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Walter Marin, NCARB

Senior Principal
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Walter Marin was born in Latin America but raised in the heart of New York. The son of an immigrant cabinetmaker, he was raised with an appreciation for craftsmanship that led to his life-long love of the built environment. He completed a BS/BA in Architecture in 1982 and worked with well-known architectural design firms including the Howard Golden firm prior to establishing Marin Associates in 1985. Upon obtaining his architectural certification, Walter converted his growing firm into Marin Architects. Supported by Walter’s keen business sense and creative aptitude, the firm has since developed a strong roster of repeat clientele and a sterling reputation. Ever community-minded, Walter gives back by serving as the Vice Chair of The National Hispanic Business Group and the Bronx Community College Foundation Board. Walter is NCARB-certified.

Walter Marin was born in Latin America but raised in the heart of New York. The son of an immigrant cabinetmaker, he was raised with an appreciation for craftsmanship that led to his life-long love of the built environment. He completed a BS/BA in Architecture in 1982 and worked with well-known architectural design firms including the Howard Golden firm prior to establishing Marin Associates in 1985. Upon obtaining his architectural certification, Walter converted his growing firm into Marin Architects. Supported by Walter’s keen business sense and creative aptitude, the firm has since developed a strong roster of repeat clientele and a sterling reputation. Ever community-minded, Walter gives back by serving as the Vice Chair of The National Hispanic Business Group and the Bronx Community College Foundation Board. Walter is NCARB-certified.

Walter Marin, NCARB

Senior Principal
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Walter Marin was born in Latin America but raised in the heart of New York. The son of an immigrant cabinetmaker, he was raised with an appreciation for craftsmanship that led to his life-long love of the built environment. He completed a BS/BA in Architecture in 1982 and worked with well-known architectural design firms including the Howard Golden firm prior to establishing Marin Associates in 1985. Upon obtaining his architectural certification, Walter converted his growing firm into Marin Architects. Supported by Walter’s keen business sense and creative aptitude, the firm has since developed a strong roster of repeat clientele and a sterling reputation. Ever community-minded, Walter gives back by serving as the Vice Chair of The National Hispanic Business Group and the Bronx Community College Foundation Board. Walter is NCARB-certified.

Walter Marin was born in Latin America but raised in the heart of New York. The son of an immigrant cabinetmaker, he was raised with an appreciation for craftsmanship that led to his life-long love of the built environment. He completed a BS/BA in Architecture in 1982 and worked with well-known architectural design firms including the Howard Golden firm prior to establishing Marin Associates in 1985. Upon obtaining his architectural certification, Walter converted his growing firm into Marin Architects. Supported by Walter’s keen business sense and creative aptitude, the firm has since developed a strong roster of repeat clientele and a sterling reputation. Ever community-minded, Walter gives back by serving as the Vice Chair of The National Hispanic Business Group and the Bronx Community College Foundation Board. Walter is NCARB-certified.

Minkuk Kim, RA LEED AP BD+C Passive House Designer

Principal
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Marin’s Principal Architect, Minkuk, is LEED Accredited for Building Design and Construction. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and designs building solutions that benefit the community and environment by using less water and energy. For fifteen years, Minkuk has brought his singular blend of discipline and level-headedness to his work at Marin, deftly managing architectural teams and client relationships. Minkuk holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Marin’s Principal Architect, Minkuk, is LEED Accredited for Building Design and Construction. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and designs building solutions that benefit the community and environment by using less water and energy. For fifteen years, Minkuk has brought his singular blend of discipline and level-headedness to his work at Marin, deftly managing architectural teams and client relationships. Minkuk holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Minkuk Kim, RA LEED AP BD+C Passive House Designer

Principal
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Marin’s Principal Architect, Minkuk, is LEED Accredited for Building Design and Construction. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and designs building solutions that benefit the community and environment by using less water and energy. For fifteen years, Minkuk has brought his singular blend of discipline and level-headedness to his work at Marin, deftly managing architectural teams and client relationships. Minkuk holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Marin’s Principal Architect, Minkuk, is LEED Accredited for Building Design and Construction. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and designs building solutions that benefit the community and environment by using less water and energy. For fifteen years, Minkuk has brought his singular blend of discipline and level-headedness to his work at Marin, deftly managing architectural teams and client relationships. Minkuk holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ming Chuang

Senior Design Director
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Ming Chuang holds a double Master of Urban and Interior Design from the Pratt Institute. Ming takes a meticulous, detail-oriented approach to design and finishes with impeccably timeless results. Originally from Taiwan, he joined Marin Architects in 2001, bringing with him a passion for architecture that shows in his impressively industrious work ethic. Give Ming a day and he’ll design a city.

