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Anna Harea, IIDA, ASID

From an early age, Anna has been passionate about performance and visual arts, both of which she pursued in her hometown of San Francisco. Eventually focusing her attention on interior design, Anna moved to NYC to study at the School of Visual Arts where she received a BFA in interior design. She believes that great design is a balance of creativity and perseverance. Anna enjoys the journey from inspiration to reality — defining the character and impact of space. Interior design is not just a career to her, it has shaped who she is. When Anna is not designing, she can be found in the boxing ring perfecting her one-two punch, on her mat practicing yoga, or in her kitchen crafting culinary delights.

 
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Spacesmith joins the 2019 Beverly Willis Awards Gala!

Women of American Architecture. Pictured here from left: Anna Harea, Jaclyn Lieck, Elisabeth Post-Marner, Olga Anaya and Julia Libby.

Ámbar Margarida, CID, IIDA, LEED® GA, Principal

Ámbar Margarida is a Principal who has been with Spacesmith since 2009. She has worked with leading global brands on a diverse cross section of architectural interiors projects including Avon, Bacardi, MTV Networks, BlackRock, US State Department Overseas Building Operations and New York State.

As an accredited green building professional, Ámbar is an expert in designing healthy spaces. These are spaces that contribute to employee wellbeing and satisfaction and have healthy indoor air quality, access to quality views and daylight, plantings and proper ergonomics. 

Ámbar teaches in the Interior Design Bachelors program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and is a founding member of the Latino American Commercial Real Estate Association (LACREA).

 

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Amy Jarvis, AIA, Associate

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Amy found her way to New York after graduate school to begin her career in architecture. Her background in fabrication and working with world renowned artists gives her a unique point of view when working on the wide range of projects at Spacesmith. 

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Andreina Figueira, Designer

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Andreina has always had a strong interest in art, architecture, and design, which is why she relocated to New York City to pursue a BFA in interior design from the School of Visual Arts. She is particularly passionate about graphic design as it allows her to boldly present her ideas. When not at work, Andreina enjoys capturing the City's cultural diversity through photography.

 
 

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Alexandra Gamarra

Spacesmith welcomes Senior Designer Alexandra Gamarra to our team. Alexandra holds a B.Arch. from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Masters in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. Born in Colombia and a New Yorker for over 20 years, her portfolio includes high-end residential, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. Having grown up with a mother who was a painter, Alexandra learned to appreciate the arts at an early age and has a passion for music. She enjoys exploring all of the cultural offerings New York City has to offer.

 
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Alexandra Koretski, NCIDQ, Associate

Alexandra’s strong graphic eye, attention to detail and extensive software knowledge enable her to translate individual project needs to reality. Her bright, enthusiastic and dependable disposition makes her a valuable asset to the our team. Since joining Spacesmith in 2011, her role has evolved into a Designer and Project Manager. In this capacity, she has been instrumental in project delivery for US Embassy complexes in Mexico City, Ankara, and Nassau. In addition, she has contributed to workplace projects for major corporations like Global Brands Group. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts.

 

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Caroline Percy, Designer

With an architect father and an interior designer mother, Atlanta, GA native Caroline Percy followed directly in her family’s footsteps. She received a BFA in interior design from University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art and studied trade show design, furniture design, and art history abroad in Cortona, Italy. When not at a drafting table, Caroline pursues interests in photography and graphic design

 

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Danielle Kachler, IIDA, Intermediate Designer

Growing up in New Jersey, Danielle learned all of the basic knowledge of building interiors from her father, who is skilled in wood-working and construction. In 2016 she graduated from School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Interior Design and received Best Thesis Award for her project that aimed to help the design-build community in NYC.  Danielle believes that all Interior Designers should know how to physically create their own ideas, and that is done solely by having hands-on experience.

 

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Danielle's Thesis

The Garage

The Garage is a 78,000 sq. ft. facility that would provide both space and equipment, such as wood, metal, and digital fabrication to NYC residents who desire an affordable space to start and finish any project.

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Diane McDonald, Office Manager

Diane's primary responsibility is to assist the partners of the firm in business and personal administrative tasks, including calls, research, database maintenance, and other support functions.  For the past 11 years, Diane has kept Spacesmith organized, with a strong ability to interface with both internal and external business associates.

Drew Miller, Associate AIA, Associate

Drew always seeks to find an efficient, holistic approach to all his projects, ensuring a positive and successful outcome for all end users. Drew continues his passion for exploration by competing in triathlons and ultra running events all around the country. When not at work, you can find him weaving through the streets of NYC most mornings and evenings on foot, exploring.

 

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Elisabeth Post-Marner, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal

Elisabeth Post-Marner is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in the design of corporate interiors. She has spent much of her career looking at alternative workplace strategies to enhance a client’s productivity. Her projects have received awards from the AIA and United States Green Building Council.

One of our recent projects, the Abrams Books headquarters, included library space and dozens of open-work environments. Big corporations are now designing offices with similar spaces in mind, including amenities, gardens and parks, that allow people to further develop their personal relationships.
— ELISABETH POST-MARNER, AIA, LEED® AP, PRINCIPAL / REW
 

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Helen Zouvelekis, Communications Director

With a solid background in communications, sales and marketing, Helen brings an in-depth knowledge of digital media and web analytics tools to create an effective and integrated brand presence.

 

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Jaclyn Lieck, LEED® GA, Intermediate Designer

Jaclyn is a Texas native who was drawn to the East Coast for its energy, history, and culture. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture. Since having worked on projects based in New York, Texas, Washington DC, Germany, and Mexico, she is interested in the unique contextual and cultural relationships that exist in the built environment, and strives to study them in every project. Having a longstanding interest in art, she enjoys drawing and painting subjects from her travels in her free time.

