions Square Civic Plaza. With deep expertise in 3D design platforms, Matt has strongly advanced EDR’s Revit design capabilities and has grown into a firm-wide mentor for staff members developing their own Revit capabilities.

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Origin:
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Studied:
  • University of Texas at Arlington
Selected Project Work:
Tracy Lea

Tracy Lea AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Principal

Mr. Lea joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 1993 following 15 years of professional practice in San Francisco and became a studio Principal in 2000. In addition to architectural project director responsibilities, Mr. Lea oversees the firm’s Information Technology systems, including CAD and Revit standards. Areas of professional specialization include code compliance and barrier-free design, sustainable design, emerging building technologies, and construction administration. He became one of the first LEED Accredited Professionals in Louisiana in 2002 and currently serves on the Executive Board of AIA Louisiana.

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Origin:
  • Nashville, Tennessee
Studied:
  • Auburn University
Selected Project Work:
Bryan C. Lee, Jr.

Bryan C. Lee, Jr.

  • Designer

Mr. Bryan Lee is an Architectural Designer with six years in the field working on all phases of architectural design from concept to contract administration. His experience includes work on projects ranging from residential and academic to commercial, federal and institutional buildings, primarily in the New Orleans region. Before joining Billes Partners, Mr. Lee spent time as an architectural multimedia consultant focusing on small scale architectural design projects, drafting, construction and architectural project management, renderings, websites, photography and corporate identity work in the New York and New Jersey areas. Originally a native of New Jersey, Bryan studied at Ohio State University and then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. At both schools he was recognized for his leadership efforts and the consistent quality of his design work.

Since moving to New Orleans, Bryan has been a vocal advocate for the need for diversity in the field of architecture in the region and a devoted member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Bryan has developed and directed the National Exhibit for NOMA since 2009, and currently serves as Vice-President of the NOMA Louisiana Chapter. His passionate advocacy is not only important to our industry, but also to the economic development and job growth of our region.

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Origin:
  • New Jersey
Studied:
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Ohio State University
Selected Project Work:
Noah Marble

Noah Marble AIA

  • Project Architect

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.

Noah joined our practice in the role of Senior Designer and has already made major creative advancement on the New Orleans Arena improvement project, scheduled for opening in 2014. As a licensed Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Noah brings both tremendous talent and an intellectual approach to sustainable design to each creative opportunity.

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Origin:
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
Studied:
  • Tulane University
  • Macintosh School of Architecture
Selected Project Work:
  • New Orleans Arena 2012 Enhancements
Adam Martin

Adam Martin RA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Project Architect

A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, Adam returned back to New Orleans in 2010 to gain experience through the rebuilding of his hometown.  His interests include the academic interrogation of architecture across scales from planning to materials research.  Since joining the studio, Adam has participated in the development of the Transfiguration of the Lord Church and Community Center, the new VA Hospital’s Central Energy Plant, and most recently on the redevelopment of the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School.

Prior to his work with our studio, Adam held an architectural internship for Will Bruder + Partners in Phoenix as well as numerous other firms – from as early as his high school years. A LEED Accredited Professional, Adam is currently in pursuit of his architectural license in addition to his full time work in the studio.

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Origin:
  • Mandeville, Louisiana
Studied:
  • University of Texas at Austin
Selected Project Work:
Magen Raine Massey

Magen Raine Massey

  • Communication Design Manager

Since joining the firm in the Spring of 2009, Magen has helped push the bounds of the quality of EDR graphics. Not only managing our studio-wide graphic standards, she composes the look of each new project proposal and all other marketing materials – from hard hats to jump drives.

With a degree in Graphic Design and previous experience in the A/E/C industry, Magen has fully embraced the EDR branding and identity practices while bring us forward toward new trends and further advancing the tactile nature of our deliverables. A baker to boot in her spare time, Magen has enjoyed embarking on all things New Orleans – though the automotive inspection sticker policy in Orleans Parish nearly drove her nuts.