Ming Chuang holds a double Master of Urban and Interior Design from the Pratt Institute. Ming takes a meticulous, detail-oriented approach to design and finishes with impeccably timeless results. Originally from Taiwan, he joined Marin Architects in 2001, bringing with him a passion for architecture that shows in his impressively industrious work ethic. Give Ming a day and he’ll design a city.

Ming Chuang

Senior Design Director
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Ming Chuang holds a double Master of Urban and Interior Design from the Pratt Institute. Ming takes a meticulous, detail-oriented approach to design and finishes with impeccably timeless results. Originally from Taiwan, he joined Marin Architects in 2001, bringing with him a passion for architecture that shows in his impressively industrious work ethic. Give Ming a day and he’ll design a city.

Ming Chuang holds a double Master of Urban and Interior Design from the Pratt Institute. Ming takes a meticulous, detail-oriented approach to design and finishes with impeccably timeless results. Originally from Taiwan, he joined Marin Architects in 2001, bringing with him a passion for architecture that shows in his impressively industrious work ethic. Give Ming a day and he’ll design a city.

German Ramirez

Senior Project Manager
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As senior project manager with 15+ years of experience, German oversees all aspects of the design, construction process and project delivery. In addition, German is responsible for planning, management, schedules and budgets. German holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of America and a Masters in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. German's strong client relationships and hands-on experience has translated into substantial growth for the firm over the years.

As senior project manager with 15+ years of experience, German oversees all aspects of the design, construction process and project delivery. In addition, German is responsible for planning, management, schedules and budgets. German holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of America and a Masters in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. German's strong client relationships and hands-on experience has translated into substantial growth for the firm over the years.

German Ramirez

Senior Project Manager
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As senior project manager with 15+ years of experience, German oversees all aspects of the design, construction process and project delivery. In addition, German is responsible for planning, management, schedules and budgets. German holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of America and a Masters in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. German's strong client relationships and hands-on experience has translated into substantial growth for the firm over the years.

As senior project manager with 15+ years of experience, German oversees all aspects of the design, construction process and project delivery. In addition, German is responsible for planning, management, schedules and budgets. German holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of America and a Masters in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. German's strong client relationships and hands-on experience has translated into substantial growth for the firm over the years.

Neka Highland, RA

Project Architect
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As Project Architect for Marin Architects’ Louisiana division, Neka oversees and coordinates all phases of a project and its associated trades. Coming from a background in hospitality, Neka has relished the opportunity to extend her expertise into new areas, noting: “I have learned far more from the diversity of the projects we take on than I ever would have learned focusing on hospitality alone.” Neka began working for Marin Architects shortly after her graduation from Pratt Institute with a B.Arch in 2008.

As Project Architect for Marin Architects’ Louisiana division, Neka oversees and coordinates all phases of a project and its associated trades. Coming from a background in hospitality, Neka has relished the opportunity to extend her expertise into new areas, noting: “I have learned far more from the diversity of the projects we take on than I ever would have learned focusing on hospitality alone.” Neka began working for Marin Architects shortly after her graduation from Pratt Institute with a B.Arch in 2008.

Neka Highland, RA

Project Architect
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As Project Architect for Marin Architects’ Louisiana division, Neka oversees and coordinates all phases of a project and its associated trades. Coming from a background in hospitality, Neka has relished the opportunity to extend her expertise into new areas, noting: “I have learned far more from the diversity of the projects we take on than I ever would have learned focusing on hospitality alone.” Neka began working for Marin Architects shortly after her graduation from Pratt Institute with a B.Arch in 2008.

As Project Architect for Marin Architects’ Louisiana division, Neka oversees and coordinates all phases of a project and its associated trades. Coming from a background in hospitality, Neka has relished the opportunity to extend her expertise into new areas, noting: “I have learned far more from the diversity of the projects we take on than I ever would have learned focusing on hospitality alone.” Neka began working for Marin Architects shortly after her graduation from Pratt Institute with a B.Arch in 2008.

Martha Romero

Executive Administrator
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Having joined the company 10 years ago, Martha works closely with both Walter and Shelly, providing essential administrative and accounting support. Martha’s energetic, dynamic and resourceful personality makes her the go-to person for anything related to keeping the office running seamlessly. Her well-rounded set of skills brings great value to our team.

Having joined the company 10 years ago, Martha works closely with both Walter and Shelly, providing essential administrative and accounting support. Martha’s energetic, dynamic and resourceful personality makes her the go-to person for anything related to keeping the office running seamlessly. Her well-rounded set of skills brings great value to our team.

Martha Romero

Executive Administrator
Learn more about Martha

Having joined the company 10 years ago, Martha works closely with both Walter and Shelly, providing essential administrative and accounting support. Martha’s energetic, dynamic and resourceful personality makes her the go-to person for anything related to keeping the office running seamlessly. Her well-rounded set of skills brings great value to our team.

