Claire Weisz is an architect and urbanist, and a founding principal of WXY. With her partners Mark Yoes, Layng Pew, and Adam Lubinsky, Claire focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. WXY has received the League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, as well as being selected as one of the League’s Emerging Voices practices in 2011, in addition to numerous awards from AIA National, AIANY, and the American Planning Association.
Recent and ongoing work in New York City includes the redesign of Astor Place, the Spring Street Sanitation Garage, the redesign of the Rockaway Boardwalks, Pier 26’s Boathouse/Restaurant, Battery Park’s SeaGlass Carousel, a pedestrian bridge in lower Manhattan, a design to better accommodate both pedestrians and elevated trains in Harlem, a study of Brooklyn’s growing commercial tech sector (The Brooklyn Tech Triangle), The East River Blueway Plan, and a finalist proposal for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design initiative. With Andrea Woodner, Claire co-founded The Design Trust for Public Space, and has recently been on faculty at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Visiting Critic of Urban Design at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in NYC. Claire received her professional degree from The University of Toronto with Honors and her Master’s in Architecture from Yale University.
Mark Yoes is a founding principal of WXY and has over 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University and a Master's Degree in Architecture from Yale University. With WXY, Mark focuses on innovative design approaches that benefit public space, structures and cities. Mark and partner Claire Weisz received the League Prize in 1993 and more recently the Emerging Voice Award in 2011 from The Architectural League. Mark has led on WXY’s designs for learning environments including REED Academy, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, and an early childhood center for Christ and St. Stephens. Other recent projects include The Battery’s Seaglass Carousel. In 2012 Mark served on Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review jury.
Layng Pew joined WXY as a principal in the summer of 2006, bringing over 24 years of design and project management experience with educational, corporate and residential clients. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Yale College and a Masters at the Yale University School of Architecture. He has specialized in complex and uncommon building types in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Caribbean. The success of these large projects is in a large part due to his ability to forge strong collaborative relationships between international designers and expert craftsmen in a wide range of trades. Layng is a registered architect in the State of New York and the State of Connecticut and has been a member of the AIA since 2001.
Adam Lubinsky joined WXY architecture + urban design as a Managing Principal in 2011. He has a background in urban design, planning, and mobility, with more than 15 years of experience leading large-scale strategic and master plans for public and private sector clients, including extensive work for and coordination with New York City Agencies, community development corporations, cultural institutions and private developers. In recent years, Adam has undertaken major projects in New York City such as the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan and the Anable Basin Special District while also leading efforts in the wider metro New York region, Boston and Detroit. He has helped to spearhead complex community-based strategies such as the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan and the New York City Educational District 15 Diversity Plan. Adam directs WXY's research on mobility, including collaboration with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and DOT, with a focus on challenges related to electric vehicle (EV) policy and infrastructure design solutions, freight and carshare.
Adam is a frequent speaker on a range of urban issues and is a visiting faculty member at Cornell University, Columbia University, and Parsons New School for Design. Adam is a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum and was named by Fast Company as one of 2017’s Most Creative People in Business. Adam is an accredited planner (AICP) with a Masters in Architecture and a Ph.D. in urban design and planning.
Amy Hau joined WXY in Fall 2015. Prior to joining the award-winning architecture and planning firm, she was the Director of Administration and External Affairs at The Noguchi Museum where she was part of the senior management team that stewarded the legacy of the artist’s estate into a world-renown Museum. During her tenure, she played a significant role in increasing the institution’s capacity, expanding its outreach and programs, overseeing its multi-phase $23 Million Capital project and the development of the Master Plan. She serves on her local community board and is a member of the Board of the Asian American Arts Alliance.
Director, Civic Impact
Traci joined WXY in 2017 with a background in planning and urban policy.
Prior to joining WXY, Traci was a Policy Associate at the NYU Furman Center, where she worked to disseminate academic research on housing policy to a diverse set of stakeholders, including policymakers, advocates, private sector and the media. She also worked as project manager on the National Community of Practice on Local Housing Policy, developing guidelines on how to assess and develop effective local housing strategies for cities, counties, and neighborhoods facing strong housing demand.
Traci has worked within law firms in Chicago and New York, including at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel where her work focused on various aspects of site development in New York.