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Origin:
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Josh Matthews

Josh Matthews

Josh Matthews came highly recommended to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple as a graduate from the University of Arkansas in 2011. His work in school centered on design/build theory and the cross section of creative design and smart construction utilizing digital technologies. While in school, Josh studied in both Rome and Nova Scotia and spent time studying under leading regional designers Brian MacKay Lyons and Marlon Blackwell. For his final year of work at the University of Arkansas, Josh was recognized by receiving the John G. Williams Medal for design excellence.

Since joining the studio, Josh has initiated work on a major clinical renovation to an existing 1970’s-era campus for Children’s Hospital of New Orleans – a long-time Client of the firm – and is also serving in a critical role on the rebuilding of one of New Orleans’ public elementary schools.

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Origin:
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
Studied:
  • University of Arkansas
Selected Project Work:
  • New Orleans Arena 2012 Enhancements
Jenifer Navard

Jenifer Navard

  • Principal | Director of Finance

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.

Since starting at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2003 her work has lead the firm to its highest level of profitability since its inception in 1989 while maintaining and enhancing the firm’s transparent, collaborative creative environment. She works closely with the firm’s partners to ensure adherence to both the design and business values within each project that we pursue. In addition, she maintains an active role on each project within the studio assisting each Project Manager in tracking their individual project performance targets. Due to her critical position within our practice, she was appointed one of seven firm Principals in 2010.

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Origin:
  • Terrytown, Louisiana
Studied:
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lynn Ostenson

Lynn Ostenson CSI, CCS, LEED AP

  • Technical Specifier

Lynn came to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2009 after nine years of professional practice in Minneapolis. Her architectural experience, primarily in mixed-use multi-family housing, has been focused around project specifications and quality assurance. Her dedication to quality construction documentation has brought her to our studio to continue our long history of quality building design for real, built work across the country.

After helping us execute one of the most fast-paced and complicated renovation assignments in our history at the Louisiana Superdome, Lynn is now hard at work managing the construction specifications scope of our work for many of our studio’s projects. With significant expertise in the 3D design platform, Revit, Lynn has helped us in the studio-wide adoption of the most current of available design technologies.

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Origin:
  • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Studied:
  • University of Minnesota
Selected Project Work:
  • Champions Square
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Hall A Renovation
  • Transfiguration of the Lord Classroom Building
Shawn Préau

Shawn Préau AIA

  • Associate

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.

Shawn was named an Associate in the firm in 2010 and has consistently taken on key leadership roles in the practice, specifically related to the further development of project management processes and Building Information Management (BIM) design protocols. Shawn also serves as an active mentor for intern architects across the studio and assists with quality control efforts as they grow their professional understanding of architectural practice.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Jason Richards

Jason Richards AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Associate

Since joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2007, Jason has been a critical member of projects such as the Cypress Bend Office Building, the fast-paced Dominion Tower Due Diligence assignment for the State of Louisiana, and most recently as the Project Architect for the widely-published Rosa Keller Library & Community Center replacement project. Always meeting the most critical of deadlines without hesitation, Jason is a talented, tireless architect who has achieved tremendous growth and advancement in a very short amount of time.

His attention to detail, strict management of deadlines and cost control, and his focus on design quality make him a valuable asset to our project teams and well appreciated by each of the Clients with whom he works.

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Origin:
  • Kingsport, Tennessee
Studied:
  • University of Kentucky
Selected Project Work:
Ariana Rinderknecht

Ariana Rinderknecht

  • Senior Designer

Ariana Rinderknecht joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in the Summer of 2012 as a Senior Designer. Having worked for a boutique Architecture & Interior Design firm, AVROKO, in New York City for several years, she gained a wealth of knowledge in restaurant, residential, retail and hotel design. She has joined our practice to further this kind of work in our regional market. The hospitality work she has been involved in has achieved wide acclaim, awards and various media publications.

Ariana obtained her Master of Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University. Her professional career has spanned from offices in South America, Barcelona, Los Angeles & New York City, with various projects throughout the United States.

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Origin:
  • New York, New York
Studied:
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Columbia College
Selected Project Work:
  • John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University
  • New Orleans Arena 2012 Enhancements
Mark Ripple

Mark Ripple AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Partner | Director of Operations

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.

