AGENCIE is a design centered practice that wholly integrates Architecture & Engineering. Since our inception 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.

As Master Builders, 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.


Structural Engineering



MWBE Partnership


Enclosure Engineering

In Person

  • Andrés Ulises Cortés, Architect
    Andrés Ulises Cortés, Architect
    Principal Architect

    Andrés has 25+ years experience as an Architect and Builder.  A founding partner, 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.

  • Sarrah Khan, PE
    Sarrah Khan, PE
    Principal Engineer

    A founding member of Agencie, Sarrah is the Technical Lead at Agencie.  She brings 22+ 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.

  • Ruying Lu
    Ruying Lu
    Technical Designer

    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.

  • Ana Paola Rojas
    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.


  • Bradley Frederick
    Bradley Frederick
    Structural Engineer EIT

    Bradley is an engineer specializing in sustainable design. Bradley possesses unique problem-solving skills surrounding structural design, water conservation, and engineering economics. Bradley has a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University.

  • Tomás Abello
    Tomás Abello
    Project Manager

    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.

  • Nicholas Di Donato
    Nicholas Di Donato
    Architectural Designer

    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.

  • Christian Abarca Lopéz
    Christian Abarca Lopéz
    Senior Project Manager

    Christian is a Project Manager with nine years of expertise in organizing construction operations, financial oversight and resource management and planning. Christian leads procurement, monitors project scheduling, budgeting, and coordination.  Christian excels at the human resources aspect of managing several trade teams, identifying problems and fostering collaborative environments. Christian holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the  New Jersey Institute of Technology.

  • José Torres, BIM Lead
    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.

  • Zeynep Gorken
    Zeynep Gorken
    Architectural Intern

    Zeynep Gorken is a Summer Intern who is currently in her senior year at Pratt GAUD. Zeynep graduated with honors from Izmir University of Economics with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Previously she worked for well-known Turkish firms like Tabanlıoğlu Architects and Folkart, as an intern, during her undergraduate studies. During her graduate studies she worked on GAUD Office Assistant
    and Structures Class Assistant. She enjoys computational design and posses strong design and drawing skills.