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 joined WXY as a Principal in 2011, bringing a background in urban design, planning, sustainability and an integrated approach to master plans, feasibility studies, planning policy research and visioning strategies. He has led a number of key planning and urban design projects for WXY, including the QueensWay Plan, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, and the East River Blueway Plan.
Adam received his BA from Brown University and has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Design from the University College London. He has been a teaching fellow for the M.Sc. in Urban Design and the M.Sc. in Town Planning at the Bartlett Schools of Architecture and Planning and is currently visiting faculty in Cornell University MUP program. Adam has more than 12 years of experience with public and private sector clients, including work for government departments and city agencies, community development corporations, major cultural institutions and developers. Adam is a certified planner (AICP), and he is a board member of New Partners for Community Revitalization.
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.