Mark’s project focus has been with technically sophisticated facilities such as high-performance research laboratories as well as inpatient and outpatient health care facilities. Most recently, he has lead our studio’s portion of the Joint Venture team assigned to the new $850 million replacement hospital for the Department of Veterans Affairs in New Orleans. In addition to his role as a “hands-on” Project Director, Mark also serves as the studio-wide Operations Director, responsible for balancing staff workload, collective project delivery schedules and emerging assignments. He has also played a critical role in developing many of the project management, scheduling and financial tracking standards currently in use across our practice.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Amanda Rivera

Amanda Rivera AIA, LEED AP

  • Associate

Since joining our practice in 2003, Ms. Rivera has worked on a diverse range of projects alongside the Principals of the firm. Her ability to anticipate future steps and unwavering dedication to deadlines has produced numerous, high-pressure projects for the studio and our critical Clients. Her work on the Ochsner Cancer Center design emphasized consistent sustainable design principles in even the most technical of environments. She has also focused her talents on the technical aspects of design, serving as a key firm leader in technical production standards and design detailing.

Amanda is a regular design critic at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, a Board Member for the local Architecture for Humanity Chapter, and was appointed an Associate in the studio in 2011.

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Origin:
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
Studied:
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Selected Project Work:
Jack Sawyer

Jack Sawyer AIA, LEED AP

  • Associate

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.

His work on the 930 Poydras Residential Tower and the subsequent small-scale ground floor restaurants has resulted in a highly successful overall development that has reinvigorated the surrounding neighborhood. With an ever-consistent eye on budgets, deadlines, and regulatory approvals, Jack continues to push the creative envelope on each project he approaches and still handles project pressures with ease. Named an Associate in the practice in 2010, he also serves in an ongoing mentor role for many intern architects across the studio.

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Origin:
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
Studied:
  • North Carolina State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
Selected Project Work:
Caleb Sears

Caleb Sears

Caleb Sears came to New Orleans during his undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky immediately after Hurricane Katrina. In his position as a student in the University’s New Orleans-based studio, he had the opportunity to work on several small, community assignments that aided in the rebuilding efforts of the city. After completing his undergraduate degree and pursuing his Master’s in Architecture from Virginia Tech, Caleb decided to return to New Orleans in an effort to further his role in the rebuilding of the city and to pursue design based in the historic context of our diverse community.

Today, Caleb’s creative efforts focus on finding the balance between computer-based and analog production methods, and on creating desirable spaces drawn from local and regional context. Utilizing many of the latest technologies for both digital and physical modeling, Caleb’s work as an intern architect in our practice is highly productive and very sophisticated in its contribution.

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Origin:
  • Louisville, Kentucky
Studied:
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Kentucky
Selected Project Work:
Z Smith

Z Smith PHD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Principal | Dir. of Sustainability & Performance

Z Smith has been involved in nationally published sustainability research and design for the past ten years. He has served as a Project Architect for carbon neutral, net-zero energy and net-zero water use buildings, and taught sustainable design courses at universities in the U.S. and Canada. 

With training and experience in the fields of architecture, physics, information technology, and renewable energy, Smith now serves as our studio’s Director of Sustainability & Building Performance. He integrates his broad range of skills in service of lowering the environmental footprint of each of our buildings, while continuing to help us deliver projects on time and on budget. He brings an approach of scientific rigor to green design in our studio’s wide array of community, educational, and institutional projects, and brings tremendous added value to our Clients through the reduction of energy consumption, and subsequently the reduction of energy bills.

In addition to his Directorial role within our practice, Z is also a frequent public speaker on sustainable design issues, a member of the USGBC Louisiana Board of Directors, and an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Architecture.

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Origin:
  • Palos Heights, Illinois
Studied:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkeley
Selected Project Work:
Vanessa Smith-Torres

Vanessa Smith-Torres LEED Green Associate

After spending years studying theatre, costume design, acting, and ballet with some of the most respected companies in the country, Vanessa Smith-Torres first came to New Orleans in pursuit of her Masters Degree in Architecture.

