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.

 

 

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 travelled 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.

 

 

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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Designer

Rui Xu received her undergraduate degree from the Harbin Institute of Technology in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Michigan. Rui has worked on residential and gymnasium projects in Harbin at the levels of conceptual and structural design.

Rui’s work has been featured in the 2018 Student Work Exhibition at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in the University of Michigan. She won the team first-place in International Communities Competition (ICCC) organized in cooperation with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) and United Nations Ageing Unit In 2016.

Originally from China, Rui speaks Mandarin and has lived and traveled in Europe and Asia. She enjoys traveling, photography and has also earned her Yoga teaching qualification.