Matthew Bremer, AIA leads Architecture in Formation in New York City. Matthew is a native Texan, with deep Texas Hill Country roots tempering his otherwise fast-paced New York lifestyle. Matthew studied architecture and art history as an undergraduate at Rice and received his Masters of Architecture from Yale, where in addition to architectural design, he continued immersive studies in art & art history, cultural theory and criticism, and got to study under acclaimed set designer Ming Cho Lee in Yale’s Drama School, all which contribute to the unique approach Matthew takes to designing buildings, interiors, and objects. He has taught architecture and been guest juror at architecture schools around the country, and in 2009 was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with the national Young Architects Award. The firm’s work has won multiple local and national awards and been published widely.
As founder and principal, Matthew is engaged as creative director in each project from start to finish, working closely with clients early on to refine their needs and aspirations, and to find hidden opportunities and latent strategies to approach particular problems. Matthew founded Architecture in Formation as a way to celebrate the rich, rigorous, laborious, and messy collaborative process of making architecture.
When not at the office or a jobsite, Matthew is likely to be found walking Geoffrey (AiF’s CNO – see bio), biking around the city, visiting galleries, museums, or art fairs, or traveling. Matthew is currently converting an 1823 parochial church in the Catskills to a weekend home for Geoffrey, his partner Shaun, and himself.
Originally from Kansas City, MO, Paulo Flores is AIF’s Senior Associate. He oversees project management for all projects in the office and works closely with studio staff, clients, and contractors to develop designs and resolve technical issues.
Flores holds a degree in Industrial Design/Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and continued his studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Pratt Institute, and Fashion Institute of Technology. His undergraduate research focused on cultural factors influencing behavior in and perception of interior spaces. Flores has received many awards for his accomplishments, including Interior Design Magazine Best of Year 2010 and 2007 and American Institute of Steel Construction Ideas Recognition 2008. Additionally, his projects have been published on The Wall Street Journal, Elle Decor, The New York Times and Interior Design.
With 13 years of experience in architecture, Flores has designed and managed multiple projects at AIF, working at a range of scales from multi-family residences, to interior renovations, to branding schemes, to designing custom furniture.
Prior to joining AIF, Flores worked for Incorporated Architecture and Design as a designer/project manager for high end residential and luxury multifamily development projects. Flores also specialized in publication design before entering the field of architecture.
Flores believes that good design has to be smart - can it solve more than one problem in a single move and still be beautiful?
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Christopher Seifert is AIF’s Designer and Project Manager.
Collaborating in teams of three or four, Chris works closely with Matt and Paulo in leading design development phases and the delivery of projects that have budgets of up to $8 million.
Seifert holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors and Distinction from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
With three years of experience in architecture, Seifert has led six projects and been apart of the team on five other projects at AIF, including the West End Collegiate Gothic Townhouse, Bridgehampton House, and the Parasol.
Seifert believes that design is about recognizing and harnessing opportunities for drawing connections, both implicit and explicit.
He is AIF’s most well caffeinated team member.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Brittany Dingeldein is AIF’s Junior Designer. She works closely under the Senior Associate and together with a smaller group of AIF’s designers when tackling larger projects. Her main focuses are to create and refine plans, draft architectural detail drawings, build 3D models, and develop overarching architectural ideas.
Dingeldein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky’s College of Design and plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Fall 2017. Dingeldein received the Design Excellence Award of her graduating class. She had the honor of presenting her 4th year studio work at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design End of the Year Show.
Prior to joining AIFNY in 2014, Dingeldein interned at SO-IL, mainly working on the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art competition, which they later won. During her college career, Dingeldein worked as the University of Kentucky’s College of Design’s Lab Consultant and explored design’s vapid forms and ways by participating in design electives and conferences such as Possible Mediums.
Dingeldein believes that design is only as strong as its smallest detail.
Currently, Dingeldein is probably informing you of something extremely random, while informing you of something extremely random.
Originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Shayari is AIF's Junior Designer. She works closely with a small team of architects during a project's design and development, research, and final production stages.
De Silva holds a B.A. in Architectural History and Theory, and a Master's in Architecture from Yale University. Her undergraduate research focused on the post-war urban redevelopment in her native Sri Lanka. She is a co-editor of 'Perspecta 51', the Yale Architectural Journal, forthcoming in Fall 2018. Prior to joining AIFNY in 2016, de Silva worked at a small firm in Sri Lanka, for two years between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, on a range of residential and institutional projects.
De Silva is particularly interested in the design and research of spaces at the intersection of public and private realms. Following completion of her masters in May 2016, she spent the summer in Tokyo on the Paul Katz/KPF Fellowship researching this topic.
De Silva loves spicy food.
Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Mark Nordby is AiF's Junior Designer. He works closely with the team of architects and designers to research and develop schematic design solutions, and create or alter drawings needed for construction.
Nordby holds a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas-Austin, as well as a Master of Arts from New York University in Historical and Sustainable Architecture, where he studied and conducted research in both London and New York. Nordby also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in European History. In all academic pursuits, he has focused on the impact of industrialization and urbanization in the modern era, and the influence that new materials continue to have on patterns of both human settlement and meaning generation.
At the University of Texas-Austin's School of Architecture, he served as Co-Chair of the Graduate School of Architecture Representative Council. Further, Nordby received the "Design Excellence" honors for both Vertical Studio, and Wood Design work at UTSoA.
Nordby has participated in multiple projects at AiF, including residential design, and further development of proposals for Bike Rent NYC. Prior to joining AiF in 2016, Nordby has worked for Nerea Feliz Studio as well as Gluck+ as a Junior Designer, primarily working on single family residential projects.
Nordby believes that design embodies and reflects the needs and desires of any culture, giving solid form to shared meanings, values, and aspirations.
Geoffrey is AIF’s CNO (Canine Napping Officer) and a revered member of the senior staff. When in the office, he can be found perched atop his faux fur bean bag under a blanket near Matthew’s desk or hopping lap to lap in the design studio offering desk crits, licks, and cuddles.
From inspirational to humbling tasks, Geoffrey reminds others to get up from behind their computers to go outside and take him on a walk or cleaning out the firm’s trash of any delicious paper treats. One of his positive traits are warmly welcoming anyone who walk through the doors of AIF, including every postal courier.
A supermodel, prancer, and fashionista (at least during the winter months), Geoffrey believes that good design can be concluded to natural fiber batting and 800 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.
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