Staff Bios


David Briggs, AIA LEED AP
Dave started his own firm in 1993 and founded Loci Architecture in 1998. 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. His love of New York City’s unique urban ecology led him to co-found Gowanus by Design, a non-profit community organization that is exploring the long-term urban planning challenges around the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. He co-chairs the Land Use Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 6 and is a member of the Parks/Recreation/Environmental Protection Committee. He also represents Gowanus by Design on the EPA’s Community Advisory Group for the Gowanus Canal Superfund site and chairs its Land Use Committee. In 2016, he joined the Van Alen Institute’s Program Leadership Council and is a fellow at the Urban Design Forum. 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 spends as much of his spare time as possible in his painting studio.


Edward Jose, AIA LEED AP
Studio Director

Ed has Over 25 years of experience in multi-family residential, academic, and commercial design. He led the project teams for three market-rate and affordable housing projects totaling $90 million, which were recently completed. He is overseeing a 10-year 500,000 SF facility and infrastructure upgrade project at Pace University’s 1 Pace Plaza and is currently managing several projects for Taconic Investment Partners, which are all under construction. As the Studio Director, Ed is studying the interaction between architectural design, building science, and architectural practice, towards developing thoughtful and efficient client service delivery methods. He was awarded a Master of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design, from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, as well as a Bachelor of Architectural Science, from Ryerson University in Toronto. He is NCARB certified and is licensed to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.


Rebecca Kidd, RA, CPHD, LEED GA
Rebecca is a designer and project manager with a multidisciplinary background that has ranged from leading the design/build team on a large-scale art installation for a retailer to managing the design team on a 30,000 sf fit-out for a middle school. She has managed projects for new charter schools, facade restorations and residential designs. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and is always looking for ways to improve building envelope details. Rebecca is deeply invested in enhancing Loci’s overall process and initiated our mentoring program in the office. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Philadelphia University and is licensed to practice architecture in New York.


Rachel Padowicz, AIA, LEED GA
Rachel came to Loci from Virginia, where she began her career designing commercial and governmental projects. At Loci, she has designed and managed projects for such institutions as Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, Pace University, and Molloy College, as well as for residential clients. Rachel appreciates the human element of architecture and believes that everything we do as architects should inform the narrative of how people experience and move through the built environment. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York and Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Shimal Morjaria
Shimal joined Loci after obtaining his Master of Arts and Master of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. Living and working in Kenya, the UAE, India and the UK has sparked his interest in the societal responsibilities of architects and designers. His multicultural background informs his belief that the architect’s role in society is not just that of a builder of structures but also as a communicator of culture. Shimal brings this mindset to the design team at Loci, helping produce architectural solutions befitting New York’s diversity.


Surambika Pradhan
Hailing from India, Surambika Pradhan recently moved to New York from Chicago, where she earned her Master of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. While in school, she developed an interest in phenomenology in architecture and continues to research the psychological and environmental impact of art and architecture. Her passion for working in and improving the urban fabric led her to join the Loci team where she has worked on such projects as a commercial warehouse conversion and a feasibility study for a Brooklyn-based charter school. Apart from architecture, she has an interest in woodworking, photography and painting.


Annika Schneider
Annika recently joined the Loci team after receiving her Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Having spent time in researching and learning about the immense impacts of architecture in Germany, Singapore, Morocco, and Louisiana, Annika is deeply interested in examining the ways design can be used to unify a community and streamline sustainable practices. In her five years of study, she has had the opportunity to examine the power of design at both an urban and community scale, with her most recent explorations done through her thesis, which focused on alleviating the fear of otherness through architectural affect.


Jake Lefeber
As a rising senior at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jake has been able to explore a range of topics from small scale community-based projects to large scale urban planning. Enthusiastic to gain insight on unfamiliar aspects of architecture, Jake joined Loci determined to contribute the skills he has acquired through his education and get involved in the processes integral to the functions of New York City. He is currently working on the Harriet Tubman Charter School, where he has conducted multiple site surveys and has begun drafting the building’s existing conditions in order to help upgrade the school.


Layton Weedeman
Office Manager
Layton has over 10 years experience in Office Management specializing in Administration, Customer Service and Leadership. Prior to joining Loci, he managed a wholesale optical laboratory, producing high-quality eyewear, where he maintained 100+ client relationships, built and led a team of 15 seasoned technicians with focus on high production output, and helped quadruple the company’s size during his tenure. At Loci, Layton’s attention to detail and profound organizational/professional skills help attribute to a successful firm.