Having joined the company 10 years ago, Martha works closely with both Walter and Shelly, providing essential administrative and accounting support. Martha’s energetic, dynamic and resourceful personality makes her the go-to person for anything related to keeping the office running seamlessly. Her well-rounded set of skills brings great value to our team.

Fatih Ergun

Design Director
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Originally from Turkey, Fatih joined Marin Architects in 2009 after impressing Walter with a portfolio that showcased a “star in the making”. He combines a keen creative eye with expertise in visual design and photography to take Marin’s projects to the next level. Fatih strives to make a positive contribution on the city through architecture, and relishes seeing the impact of his work on the New York City skyline. Fatih holds a degree from Architect Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.

Originally from Turkey, Fatih joined Marin Architects in 2009 after impressing Walter with a portfolio that showcased a “star in the making”. He combines a keen creative eye with expertise in visual design and photography to take Marin’s projects to the next level. Fatih strives to make a positive contribution on the city through architecture, and relishes seeing the impact of his work on the New York City skyline. Fatih holds a degree from Architect Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.

Fatih Ergun

Design Director
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Originally from Turkey, Fatih joined Marin Architects in 2009 after impressing Walter with a portfolio that showcased a “star in the making”. He combines a keen creative eye with expertise in visual design and photography to take Marin’s projects to the next level. Fatih strives to make a positive contribution on the city through architecture, and relishes seeing the impact of his work on the New York City skyline. Fatih holds a degree from Architect Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.

Originally from Turkey, Fatih joined Marin Architects in 2009 after impressing Walter with a portfolio that showcased a “star in the making”. He combines a keen creative eye with expertise in visual design and photography to take Marin’s projects to the next level. Fatih strives to make a positive contribution on the city through architecture, and relishes seeing the impact of his work on the New York City skyline. Fatih holds a degree from Architect Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.

Shelly Mohan

Controller
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Shelly joined Marin Architects in 2019 as Controller with a BS/MS in Accounting from Queens College. She brings extensive financial experience in all aspects of accounting management, financial analysis, and professional office operations in the A/E/C industry. Her detail-oriented ethos further strengthens the firm’s ambitions towards excellence and superior client satisfaction.

Though originally from Guyana, Shelly now considers herself a true "New Yorker."

Shelly joined Marin Architects in 2019 as Controller with a BS/MS in Accounting from Queens College. She brings extensive financial experience in all aspects of accounting management, financial analysis, and professional office operations in the A/E/C industry. Her detail-oriented ethos further strengthens the firm’s ambitions towards excellence and superior client satisfaction.

Though originally from Guyana, Shelly now considers herself a true "New Yorker."

Shelly Mohan

Controller
Learn more about Shelly

Shelly joined Marin Architects in 2019 as Controller with a BS/MS in Accounting from Queens College. She brings extensive financial experience in all aspects of accounting management, financial analysis, and professional office operations in the A/E/C industry. Her detail-oriented ethos further strengthens the firm’s ambitions towards excellence and superior client satisfaction.

Though originally from Guyana, Shelly now considers herself a true "New Yorker."

Shelly joined Marin Architects in 2019 as Controller with a BS/MS in Accounting from Queens College. She brings extensive financial experience in all aspects of accounting management, financial analysis, and professional office operations in the A/E/C industry. Her detail-oriented ethos further strengthens the firm’s ambitions towards excellence and superior client satisfaction.

Though originally from Guyana, Shelly now considers herself a true "New Yorker."

Faith Masi

Director of Marketing & Business Development
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Faith brought extensive digital marketing experience to the firm. With a background in arts and tech multimedia verticals, she spearheads creative initiatives to secure new projects. As the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Faith handles social media, outreach strategy, written reports, and press efforts. Her primary focus is rolling out consistent data-driven strategy towards obtaining high-level projects. She is keen on growing the firm’s online audience and global SEO. Faith earned her Bachelor’s Degree from American University in 2013 and interned at NPR the following year. She grew up in Oak Park, IL and maintains a deep appreciation for Chicago architecture. When Faith is not working, she can be spotted playing tennis, biking, or cooking up a spicy meal.

Faith brought extensive digital marketing experience to the firm. With a background in arts and tech multimedia verticals, she spearheads creative initiatives to secure new projects. As the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Faith handles social media, outreach strategy, written reports, and press efforts. Her primary focus is rolling out consistent data-driven strategy towards obtaining high-level projects. She is keen on growing the firm’s online audience and global SEO. Faith earned her Bachelor’s Degree from American University in 2013 and interned at NPR the following year. She grew up in Oak Park, IL and maintains a deep appreciation for Chicago architecture. When Faith is not working, she can be spotted playing tennis, biking, or cooking up a spicy meal.

