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 | 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?
Project Architect | AIA
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Christopher manages design and delivery of projects ranging in scale from the adaptive reuse and furnishing of residential interiors and historic buildings to ground-up new construction. He works closely with all project stakeholders and has managed projects through a range of traditional and non-traditional delivery methods.
With an approach to design focused on recognizing and channeling opportunities for drawing connections, both implicit and implicit, Christopher is invested in building at all scales, from the refinement of the connective detail to the rigor of the overall guiding concept. He understands that achieving great design requires careful attention to building relationships, cultivating a full understanding of stakeholder’s needs, and the careful and creative stewardship of resources.
With AiF, Christopher has led design and construction of the West End Townhouse, Bridgehampton House, Chatham Township House, and SoHo and Flatiron Lofts. He has been a part of the team responsible for developing the Parasol and the Bronx Musical Heritage Center.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University and Master of Architecture from Yale University. He is a licensed Architect in the State of New York.
Senior Architectural Designer
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Brittany Dingeldein is one of AiF’s Intermediate Designers and Project Managers with over 4 years of experience. Dingeldein’s projects range from a SOHO lobby renovation, multiple high end Manhattan apartment combinations, to a single-family development in the Caribbean.
Dingeldein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky’s College of Design. Dingeldein received the Design Excellence Award of her graduating class.
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 vast 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.
Senior Architectural Designer
Originally from San Sebastian, Spain, Guillermo S. Arsuaga holds a Master in Architecture from ETSAM- Polythecnical School of Madrid and he has completed a full year of study at the University of Florence, Italy where he was trained in restoration and historical cataloging of Renaissance buildings. In 2018, Guillermo completed a post-master research degree in Theory and History of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm. His artistic-based graduate research was focused on issues related to Architecture, border territories and collective imagination. Arsuaga’s architectural work that combines research with artistic practices has been exhibited in several international forums, such as the Venice Biennale 2018, MUGAK2017, Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje
Prior to joining AIFNY, Arsuaga worked in Sweden with private clients in historical renovations, as well as on social housing developments that attain to the highest environmental standards. Arsuagas’s team proposal was one of the four finalists for the Development Contest Nordic Built environment, an old mental hospital courter in Malmö, Sweden. The competition committee praised Guillermo’s proposal for combining strong focus on affordability and social sustainability to smart and holistic ecological solutions. Arsuaga has also participated in the creation of new ways of housing by using off-site prefabrication techniques to provide affordable rental apartments for young people in Stockholm.
Arsuaga believes that architecture is an act of poetic imagination, design should solve the material problem, not forgetting the spiritual needs of man.
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.
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.
Assistant Studio Manager
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.
Image by Michelle Rose for K9-5: New York Dogs at Work