Brendan established his practice with his father in the fall of 1994 and then went out on his own in 1997. As the firm’s founder and lead designer he has been responsible for designing a wide variety of residential projects and, more recently, several significant commercial and institutional projects including the award-winning library addition to the Grace Church School.
His work balances design simplicity with the needs of users, the available technical means and the realities of budget and time. His residential design work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Fine Homebuilding, Men’s Health Living, NY Times, and the book “Brooklyn Modern.”
Brendan was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents moved to Brooklyn in 1972 where he grew up and attended primary and secondary school. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. He worked for I.M. Pei and Partners and Rafael Vinoly Architects before leaving for Yale University where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 1994.
Brendan lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, NY in a house he designed and tinkers with constantly. In addition to his professional work, Brendan serves on the board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the board of the Brooklyn Central YMCA, where he is the chair of the buildings committee, as well as serving on the Board of Advisors for the Historic Districts Council.
He is registered in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Ward Welch grew up on a farm in the rural tobacco market area of southern Virginia. Intrigued by the spectacular Victorian architecture of his once-thriving hometown, he attended the University of Virginia and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture in 1989. He then worked for two years in Lancaster, PA before returning to UVA to acquire a Master of Architecture degree in 1993. Throughout his matriculation, Ward was heavily involved in student leadership, and remains active in the alumni association as a class trustee.
Ward returned to Lancaster after graduate school to resume work with Levengood-Kautter Architects, where he gained partnership in 1998. The firm’s work was widely varied between residential and commercial work in historic preservation as well as traditional and modern design. During that time he served two terms as an adjunct professor at the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, was an alternate architectural advisor to the board of historic preservation, and was a representative to Lancaster Alliance to develop plans to refurbish downtown open space. He moved to New York to work with CWB Architects in the spring of 1999.
Ward leads the firm’s residential practice, focusing on apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and homes in Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, and upstate New York. He currently deals most closely with the firm’s residential architecture on the East End of Long Island. In addition, he spearheaded the firm’s Interior Design department, expanding it to include two dedicated designers. His work has been covered by Interior Design, Coastal Living, At Home, New York Daily News, and HGTV among others.
Ward is also a Fellow of the Morgan Library, and a member of the 1832 Society of the Merchant House Museum in Manhattan, which deals with event planning for raising funds for the museum.
Jason Boutin manages the firm’s commercial and institutional practice, including office renovations, as well as schools, restaurants and retail renovations.
Jason combines his technical knowledge of the wide variety of building types found in New York with keen design team management skills to bring large-scale projects to life. His work has been published by Interiors & Sources Magazine.
Before joining CWB in 2000, Jason worked for New York’s Butler Rogers Baskett where he gained substantial experience in significant installations in both the commercial and institutional realms.
Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Building Design and his Bachelor of Architecture simultaneously from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994.
He is a co-founder of Boxworks, an NGO formed to develop disaster relief housing in Haiti. He has also served as a volunteer organizer of CANstruction, a charity competition for the New York Food Bank, and serves on the advisory board for Chickpeas Daycare, in Park Slope.
A member of the American Institute of Architects, Jason is registered in New York.
Jesse has been with CWB Architects since 2004. Since that time, he has served as Project Architect for a wide array of residential projects as well as selected commercial and institutional projects, including the award winning Stage 2, office, and school studio renovations for the Atlantic Theater Company and Atlantic Acting School. Jesse was named an Associate of the firm in 2010 and has recently been named Technical Director.
Jesse Fearins was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from high school, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee, where he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1999. He then relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to work for Tuck Hinton Architects. While with THA, Jesse gained significant experience working on many institutional, commercial, educational, and cultural buildings including the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. During his time in Nashville, Jesse was a member of the Urban Design Forum as well as the Civic Design Center. In 2004, he participated in the Historic Plan of Nashville, an unprecedented effort to plan the growth of the downtown district and surrounding areas over the next 50 years.
Jesse is registered to practice Architecture in New York and Tennessee. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Erin has been with CWB Architects since 2005 when our Interior Design department was formed. Since then she has been responsible for the interior design of a wide range of residential projects resulting in comfortable, chic spaces that reflect each client’s unique personality.