Faith Masi

Director of Marketing & Business Development
Learn more about Faith

Faith brought extensive digital marketing experience to the firm. With a background in arts and tech multimedia verticals, she spearheads creative initiatives to secure new projects. As the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Faith handles social media, outreach strategy, written reports, and press efforts. Her primary focus is rolling out consistent data-driven strategy towards obtaining high-level projects. She is keen on growing the firm’s online audience and global SEO. Faith earned her Bachelor’s Degree from American University in 2013 and interned at NPR the following year. She grew up in Oak Park, IL and maintains a deep appreciation for Chicago architecture. When Faith is not working, she can be spotted playing tennis, biking, or cooking up a spicy meal.

Faith brought extensive digital marketing experience to the firm. With a background in arts and tech multimedia verticals, she spearheads creative initiatives to secure new projects. As the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Faith handles social media, outreach strategy, written reports, and press efforts. Her primary focus is rolling out consistent data-driven strategy towards obtaining high-level projects. She is keen on growing the firm’s online audience and global SEO. Faith earned her Bachelor’s Degree from American University in 2013 and interned at NPR the following year. She grew up in Oak Park, IL and maintains a deep appreciation for Chicago architecture. When Faith is not working, she can be spotted playing tennis, biking, or cooking up a spicy meal.

Kathleen Riopel, LEED Green Associate

Project Manager
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Having joined Marin Architects in 2015, Kathleen brings a background in architecture to her role as Project Manager. Skilled in preparing construction documents and developing construction drawings, she combines a creative eye with an analytical mindset to ensure effective coordination of all aspects of a project, and facilitates collaboration between clients, associates and consultants. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Having joined Marin Architects in 2015, Kathleen brings a background in architecture to her role as Project Manager. Skilled in preparing construction documents and developing construction drawings, she combines a creative eye with an analytical mindset to ensure effective coordination of all aspects of a project, and facilitates collaboration between clients, associates and consultants. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Kathleen Riopel, LEED Green Associate

Project Manager
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Having joined Marin Architects in 2015, Kathleen brings a background in architecture to her role as Project Manager. Skilled in preparing construction documents and developing construction drawings, she combines a creative eye with an analytical mindset to ensure effective coordination of all aspects of a project, and facilitates collaboration between clients, associates and consultants. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Having joined Marin Architects in 2015, Kathleen brings a background in architecture to her role as Project Manager. Skilled in preparing construction documents and developing construction drawings, she combines a creative eye with an analytical mindset to ensure effective coordination of all aspects of a project, and facilitates collaboration between clients, associates and consultants. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Luis Mejia

Project Manager
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Emigrating from Colombia with a passion for architecture and design, Luis arrived in New York with a dream of making his mark on the Big Apple. Though initially unfamiliar with NYC’s complex regulatory systems and construction laws, he committed himself to learning the ins and outs and has developed into a seasoned member of the Marin team. Having managed a multitude of projects from start to finish, Luis’ primary responsibilities include developing plans, conducting site surveys, and meeting with clients at job sites to discuss project progress. Luis’ proven track record ensures an organized and efficient construction process for all parties involved. 

Emigrating from Colombia with a passion for architecture and design, Luis arrived in New York with a dream of making his mark on the Big Apple. Though initially unfamiliar with NYC’s complex regulatory systems and construction laws, he committed himself to learning the ins and outs and has developed into a seasoned member of the Marin team. Having managed a multitude of projects from start to finish, Luis’ primary responsibilities include developing plans, conducting site surveys, and meeting with clients at job sites to discuss project progress. Luis’ proven track record ensures an organized and efficient construction process for all parties involved. 

Luis Mejia

Project Manager
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Emigrating from Colombia with a passion for architecture and design, Luis arrived in New York with a dream of making his mark on the Big Apple. Though initially unfamiliar with NYC’s complex regulatory systems and construction laws, he committed himself to learning the ins and outs and has developed into a seasoned member of the Marin team. Having managed a multitude of projects from start to finish, Luis’ primary responsibilities include developing plans, conducting site surveys, and meeting with clients at job sites to discuss project progress. Luis’ proven track record ensures an organized and efficient construction process for all parties involved. 

Emigrating from Colombia with a passion for architecture and design, Luis arrived in New York with a dream of making his mark on the Big Apple. Though initially unfamiliar with NYC’s complex regulatory systems and construction laws, he committed himself to learning the ins and outs and has developed into a seasoned member of the Marin team. Having managed a multitude of projects from start to finish, Luis’ primary responsibilities include developing plans, conducting site surveys, and meeting with clients at job sites to discuss project progress. Luis’ proven track record ensures an organized and efficient construction process for all parties involved. 

