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 in Brooklyn. He sits on 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. 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 his spare time in his painting studio.

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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

An experienced design leader, Mark joined Loci Architecture in 2016, leading a Master Planning effort for the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center and completing a project at TEP Charter School. He is now working on an affordable housing development in the Bronx, a private residence in Chelsea, and Performing Arts Studios for Molloy College. Mark brings to each project a participatory process of comparative design studies which enables clients and the design team to understand the critical issues at play and to address them creatively. Mark’s focus on fabrication and detail as an extension of larger design ideas has led to extensive publication and to numerous design awards, including an AIA-NY Honor award. Mark holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

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Rebecca Kidd, RA, CPHD, LEED GA
Architect
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.

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Rachel Padowicz, AIA, LEED GA
Architect
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.

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Shimal Morjaria
Designer
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.

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Surambika Pradhan
Designer
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.

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Greg Clarke
Designer
Greg is an Australian-registered architect with a combined five years of experience. He has worked on various project types in Australia and Asia, across all sectors at several Australian award winning firms. He is passionate about architecture and the built environment, and the power they have to shape the future of our cities. He has recently relocated to the United States and joined Loci to further his career in architecture and design.

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Sheila Aguilu
Designer
After obtaining her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Sheila moved to New York City to pursue a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University. She enjoys exploring creative new design concepts and developing them into architecture. Since starting her professional career, she has developed a passion for materializing client needs into bold, inspirational spaces.

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Sai Hu
Intern
Sai recently joined Loci after earning her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon joining the firm, she started working on a variety of projects and phases, including preparing a proposal in response to an RFP for a public library and gathering data for construction documents for a charter school in Brooklyn. Last year, she traveled in Europe as an exchange student and gained a wider perspective and a better understanding of architecture and community. She is very excited to work with the Loci team before she returns to school to pursue her Master of Architecture degree.

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Dawson Desire
Intern
Dawson started part-time at the office in 2016 while earning his International Baccalaureate diploma at a Brooklyn high school. This fall he enrolled at New York City College of Technology to start pursuing his architecture degree. While at the office, he prepares construction sketches, surveys and documents existing conditions, and makes site visits. When he has a few minutes to spare in his busy schedule, he writes free form poetry and is a voracious reader.

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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.