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.
Christine returns home to New Orleans, joining the studio in 2017, following an extended stint in Seattle working for NBBJ. There she practiced in a diverse range of scales and disciplines from multi-building campus developments and commercial tower work to large-scale 300,00 square foot renovations for several large tech companies.
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 led 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.
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.
Joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2017, Cameron brings five years of mixed-use high-rise residential experience. Throughout his academic and professional practice, he has sought to expand relations between developers and owners in understanding short and long-term gains in environmental design. With key interests in Adaptive Re-use and Kinetic Architecture, he aims to expand humanity’s interaction with the built and natural environment.
Prior to his transition into architecture, Li began his career as a civil engineer. Inspired by the legendary Rem Koolhaas, and his work in Beijing for the headquarters of CCTV, Li experienced firsthand the power of architecture in influencing a country’s way of thinking. Recognizing the limited capacity of civil engineering in developing the final structure, Li sought to become more embedded in the design process.
He believes the best projects hold a sense of uncertainty, and the best designs surrender to this notion, eliminating possibilities to guide individuals through a space, while not controlling how they ultimately engage with it. He posits that learning through design is simultaneously a way of learning about yourself—the better you know yourself, the better your designs may be.
A native Louisianan, Cory joined the firm in January of 2018 to ensure the efficient day-to-day operations of the studio. A naturally hospitable person, he prides himself in providing each and every employee and guest with the utmost of care.
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.
Tyler hails from Cajun Country and migrated east to pursue architecture at Tulane University. Studying and working during the rebuilding of New Orleans enhanced his understanding of progress and growth, now refined through the lenses of place, culture, history, and context.
Tyler believes that designing is an act of giving, both to the public and the client. Highly collaborative inside the studio and with our clients, he enjoys sharing his knowledge through tutorials and teaching. He strives to push forward the use of advanced software to create architecture that is a register of our time and a reference to our place.
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 joined 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.
Chris brings a diverse portfolio of experience to Construction Contract Administration, having worked as an architect, a consultant for a local real estate developer, and a general contractor. This diversity of experience brings a unique perspective to his role and ensures our projects meet best practices for both our clients and studio, with his portfolio of built work exceeding $100+ million in construction costs.
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.
Having worked in San Francisco, Austin, and now New Orleans, Fenny has held multiple administrative positions in a wide variety of industries. Her experience includes a role as project administrator an Austin-based architecture firm where she supported a team that worked on a 1 million square foot corporate campus project helping to manage a digital library of over 1,000 drawings. This background, alongside eight years of freelance film production work, allowed her to cultivate her administrative skill set and adaptability.
Michael brings a storyteller’s craft to communicating the brand identity and mission of the firm. A writer at heart, he expands this skillset with a background in user experience design—letting market insights, data, and analytics drive his decision making, rather than assuming to know what every audience is thinking. He augments this storytelling with a keen visual eye and maintains a particular fondness for photography and typography.
Before joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Michael worked in the tech industry, designing digital experiences for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Marriott, Amex, and CUNY.
Javier joins the firm from New York City, where he practiced at several levels of architecture and design, from mixed-use and multi-family residential to fabrication and consumer products. Drawn to the historical aspect of architecture as a chronicler of time and place, Javier believes that sustainability and resilience are not simply labels, but necessities of good design.
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.
Kim joined the firm in 2017, bringing a deep portfolio of work in hospitality, sports facility, and multi-family residential.
After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University, Kim began her career at Trahan Architects. There, she was part of the design team for the Jung Hotel Historic Renovation and Redevelopment and served as project architect for the New Orleans Superdome Endzone Video Boards and 400-Level Suites Renovations, two simultaneous projects that involved a rigorous and complex 8-month schedule due to ongoing events in the arena.
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.
With key interests in sustainable site strategies and urban design, Amanda brings a critical perspective to design via community engagement, evident in such diverse projects as Crescent Park, New Orleans East Hospital and the Convention Center Linear Park.
Amanda holds a strong interest in open spaces and urban connectivity that engage the built environment—as well as the people who inhabit them. For design to truly be successful, she maintains the belief that design should integrate a diversity of voices—in a multitude of ways—from community outreach meetings and neighborhood canvassing to more technological avenues, such as online surveys and informational websites. In doing so, she hopes to achieve equitable design solutions, the best possible outcome for the community at large.
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.
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.
Our resident drone expert, Mark brings experience in higher education and a variety of other project types to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. In addition, his experience and personal interest in emerging technologies and visualization permits him to push the advancement of new software as a member of our Digital Design and Technology Group.
Mark appreciates clean lines and a minimalist architectural aesthetic. At the same time, he values the complex geometries, parametric models, and building analyses permitted by technology that weren’t possible in years past. An innovative problem solver and designer, Mark says that he enjoys “giving value to our clients through visual storytelling”. Using a variety of tools - like 3D modeling, virtual reality, and hand sketching - he presents designs in a multitude of ways both internally and externally.
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.