A Puerto Rican born Francophile and graduate of Tulane University, Vanessa has a particular fascination with preservation and adaptive reuse issues as applied in urban spaces with declining populations.  A member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Vanessa serves as the Louisiana Chapter’s current Director of Communications and often volunteers her spare time to such programs as Project Pipeline and Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools—programs that encourage exploration of architecture, engineering and construction techniques with teenagers in local parish schools; as well as several arts organizations including the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.

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Origin:
  • Freeport, New York
Studied:
  • Tulane University
  • Northeastern University
Kimberly Tseng

Kimberly Tseng RA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Project Architect

Kimberly attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she received the 2009 AIA Henry Adams Medal of Honor in the Bachelor of Architecture Program. During her undergraduate program she also had an opportunity to intern under one of the leading female architects of our time, Jeanne Gang.

Upon graduation, she moved to New Orleans, with the hopes of experiencing first-hand how history and culture shape place and the architecture within it.  Since joining our studio Kim has worked on several varied assignments – the Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Trinity School Renovation, and most recently on the New Orleans Arena Capital Improvements Package.  She is also a LEED Accredited Professional and an active advocate for sustainable operational practices across the studio.

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Origin:
  • Plano, Texas
Studied:
  • University of Texas at Austin
Selected Project Work:
Cristina Ungureanu

Cristina Ungureanu AICP, LEED Green Associate

  • Planner | Urban Designer

A true cross-disciplinary planner, Cristina embarked on a career in physical planning after studying international development and unpacking the powerful effect of urban design on shaping ecologies and economies.  Her studies at MIT focused on large scales, horizontality, the bundling of infrastructures, and trans-disciplinary responses to urban dross.  She has practiced as a transit and complete streets planner, and continues to be dedicated to advancing non-motorized transportation options for urban citizens.

Since joining the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple studio, Cristina has quickly enhanced the planning capabilities of the firm and brought a wealth of knowledge in site planning, projective mapping, and ecological urbanism, all with an eye on human connectivity. Currently focusing on the design of a Campus Master Plan for the University of Louisiana at Monroe and for a re-thought urban center in New Orleans, she adds a great depth of talent in the research and execution of best practices in land planning and urban design.

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Origin:
  • Bucharest, Romania
Studied:
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Selected Project Work:
Mary Grace Verges

Mary Grace Verges LEED Green Associate

A native of Louisiana, Mary Grace graduated with an Honors Architecture Degree from Louisiana State University School of Architecture. After growing up on the Gulf Coast and understanding the immediacy for innovative design strategies within fragile landscapes, she went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Design with concentration in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School for Design. Her graduate studies focused on urban resiliency, regional design, landscape urbanism, and disaster management strategies. Upon graduation, and with past experience as an intern in our practice, she joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple with dual roles as Intern Architect and Urban Designer in an effort to grow her capabilities in both disciplines.

Today, Mary Grace is often working on multiple projects of different scales within our studio, and adding her unique perspective to our work from her cross-disciplinary experiences. In addition to her efforts within our project teams, she is also currently pursuing her architectural licensure and consulting on digitally fabricated designs across the studio.

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Origin:
  • Mandeville, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Harvard University
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
  • New Orleans Arena 2012 Enhancements
Sky Williams

Sky Williams

  • Senior Studio Assistant

Details, details. Be it project files, submittals, continuing education, shipments or supplies, as Studio Secretary, Sky handles a wide variety of administrative tasks, besides serving as our receptionist.  A native of Chicago, Sky moved to New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina, when her husband, John, accepted the Director’s position of the Hospitality School at the University of New Orleans.  In the aftermath of the storm, she was attracted to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple by the opportunity to work for a firm directly involved in helping with the city’s recovery, and by her lifelong interest in architecture, born from growing up with the richness of Chicago’s architectural treasures.  With her extensive background in administrative positions with a Big 4 public accounting firm, telecommunications R&D companies, conference centers, and academia, Sky brings a valuable administration skill set to our studio.

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Origin:
  • lat: 41°52′55″N, lon: 87°37′40″W