Prior to moving to Brooklyn with her husband Jesse in 2004, Erin worked as a designer in Nashville, TN at long established Bradford’s Interiors where she gained valuable experience applying French and English antiques in a modern context.
Erin developed a love for design from her father who is a skilled woodworker in East Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
John joined CWB Architects in 2014, bringing over 12 years of architecture experience in the New York area specifically with new construction and highly energy efficient buildings and systems. John was the project manager for one of the first Passive Houses in the New York area and this project lead him to acquire certification as a Passive House designer. Currently at CWB, John is the Project Manager on several new construction row house projects and one complete gut renovation.
He graduated from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a concentration in studio arts and went on to receive his masters degree in architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has several years experience running his own millwork and furniture company with two former partners from RISD.
Yuliya joined CWB Architects in the early months of 2010 and has recently been named Managing Director. Since joining the firm, Yuliya has been a Project Manager on a variety of projects including renovations of several row house renovations, new building construction projects, and the corporate headquarters for Sweet N’ Low. She brings an opinionated and critical eye to each project, honed by working at different types of design firms prior to joining CWB.
Born in Moscow, Yuliya moved to the US at age six, settling with her family in the suburbs of New York City. In 2003 she enrolled in the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York. She graduated at the top of her class from the Spitzer School of Architecture in 2008, and remains an active alum of the school by serving as a board member of the Architecture Alumni Group and as an invited critic on various design juries.
Yuliya recently completed all requirements for licensure, and is now a licensed architect in New York.
Raised in Maryland and Austria, Paula graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a concentration in Industrial Design. Prior to joining CWB Architects, she worked primarily on historic craftsman home renovation projects as a Project Designer for Patricia Brennan Architects in Seattle, WA.
Joining CWB in 2005, Paula brought with her an extensive knowledge of wood frame construction, residential detailing, and the design language of the Pacific Northwest. In her years at CWB, she has been responsible for the design and management of residential and commercial projects in NYC, Long Island, Upstate New York, and Nashville, TN. She has a keen understanding of a broad range of project and construction types. Most recently, her primary focus has been managing the design, regulatory and construction administration processes for new construction row houses in brownstone Brooklyn.
Alex joined CWB Architects in February 2013, and since that time has been Project Manager on a wide variety of residential projects including row house renovations in Brooklyn as well as new construction on Long Island. She brings experience working in Australia and Boston to the unique challenges of building construction in NYC.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Alex studied at the University of Melbourne where she obtained her Bachelor of Planning & Design (2002) and Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honors (2005). Following her studies, Alex began working at b.e Architecture, a predominantly high-end residential practice in Melbourne. Throughout her five years at b.e Architecture, Alex developed her skills across all aspects of architectural practice, enabling her formal registration in 2008 with the ARBV (Architects Registration Board of Victoria). Since then, several projects that Alex worked on have been published and have been award finalists.
Alex left b.e Architecture and moved to Boston in 2010, where she joined Oudens Ello Architecture. While in Boston, Alex worked extensively on the LEED certified New Millis Public Library, from schematic design through to construction. Alex also worked on a new Boston wine store, The Urban Grape, and renovations to the Dartmouth College Collis Center.
Alex is a registered Architect in Victoria, Australia, and is working towards gaining reciprocity in New York.
Gaither Pratt relocated to Brooklyn from New Orleans in 2011, joining CWB as a Project Architect with a passion for traditional architecture.
With architecture degrees from the University of Virginia (BSArch ’89) and the University of Miami (MArch ’99), Gaither worked at the offices of Duany Plater Zyberk & Co., William McDonough and Partners, and held the position of New Orleans Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This work provided experience and expertise in traditional architecture & urbanism, as well as preservation, restoration and adaptive re-use.
In 2001, Gaither opened Limehouse Architects in Charlottesville, VA, specializing in residential and urban mixed-use projects. Gaither is licensed in Virginia and Louisiana and holds an NCARB certification.
