Team

 

Principal

Alexander Jermyn received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. For over 15 years, he has worked on residential, commercial, and retail projects at all scales for clients including Knoll, New York University, WeWork, and Marc Jacobs.

He is a Registered Architect in the State of California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. In 2007, he received a fellowship from the Vastu Shilpa Foundation in Ahmedabad, India to study the effects of economic development on a local village in Tamil Nadu, which culminated in a documentary film. He has taught the introductory studio course at the University of California Berkeley and continues to participate on student juries at UC-Berkeley and California College of the Arts. He founded the company in 2010 after having worked for award-winning firms in New York and New Haven.

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Alexander has lived, traveled, and worked extensively in Europe and Asia. He is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish. Outside the studio, his interests include golf, tennis, squash, and backpacking.

 

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Project Director

Johnathan Puff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, followed by a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He began his career in 2005 at a small office in his home state of Maine. Since then he has worked on building typologies ranging from single family homes to performing arts theaters to commercial office blocks. He has particular experience designing buildings for sites that pose unusually complex logistical challenges. Some of his past projects include a hospital in rural Rwanda and a school and research station in the Brazilian Pantanal.

In addition to his professional work, Johnathan is also active as an academic and scholar. He has taught introductory design courses at the University of California Berkeley and has lectured extensively on topics ranging from building material science to Chicago School Modernism. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, where his research focuses on fire safety and material testing in American Architecture.

 

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Project Manager

Timothy Wai is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he earned both a B.A. in Architecture and a Master of Architecture. Tim has a wide range of experience working with residential and commercial projects, both at the scale of conceptual design and resolution of building details.

During his time in school, Tim received the Chester Miller Fellowship, a travel-based grant awarded for supplementing graduate thesis studies. Tim was a guest critic in addition to teaching at University of California Berkeley as a Graduate Studio Instructor.

Originally from Hong Kong, Tim grew up in Canada and has traveled to numerous cities within Europe and Asia. One of his favorite cities is Cordoba, Spain, where his graduate thesis titled “Archive One (More)” was derived.

 

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Designer

Heng Li received her MS in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute. Her interests range across furniture, interiors, architecture and fashion. She is fascinated with woodworking when visiting Japan and continues her explorations with George Nakashima woodworkers in Pennsylvania. She has also contributed to hospitality projects, including restaurants and hotels, with responsibilities ranging from furnishing to drawing documentation.

As a former student of psychology and physics, Heng enjoys observing people interacting with built environments and coming up with ideas that would modify human behaviors in mundane settings. When she is not actively spinning a 3D model in her mind, she is either hiking or swimming.