Her work with New York City Council and The POINT Community Development Corporation in the Bronx, combined analysis of policy, data and trends with community outreach and advocacy.
Traci holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Paul van der Grient
Paul joined WXY in 2014 with a background in architecture and urban design. As Studio Director, Paul manages architecture and urban design at WXY. He is currently project manager for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan, a compresenhive physcial and strategic plan for the 300-acre, mission-driven industrial campus.
Previously at WXY, Paul managed the Brooklyn Strand, a large-scale, award-winning urban design action plan for 40 acres in Downtown Brooklyn that brings together over 30 local stakeholder groups. Paul was key to all aspects of the urban design process, from community engagement and concept development to supporting high-level technical studies and planning analysis.
Paul is also currently involved in a variety of architectural, urban design and infrastructural projects including the construction documentation for the West Thames Pedestrian Bridge which will connect World Trade Center and Battery Park City.
Paul graduated from the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, with a focus on affordable housing, urban revitalization development models, and passive solar design. Independently, Paul has been contracted for design services in North America and in Europe. Most notably, providing design consulting services for the Vimy Foundation’s education center in the north of France.
Director of City-Building
AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Jacob Dugopolski manages architecture and urban design projects for WXY with experience from cultural renovations to zoning and masterplan studies.
Jacob recently managed the Brooklyn Strand Action Plan with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, an extension of prior work leading the placemaking and transportation components of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle and streetscape redesign for the Brooklyn Cultural District. His other planning projects include waterfront studies for Seaport City and the East River Blueway Plan. He has led a number of zoning analyses within the firm from Pier 40 to the Far Rockaways and an ideas competition for Grand Central Terminal: The Next 100, which was presented at the MAS Summit for NYC.
Jacob came to WXY with over three years of experience in architectural design, urban design, ecology, and construction management. His project experience ranges from conservation architecture in Barcelona and Dublin to community development in New Haven. With KieranTimberlake he was involved through all phases of the renovation and addition to Morse and Stiles Colleges. At Yale, he was the Project Manager for the Building Project and was chosen as the Parsons Award winner for excellence in urban design.
Christopher Rice has been a vital asset to the WXY team since 2016 and serves as a Senior Planner for the firm with a background in resiliency, green infrastructure, and community-based planning. Prior to WXY, Chris’ project work at the New York City Council included managing large-scale neighborhood rezonings throughout the city and implementing the most expansive inclusionary housing program to date. At WXY, Chris has led urban planning and design processes including the D15 Diversity Plan, the first DOE-initiated community planning process to create racially and socioeconomically integrated middle schools
Amina Hassen is a Senior Urban Planner at WXY and has been a part of the team since 2016. Prior to WXY, Amina was a Project Fellow for the Center of Community Planning and Development at Hunter College. Amina is a founding member of BlackSpace, a collective of architects and urban planners working to bridge the gaps between policy, people, and place, to address inequality and injustice in Black communities. Her previous work at WXY includes a pre-strategic planning report for the East Harlem Waterfront Project.
Marcella Martinez has been a crucial asset to the WXY team since 2017, when she took on the role of BIM Manager/ Senior Architectural Designer with a strong background in building programming, spatial planning, and trades that affect interior architecture. Prior to WXY, Marcella contributed to a variety of mixed-use redevelopment projects including a development in Vancouver, Canada. At WXY, Marcella has previously overseen initial planning and user analysis for the Scoppetta Children’s Center in an effort to reposition space for a temporary residential facility in Manhattan.
Tom Offord has been an essential aspect of the WXY team since 2018 and serves as a Project Manager with an 8-year background in architectural experience. At WXY, Tom leads the studio’s effort on Revit-intensive projects. Prior to WXY, Tom lead the design and management of a condominium tower and a large retail development in Queens. Currently, Tom is working on the Spofford Mixed-Use Redevelopment project.
RA, AIA, CHPD
Senior Project Architect
Senior Urban Designer and Planner
Akemi Sato has been a Senior Urban Designer and Planner at WXY since 2019 with a professional background in community development and urban design focusing on physical and digital public space. Independently, Akemi has done work on disaster recovery and risk reduction strategies in various Latin American countries including Peru, Chile, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Prior to WXY, Akemi founded an architecture practice called Sustrato and a concrete-based street furniture company, m+urbano, where she developed multi-stakeholder strategies for placemaking and long-term sustainability.