Janelle Gunther joined CWB Architects in 2003 and has since expanded her responsibilities and honed her skills as an effective and quality-driven manager who works on multiple projects simultaneously. Serving as an anchor on the firm’s residential team, she has designed numerous renovations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and distinguishes herself as a clear communicator and a reliable resource for contractors, consultants, and clients alike. She is well versed in local Landmarks and Zoning requirements, and fluent in her command of materials and finishes.
Prior to arriving at CWB, Janelle worked as a project designer at Dillon Kyle Architecture in Houston where she was responsible for new residential construction from schematic design through contract administration. In addition, Janelle spent time as a project designer at Metro Group Architects in Ann Arbor, where she produced construction documents and chronicled project histories, and served as a draftsperson at Vanston/O’Brien, also in Ann Arbor.
Janelle earned her Master of Architecture degree from Rice University (for which she received a full academic scholarship) and her Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. In 2001, she won a Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Traveling Fellowship to Reykjavik, Iceland. She is a three-time winner of the Alden B. Dow Memorial Scholarship.
Jean-Luc was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2000 he moved to the US to continue his education, and enrolled at the City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture. During that time he juggled both his school curriculum and part-time work, gaining valuable knowledge in historic preservation at a small architecture firm. He then joined a progressive architectural practice with a modern and visionary aesthetic focusing on conceptual work, which aided in developing his modern sensibilities.
Upon receipt of a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2007, and a brief year in the commercial and retail world of design, Jean-Luc joined the CWB team.
As a Project Manager at CWB, Leeza’s experience combines a considerable knowledge of the design process with a solid understanding of building construction to efficiently produce well-coordinated and thorough construction documents.
Before joining CWB Architects in March of 2010 she worked for the Harlem firm of Garrison McNeil and Associates. There, through a concentration on commercial and residential projects for not-for-profit organizations, she gained significant experience with moderate scale installations in New York City, often working within the confines of a tight budget.
Leeza graduated from the City College of New York in 2009 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Currently, Leeza is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development at the NYU Schack Institute for Real Estate as a part-time Master’s student and recently obtained certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Abdou R. Ndoye
Abdou Ndoye, or, Rajakh, as some might call him in the office, was born in Dakar, Senegal. He lived in Senegal until the age of nine, where he and his six siblings moved around frequently with their parents due to the traveling demands of his father, who was an architect. Upon his father’s retirement, which was done in part to provide more opportunities for his children, the family made another move, this time across the Atlantic Ocean to Washington, DC. Abdou and his family lived in DC for seven years, and then moved to Houston, Texas where Abdou attended high school before making one more move to New York City.
Abdou studied architecture at The City College of New York and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2010. He joined CWB Architects as an intern during the summer after his second year as an architecture student and has been with the firm ever since. Abdou brings with him a diverse set of skills that allow him to dive into many areas of a project, from beginning to end. His love for architecture does not allow him to discriminate against any one area of his profession, a passion further fueled by his being a part of the CWB Architects team.
Lesa joined CWB Architects in 2012, bringing her experience as a former New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Placzek Fellow. While at the LPC, she co-authored the Application Assistance Materials Guide. Her work experience brings to CWB a passion for authentic modern design and sensitivity for working with the past. Lesa was recently named preservation coordinator.
Lesa has extensive experience in historic preservation including expertise in administration of Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, historic regulatory filings, and masonry restoration. Prior to relocating to NYC, she worked for metro-Detroit based historic architecture firms, Quinn Evans Architects and William Kessler and Associates. Lesa has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, and a Master of Science in Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Texas A&M University.
Lesa currently volunteers her time in a leadership position with the Association for Preservation Technology International and is in the process of completing the Architectural Registration Exams.
Rachael Stollar joined CWB in the beginning of 2011 while finishing her MFA in Photography and Related Media at Parsons, The New School for Design. Her diverse background in photography and architecture allows her to aid in the creation of marketing materials, photograph finished projects, as well as serve as a Project Designer on row house renovations. Rachael has recently been named Marketing Coordinator.
Rachael moved to NYC in 2009, one year after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While living in Knoxville, TN, Rachael worked for Sanders Pace Architecture, a firm lead by fellow UT alumni – John Sanders and Brandon Pace. During her time at SPa, she worked on a variety of projects in the heart of downtown Knoxville, gaining experience with historic building codes and renovation.