Leonardo Diaz-Montiel

Project Manager
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Leo came to Marin Architects in 2017 with a background already rich in experience and skills. Having worked in multiple commercial and high-end retail projects around the U.S. and México, his professional background has led him to apply his knowledge as a Project Manager. His dynamic personality has made him a marvel at coordinating multiple projects, making sure to always provide the best quality in every single task.

Leo came to Marin Architects in 2017 with a background already rich in experience and skills. Having worked in multiple commercial and high-end retail projects around the U.S. and México, his professional background has led him to apply his knowledge as a Project Manager. His dynamic personality has made him a marvel at coordinating multiple projects, making sure to always provide the best quality in every single task.

Leonardo Diaz-Montiel

Project Manager
Learn more about Leonardo

Leo came to Marin Architects in 2017 with a background already rich in experience and skills. Having worked in multiple commercial and high-end retail projects around the U.S. and México, his professional background has led him to apply his knowledge as a Project Manager. His dynamic personality has made him a marvel at coordinating multiple projects, making sure to always provide the best quality in every single task.

Leo came to Marin Architects in 2017 with a background already rich in experience and skills. Having worked in multiple commercial and high-end retail projects around the U.S. and México, his professional background has led him to apply his knowledge as a Project Manager. His dynamic personality has made him a marvel at coordinating multiple projects, making sure to always provide the best quality in every single task.

Andrea Acuna

Project Manager
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Andrea joined Marin Architects in 2016 with an extensive professional background in public works projects such as high-value sustainable buildings and transportation facilities in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on sustainable design. As a Project Manager at Marin, Andrea develops schematic and construction drawings with acute attention to detail. Her latest focus has been working on Marin’s new commercial and residential projects, which has involved becoming familiar with various state and municipality codes for successful project completion. With a keen understanding of client and project needs, Andrea is advancing her career towards becoming a licensed architect and adding value to constructed environments.

Andrea joined Marin Architects in 2016 with an extensive professional background in public works projects such as high-value sustainable buildings and transportation facilities in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on sustainable design. As a Project Manager at Marin, Andrea develops schematic and construction drawings with acute attention to detail. Her latest focus has been working on Marin’s new commercial and residential projects, which has involved becoming familiar with various state and municipality codes for successful project completion. With a keen understanding of client and project needs, Andrea is advancing her career towards becoming a licensed architect and adding value to constructed environments.

Andrea Acuna

Project Manager
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Andrea joined Marin Architects in 2016 with an extensive professional background in public works projects such as high-value sustainable buildings and transportation facilities in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on sustainable design. As a Project Manager at Marin, Andrea develops schematic and construction drawings with acute attention to detail. Her latest focus has been working on Marin’s new commercial and residential projects, which has involved becoming familiar with various state and municipality codes for successful project completion. With a keen understanding of client and project needs, Andrea is advancing her career towards becoming a licensed architect and adding value to constructed environments.

Andrea joined Marin Architects in 2016 with an extensive professional background in public works projects such as high-value sustainable buildings and transportation facilities in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on sustainable design. As a Project Manager at Marin, Andrea develops schematic and construction drawings with acute attention to detail. Her latest focus has been working on Marin’s new commercial and residential projects, which has involved becoming familiar with various state and municipality codes for successful project completion. With a keen understanding of client and project needs, Andrea is advancing her career towards becoming a licensed architect and adding value to constructed environments.

Elif Unsal

Lead Architectural Designer / Project Manager
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Elif comes to Marin as an established architect in her home country of Turkey, who graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP). Prior to coming to the United States, she was already seasoned in experience as a Registered Architect in Turkey, and attended Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where she received her B. Arch. degree.

Elif comes to Marin as an established architect in her home country of Turkey, who graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP). Prior to coming to the United States, she was already seasoned in experience as a Registered Architect in Turkey, and attended Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where she received her B. Arch. degree.

Elif Unsal

Lead Architectural Designer / Project Manager
Learn more about Elif

Elif comes to Marin as an established architect in her home country of Turkey, who graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP). Prior to coming to the United States, she was already seasoned in experience as a Registered Architect in Turkey, and attended Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where she received her B. Arch. degree.

Elif comes to Marin as an established architect in her home country of Turkey, who graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP). Prior to coming to the United States, she was already seasoned in experience as a Registered Architect in Turkey, and attended Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where she received her B. Arch. degree.

