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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:
Haley R. Allen

Haley R. Allen LEED Green Associate

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 resident of Mid-City, Haley spends her free time exploring her neighborhood, enjoying a good read, sketching, and the occasional dabble into other arts. Her love of history (both fact and fiction), complex communities, and unique environments influences her work on a daily basis.

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Origin:
  • Paris, Tennessee
Studied:
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Aalto University in Otaniemi, Finland
Selected Project Work:
José Alvarez

José Alvarez AIA, LEED AP

  • Principal

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José has worked with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple for more than 17 years. 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.

His ability to develop design concepts and visuals helps many clients in both their decision making and their fundraising/marketing efforts. Jose was named an Associate in the studio in 2007, Principal in 2013 and maintains ongoing leadership roles in the training and mentoring of our youngest designers.

In addition to his architectural design expertise, José advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and is currently the President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Louisiana Chapter, Program Coordinator and mentor for Project Pipeline, AIA State Delegate and Program Director for AIA New Orleans Young Architect Forum.

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

Anthony Bayers AIA, CCS, 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
Samantha Cohen

Samantha Cohen

  • Research Fellow

Samantha Cohen has joined EDR as a summer research fellow, helping the firm understand how resilience and green infrastructure, which is the ecological management of stormwater, play a role in the design world. She is focusing on analyzing how New Orleans manages its water, best management practices for green infrastructure, and how added value can be designed into engineering projects through multifunctional infrastructure creating ecological, economical, cultural and societal benefits. 

She’s currently finishing her Master of City Planning at MIT, and also did her undergraduate degree at MIT, where she studied civil and environmental engineering. Between degrees she moved to NYC for four years, where she worked for an urban agriculture consultant and at Buro Happold working on engineering sustainable infrastructure for their masterplanning group. Her professional interests are in urban metabolism, sustainable neighborhoods, community building, and social and environmental justice. She enjoys playing the drums, dancing, biking and traveling.

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Origin:
  • Hackensack, NJ
Studied:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Isaac Cohen

Isaac Cohen

  • Research Fellow

Isaac Cohen joins the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple team as a research fellow focused on the topic of the Civil Landscape, investigating the intersection of landscape architecture, community engagement, and design. A native of New Jersey, Isaac is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. 

Isaac has worked with the landscape his entire life, starting from the time he could lift a rake with his parent’s landscape maintenance and design/build company, working to raise money, advocate for, and build parks in Seattle, and for the last three years in Dallas, TX at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. At bcWORKSHOP, a non-profit community design center, Isaac engaged in a wide variety of community driven planning, design, and research efforts focused on strengthening neighborhoods and their connection to the urban landscape. 

A resident of the Irish Channel, Isaac is excited to be exploring the city on foot and bike, planning trips to see novel landscapes and infrastructures, cooking, making art, and reading.

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Origin:
  • Princeton, New Jersey
Studied:
  • Vassar College
  • University of Virginia
Kyle Culver

Kyle Culver LEED Green Associate

  • Designer

Kyle Culver returns to his native Louisiana after living and working in Seattle, WA.  The son of a construction company owner, Kyle spent many days as a child wandering project sites and learning the business.  Given this background and a growing personal interest, becoming an architect seemed like a no brainer.

A graduate of Louisiana Technical University, Kyle has worked on a variety of project types—mixed-use, retail and hospitality—including the $22 billion dollar City Center, Las Vegas; the world’s largest resort/casino—and led the production and development of internationally-acclaimed competition entries including Lotte World, and Hyundai Department Store.

With an interest in football and digital fabrication, Kyle actively volunteers with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, ACE Mentorship Program and the AIA.

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Origin:
  • Slidell, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana Tech University
Selected Project Work:
Hannah Daugherty

Hannah Daugherty

  • Marketing Coordinator

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. 

A graduate of the Interior Architecture program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Hannah developed a great appreciation for the design process and approach. Having lived in both Turkey and Italy, she is attracted to the rich culture and historic architecture of these cities. This fascination with European style played a major role in her decision to move to America’s most European city — New Orleans.