Since coming to New York City, Rachael has had her photography exhibited in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as collaborated on a diverse set of projects including archival research at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives at Parsons.
Franklin was born in Azogues, Ecuador, and when he was four years old emigrated to Queens, New York. The close proximity to the wondrous density and height of Manhattan piqued his interest in architecture at a very early age. He received a pre-engineering endorsed diploma when he completed high school, and in 2009 graduated from The Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Before joining CWB Architects in December of 2011 he worked for the New Jersey based firm of Steven Leventis Architect. While there he gained valuable experience in the preparation of well-coordinated and thorough construction documents and administration of those documents in the field through interaction with various building trades. His work focused on a multitude of residential, commercial and healthcare projects.
Currently, Franklin is working towards obtaining his license in architecture.
Stephen began working at CWB in early 2012. His experience is rooted in residential architecture, but has ventured into other facets of design and construction as well.
Prior to CWB, Stephen gained valuable construction experience while working for his father’s custom home building company in Rhode Island. He entered the design profession at Flavin Architects, a Boston based firm where he worked as an Intern Architect on several high-end residential projects. Most recently, Stephen worked for Show Motion, Inc. an entertainment focused design and fabrication company. While at Show Motion, Stephen was involved in the technical design and construction of Broadway shows such as “Catch Me if You Can” and “Once.”
Stephen earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Stonehill College. He is currently studying for the licensing exams and is a LEED accredited professional.
Scott joined CWB in the Fall of 2012 after graduating with a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture. For his undergraduate education, Scott attended Brown University, earning a Bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude upon graduation. At Brown he explored various disciplines in pursuit of a broad-based liberal arts degree; Scott brings that holistic approach and intellectual rigor to every task at CWB.
Scott was born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and has since relocated to Brooklyn post-graduate school.
Amy began working with CWB Architects in 2013, when the exponential growth of the firm’s Interiors department necessitated expansion.
A Connecticut and New York native, Amy moved to NYC in 2012 to continue work with an accomplished retail-based design firm where she honed her skills in procurement and operations. Her hard work led to a featured profile in the firm’s highly distributed annual magazine. Amy’s innate passion for interior design stems from her mother, an interior designer, and father, a skilled carpenter. Amy graduated from the International Academy of Design in Montréal, Quebec in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
Catherine Brophy, aka The Feng Shui Detective, runs her own interior design business in addition to working part-time with CWB where she, together with Erin Fearins and Ward Welch, helped develop the interior design department. For several years, she studied with T. Raphael Simons, master and author of several highly regarded books on feng shui. She is also a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design.
Prior to joining CWB in 2003, Catherine worked with Christopher Coleman Interior Design, where she honed her strong sense of color. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Robb Report Collection, Real Simple Magazine, Domino Magazine, atHome Magazine and The Cincinnati Enquirer as well as several online publications, including Slate Magazine and Modern Luxury. She is featured in Celeste Perron’s book, Playing House, as well as in Girl on Top by Nicole Williams. She works on residential and commercial projects with other designers too including Solis Betancourt. Catherine recently gave a public lecture at The New York School of Interior Design (Feb. 2011) and has given presentations on feng shui and design across the country. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton.
Though a native New Yorker, Catherine spent most summers in North Carolina with her grandparents, who lived in an antique-filled, exquisitely furnished home near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Living with them she learned to appreciate beautifully crafted furniture and the art of the well-appointed home. Her website is thefengshuidetective.com.
Deborah Perry manages the firm’s back-office and wears many hats; she serves as Benefits Administrator/Human Resources Manager and as Accounts and Facilities Manager. Deborah joined the firm in 2004 and brought with her over 5 years of managerial experience. She is always seeking creative ways to increase productivity and save the company money. Deborah’s keen attention to detail and organizational skills are integral to the smooth running of the office. She is the front line liaison for the company and manages all vendor relations and in-house events. Deborah is a member of the Society for Design Administration (SDA) and through this affiliation has kept the firm compliant with employment laws and regulations.
Deborah received her Liberal Arts degree from Buffalo University.