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  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Site Feasibility Evaluation
  • Cost Estimating
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Construction Administration
  • Code Compliance

Guiding Principles

At Aufgang Architects, we strive to provide the highest-quality creative, cost-effective, and highly marketable design solutions to meet all of our clients’ objectives. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity in our client relationships, and sustain clear and substantive communications proactively and responsively throughout the entire design and construction process. We treat each project as a unique creative opportunity and craft our designs to be top of the line - while adhering to budget requirements and complying with all established codes and standards. We recognize the importance of energy conservation and limiting our impact on the environment, and are mindful to keep our designs as environmentally conscious as possible.

Since its establishment in 1971, Aufgang Architects has come to be known for providing thoughtful, effective, and creative designs for our clients – a focus that has made our continued success and consistent growth possible over the past four decades.

Success in this intensely competitive and constantly evolving real estate development market requires fresh and sophisticated approaches, and as the industry has changed over the years, so have we.

Today, our firm enjoys a reputation for innovative and imaginative designs, driven by the changing demands from both our clients and the rapidly developing marketplace.

Our designs emphasize high quality and appealing features that add unique value to each project and enhance their marketability. We anticipate and address the impact of economic cycles, changes in regulations and building codes, emerging awareness of environmental impact, and the imperative need for energy efficiency to create designs that meet the expectations of the growing market – an approach that has led us to create a myriad of commercial, residential, and mixed-use structures that blend contemporary style with timeless sustainability.

Aufgang Architects is a New York State Certified Minority Business Enterprise.


Alexandra Abreu-Pina Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2015

Alexandra began her career at Aufgang Architects as an intern in the summer of 2015 while she was a student at Iowa State University, where she was awarded the Spiros Mentzelopoulos Award for promising design achievements in architecture in 2013. After completing the program and graduating in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Alexandra accepted a full-time position at our firm and is quickly becoming one of our most talented Architectural Designers.

Her passion for architecture began during her childhood in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. Her family then moved to Canada before settling in New Jersey, and her passion has followed her every step of the way. As a student at Iowa State Alexandra spent a semester abroad in Italy where she studied sustainable design while immersed in the historic architectural styles of Rome and Florence. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, and in her spare time she loves to draw and explore her artistic side. She believes these collective experiences have given her a unique perspective towards architectural design that she carries through to her every day work.

As an Architectural Designer at Aufgang Architects, Alexandra is responsible for project design and development as well as facilitating construction administration. She is also a member of the Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter AIA, and is currently working towards obtaining her full architecture license.

Mariano Aldanondo Senior Designer Has been with the firm since 2008

Mariano studied Architecture and Design at the University of Buenos Aires, where he graduated from in 1999. During his academic career he worked for several architectural firms as an intern, which taught him valuable experience in working in the architectural industry.

Before joining Aufgang Architects, Mariano relocated to Spain where he worked for two leading architectural firms in the city of Marbella. He then relocated to the United Stated where he has worked in architecture for more than 12 years, joining our firm in 2008.

Mariano is highly experienced in hand renderings, having taken courses in design and drawing while attending a technical high school where he earned the degree of construction manager.

Mariano is a skilled designer and an excellent team player, he believes that working as a team is crucial in order to complete a project, meet specific deadlines, and exceed a client's expectations.

Outside of work Mariano enjoys drawing, outdoor activities and reading.

Ariel Aufgang, AIA Principal


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Bachelors of Science in Building Technology 2001
  • Bachelors of Architecture 2002
  • Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey

  • Member: American Institute of Architecture, American Planning Association
  • Member: Board of Directors of the Rockland Community Foundation
  • President: Rockland Community Foundation

Ariel Aufgang, AIA, was born in Buenos Aires in 1979. A naturalized US citizen, he was educated in the United States. After joining the firm at 18 while still a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he quickly rose to Partner upon completing his studies. In 2012 he became Principal of the firm.

Message from the Principal

As an architect, I have been heavily influenced by the importance of family and the feeling of “home.” I obsess over the awareness that selections and designs I make on my projects will affect people’s lives in profound ways. I therefore respect the responsibility of designing homes in which people live, raise families and grow old together, and the influence of the design of their homes has on their lives, lifestyles, financial well-being, and spirits. Well designed and esthetically pleasing homes contribute to the appeal and viability of neighborhoods, and enhance the social and economic strength and stability of communities. For architects, this is a very different responsibility compared to designing office or retail space or class rooms.