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Origin:
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Studied:
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Yeditepe Üniversitesi
Aseem Deshpande

Aseem Deshpande AIA, LEED AP

  • Associate | Director of BIM Technologies

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:
Steve Dumez

Steve Dumez FAIA

  • Principal | 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:
Jacob Dunn

Jacob Dunn LEED AP BD+C

  • Designer

Jacob Dunn, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C came to New Orleans after living and working in Boise, ID as a an Architectural Simulation Specialist at the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab where he worked on energy efficiency research, sustainability consulting through building simulation, and professional/student outreach.  A graduate of the same institution, Jacob earned a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Architecture and graduated with honors (Summa Cum Laude).

Surprisingly, Jacob never had an affinity or interest in Architecture until college. A randomly selected major has turned into a life-long passion to explore the intersection between aesthetics and performance through a scientific approach to sustainability.  Resolved that high performance and high design are not mutually exclusive terms, he employs building simulation and evidence-based design to achieve a more sustainable built environment.

A resident of the Lower Garden District, Jacob spends his free time backpacking, traveling, fishing, cooking, and playing the guitar.

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Origin:
  • Boise, Idaho
Studied:
  • University of Idaho
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:
Jeannine Ford

Jeannine Ford

  • Construction Contract Administrator

A native New Orleanian, Jeannine Ford brings extensive knowledge of construction and a passion for rebuilding Louisiana to the firm.

A graduate of Auburn University, Jeannine joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2014 after more than a decade of working for many of the major construction firms in the city and overseeing the completion of more than $300M of new construction and renovations. In addition to her knowledge of construction techniques and delivery methods, Jeannine has been integral to advancing the completion of many of the firm’s projects throughout the region.

In her spare time, Jeannine is actively involved with the Muff-a-lottas—a local dance troupe committed to celebrating the spirit of the City with sequins and satin—and never misses an opportunity to go fishing in the marshes and bayous.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, LA
Studied:
  • Rockhurst College
  • Auburn University
Selected Project Work:
Tom Gibbons

Tom Gibbons LEED Green Associate

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.

With backgrounds in geography, ecology and architecture, Tom has always been an advocate for sustainability and mitigating climate change. He has a keen interest in the history of urban settings, their development and the challenges and opportunities presented by the geographical characteristics that shape them.

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Origin:
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
Studied:
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University
  • George Washington University
Selected Project Work:
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:
Mark Hash

Mark Hash

  • Senior Designer

Mark joined the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple team in the fall of 2013, 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.

Mark’s passion for design has led him to pursue teaching opportunities, including a graduate course at MIT on coastal restoration and building in a shifting landscape. Some of Mark’s notable projects include Lockport Community Center, World Trade Center Redevelopment and Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.

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Origin:
Studied:
  • Yale University
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
Emily Heausler

Emily Heausler

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.

A resident of Uptown, Emily enjoys urban exploring, sailing on the gulf coast, traveling and painting as often as possible.

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Origin:
  • Kansas City, Missouri
Studied:
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
Selected Project Work:
Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is an architectural designer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with a post-professional Master in Architecture degree in May 2016 and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University. He has over two years of professional experience working at a variety of firms in New Orleans and Boston. Michael volunteers as a lead designer at a non-profit architectural design company called Samanhaus and is currently designing an orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti. He spent numerous summers working with a master carpenter and general contractor on residential construction in New Orleans. 

Michael was awarded the Heffernan International Travel Grant in 2015, the Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Medal in 2012, and the best Design-Build Award at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in 2011.  His projects have been published in GSD Platform 8, Sucker Punch Daily, and Super//Architects.  

A resident of Uptown, Michael likes eating great food, listening to live music and attending many different kinds of festivals.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, LA
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tiffany Michaela Jones

Tiffany Michaela Jones

  • Studio Assistant

Tiffany Michaela Jones came to New Orleans in the summer of 2012 from New York City encouraged by the state’s burgeoning film industry. She is a resident of the Uptown neighborhood.

