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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jenifer Navard has over 25 years of experience in business and financial management. Her experience ranges from auditing with one of the top 5 public accounting firms, through financial accounting for SEC firms and the management of mid sized companies in a diverse range of industries. This background has provided her with a broad set of skills to draw from in managing the growing business of our firm. Her approach to managing the day-to-day finances of the practice, as well as our long-term strategic planning, has proven invaluable in both the sustainability and the transparency of our studio.
After interning for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple during his undergraduate studies, Ian O’Cain joined the studio full-time in the Summer of 2013.
An avid runner and cyclist, Ian is one of the most knowledgeable members of the studio on all subjects related to digital fabrication and printing. As a native New Orleanian, he’s also a great source of information about all things New Orleans: the culture, the history, and most importantly, the food.
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.
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 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.
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.
In over 30 years of professional practice, Partner Mark Ripple has developed specialized experience in the management of large institutional projects. Having successfully completed a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects in both the private and public sector his career has grown rapidly though his tenacious commitment to project expectations – no matter how restrictive. His analytical approach to project delivery and commitment to client satisfaction has also helped the firm maintain strong, long-term relationships with several repeat clients.
Since joining 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.
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.
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.
Jessica Sigmundsson came to New Orleans in the fall of 2005 to start her undergraduate studies at Tulane University. As an English and Film Studies double major, Jessica spent a considerable amount of time advocating on behalf of- and volunteering for several film and arts-related nonprofit organizations throughout the city including the New Orleans Film Festival and the New Orleans Video Access Center; in addition to the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Center for Fiction, New York City.
Z Smith 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.
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 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.
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.