Kris Alcaide

Project Manager
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Kris joined Marin Architects after working on several new developments and alterations throughout Brooklyn and Queens. He brings vast experience in drafting, construction documents, zoning, and 3D modeling to the firm. Kris earned his Bachelor of Technology from the New York City College of Technology. He has been in the field since 2016 and strives to keep learning, growing, and developing new skills to become a registered architect. A Brooklyn-native, he spent most of his childhood in Mexico, where he developed a passion for design and architecture at a very young age. Kris is a huge fútbol aficionado and follows a number of international leagues. He is on a mission to visit the most renowned stadiums around the world. Kris also enjoys new cuisines and exploring all corners of the city.

Kris joined Marin Architects after working on several new developments and alterations throughout Brooklyn and Queens. He brings vast experience in drafting, construction documents, zoning, and 3D modeling to the firm. Kris earned his Bachelor of Technology from the New York City College of Technology. He has been in the field since 2016 and strives to keep learning, growing, and developing new skills to become a registered architect. A Brooklyn-native, he spent most of his childhood in Mexico, where he developed a passion for design and architecture at a very young age. Kris is a huge fútbol aficionado and follows a number of international leagues. He is on a mission to visit the most renowned stadiums around the world. Kris also enjoys new cuisines and exploring all corners of the city.

Kris Alcaide

Project Manager
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Kris joined Marin Architects after working on several new developments and alterations throughout Brooklyn and Queens. He brings vast experience in drafting, construction documents, zoning, and 3D modeling to the firm. Kris earned his Bachelor of Technology from the New York City College of Technology. He has been in the field since 2016 and strives to keep learning, growing, and developing new skills to become a registered architect. A Brooklyn-native, he spent most of his childhood in Mexico, where he developed a passion for design and architecture at a very young age. Kris is a huge fútbol aficionado and follows a number of international leagues. He is on a mission to visit the most renowned stadiums around the world. Kris also enjoys new cuisines and exploring all corners of the city.

Kris joined Marin Architects after working on several new developments and alterations throughout Brooklyn and Queens. He brings vast experience in drafting, construction documents, zoning, and 3D modeling to the firm. Kris earned his Bachelor of Technology from the New York City College of Technology. He has been in the field since 2016 and strives to keep learning, growing, and developing new skills to become a registered architect. A Brooklyn-native, he spent most of his childhood in Mexico, where he developed a passion for design and architecture at a very young age. Kris is a huge fútbol aficionado and follows a number of international leagues. He is on a mission to visit the most renowned stadiums around the world. Kris also enjoys new cuisines and exploring all corners of the city.

Dong Shin

Assistant Project Manager
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Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Dong spent most of her youth in California and eventually moved to the east coast where she graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2014. She has since worked at several firms, where she has amassed a strong portfolio of commercial and residential work in the New York area, and is now lending her keen eye and attention to detail to Marin’s projects. Dong is currently studying to become a Registered Architect.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Dong spent most of her youth in California and eventually moved to the east coast where she graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2014. She has since worked at several firms, where she has amassed a strong portfolio of commercial and residential work in the New York area, and is now lending her keen eye and attention to detail to Marin’s projects. Dong is currently studying to become a Registered Architect.

Dong Shin

Assistant Project Manager
Learn more about Dong

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Dong spent most of her youth in California and eventually moved to the east coast where she graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2014. She has since worked at several firms, where she has amassed a strong portfolio of commercial and residential work in the New York area, and is now lending her keen eye and attention to detail to Marin’s projects. Dong is currently studying to become a Registered Architect.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Dong spent most of her youth in California and eventually moved to the east coast where she graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2014. She has since worked at several firms, where she has amassed a strong portfolio of commercial and residential work in the New York area, and is now lending her keen eye and attention to detail to Marin’s projects. Dong is currently studying to become a Registered Architect.

Emre Ozdemir

Lead Architectural Designer
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Emre is an award-winning architectural designer; specialized in all phases of architectural design. He is experienced in designing various scales including urban-scale master plans, office buildings, educational and cultural buildings. He contributes significantly to Marin’s projects with his creative approach. Emre graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and holds two Master’s Degrees in Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University and Pratt Institute. He loves participating design competitions and exploring novel design ideas. Emre creates contemporary digital art and plays tennis in his spare time.

Emre is an award-winning architectural designer; specialized in all phases of architectural design. He is experienced in designing various scales including urban-scale master plans, office buildings, educational and cultural buildings. He contributes significantly to Marin’s projects with his creative approach. Emre graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and holds two Master’s Degrees in Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University and Pratt Institute. He loves participating design competitions and exploring novel design ideas. Emre creates contemporary digital art and plays tennis in his spare time.

Emre Ozdemir

Lead Architectural Designer
Learn more about Emre

Emre is an award-winning architectural designer; specialized in all phases of architectural design. He is experienced in designing various scales including urban-scale master plans, office buildings, educational and cultural buildings. He contributes significantly to Marin’s projects with his creative approach. Emre graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and holds two Master’s Degrees in Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University and Pratt Institute. He loves participating design competitions and exploring novel design ideas. Emre creates contemporary digital art and plays tennis in his spare time.