 

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Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA, Partner

Jane brings a unique combination of creativity and business acumen to Spacesmith. A leader in the design community, Jane was Chair of the Interior Design Department, School of Visual Arts for 10 years, where she helped to strengthen and inspire young talent. Under Jane’s guidance, Spacesmith has been recognized as one of the top 200 “Giants of Design” by Interior Design Magazine since 2005.

 
 
 

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Joseph Redwing Miranda, Designer

Joseph’s journey began with an apprenticeship in carpentry, where he studied various types of construction, finish carpentry, fine woodworking, and furniture. This introduction to the built environment led him to the study of architecture. Joseph’s practice draws on the experiences and knowledge he gained as a carpenter, strengthening his skills and success in digital fabrication, computational design, and the realization of complex solutions. Joseph lives in Hudson, NY and when not working on the computer, he can be found in the woodshop, hiking trails, or riding his motorcycle.

 

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Julia Libby, Associate AIA, Senior Designer

Julia is a coastal Massachusetts/ Rhode Island area native who relocated to NYC in pursuit of a fast-paced creative environment. She has a wide range of architectural and interior experiences including luxury retail, high-rise residential, commercial headquarters and workplace interiors. Julia has a strong background in the arts; she enjoys painting, figure drawing and creative projects in her spare time. She is currently pursuing her Massachusetts state registration. 

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Katy Marino, Associate AIA

Katy graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She has experience in many architectural disciplines including retail, high end residential, healthcare, and institutional projects. Katy is passionate about integrating innovative and functional design while utilizing the latest technology and software in the industry. In her free time she enjoys traveling, knitting, programming with JavaScript, and weight lifting.

 

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Kristen Persinos, Marketing Director

With a strong background in performing and graphic arts, Kristen most enjoys the creative aspects of marketing. When not advocating for the oxford comma, digging up “Fun Facts”, or pushing proposal paperwork, she can be found practicing her pentatonic scales.

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Lisa Angulo, Designer

A Bronx native, Lisa has always been fascinated by the constant change of the built environment. In 2016, Lisa graduated with a M.Arch from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Prior to joining Spacesmith, Lisa worked for a nonprofit building schools abroad. She also has experience with high-end residential design. During her free time, Lisa enjoys painting and spending time with family and friends.

 
 

Marc Gordon, AIA, Partner

Marc’s lifelong study of history makes him a perfect fit for a firm dedicated to the creation of enduring architecture. He brings 25 years of experience to his current role, in which he oversees the development of construction documentation and specifications. By using emerging technology to build more efficiently, as well as to further the art of design, Marc helps to produce imaginative and inspiring results for Spacesmith’s clients.

 

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Margaret O'Neill, Director

Margaret O’Neill oversees the firm’s functioning in terms of Finance and Administration. She oversees office management to achieve maximum expense control and productivity. Margaret draws on over 15 years of experience in which she handles accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, job costing, project management, budgeting, and completion of financial reports for presentation to accountant and CEO.

 

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Max Belyaev, Designer

Max graduated with high honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Interior Design. When it comes to art and design, he believes in using different sets of parameters to explore design possibilities.  Max grew up in Russia and speaks two languages. He loves playing soccer, watercolor, and cooking traditional Russian dishes.

 

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Michel Franck, AIA, Partner

Michel is known for his dedication to teamwork, his precision, and exceptional endurance. A citizen of both Luxembourg and the United States, Michel is fluent in five languages and is a registered Architect in the United States and the European Union. He currently serves as President of the Luxembourg- American Chamber of Commerce.

 
 

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Olga Anaya, Associate AIA

Olga worked for the government division of Historic Zones and Monuments in Old San Juan, PR. After her year of schooling at the Ecole de Architecture in Versailles France, Olga worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where she was a critical part of several teams designing buildings all over the world, including Dubai, China, and Mumbai. 

 
 

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Roger Marquis, AIA Associate, Business Development Director

As an experienced business development professional and former entrepreneur, Roger possesses the motivation and dedication which is necessary to build and maintain long-term client relationships, and is committed to serving the needs of existing and future Spacesmith clients. Roger has a historical interest in architecture and design, and a love for all things nautical, especially sailing and the rich maritime history of New York.

 
 

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William Wong, AIA, LEED® AP, Associate

Will Wong is a life-long New Yorker who is intrigued by the constant evolution of the city’s skyline and infrastructure. Having grown up surrounded by new construction, he is interested in the critical and complex process of building in a dense urban environment. His awareness of designing projects is relatable to the human scale. Will is a registered architect in the State of New York and enjoys traveling with his wife and son in his spare time.

Will is a leader in project management across the firm’s workplace, retail, academic, and profit projects. He is known for his critical approach to complex planning, design, and construction processes.

Since joining Spacesmith in 2012, Will has led work for such diverse clients as Li & Fung, Major League Soccer, Columbia University, and Abrams Books. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

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Testimonials

Dear Will...On behalf of Marla Simpson, Janelle Farris, Angela Chiappara and the Cornerstone site directors, I want to thank you for the excellent job you did putting together the Brooklyn Community Services Cornerstone report. Your observations are very astute, and a significant number of the recommendations easy for us to implement. We all appreciate the work and care that went into this project. Your report will be a valuable resource for both the Cornerstone programs and the communities they serve. It was a pleasure working with you.
— Les Lopes, Department of the Chief Operating Officer