Agencie was founded in 2007, with the mission of synthesizing architecture, engineering and construction management into a unified service. Over the past 14 years, we’ve honed this unique interdisciplinary approach. Our design-build approach is driven by creativity and grounded in physics and feasibility. We design, engineer, and construct projects of every type and scale.
Our greatest strength lies in our diverse team of architects, engineers and builders. Working tirelessly, our team crafts spaces that fulfil clients needs and desires.
Based in the West Village in the City of New York, we specialize in innovative renovations and enlargements to historic structures. The quality of our work reflects our belief that great design arises not only from creativity……but creativity synthesized with a deep understanding of structural integrity and material performance.
Agencie is a minority and woman-owned business. As an experienced MWBE partner, we consistently perform as a value-adding member of every project team.
Andrés Ulises Cortés, Architect
Andrés has 20+ years experience as Architect and Builder of high fidelity spaces, buildings, and infrastructural objects. After winning the Urban Shed International Competition, Andrés founded Urban Umbrella in partnership with Time Equities Chairman, Francis Greenburger, and successfully sold the company in 2019. Andrés is LEED accredited, NCARB certified, and a Licensed Architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. Andrés holds diplomas in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Columbia University.
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 currently directs the Building Systems stream at Columbia University.
Wanlapa Frey, AIT
Wanlapa is a seasoned designer with specialized expertise detailing in Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper and VRay. She has several years experience with interiors in Office, Retail, and Hospitality sector work. Wanlapa is an active member with the AIA and holds a BFA in interiors from Thailand’s Rangsit University, and a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute.
José Torres, Architect
José is an architect with 15+ years international experience with deep expertise in BIM and related technologies. 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.
Christian Berneking, EIT
Engineer in Training
Christian is an Engineer-in-Training providing analysis and design work for Agencie’s structural engineering projects. Prior to starting at Agencie, Christian worked designing structures in the transportation and waterfront engineering sectors. Their passion lies in improving the lives of community members with projects that are equitable and sustainable. Christian holds a BS in civil engineering from Purdue University and an MS in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tahmeena Khan, M.S. Mathematics
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.
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.