A native of Rolla, MO, she began her professional career early when she joined a singing troupe that traveled extensively throughout South Korea. She was four, but a love of the theatre and acting was born. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and Art from the University of Mobile; and studied at the The Joop Van den Ende Academy, International Performing Arts Institute in Germany.

When she isn’t in the office, Tiffany is a Victory Belle at the National WWII Museum (a 1940s-style vocal trio that travels across the US and abroad performing for and honoring veterans and active duty military); and enjoys acting (film/theatre), singing, painting, drawing, traveling, and animals—especially sloths!

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Origin:
  • Rolla, Missouri
Studied:
  • University of Mobile
  • International Performing Arts Institute
Luke Jones

Luke Jones

  • Communications Coordinator

Luke joined the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple family in December 2015 as a Communications Coordinator. After graduating from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2013 with a degree in advertising, Luke worked in several marketing firms as a copywriter and social media strategist. He now assists in EDR’s ongoing marketing, public relations and social media efforts.

A lover of language and storytelling, Luke spends his free time reading, writing, and pretending to be a movie critic. He resides in the Lower Garden District with his beloved miniature Schnauzer, Albus.

 

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Origin:
  • Alexandria, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
Travis Kalina

Travis Kalina

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).

A resident of the Uptown neighborhood, Travis enjoys riding his bicycle around the city, cooking and trying new recipes and running.

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Origin:
  • Arlington, Texas
Studied:
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Selected Project Work:
Max Katz

Max Katz

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. 

Max has an intense love for detailing and building structures, especially when there are many constraints to consider. He received the Outstanding Thesis Award and the Tulane 34 award, which is only given to only 34 students across all of Tulane’s schools, both graduate and undergraduate, for exemplary academics, leadership, and community service. 

 

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Origin:
  • Los Angeles, California
Studied:
  • Tulane University
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:
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:
Noah Marble

Noah Marble AIA, LEED AP

  • Associate

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:
Claire Matucheski

Claire Matucheski LEED AP BD+C

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. 

Between undergrad and joining EDR, she worked in fabrication and architecture offices in New York, Indianapolis, San Antonio, NW Arkansas, and Austin. Claire was also a one-time resident of New Orleans in the summer of 2009 as a construction intern with Habitat for Humanity.

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Origin:
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
Studied:
  • Ball State University
  • University of Michigan
Marina Michael

Marina Michael LEED Green Associate

Marina joined the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple team as a Research Fellow in June 2015. Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Virginia, she brings architectural knowledge and a sense of curiosity to the firm. After earning her B.S. in Architecture in 2011 from the University of Virginia, Marina worked at Cooper Carry in Alexandria, VA. Soon after she returned to UVA to earn her M.Arch in 2015. 

Marina was drawn to EDR because she wanted to be a part of making environments that speak to people’s intellect, senses and humanity. The EDR Research Fellowship presents an opportunity to qualify how a health framework can affect architecture and contribute to the value that the industry provides people—a value that goes beyond financial gains to a more equitable and healthy world. Since arriving, she has spoken at two conferences and shared research about health in the built environment firm wide in presentations and through studio collaborations. She’s currently formulating an observational research project and will soon be compiling the work into a reference guide for creating health-conscious architecture.

Marina lives Uptown, where she enjoys the convenience of being steps away from the St. Charles streetcar and can get acquainted with the city’s culture, food and festivities on foot.

 

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Origin:
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
Studied:
  • University of Virginia
Jack Monroe

Jack Monroe AIA, LEED AP

  • Project Architect

A resident of Mid-City on Bayou St. John, Jack Monroe joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple after working in the Research Triangle (Raleigh/Durham area) of North Carolina on several large-scale, healthcare related projects.

Perpetually inspired by the complexities of the built environment and how they interface with natural systems, Jack holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Architecture degree from the North Carolina State University (Summa Cum Laude).

