Sarrah Khan and Andrés Cortés founded Agencie in 2007, with a shared vision of a design practice that truly integrates architecture and engineering. Over the past 12 years, we’ve combined architecture and engineering capabilities into a single solution, creating a unified design service. Our innovative approach is driven by creativity and rooted in technology. Working in close collaboration with our clients, we design, engineer, and construct projects in glass, timber, concrete, steel and composite materials.
Agencie is a 100% minority- and woman-owned business. We are a certified MWBE with multiple agencies in the state of New York and New Jersey. As a trusted MWBE partner, we provide quality engineering on large infrastructure projects. Our mission is to be a consistently value-adding member of any project team.
Our award-winning portfolio includes over 300 projects exceeding $900 million in construction value. The quality of our work reflects our belief that great design arises not only from creativity. Rather, great design arises from creativity synthesized with a deep understanding of structural integrity and material performance.
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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, Professional Engineer
A founding member of Agencie, Sarrah is the Technical Lead at Agencie. She brings 18+ years of experience in engineering innovation and creative-thinking. 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.
Ali Molaei, M.Arch.
Ali holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, and obtained a Master of Architecture diploma from The University of Buffalo with an emphasis on Ecological Practice. Ali has extensive academic experience in teaching university level Structures and Construction Technology. As a multidisciplinary designer, Ali holds patents in the design of surgical instruments for Veterinary Surgeries.
Wanlapa Frey, M.Arch
Wanlapa is an extremely talented designer with advanced expertise 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.
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.