Principal | AIA
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.
Senior Associate | RA, CPHC
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?
Senior Architectural Designer
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Brittany Dingeldein is one of AiF’s Senior Designers. Brittany works closely with Matthew and Paulo to lead the design development and delivery of projects. With four and a half years of experience, Brittany has led over six projects from initial design phase to project closeout. The projects range from high end residential apartment combinations to lobby renovations to ground-up single-family homes. Current project locations include New York, Florida, and The Caribbean.
Brittany has been involved with AiF’s DDC Design and Construction Excellence team for multiple city funded project submissions and AiF’s social media/marketing team since 2017.
Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky’s College of Design and received the Design Excellence Award of her graduating class. Prior to joining AiF in 2014, Brittany interned at SO-IL, strictly working on the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art competition.
Senior Architectural Designer
Originally from Cracow, Poland - Marcin Prus is one of AIF’s Senior Architectural Designers.
Marcin holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Cracow University of Technology with complementary titles from Royal Institute of British Architects. During his university years his projects where presented on many different exhibitions, some of them were: “The 60th Anniversary of Nowa Huta – The Visions of Public Spaces” at the Cracow City Hall, under the patronage of Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, the Mayor of Cracow and Dean Dariusz Kozlowski in 2009 or at the International Scientific Conference of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice “ULAR 6th – Urban Landscape Renewal” in 2011. He also participated in many different architectural competitions like eVolo Skyscraper Competition or Roca Design Contest.
With over 6 years of experience in architecture, Marcin is currently working closely with the whole AIF team on different project designs & developments, including single-family residential and multi-family housing located in the US and abroad.
Prior to joining AIFNY in 2019, Marcin worked for Miastologia in Cracow (Poland) for 5 years as a lead architect supervising one of the company’s flagship developments and before that, as an architect for over a year at B-A-S company also in Cracow, engaged in wide array of mid-scale residential and commercial projects.
Marcin believes that good design is always – paraphrasing Don Draper character from the Mad Men series – simple, yet significant.
Junior Architectural Designer
Originally from Northern New Jersey, Austin Frankel is AiF’s Junior Designer. He works closely with a small team of architects and designers during a project’s design and development, research, and final production stages to develop solutions and create or alter drawings needed for construction.
Frankel holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University. In New Orleans, Louisiana and abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, his studies were concentrated on urban design and planning, along with custom furniture fabrication. His thesis research focused on the creation of shared community spaces for artists, locals, and tourists alike through the conscious curation of entertainment, hospitality, residential, and retail programs.
Prior to joining AIFNY in 2018, Frankel worked for Keenen/Riley as a Project Designer and for Parallel as a Curatorial Associate on a variety of international art institution projects and high-end residential/commercial projects in New York City and South Florida.
Frankel believes that successfully designed spaces are those where people are happy inhabiting and occupying them; he is currently engaged in the pursuit of detailing conditions which enhance such qualities.
Frankel is always scouting the latest cultural and design destinations around the globe with his dog, Cowboy, by his side.
Junior Architectural Designer
Originally from Long Beach, California, Jared Crawford is one of AiF’s Junior Designers. He and the team at AiF develop architectural ideas, from concept to construction. His focus is on using technology to its fullest potential.
Crawford holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His undergraduate research focused on issues related to acoustics of performing arts spaces and its relationship to contemporary concert halls.
Prior to joining AIFNY in 2018, Crawford worked as a Visualization Artist at Nightnurse Images in Brooklyn, and a Junior designer at Westgroup Designs in Irvine, California, working in commercial, education, & healthcare projects.
Crawford believes that good design is the culmination and attempt at solving people’s problems.
In another life, Jared is a pastry chef.
Junior Architectural Designer
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Matt Giddens is one of AiF’s Junior Architectural Designers. He works closely with a small team of architects and designers during a project’s design and development, research, and final production stages to develop solutions and create or alter drawings needed for construction.
Giddens holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the highly ranked Auburn University. His undergraduate thesis at Auburn’s Urban Studio focused on creating equal opportunity and community in Birmingham by improving public transportation and its effect on the built environment. He also studied architecture for a semester in Rome, Italy, was a five-time recipient of the Alabama Center for Architecture Scholarship, and had his work featured in Auburn University’s Research Symposium.
Joining AIFNY in 2019, Giddens has begun work on residential projects with the intent to craft lives in a meaningful and beautiful way. He brings to the table an array of experience in project types, historical research, master-planning, and interiors. Giddens is passionate about not only creating great architecture, but also educating others as to why it is great.
Outside of the office, Giddens enjoys his social life, traveling, art, photography, watching films, trying new restaurants, playing the piano, and cheering on Auburn in football (WDE). He also takes pride in a vast digital collection of dank memes.
Giddens believes that good design is accessible, understood, and timeless.
Junior Architectural Designer
Originally from Malaysia, Birani Nyanat is a Junior Architectural Designer at AiF. As a young professional/practitioner, she works closely with the talented team at AiF throughout different phases of architectural and marketing projects.
Nyanat holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and studied abroad in Japan, New York City, and Italy. Her undergraduate thesis was interested in memory and explored methods of embedding the past into built forms through investigating photographs.
Prior to joining AIFNY in 2019, Nyanat participated in several Fellowship electives as a student, where her work was showcased at exhibitions in Toronto, Switzerland, and Syracuse.
Nyanat believes architecture is a form of cultural production and has the ability to shape livelihoods. She is fueled by oat milk lattes and bubble milk tea.
Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Daria Kondoff is AiF’s financial consultant and office management. She and Millie work closely with a small team of architects during a project’s financial management, billing cycles, Etc].
Daria holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Marketing from Schiller International University, Paris, France and also studied Dramatic Arts at Studio Theater Conservatory.
Prior to joining AIFNY in 2019, Daria worked for a variety of banks and financial institutions in both the US and Europe.
Daria believes that design is successful if it makes you inspired to fly and hugged in a blanket at the same time. Loves the mountain views of Sofia, the magical air of Paris, and the bohemian reinvention of New York.
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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