WHAT IS NADA?

We are an architecture and design firm based in New York City with a distinctive design philosophy. Since its founding in 2012, NADA has completed over 400 residential and commercial projects totaling more than 300,000 square feet of built space. Beginning with our first residential renovation in Harlem, we have completed projects ranging from commercial facades, to large condominium development. The firm’s notable work includes; 187 Prospect Park West development in Park Slope, Bond Street Residence in NoHo, and the Brunswick Cafés in Brooklyn.

WHAT SETS US APART?

NADA operates on the premise that good design permeates all projects regardless of price or scale. Each project is presented to us as a complex puzzle composed of constraints dictated by code, space, budget, and use. The goal in everything we produce is to take these pieces and assemble them into a compelling whole.

WHAT ABOUT OUR WORLD?

The impact our projects leave on the world is an integral part of our design process. NADA implements considerate design practices in every building project. This means building with low impact materials, creating an insulated thermal envelope, and using low expenditure fixtures, appliances, and fittings. In building systems, we optimize energy efficiency to lower ecological footprint and reduce operating costs. Through innovative solutions we assess water, electricity, and heating use in buildings and reduce output by an average of 20 percent. We have deployed these solutions in over 75 multi-family buildings around NYC.

WHAT ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY?

In a partnership with Sugar Hill Development Group, NADA is committed to keeping artists in New York City through mutually beneficial relationships. During renovation and rehabilitation work we often encounter spaces which, for a variety of reasons, are unsuited for commercial or residential development. We convert these residual spaces into affordable studios for artists, including Sanford Biggers and Raoul Mourao.

WHAT IS NADA?

We are an architecture and design firm based in New York City with a distinctive design philosophy. Since its founding in 2012, NADA has completed over 400 residential and commercial projects totaling more than 300,000 square feet of built space. Beginning with our first residential renovation in Harlem, we have completed projects ranging from commercial facades, to large condominium development. The firm’s notable work includes; 187 Prospect Park West development in Park Slope, Bond Street Residence in NoHo, and the Brunswick Cafés in Brooklyn.

WHAT SETS US APART?

NADA operates on the premise that good design permeates all projects regardless of price or scale. Each project is presented to us as a complex puzzle composed of constraints dictated by code, space, budget, and use. The goal in everything we produce is to take these pieces and assemble them into a compelling whole.

WHAT ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY?

In a partnership with Sugar Hill Development Group, NADA is committed to keeping artists in New York City through mutually beneficial relationships. During renovation and rehabilitation work we often encounter spaces which, for a variety of reasons, are unsuited for commercial or residential development. We convert these residual spaces into affordable studios for artists, including Sanford Biggers and Raoul Mourao.

WHAT ABOUT OUR WORLD?

The impact our projects leave on the world is an integral part of our design process. NADA implements considerate design practices in every building project. This means building with low impact materials, creating an insulated thermal envelope, and using low expenditure fixtures, appliances, and fittings. In building systems, we optimize energy efficiency to lower ecological footprint and reduce operating costs. Through innovative solutions we assess water, electricity, and heating use in buildings and reduce output by an average of 20 percent. We have deployed these solutions in over 75 multi-family buildings around NYC.

MEET OUR TEAM

Juan Herrera
Executive Director

Juan Herrera leads the firm’s overall direction and business strategy. He brings over twelve years’ experience working with building owners and city agencies, and his understanding of building behavior, particularly NYC housing stock, is of utmost importance in project planning. Juan holds an MA in Digital Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from New York University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Peter Samko
Director of Construction

Peter brings twenty years’ construction experience to NADA, working closely with project teams in the field. His experience working with older buildings throughout the Northeast and ability to assess constructability is invaluable to project development. Prior to joining NADA, Peter worked on the “Richard Meier on Prospect Park” project in Brooklyn and projects for Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.

Eduard Sancho Pou
Director of Strategy and Planning

Eduard Sancho Pou is a registered architect in New York State and Spain specializing in consulting, planning and directing projects of all scales. Prior to joining NADA, he was the Urban Projects Operations Manager for the Habitat and Inclusion Office of the City of Buenos Aires. Eduard is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Real Estate Development and is the author of two books: Architectural Strategies (Peninsula 2012) and Function Follows Strategy (Detail 2015).

Kwei Cheng Chang
Director of Development

Kwei is originally from Taiwan, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Studio Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture, Real Estate Design, & Development from University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered architect in New York State and a LEED accredited professional. Kwei manages design and construction teams on all NADA projects.

Karla Karwas
Senior Architectural Associate

Karla grew up in St. Louis and holds Masters degrees in Architecture from Columbia University and the University of Kansas. She has ten years experience working in NYC on projects of all scales with specific expertise in residential and hospitality design.

Peter Feigenbaum
Senior Architectural Associate

Peter has been a designer at NADA since 2015, specializing in historic rehabilitation, and duplex projects. Originally from Boston, he has previously worked at a wide variety of at firms including Arquitectonica, SOM, Ennead, and Gensler. He received his Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale.

Jordan Meerdink
Architectural Designer

Jordan Meerdink graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. In addition to his work for NADA, Jordan is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University specializing in fabrication technology.

Ewelina Ottenbreit
Project Manager

Ewelina Ottenbreit is originally from Opole, Poland and has resided in New York City for more than ten years. Ewelina assists with project management and coordination with construction teams in the field. Coming from a family of construction contractors, Ewelina brings a unique skillset rooted in experience to NADA.

Jordanne Rodriguez
Administrative Assistant

Jordanne graduated from CUNY Lehman College with a B.A. in Psychology, double minoring in Creative Writing and Anthropology. Prior to joining NADA, her appreciation for architecture and design began while working in interior decorating. She hopes to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing, where she would like to continue crafting her aesthetic for writing flash fiction.

Nicholas Kheny
Energy & Sustainability Associate

Nicholas Kheny holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Civil Engineering from Temple University and is currently a Master’s Candidate in the New York University Environmental Engineering program. As a licensed EIT, Nicholas is expanding the Energy and Sustainability program at NADA, and strives to integrate a lean philosophy to management and design processes.