Jack firmly believes that architects are more than design professionals; they also serve as healthcare advocates. Architects have the opportunity and responsibility to design spaces that positively impact a person’s health and even play an active role in the healing process.   

In addition to drawing—particularly buildings and cities—Jack enjoys spending his free time fishing, playing the violin (classical and bluegrass) and traveling wherever, whenever possible.  

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Origin:
  • Snow Hill, North Carolina
Studied:
  • North Carolina State University
Selected Project Work:
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
Michael Nunnink

Michael Nunnink

Michael Nunnink joined the team at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2016 after receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. His master’s thesis focused on urban infrastructural strategies that enable the sustainable potential of employing mass timber structural systems in cities as a means of sequestering carbon from the environment. Throughout his studies and professional life, Michael has been fascinated by and engaged in multiple design+build projects as an opportunity to gain an understanding of how architectural drawings are translated into built environment. 

Michael brings with him experience from Ikon 5 Architects, a firm that specializes in higher education projects, as well as local experience from Wayne Troyer Architects where the residence he helped design won a 2016 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit and 2016 Louisiana Landmarks Society Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation. His passion for environmental design and his thorough attention to detail make him an asset to the studio as well as the projects and clients he serves.

A resident of Mid-City, Michael spends his time outside of the studio playing guitar and piano with various musical acts in New Orleans.

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Origin:
  • Morristown, NJ
Studied:
  • Tulane University
Ian O’Cain

Ian O’Cain AIA

  • Project Architect

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.

A graduate of Tulane University (Magna Cum Laude), Ian was named the School of Architecture’s Public Service Fellow in 2010 and a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Tulane University
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Shawn Préau

Shawn Préau AIA

  • Senior 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
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Andy Redmon

Andy Redmon LEED AP

  • Construction Contract Administrator

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. 

A well-seasoned runner, Andy trains for- and participates in countless races (5ks to half marathons) throughout the year. He lives in the Carrollton/Uptown neighborhood.

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Jason Richards

Jason Richards AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Senior 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
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Mark Ripple

Mark Ripple FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Principal | 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 BD+C

  • Senior Associate

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.

With key interests in sustainable site strategies and urban design, Amanda brings a critical perspective to her work which is evident in her most recent string of diverse assignments including Crescent Park, L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans East Hospital and the Louisiana SPCA Campus Expansion. Promoted to Senior Associate in 2015, Amanda is a Board Member for the AIA New Orleans Chapter serving as Treasurer, a founding member of the Young Architects Forum New Orleans Chapter, and a regular design critic at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. In 2014 Amanda served as the National Greenbuild Convention Legacy Project Chair for the USGBC Louisiana Chapter.

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Origin:
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
Studied:
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Selected Project Work:
Haley Robinson

Haley Robinson AIA, LEED AP

  • Project Architect

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. 

While in college, she took advantage of the Rural Studio, working on the project team for Michelle’s House. Haley traveled through Turkey, attending Istanbul Technical University and studied at the Urban Studio in Birmingham. She interned with Giattina Aycock Architecture, where she went on to develop a specialty for Class A custom office design. Haley is an avid non-fiction reader and design blog follower.

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Origin:
  • Enterprise, Alabama
Studied:
  • Auburn University
Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez AIA

  • Project Architect

Upon joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2010 for a short-term graphic assignment, it became clear that Christian’s talent, energy, and depth of design creativity would become a key asset to our studio. While a student at Tulane University, Christian had already made a name for himself as the winner of the Dean’s Honor Scholarship early on and the Honors Thesis Award-Winner in his final semester. While in school Christian also worked with area firms Trahan Architects and Errol Barron / Michael Toups Associates. During those work experiences his ability to see design opportunities within the context of challenging project constraints made him a strong participant in the studios’ most important emerging projects.