This obsession drives my desire to focus my firm’s work on apartment houses and hotels, spaces that are experienced over and over again, and that allow for personal intervention by the occupants.


All architecture impacts lives, but people’s homes do so in an emotionally profound way. I have childhood memories of my grandparents’ apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was born. I can vividly recall the smooth surface, color and smell of the polished wood floors on which I played as a youngster. I remember the substantial threshold separating the wooden dining room floor and the tiles in kitchen. I can still visualize an overabundance of amazing paintings lining the walls up to the ceiling. Memories of such details affect us, and color and influence our lives. I often discuss with my staff how the doorknob we choose may end up being more important than the color of the brick on a building’s exterior to the people who will live there. Memories of a family’s home resonate emotionally for many people.


I was fortunate to have built the foundation of my career during the implementation of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace program. My incredible clients have allowed us to design over 20,000 units of new and preservation affordable housing since the year 2000. Our goal has consistently been to contribute to very gratifying housing transitions and quality of life experiences for many families.

In the first Century AD the Roman architect Vitruvius wrote that a good building must reflect three principles: firmitas, utilitas, venustas—durability, utility and beauty.


While technology and engineering, and economic, financial and social factors have evolved drastically over the past two millennia, certain elements of successful architecture remain immutable.


This is an amazing time. Technology allows us to create new and innovative designs in response to a heightened awareness and growing concerns about energy usage and the environment. The goal of reducing energy consumption has led to new building practices, along with innovative strategies to conserve energy and reduce consumption of resources, control emissions and save money.


Today New York has an undeniably distinctive and appealing architectural identity. High profile super projects change the skyline, and neighborhoods throughout all of the boroughs evolve as a result of thoughtful development. Our designs respect the neighborhood fabric and social context of their sites, and complement them with innovation and a fresh outlook.

Joseph Bertolino Construction Administrator Has been with the firm since 2006.

Joe started his career as a draftsperson, and studied Architecture at Orange County Community College before working his way up through several firms in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

He joined Aufgang Architects in 2006 and brings over 35 years of experience to our team. He has extensive knowledge and experience in planning, coordination, design, and interfacing with project architects, clients, consultants, and government agencies, in addition to conducting field inspections and project budgeting. Joe’s expertise is used to carry a project’s development from start to finish, including construction drawing development, on-site supervision, and client interaction. 

Joe is currently working towards earning his Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management through Pace University, and has already obtained certification in project management, blueprint reading, architectural engineering, and Sigma construction project management through the University as well. He is also is a candidate for the Architectural Registration Examination and is working towards obtaining his New York State Architectural License.

Michael Buonanno, AIA Associate Has been with the firm since 2014

Michael graduated with honors from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York in 2014 and accepted a position as Architectural Designer at the firm shortly after.

During his years at the CCNY, Michael amassed an impressive amount of extra-curricular experience. As a founding member and Vice President of the school’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, he was instrumental in initiating a multitude of programs for undergrads including “Freedom By Design,” a non-profit program in which groups of students take on a client with a disability then raise the funding to re-design a structure to be ADA compliant - allowing people with disabilities more freedom to live where they choose. Michael also found time to travel to Morocco to teach English, an opportunity that allowed him to experience a unique culture and study its eclectic architectural elements.

Before joining Aufgang Architects, Michael worked as an intern in the construction and design department at Hermès of Paris, where he gained invaluable experience in and appreciation for retail design. He was also awarded a post-graduate architectural grant to travel to Costa Rica, where he spent time living and working to research sustainability and eco-tourism. Here at Aufgang, Michael is responsible for project design and development; leading projects through the design phase while managing the background work of facilitating construction administration, coordinating consultants, and preparing and submitting construction documents.

Michael is a registered architect in the state of New York.

Alejandra Cagnolatti Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2004

Alejandra was born and raised in Argentina, and has always had a passion and talent for design. Her passion led her to study at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba Argentina, where she graduated from the university’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and received her full license to practice architecture. After graduating she became very active in the Architect’s Center in Rio Cuarto, Argentina and began taking on projects designing houses and commercial structures, before becoming principal of her own firm.

In the late 1990’s Alejandra moved to the United States and settled in Florida, where she began to take on freelance work designing houses and interiors. In 2001 she moved to New York to continue working as a freelance consultant, and was hired by several firms across the Westchester area to share her expertise in designing various projects.

