Working out of Lou Reed’s former studio at Westbeth in the West Village, AGENCIE is a design centered practice that wholly integrates Engineering & Architecture. Since our founding in 2007 we’ve offered a unified design service that encourages innovation and has produced over 450 one-of-a kind buildings and spaces. Our areas of expertise include Aviation, Commercial, Residential and Performing Arts.
Agencie is a 100% Minority and Woman owned business, and is a certified MBE with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Our iconic project, the Urban Umbrella, was the result of a close partnership with City Agencies in New York and Toronto, and culminated with the transformation of city sidewalks in urban settings.
Our approach is rooted in imagination and guided by a design strategy that emphasizes rationalization and buildability in the service of beauty. We work intently, always striving to deliver exciting work that optimizes our clients’ end user experience.
Sarrah Khan, PE
A founding member of Agencie, Sarrah is the Technical Lead at Agencie. She brings 18+ years of experience in structural engineering and enclosures. Sarrah has worked across sectors including museums, education, theatres and petrochemical facilities. Prior to founding Agencie, she worked at Bernard Tschumi Architects and Buro Happold on geometrically complex structures and facades. She is a career long educator and has taught at Yale, Georgia Tech, Pratt and previously directed the Building Systems stream at Columbia University.
Andrés Ulises Cortés, Architect
Andrés has 20+ years experience as an Architect and Builder. Andrés was the lead inventor for the widely adopted pedestrian protection system, Urban Umbrella, which was launched in 2012 after winning the Urban Shed International Competition. Andrés is LEED accredited, a Licensed Architect and General Contractor in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Andrés holds diplomas in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Columbia University. Andrés is presently contributing to several New York Building Code initiatives in partnership with the City of New York.
José Torres, BIM Lead
BIM Director, Software Developer
José is the Digital Practice Leader with 15+ years international experience computational modeling for structural and enclosure engineering. José has been an evangelist, trainer, analyst, and a process oriented technologist with Case Design Inc. and WeWork. José’s key tasks are in support of production teams and in software and productivity tools development. He holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.
Ruying is a trained architect and BIM Specialist. Her area of expertise is computational modeling and connection design for structural and façade engineering. Having experience in aviation and residential sectors, she specializes in design, modelling, and detailing, at the intersection of architecture, engineering, and computer science. Ruying earned a Master of Architecture from Pratt University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland.
Nicholas Di Donato
Nick is a designer who specializes in computational design, advanced modeling, and digital fabrication through expertise in Rhino, Grasshopper, and Unity, as well as having experience in AutoCAD, Revit, and the Adobe Suite. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Science of Architecture in Computational Ecologies and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New Mexico.
Ana Paola Rojas
Architectural & Interior Designer
Ana is an architectural and interior designer specializing in luxury residential home design. Ana holds expertise in Rhino, Revit, and Sketchup and has a particular ability in research and application of material properties. Ana holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Lima, and brings a skillful sensibility pertaining to color, pattern, and material collections.
Tomás is a Project Manager focused on Agencie’s luxury residential construction projects. Tomás handles pre-construction services including bidding and vendor procurement, subcontractor vetting & onboarding, on site logistics and coordination tasks, and site safety enforcement. Tomás has extensive construction experience in ground up custom homes in Texas and New Jersey, where he attended New Jersey City University.
Nazli is LEED accredited with 10+ years of experience in residential, commercial, and large scale hospitality design work. Nazli holds a Masters in Architecture in Sustainable Development from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University. She lectures on Green Strategies at MEF University and is presently completing a PhD in Biophilic Design from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts.
Santos is a Master Carpenter with 25 years experience overseeing construction of high end, luxury residential properties and commercial tenant improvement projects. As a seasoned builder, Santos oversees procurement, scheduling, and quality control for design-build projects managed by Agencie.
Tahmeena holds a Master in Mathematics and Computer Application from Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj University. Tahmeena has extensive experience in software development, as an analyst, and as a Professor of Mathematics. Tahmeena focusses on Structural Optimization and manages Agencie’s Administrative Overhead.
Wangjing is presently working on her Masters in Architecture from Pratt Institute and is an intern working on residential and aviation work with Agencie. Her focus is computational design and technical drafting and detailing.
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