Since joining our practice full-time, Christian has 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.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Tulane University
Selected Project Work:
Jack Sawyer

Jack Sawyer AIA, LEED AP

  • Senior 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:
Jessica Sigmundsson

Jessica Sigmundsson

  • Executive Assistant

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.

A resident of the Lower Garden District, Jessica is the pop-culture aficionado and official go-to source for all things happening in the city. In her spare time she enjoys frequenting the festivals, parades and local events that celebrate the unique culture, history and community of the City and surrounding region.

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Origin:
  • Federal Way, Washington
Studied:
  • Tulane University
Z Smith

Z Smith PHD, AIA, LEED Fellow

  • 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 AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Project Architect

A Puerto Rican born Francophile, Vanessa studied theatre, costume design, acting, and ballet before pursing her Masters Degree in Architecture. Vanessa has a particular fascination with preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures. Since joining the studio, Vanessa has had the opportunity to work on several historic renovation projects under the historic tax credit review process. She is also a Sustainability Champion, bringing evidence based design expertise to the project team.

Vanessa serves on the board of the National Organization of Minority Architects - Louisiana Chapter (NOMA LA),  and often volunteers her spare time to NOMA LA’s Project Pipeline program that encourages exploration of art, architecture, engineering, and construction techniques with teenagers in local parish schools. She has extensive experience working with youth programs, including Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center’s Summer Arts Camp, and Broadway Dance Center Summer Intensive at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

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Origin:
  • Freeport, New York
Studied:
  • Tulane University
  • Northeastern University
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Maggie Thacker

Maggie Thacker Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate

  • Director of Marketing & Business Development

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.

Maggie is responsible for the marketing direction of the firm and works closely with principals and staff members to seek opportunities within and outside of the Gulf South. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Origin:
  • Charlottesville, VA
Studied:
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Jill Traylor-Mayo

Jill Traylor-Mayo NCIDQ

  • Interior Designer

Jill Traylor-Mayo joins the practice after living and working in Manhattan for the last decade. A certified 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.

A resident of Uptown, Jill divides her free time between traveling, cooking, practicing yoga and spending quality time with her husband and their three children.

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Origin:
  • New Orleans, LA
Studied:
  • Louisiana State University
Selected Project Work:
  • Fogo de Chão
Mary Grace Verges

Mary Grace Verges AIA, LEED Green Associate

  • Project Architect

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 Project 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 consults on digitally fabricated designs across the studio.

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Origin:
  • Mandeville, Louisiana
Studied:
  • Harvard University
  • Louisiana State University
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Guan Wang

Guan Wang

Guan joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2014 with an intense appreciation for the world of design. As a serial entrepreneur, Guan dabbled in graphic design, web development, media arts and international communications, among other disciplines. After living and learning abroad in China, Switzerland and Chicago, he came to New Orleans to pursue his architectural degree from Tulane University. These pursuits led to a deeper understanding of the power of design, particularly when experience, authenticity, scientific-based rigor, and personal philosophy converge to generate the greatest impact.

A resident of Uptown, Guan is fluent in Chinese, English and all things Chipotle. A lover of beagles and philosophy, he is an advocate for better design in everything—even welding!—and is the Director of the Board of Community Engagement for the New Orleans Chapter of AIGA.  

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Origin:
  • Chicago, IL
Studied:
  • Tulane University
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
Daniel Zegel

Daniel Zegel

Daniel Zegel joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.Arch., Summa Cum Laude).

His interest in architecture is both pragmatic and poetic and equally personal.  Driven by a desire to serve and to create, he uses architecture as a platform that advocates creative and meaningful design solutions that improve our communities and enrich our daily lives. It is through the day-to-day that architecture can have the most impact.

A former camp counselor and sailing enthusiast, Daniel’s love for the outdoors has instilled a sense of exploration, stillness, and adventure. Residents of the Garden District, he and his wife look forward to making New Orleans their new home and experiencing the city’s rich culture whie serving the Lord in their local community and workplace.

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Origin:
  • Franklin, Tennessee
Studied:
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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