Emre is an award-winning architectural designer; specialized in all phases of architectural design. He is experienced in designing various scales including urban-scale master plans, office buildings, educational and cultural buildings. He contributes significantly to Marin’s projects with his creative approach. Emre graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and holds two Master’s Degrees in Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University and Pratt Institute. He loves participating design competitions and exploring novel design ideas. Emre creates contemporary digital art and plays tennis in his spare time.

Aston Yijun

Designer
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Aston has worked with Marin since August 2018 as an extremely talented young designer specializing in 3D software modeling and rendering, site plan design, and master planning.

Aston has earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Technology and Master’s Degree in Architecture. Prior to joining Marin Architects, he worked with Veritas Design Group and BYG Architecture in Malaysia, both award-winning firms.

You could say Aston is one of Marin’s most “worldly” staff members – he originally hails from Malaysia, has travelled to over 20 countries, and is fluent in 5 languages.

Aston has worked with Marin since August 2018 as an extremely talented young designer specializing in 3D software modeling and rendering, site plan design, and master planning.

Aston has earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Technology and Master’s Degree in Architecture. Prior to joining Marin Architects, he worked with Veritas Design Group and BYG Architecture in Malaysia, both award-winning firms.

You could say Aston is one of Marin’s most “worldly” staff members – he originally hails from Malaysia, has travelled to over 20 countries, and is fluent in 5 languages.

Aston Yijun

Designer
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Aston has worked with Marin since August 2018 as an extremely talented young designer specializing in 3D software modeling and rendering, site plan design, and master planning.

Aston has earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Technology and Master’s Degree in Architecture. Prior to joining Marin Architects, he worked with Veritas Design Group and BYG Architecture in Malaysia, both award-winning firms.

You could say Aston is one of Marin’s most “worldly” staff members – he originally hails from Malaysia, has travelled to over 20 countries, and is fluent in 5 languages.

Aston has worked with Marin since August 2018 as an extremely talented young designer specializing in 3D software modeling and rendering, site plan design, and master planning.

Aston has earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Technology and Master’s Degree in Architecture. Prior to joining Marin Architects, he worked with Veritas Design Group and BYG Architecture in Malaysia, both award-winning firms.

You could say Aston is one of Marin’s most “worldly” staff members – he originally hails from Malaysia, has travelled to over 20 countries, and is fluent in 5 languages.

Juan Fawcett

Design Assistant
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Having joined Marin Architects in January 2019, Juan has quickly become an integral part of Marin’s design team where his responsibilities include presenting new ideas, drawing, modeling, and producing imagery for a variety of projects. His outgoing personality and fascination in new concepts and technologies brings a sense of passion and motivation to every project he works on.

Juan comes to Marin from Colombia as a Registered Architect, having obtained a 5-year Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in Bogota. He gained invaluable experience working in Barcelona for the renowned firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT before returning to Bogota to work in urban facilities for his family’s architecture firm.

Having joined Marin Architects in January 2019, Juan has quickly become an integral part of Marin’s design team where his responsibilities include presenting new ideas, drawing, modeling, and producing imagery for a variety of projects. His outgoing personality and fascination in new concepts and technologies brings a sense of passion and motivation to every project he works on.

Juan comes to Marin from Colombia as a Registered Architect, having obtained a 5-year Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in Bogota. He gained invaluable experience working in Barcelona for the renowned firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT before returning to Bogota to work in urban facilities for his family’s architecture firm.

Juan Fawcett

Design Assistant
Learn more about Juan

Having joined Marin Architects in January 2019, Juan has quickly become an integral part of Marin’s design team where his responsibilities include presenting new ideas, drawing, modeling, and producing imagery for a variety of projects. His outgoing personality and fascination in new concepts and technologies brings a sense of passion and motivation to every project he works on.

Juan comes to Marin from Colombia as a Registered Architect, having obtained a 5-year Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in Bogota. He gained invaluable experience working in Barcelona for the renowned firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT before returning to Bogota to work in urban facilities for his family’s architecture firm.

Having joined Marin Architects in January 2019, Juan has quickly become an integral part of Marin’s design team where his responsibilities include presenting new ideas, drawing, modeling, and producing imagery for a variety of projects. His outgoing personality and fascination in new concepts and technologies brings a sense of passion and motivation to every project he works on.

Juan comes to Marin from Colombia as a Registered Architect, having obtained a 5-year Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in Bogota. He gained invaluable experience working in Barcelona for the renowned firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT before returning to Bogota to work in urban facilities for his family’s architecture firm.