Alejandra first began working for Aufgang Architects in 2004 as a part-time consultant, and accepted a full-time position in 2005. Her 25 years of experience in the architecture field are an invaluable asset to the Aufgang team. Alejandra is one of our lead designers, applying her talent and vision to a range of projects including large mixed-use structures, smaller residential units, retail spaces and rehabs.

Iskra Petrova Ceresa, AIA Director of Preservation

Iskra graduated in June 2012 with a Bachelors of Architecture from the City College of New York and earned a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in December 2014. She has built her career by managing very complex projects nationwide and is knowledgeable in various building codes nationally as well.

Her drive for architecture and planning developed from her interests in drawing, mathematics and caring and improving the lives of families. Even in her personal life she is constantly looking for ways to make spaces more efficient and tailored to the user.

Iskra is a licensed Architect in the State of New York and Florida.

Dan Chadwick Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2017

Dan graduated from Lehigh University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Before joining us at Aufgang Architects, he worked as an assistant project manager for two years at KMB Design Group, a telecommunications engineering company. He also spent time working as a CAD designer at Tricarico Architecture and Design, where he designed retail stores for Foot Locker, Puma, and Adidas among others.

Pablo Choclin Associate Principal Has been with the firm since 2001 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1994

Growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo was immersed in an environment of mix of Art Nouveau, Neoclassical, and Rationalist architecture. At young age he discovered his appreciation for architecture, and began designing spaces and building architectural models after school at home. Pablo went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture from University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, where he graduated with honors in 1994.

After graduation Pablo worked for several firms in Argentina, gaining valuable working experience in all aspects of the architectural and construction process – from schematic design to managing the construction of residential and commercial buildings.

Pablo brings over 21 years of experience in developing multi-family residential, commercial and community facility projects to our team at Aufgang Architects. His responsibilities include design and development, project management, and client relations. Pablo has personally managed several successful projects and is focused on achieving all of our client’s objectives. In addition to his design and management experience, he also has extensive experience in preparing feasibility studies, developing construction documents, coordinating with other trades, code review and zoning analysis.

Yitzy Diskind Controller Joined the firm August 2018.

He graduated from Touro College in New York in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a licensed CPA.

Prior to joining Aufgang Architects; Yitzy has worked in public accounting for almost 10 years and brings a wide array of knowledge and experience in accounting, taxes and auditing in addition to bookkeeping as our Controller.

Jessika Silvera Executive Administrator Has been with the firm since 2019.

Jessika graduated with her MBA in Business Leadership from Concordia College in 2015. She has a passion for business with over 10 years of administrative experience supporting C-Level executives as well as working with law firms supporting judges, attorneys, paralegals and other large organizations in New York. Jessika also a Bachelors in Behavioral Science Health Services management and is a certified life coach. She is responsible for submittals, organization of shop drawings, maintaining calendars and daily day to day tasks.

Jessika has a passion for traveling the world, meeting new people and has visited many different countries in Europe in addition to being a big time foodie whom enjoys tasting diverse foods from different cultures and backgrounds.

Vivien Ferrari Senior Designer Has been with the firm since 2004

Vivien was born in the United States, but was raised in Argentina and received her license to practice architecture after graduating from the University of Belgarno in Buenos Aires. She soon became an assistant professor at the University of Buenos Aires, where she taught undergraduate classes in drawing and design. She also spent time working at Juan Carlos Recepter Architects, before becoming principal of her own architectural firm.

Expanding on her passion for unique and innovative design, Vivien created her own line of housewares and furniture, which were sold in top design stores. Her work earned her a series of notable mentions, including a cover feature in the Argentinian publication “First” Magazine, an inclusion in the Central Society of Architects exhibit “El Diseño es el Objeto,” and an honorable mention in Architectural Record Magazine, as a runner-up in their annual cocktail napkin sketch contest.

At Aufgang Architects, Vivien brings her immense talent and creative vision to craft original interior and exterior designs for numerous large and small mixed-use residential buildings, commercial structures, and hotels. She approaches each project as a unique piece of art, and applies her tenacious attention to detail to provide the highest quality designs for each client’s needs. Vivien is a leader in design preparation, concept development, layout design, presentations, hand sketches, and drawings. Her other skills include implementation of the latest software including AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Illustrator, and Sketch Up, in drafting her unique designs.

In her spare time, Vivien paints and does indoor sculptures.

Stefano Gagliano Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2019.

Stefano graduated in May 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech. He earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona in May 2004.

