Staff Bios


David Briggs, AIA LEED AP
Dave has practiced architecture for twenty-seven years and founded Loci Architecture in 1993. He has completed hundreds of projects including master plans, feasibility studies, new construction, exterior restorations, building renovations, and interiors in the academic, housing residential, and commercial sectors. Dave is the Executive Director of Gowanus by Design, a non-profit community-based advocacy group that is exploring the long-term urban planning challenges around the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn. He also serves on the New Visions Charter High Schools board overseeing four schools in Brooklyn and Queens, is a member of the Landmarks/Land Use Committee in Brooklyn’s Community Board #6, and recently joined the EPA’s Community Advisory Group for the Gowanus Canal Superfund site. Dave was awarded his Bachelor of Architecture degree by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Minor in Studio Arts. He is licensed to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana and he is a fellow at the Forum for Urban Design.


Edward Jose, RA LEED AP
Studio Director

Ed has over 24 years of experience in multi-family housing, academic, planning, and commercial design. He currently leads the project teams for three market-rate and affordable housing projects totaling $90 million. He is overseeing a 10-year code compliance project at Pace University’s 500,000 SF complex at 1 Pace Plaza. The project involves facility and infrastructure upgrades towards obtaining the building’s first Certificate of Occupancy. Prior to joining Loci, he was a Project Architect at Perkins Eastman Architects where he completed several senior-living and higher education projects with budgets up to $100 million.

Ed was awarded his Master of Architecture degree by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He is NCARB certified and is licensed to practice architecture in New York and New Jersey.


Mark Maljanian, AIA
Design Director

Mark joined Loci in 2016 and is currently leading the design team on the 90,000 SF, $20 million feasibility study/master plan for the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, NY. Prior to joining Loci, Mark worked at BRB Architects for ten years where he completed the World Room in Columbia University’s Pulitzer Hall and designed the renovation of Johnson Chapel at Trinity School which won several awards including an honor award from the AIANY. Among three new buildings he designed for Molloy College, is the award winning 57,000 SF campus center. His residential experience includes renovations to apartments, carriage houses, and single-family homes.

Mark was awarded his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 1989.


Rebecca Kidd, CPHD, LEED GA
Project Manager
This past summer, Rebecca managed the $1.5 million renovation of TEP Charter School in Washington Heights and two exterior restoration projects. She recently designed three residences located in the Upper East Side, Soho, and Park Slope. She is a registered Passive House professional, responsible for developing construction details that support energy efficiency.

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Philadelphia University.


Elise McCurley, RA
Project Manager
Elise is designing and managing the $3 million conversion of a 62,000 SF Queens warehouse into a commercial property. This past summer she completed our seventh project for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, the 10th Floor renovation of their Downtown Brooklyn elementary school. She is completing the 100 West 72nd Street sidewalk and vault restoration and designed the new Kentile Playground under the elevated subway in the Gowanus neighborhood.

Elise graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and completed her post-professional master of architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania.


Rachel Padowicz, RA, LEED GA
Project Architect
Rachel is currently managing the $20 million feasibility study/master plan for the 90,000 SF Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, the construction of four new teaching and research science labs at Pace University, and the renovation of a private residence in Carroll Gardens. Prior to joining Loci, Rachel had three years of commercial and governmental design experience in Virginia.

Rachel earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Sheila Aguilu
Sheila recently joined Loci and is currently preparing the contract documents for TEP Charter School and is providing construction administration services for the Queens warehouse conversion. She is also on the design team for an apartment renovation in the meatpacking district.


Greg Crane
Office Manager / Bookkeeper
Greg has over 15 years experience in administration and 12 years experience as an Assistant/Office Manager/Bookkeeper. Prior to joining Loci, he managed the business and private affairs of the Principal and provided support for a diverse staff at Stephen Harris Architects which more than doubled in size during his employment. At Lebowitz Gould Design, Inc., he was assistant to the President as well as administrator for a staff of nine. His responsibilities at both offices and at Loci have been benefit administration, invoicing, management of all payables/receivables, general office maintenance, vendor coordination, monthly time budgets, and timesheet compliance.


Kathy Xiao
While pursuing earning her Masters of Architecture from Columbia University, Kathy joined Loci in 2015. Working with Rebecca, she completed the design for the new 35,000 SF Brooklyn Prospect Middle School on Fulton Avenue, which is under construction. She has worked on several projects at Pace University, joined the production team for our $3 million warehouse conversion project in Queens, and is currently preparing the contract documents for the north wing of TEP Charter team school.


Ilijana Solden
A Columbia University architecture student, Ilijana came to Loci last year and joined the design teams for a private residence and the warehouse conversion project in Queens. She completed code compliance drawings for an Upper West Side residence and a commercial development in Williamsburg. She is currently working with Kathy, Mark, and Rebecca on the contract documents for the north wing of TEP Charter team school.