Cara Michell joined the WXY staff in 2018 as an Urban Planner with a passion for strengthening communities. Prior to WXY, Cara served as a planner in Toronto where she planned and designed waterfront master plans, developed city-wide urban design guidelines, and conducted transit-oriented development research. Cara also co-founded the biennial Black in Design Conference during her time at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At WXY, Cara has been involved in two Downtown Revitalization Initiatives for the State of New York, conducting city-wide town halls for the New York Department of Education to assess the diversity in schools, and stakeholder engagement strategy for the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Pierre de Brun
Senior Architectural Designer
Pierre De Brun is an Architectural Designer at WXY and has been a part of the team since 2019. Prior to WXY, Pierre was a founding member of UN1ON, a collective based in Belgium and France in which he took part in several self-initiated projects, educational activities, and public competitions. Pierre’s past work includes collaborating with various architecture firms in Belgium and in the USA and working on a vast array of goals ranging from large scale urban studies to medium-size public buildings and housing.
Senior Architectural Designer
Robert Castro joined the WXY team in 2016 and serves the role of Senior Architectural Designer with background experience in architectural offices in New York City and Singapore. Prior to WXY, Robert worked on a variety of architectural projects ranging from university campuses to large-scale towers in Mumbai, Tokyo, New York, and Paris. Robert is primarily focused on enhancing the pedestrian experience through design and program analysis and is passionate about the impact of design in our daily experience. At WXY, Robert has been a part of numerous projects and has managed the Bronx Music Hall project.
Senior Urban Designer
Rob Daurio joined the WXY team in 2016 as a Senior Urban Designer where he works to develop solution and strategies at a variety of scales, from regional plans to buildings and maps. Prior to WXY, Rob conducted academic research and has served as lead research associate and project manager for the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Sustainable Future for Exuma, Bahamas project. Rob has also been involved in several significant master plans including OMA’s entry for the European Commission in Brussels, as well as projects in Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Korea. At WXY, Rob has been involved in various comprehensive master plans including the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Kearny Point Industrial Campus.
Senior Architectural and Urban Designer
Graci Mills is an Architectural Designer who has been a crucial part of the team since 2016. Prior to WXY, Graci held numerous research and teaching positions and continues to be involved in the Urban Design Program at Columbia University as a Teaching Fellow. Graci’s work has been published and exhibited internationally, including New York, Australia, and New Zealand. At WXY, Graci has been involved in projects including the Sunset Park innovation district and the Kearny Point Master Plan.
Architectural Visualization Specialist
Jhordan Channer joined the WXY staff in 2018 as an Architectural Designer. Prior to WXY, Jhordan worked with the Mona Social Services NGO to draft a master plan to bring civic infrastructure to the informal settlement of Mona Commons in Kingston, Jamaica. Jhordan’s previous work includes a memorial to the victims of convict leasing in Atlanta and design research including an intensive sustainability analysis of Georgia Tech’s campus. At WXY, Jhordan has worked on a collection of mini-plazas in Times Square and a proposal for the Campus Master Plan at Colgate University.
Asher Intebi is an Architectural Designer at WXY and joined the team in 2018. Prior to WXY, Asher worked on a variety of major cultural, civic, institutional, and commercial projects across the country including collaborating on the design of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
Raphael Laude has been a part of the WXY team since 2018 and serves as an Urban Planner with a background in mobility, geographic information systems, and computer science. Prior to WXY, Raphael worked on incorporating equity metrics into Oakland’s paving policy and bringing demand responsive parking to the City’s Downtown and Chinatown. Raphael was also a graphic designer for a non-profit where he aided in translating research in renewable energy and hydraulic fracturing into accessible infographics. At WXY, Raphael has led the production of over 100 graphics for OneNYC 250.
Urban Designer and Planner
Trent Weatherford is an Architectural Designer and has been a part of the WXY team since 2019, joining with seven years of experience in the architecture and design fields. Prior to WXY, Trent worked on various projects including designing K-12 schools and participating in design events through the AIA.