He is a licensed architect in both New York & New Jersey along with being a LEED AP.

His passion for architecture was secured after taking a high school drafting class coupled with his early travels visiting the architecture of Italy. He considers all things astronomy as his current hobby.

Shiva Ghomi Director of Planning and Community Development Has been with the firm since 2019.

Shiva holds a Master’s Degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning as well as a Master’s Degree in Urban Design at Tehran Azad University Science & Research Unit and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Tehran Azad University South Branch.

Prior to joining Aufgang, Shiva co-founded SPARC—Spatial Art and Construction with offices in Brooklyn and the Netherlands.

Shiva has built a career by focusing on affordable housing & responsible neighborhood planning. Of note is that, while with SPARC, Shiva won a contract from the city of NY to reconstruct over 100 single- and two-family coastal homes in New York destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and successfully completed that commission.

Vidya Jayashekar Assistant Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2016

She earned her degree in architecture from Bangalore University, India and started her career in Singapore working on school building designs.

Vidya’s passion for sustainable architecture and designing multi-family housing began while she was working on senior living projects in Chicago. She was also involved in a diverse range of projects including hospitality and retail.

She joined Aufgang Architects to further develop her talent, and her diverse professional background and passion for the field of architecture have made her a valuable member of our team.

Joseph Kandoth AIA Has been with the firm since July 2017

Joseph has over 25 years of experience working on a variety of projects in the tristate area and beyond. His diverse work includes luxury homes and apartments, churches and synagogues, high-end shopping centers, fast food restaurant chains, auto dealerships, schools and healthcare facilities. His international work also includes architectural consultancy for many luxury homes in Kerala, India.

In addition to his dedication to architecture, Joseph holds a deep passion for world travel and has visited over 36 countries.  He incorporates his worldly experience into his everyday design work and brings to the table a wealth of knowledge about designs from all over the world. His vast experience, both personal and professional, comes with a considerable cultural understanding, which is an important factor in any design.

Joseph is a registered Architect for the state of New York with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He is also an active member of the American Institute of Architects.  Joseph resides in the home he completely remodeled and rehabilitated with his family in Nyack, NY.

Esther Koenig Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2019.

Esther graduated in December 2016 from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture Technology and interned while in school at both architecture and engineering firms.

Esther’s experience includes working for developers where she designed many large high-rise residential buildings and single family homes.

Esther’s interest in becoming a licensed Architect started at a young age.

Elise Levine Office Manager Has been with the firm since 1983

Elise earned her Master’s Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and went on to begin her career as an administrator for the Association of the Bar of New York City from 1971-1974.

Elise joined our firm in 1983 and has proudly served our team since as our longest-term employee and our Aufgang clients and staff rely on her experience, dedication, efficiency, and meticulous attention to detail to keep business running smoothly.

Milton Lema Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2021

Milton graduated in June 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Milton was mentored by renowned professors and was featured for his designs at the prestigious 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Center in New York City.

He has an expansive and comprehensive background in all phases of architecture and construction including commercial, residential, hospitality, retail, and development in addition to interior design.

Milton is licensed in Ecuador and in his free time enjoys travel, designing furniture and spending time with his family.

Thomas Loftus, AIA, R.A., LEED A.P. Associate Has been with the firm since 2007

Tom‘s first exposure to working in the architectural field came from working in wood-frame construction. His passion for the industry grew, and he soon realized that as an architect he would be afforded more creative license to design structures that would have a lasting impact on the community. He went on to graduate with honors from the New York Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.

Tom brings over 14 years of project management experience to our team at Aufgang Architects. Prior to joining our firm, he spent several years at various other firms in the city and Westchester County, where he gained experience leading the development of projects ranging from single family residential units to multi-family mid-rise structures and interiors.

As an associate at Aufgang Architects, Tom is a leader in all aspects of project development - from designing the beginning concept, to overseeing the project through the construction process to completion. He has extensive knowledge and experience in project management, schematic design, project design development, construction drawings, design quality, and project construction. He is also a leader in building and maintaining client relationships, and client and consultant coordination. Tom is a firm believer in the powerful role that technology plays in design, and avidly follows the latest technology trends as inspiration for efficient and innovative designs. Tom is currently a registered Architect in the state of New York, and is a LEED certified professional.

Joy Mable Executive Administrator Has been with the firm since 2017.

