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About

The Studio


Bernheimer Architecture is a practice rooted in New York City and its surroundings.

 


As a studio BA creates dignified spaces through contemplative research, simultaneous with consideration for the pragmatics of building. Our studio is committed to designing sustainable and resilient architecture by crafting productive environments for people and their communities. Thoughtful use of form, materials and systems leads to designs responsive to context, program, budget, catalyzing rich experience.

BA provides full architectural design, interior design, construction administration, planning and zoning analysis services. BA’s portfolio includes award-winning affordable and high-end residential, commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, public architectural projects, furniture design, architectural design competitions, and art installations.



 

Team


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Andrew Bernheimer FAIA

Principal

Andy has his M.Arch from Washington University in St. Louis and is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Parsons School of Design in NYC. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2018. Andy and his family live in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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Meredith Kole Assoc. AIA

Associate

Meredith joined BA in 2012 and has overseen a diverse range of projects - from both single and multi-family homes to retail spaces and civic work. Meredith has an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a B.Des from the University of Florida. She has previously held positions at Adjaye Associates, Allied Works Architecture, Young Projects and TEN Arquitectos.

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Thom Medek AIA

Associate

Thom has been using his 12 years of experience to focus on housing for all New Yorkers as well as community-oriented projects and places that inspire and dignify the workers of the world. Outside of the office, Thom periodically collaborates with his partner Kate Noll on art and theater projects. He also researches funerary architecture/culture and aspires to design a library for a conservation cemetery. Thom is an active member of The Architecture Lobby and Citygroup in New York and has an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture. 

 
 
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Will Sheridan AIA

Associate

Will joined BA in 2016 and has worked on numerous projects, leading efforts in all stages of design and construction on 1490 Southern Boulevard and several other affordable developments. Will has an M.Arch from Yale University, an MA in Literature from University College London and a B.A. from Williams College. Will previously worked at MADE in Brooklyn NY.

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Tessie Nam

Associate

Tessie is a now-glad-to-be middle child who likes a well-made bed in the morning, a good cotton scarf, and her dog running free without a leash. She dislikes subway stairs, balloons, and fake pockets. Tessie graduated from the University of Michigan long ago and has been with BA for a very long time. 

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Mariam
Alshamali

Mariam has been a member of the BA team since 2015. She completed her Master of Architecture degree at Parsons the New School for Design, and her bachelor degree in Environmental Design Studies at Dalhousie University. Her past design experience includes working in architectural practices overseas both in Denmark and Kuwait City. 

 
 
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Chris
Beck

Chris is a designer with a diverse background in architecture, teaching, art, and construction. Prior to graduating from RISD, he served with AmeriCorps in New Orleans, working to re-build homes in low-income neighborhoods, and has used that experience to influence his own drawing, teaching, and passion for working on affordable housing in New York. Outside of work Chris is an avid reader, writer, and spends time painting, playing basketball, or with his pup, Eero (one of several official BA office dogs).

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Michael
Robinson Cohen

Michael studied Architecture at Yale University and the University of Cambridge. He concentrated in Political Theory at Brown University. Previously, he co-coordinated a National Endowment for the Arts funded community based design initiative in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Stephanie
Hamilton

Stephanie joined Bernheimer Architecture in 2019. Previously she worked as an architectural designer at Only If Architecture in New York. Stephanie holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor's from Colgate University.

 
 
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Tess
McNamara

Tess McNamara is a designer at Bernheimer Architecture. Before joining BA, she held positions at WXY Studio and Guy Nordenson and Associates, where she worked on institutional projects and large scale urban resiliency plans. She holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she received the AIA Henry Adams medal, and also holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Tess graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a certificate in Environmental Studies. 

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Ofunne Oganwu
Assoc. AIA

Ofunne Mary-Ann Oganwu is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. She is interested in how architecture can shape the public realm to help build communities. As such, her focus at Bernheimer Architecture is on new affordable multi-family housing. Oganwu earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union, New York.

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Brandon
Pietras

Brandon began working at Bernheimer Architecture in 2017 after graduating with honors from Parsons The New School for Design where he received both an M.Arch and an MFA in Lighting Design. Brandon also studied visual arts and international policy and brings a broad design sensibility to the practice. While at Parsons, he edited Container, a journal of design criticism and student work and held multiple teaching assistantships. Brandon has previously worked for Abbruzzo+Bodziak Architects, Tillotson Design Associates, and Flux Studio. 

 
 
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Caleb Sillars

Caleb began his studies at the University of Colorado before completing his education in architecture with an M.Arch at Parsons School of Constructed Environments.  Since arriving in New York, he has been involved in a number of hands-on installation and design-build projects, including with NYC-based practice LEVENBETTS, where he spent 2+ years working at several project scales before moving to BA in 2018.