Team

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Staff Bios

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David Briggs, AIA LEED AP
Principal
Dave has practiced architecture for twenty-eight 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 also 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 is a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 6 where he serves on the Landmarks/Land Use Committee, and chairs the Land Use Committee for 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 Urban Design Forum.

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Edward Jose, AIA 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.

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Mark Maljanian, AIA
Design Director

Mark joined Loci in 2016 and led 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. Currently, he is designing three projects: the new Molloy College Voice and Dance Studios, the Eckford Street Development in Greenpoint, and a residential duplex renovation in the Meatpacking District. He is also developing the facility standards for 22 locations as part of the Uncommon Schools feasibility study. Prior to joining Loci, Mark worked at BRB Architects where he completed the World Room in Columbia University’s Pulitzer Hall and designed the renovation of Johnson Chapel at Trinity School which won an honor award from the AIANY. Mark was awarded his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 1989.

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Rebecca Kidd, CPHD, LEED GA
Project Manager
Rebecca is designing and managing the second phase of a $2.5 million renovation of TEP Charter School in Washington Heights and managing 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.

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Elise McCurley, RA
Project Manager
Elise is designing and managing the $5 million conversion of a 62,000 SF Queens warehouse into new retail and medical spaces and writing the feasibility study report for 22 Uncommon Charter schools in Brooklyn. Last summer she completed our seventh project for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, the 10th Floor renovation of their Downtown Brooklyn elementary school. 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.

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Rachel Padowicz, AIA, LEED GA
Project Architect
Rachel managed the $20 million feasibility study/master plan for the 90,000 SF Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center and is currently working with Mark on the Molloy College Voice and Dance Studios. She completed the renovations 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.

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Shimal Morjaria
Designer
Shimal joined Loci this spring after obtaining his Master of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees at the University of Edinburgh and returning to his home in Kenya. He is on the project team that is researching the zoning rights for a large mixed-use development in the Bronx and is putting together the contract documents for a retail fit-out in Harlem. As part of Loci’s response to another large-scale housing development RFP in the Bronx, he is working with Mark to develop a design presentation as part of our submission.

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Sheila Aguilu
Designer
Sheila is currently preparing the contract documents for a private residence in the Meatpacking District and the Eckford Street Development in Greenpoint. She is working with Elise on a Queens warehouse conversion to new retail and medical spaces that is currently under construction, and managing a facilities upgrade at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Windsor Terrace.

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Surambika Pradhan
Designer
Surambika recently moved to New York to join our team. She immediately started working with Mark and Elise on the Uncommon School Feasibility Study for their 22 charter schools in Brooklyn and a warehouse conversion in the Bronx that will become the new home for a kidney dialysis treatment facility. Surambika studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology, earning her Masters of Architecture degree in 2015.

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Ilijana Solden
Designer
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 Mark and Rachel on the contract documents for the new Molloy College Voice and Dance Studios on lower Broadway.

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Greg Crane
Office Manager
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.