Joy has over 25 years of expertise including the support to C-Level executives and their respective large teams of personnel. Her diverse skills are a result of her marketing, fashion, information technology and healthcare background. Joy thrives in a fast-paced team environment and loves working with people.

At Aufgang Architects, Joy manages the company’s various social feeds, various administrative tasks and duties and is our team building facilitator.

Reginald Marcellin Assistant Project Manager Reginald joined the firm in January 2018.

Reginald grew up in Cap-Haïtien, a port city in Haiti well-known for its French Colonial architecture. The architectural influence from his culture was so aspirational it inspired him at a young age to design and study buildings around him.

Having moved to the United States during his early high school years Reggie than began to pursue his dream and attended the New York City College of Technology where he completed a Bachelor's of Arts in Architectural Technology.

Prior to joining Aufgang Architects, Reginald worked on both commercial and residential projects where he applied his working knowledge to architectural planning & design while also working as a freelance architectural drafter.

Doris Jean Masear, AIA Associate Principal Has been with the firm since 2000

Doris Jean Masear is a New York State licensed architect, and has been practicing Architecture since 1984. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the City College of the City University of New York in 1986. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has also studied at Universidad Albert Einstein, San Salvador, El Salvador, and the New York Institute of Technology.

Before joining Aufgang Architects, Doris was staff Architect at Alan Lapidus Architect PC; responsible for design, development, construction management of hotel projects in New York, Florida, Atlantic City, Puerto Rico, and other locations. She brought over 16 years of project design and development experience when she joined our firm in 2000.

Before joining Aufgang Architects, Doris was staff Architect at Alan Lapidus Architect PC; responsible for design, development, construction management of hotel projects in New York, Florida, Atlantic City, Puerto Rico, and other locations. She brought over 16 years of project design and development experience when she joined our firm in 2000.

At Aufgang she is involved in the design, development and management of residential and commercial projects in New York City and throughout New York State.

Adrian Menichelli Project Manager With the firm since 2004. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1993

A graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Adrian worked 14 years for an architectural firm in Buenos Aires and joined Aufgang in 2004. He enjoys collaborating with a team of professionals from the creative phases through the construction of new projects.  Contemplating the entire process—concept, function, design, and construction—is a form of poetry to Adrian that he appreciates and enjoys.

Mark Pope Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2019.

Mark graduated with honors from New York Institute of Technology in 2019 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. As a student, and before joining us at Aufgang Architects, Mark was employed at an engineering company where he shadowed well-established engineers. Mark’s experience in the world of construction began when he was in high school and he has developed skills in many different facets of construction. Mark is actively pursuing a license in Architecture. He also considers himself an avid DIYer.

Sean Christian Robinson Job Captain Has been with the firm since 1998

Chris’ lifelong passion for architecture and building comes from a childhood spent growing up among sawdust and blueprints as the son of a cabinet maker. After graduating high school he spent 8 years serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, where he learned the value of discipline, precision, reliability and pride in a job well done that he brings to everything he does. After an honorable discharge from the Marines, he began working alongside his father in the cabinetry business.

Chris attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 1988-1991 to study Aeronautical Science, and later went on to earn his degree in architecture from Orange County Community College in 1998. Shortly after college graduation, he joined Aufgang Architects and has worked diligently for the past 17 years. Chris is responsible for the creation of working documents, coordinating consultant documents, notarizing our important paperwork, and additionally does graphic design for our various ads and brochures. He takes great pride and satisfaction in seeing the projects he’s developed begin as drawings done on CAD software, end up coming to life as fully constructed buildings.

Outside of work, Chris is an avid Formula 1 fan and is also actively involved with the Marine Corps League, a group of retired Marines who volunteer in the community to help better the lives of many children & veterans. He’s also been known to enjoy the pleasure of dark humor, good cognac, and a decent cigar.

Alejandro Rojas Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2005

Alex began his career in construction, spending years working as a skilled welder. He then became drawn to design, and started combining his experience in the field with his knowledge of computer software to design and create Point of Purchase Display units for major retail companies.

Since joining Aufgang Architects in 2005, Alex has been using his talent and years of experience as an architectural draftsman, and is responsible for developing construction documents and coordination with consultant documents on many small and large residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings.

In his spare time he plays drums for the band “Twisting Faith,” which he co-founded, enjoys horseback riding and is an avid certified wreck diver.

Jeevan Sampangi Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2015

Jeevan brings 20 years of experience to his work with expertise in the design of residential, commercial, retail and mixed –use projects. He joined Aufgang in 2015 to expand his expertise into multi-family housing after working in Singapore and later in Chicago, New York, and New Jersey.


Jeevan believes that Architecture plays an integral role in shaping the way we live, work, and socialize, and he strives to bring meaningful design solutions through strong technical detailing.

He is a highly skilled technical Architect who has led serval projects, overseeing design work, construction documentation, permitting and construction administration

Jeevan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Bangalore University in India and is a Registered Architect with Council of Architecture, New Delhi.

Besides his passion for Architecture, Jeevan is an avid traveler and believes travel makes you a more well-rounded human being.

Himanshu Tailor Technical Director of Preservation Has been with the firm since 2021.

Himanshu graduated from NJIT in 2010 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Himanshu has experience in designing high end luxury residential projects such as 15 Hudson Yards. In addition, he has designed retail which required specific standard prototype management for several nationwide banking cafes and technical leads for high end retailers.

Himanshu has 10+ years of Revit experience and is driven by the need to provide everyday problems with simple and effective solutions.

Aa'esha Tobias Job Captain

Has has been with the firm since 2021.

Aa'esha graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Her passion for architecture developed in high school after searching for a profession that is both creative and makes a physical difference. Her prior experience includes designing houses of worship and affordable housing.

Outside of architecture, Aa'esha enjoys biking and eating foods from different cultures.

Dominika Tyburczy Assistant Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2021.

Dominika holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland and a Diploma in Accounting from the New York Institute of English and Business.

Dominika has worked in the architectural industry for over 19 years with extensive experience in all phases not limited to conceptual design, construction administration, project management in addition to field inspections and most recently specializing in luxury, high-end NYC residential construction.

In her spare time Dominika enjoys running and has competed in challenging triathlons/marathons both in the US and Europe in addition to Scuba diving.

Jodi Tyler Executive Administrator Has been with the firm since August 2017.

Jodi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree.

Jodi brings over 20 years of administrative experience to the firm; primarily in the engineering field. She is responsible for processing submittals, organizing shop drawings, maintaining calendars, assisting with DOB and HPD applications and notarizing essential paperwork.

Jodi is an avid baker as well as a novice gardener. She also volunteers with the veterans living at Rockland’s Homes for Heroes in Orangeburg, NY.

Edwin Vazquez, AIA, R.A. Director of Preservation Has been with the firm for over 10 years.

Edwin was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, but moved to the United States and has been a native New Yorker since 1982. After graduating with high honors from the Colegio Marista in 1979, Edwin went on to attend undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, before coming to the U.S. to enroll in the New York Institute of Technology to study architecture.

Edwin brings over 30 years of prior experience to our team at Aufgang Architects, previously working in corporate interior design and construction service firms, leading tenant build-out projects, facilitating real estate management and leasing services with supportive documentation, and moderating various tenant-in-place rehabilitation projects all over the states of New York and New Jersey. Additionally, Edwin is currently certified as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician, and holds a certificate with the American Heart Association as an accredited CPR and First Aid Instructor. He has also been an active member of the Beekman Fire Department and Beekman Volunteer Rescue Squad since 1987.

At Aufgang, Edwin serves as our Director of Preservation and is responsible for the coordination and management of residential rehabilitation projects, moderating tenant-in-place rehabilitation projects, facilitating the design, coordination, and implementation of various adaptive reuse projects, and is currently leading numerous renovation and new construction projects throughout all five boroughs and upstate New York. He is currently pursuing his license to be a registered architect in the state of New York.

Maria Vera Assistant Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2017.

Maria was introduced to architecture at a very young age, having grown up in Colombia, where her father is an architect. Maria received her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and is highly proficient in AutoCad and Revit software in addition to being our internal BIM Lead.

At Aufgang Architects, Maria works on new construction for residential and mixed used buildings and loves to see her clients vision come to fruition.

Steve Vlaovich, R.A., A.I.A. Associate Principal Has been with the firm since 1997

Steve holds an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Technology from the State University of New York at Delhi, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Steve joined the firm in 1997, and over the years he has led the development of a multitude of projects throughout New York City and the surrounding area, including commercial buildings, community facilities, multi-family residential structures, and educational occupancies of varying sizes.

As an Associate at Aufgang Architects, Steve is responsible for overseeing the development of varying projects, including initial zoning analysis, project development from schematic phase to construction documents, project management and coordination, agency filings and approvals, and construction site oversight.

Christopher Walker Project Manager Began as an intern at Aufgang Architects in 2015 and later became a full time employee in November 2017.

Chris graduated with a B. Arch from Syracuse University in 2017 where he was a member of both the American Institute for Architecture Students (AIAS) and the Architecture Student Organization (ASO). Chris has studied in Florence, Italy and in addition participated in a Concrete Fabrication Convoy study in Switzerland in the summer of 2015. Prior to working with Aufgang, he worked for Real Data Management (RDM) where Christopher surveyed existing buildings and new construction to produce Fire Prevention Plans (FPP’s), Emergency Action Plans (EAP’s) & Sprinkler/Standpipe Riser Diagrams currently utilized by FDNY.

Daralynn Wiener, R.A., A.I.A. Project Manager Has been with the firm since 2014

Daralynn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia. She then spent years working freelance for firms around the area gaining experience in designing various types of residential structures, before accepting a full-time position at our firm in 2014. At Aufgang Architects, Daralynn employs her knowledge and experience to draft and design residential and mixed-use buildings and is a registered architect in both New York and New Jersey

Laura Werkmeister Job Captain Has been with the firm since 2019.

Laura is a 2014 graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.

Her prior experience in engineering and hands on working knowledge in field construction has given her a well-rounded; solid understanding of all aspects related to project management and the complexities therein.

Laura enjoys traveling in her spare time and is influenced by the various types’ architecture while actively pursuing her architecture license.

Khady Niasse Job Captain

Khady has been with the firm since 2022.

Khady is a recent graduate of New York City College of Technology after returning from Senegal for 11 years. Upon her return to the states, she attended the Art & Design High School where her passion for architecture began.

Her passion for architecture continues to evolve as she enjoys travel to pursue learning about architecture and enjoying cuisines from around the world and exploring many cultures.

Jorge Yparraguirre Project Manager

Jorge has been with the firm since 2022.

Jorge graduated from the University of San Ignacio in Lima, Peru in 2013. Jorge has vast experience in design and construction administration for residential, retail, commercial, corporate interiors, and restaurant architecture.

Jorge is currently licensed in Lima, Peru and is currently working towards obtaining his full architecture license in the United States.

Samuel J LaMontanaro, Jr, P.E., C.E.M. Director of Engineering

Sam has been with the firm since 2022.

Sam’s first exposure to the construction industry came by working at his family’s plumbing company where he learned multiple facets of design and construction of various plumbing and mechanical systems. Sam built on this passion by going on to graduate from New Jersey Institute of Technology earning a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After college Sam started his career at a large firm designing mechanical systems for combined cycle power plants and then began to design MEP systems for mid and high-rise multifamily dwellings, commercial office buildings, hotels, medical facilities, and schools. Throughout his 20 years in NYC, he has worked in all aspects of project design and administration, from designing NYC Department of Environmental Protection sewer and water applications and extensions to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation SWPPP applications.

As the Director of Engineering at Aufgang Sam works with his team to explore new avenues and technologies to help create more efficient and healthy building environments. Sam is a licensed professional engineer in the state of New York.

Nick Asaro, CPHC Project Manager

Nick has been with the firm since 2022.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford and brings 17 years of MEP experience to Aufgang . Nick has extensive knowledge in all aspects of MEP design for hospitals, outpatient facilities, compounding pharmacies, office buildings, residential apartment buildings, schools, religious institutions, hotels, restaurants, and government agency spaces

As one of our MEP engineers, he is extremely knowledgeable in NYC and NYS Codes including Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Energy Conservation, ASHRAE Guidelines, and FGI Guidelines/AHSRAE 170 for Article 28 spaces. He has designed numerous projects in accordance with NYSERDA, Enterprise Green communities, and LEED. Nick has a passion for high performance buildings, including passive design, highly efficient mechanical systems, and indoor air quality.

Daniela Gonzales Assistant Project Manager

Daniela has been with the firm since 2022.

Daniela graduated in July 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from San Martin de Porres University and obtained her architectural license in 2015 while in Lima, Peru. She then received an additional diploma in Digital Media from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Canada, 2018.

Daniela has vast experience in both retail and corporate architecture; before moving to the United States, she was an architect for large companies in Peru which specialized in opening stores around the country and also designed innovative office spaces.

Daniela also enjoys clay and concrete pottery, has a knack for graphic design and loves to design and explore 3D printing.