Mohammed Alamin

Design Assistant
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Starting his architectural journey several years ago, Alamin joined Marin Architects in 2018. He currently works as a DOB Administrator and field representative, reviewing drawings, resolving DOB objections, working with city agencies as well as out in the field. Alamin holds a DOB Class 2 and FDNY Expeditor license and architecture degree and hopes to become a Registered Architect. Alamin is also interested in Green Design, Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Structural Engineering.

Starting his architectural journey several years ago, Alamin joined Marin Architects in 2018. He currently works as a DOB Administrator and field representative, reviewing drawings, resolving DOB objections, working with city agencies as well as out in the field. Alamin holds a DOB Class 2 and FDNY Expeditor license and architecture degree and hopes to become a Registered Architect. Alamin is also interested in Green Design, Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Structural Engineering.

Mohammed Alamin

Design Assistant
Learn more about Mohammed

Starting his architectural journey several years ago, Alamin joined Marin Architects in 2018. He currently works as a DOB Administrator and field representative, reviewing drawings, resolving DOB objections, working with city agencies as well as out in the field. Alamin holds a DOB Class 2 and FDNY Expeditor license and architecture degree and hopes to become a Registered Architect. Alamin is also interested in Green Design, Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Structural Engineering.

Starting his architectural journey several years ago, Alamin joined Marin Architects in 2018. He currently works as a DOB Administrator and field representative, reviewing drawings, resolving DOB objections, working with city agencies as well as out in the field. Alamin holds a DOB Class 2 and FDNY Expeditor license and architecture degree and hopes to become a Registered Architect. Alamin is also interested in Green Design, Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Structural Engineering.

Leydi Nunez

Senior Project Manager, Municipal Compliance and Expediting
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In her role as Senior Project Manager, Leydi is responsible for generating and filing Alteration Type 1, 2, and 3 applications, files new buildings, reviews drawings and attends meetings with plan examiners, provides project tracking, as well as works with and does filing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Office of Environmental Remediation, FDNY, and DOB Now. Though she has 9 years of experience under her belt, Leydi is working in an architecture firm for the first time and says she’s enjoying learning about her work from an architectural perspective. Leydi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Paul Smith’s College.

In her role as Senior Project Manager, Leydi is responsible for generating and filing Alteration Type 1, 2, and 3 applications, files new buildings, reviews drawings and attends meetings with plan examiners, provides project tracking, as well as works with and does filing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Office of Environmental Remediation, FDNY, and DOB Now. Though she has 9 years of experience under her belt, Leydi is working in an architecture firm for the first time and says she’s enjoying learning about her work from an architectural perspective. Leydi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Paul Smith’s College.

Leydi Nunez

Senior Project Manager, Municipal Compliance and Expediting
Learn more about Leydi

In her role as Senior Project Manager, Leydi is responsible for generating and filing Alteration Type 1, 2, and 3 applications, files new buildings, reviews drawings and attends meetings with plan examiners, provides project tracking, as well as works with and does filing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Office of Environmental Remediation, FDNY, and DOB Now. Though she has 9 years of experience under her belt, Leydi is working in an architecture firm for the first time and says she’s enjoying learning about her work from an architectural perspective. Leydi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Paul Smith’s College.

In her role as Senior Project Manager, Leydi is responsible for generating and filing Alteration Type 1, 2, and 3 applications, files new buildings, reviews drawings and attends meetings with plan examiners, provides project tracking, as well as works with and does filing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Office of Environmental Remediation, FDNY, and DOB Now. Though she has 9 years of experience under her belt, Leydi is working in an architecture firm for the first time and says she’s enjoying learning about her work from an architectural perspective. Leydi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Paul Smith’s College.

Sherly Poluscar

Project Administrator, Municipal Compliance and Expediting
Learn more about Sherly

Sherly brings 15+ years of experience within the Department of Buildings unit to the firm. Prior to Marin, she worked for several architectural firms where she honed her skills as a Project Manager of Municipal Compliance. Sherly oversees filing for all city agencies, approving documents, and dismissing violations. Her persevering work ethic allows the firm to stay on top of projects as the DOB is constantly evolving. Originally from Haiti, she moved to New York at young age. She worked hard to earn her Bachelor’s in Business and Sociology from the City College of NY. Sherly enjoys spending time with loved ones, working out, and learning to cook a variety of dishes.

Sherly brings 15+ years of experience within the Department of Buildings unit to the firm. Prior to Marin, she worked for several architectural firms where she honed her skills as a Project Manager of Municipal Compliance. Sherly oversees filing for all city agencies, approving documents, and dismissing violations. Her persevering work ethic allows the firm to stay on top of projects as the DOB is constantly evolving. Originally from Haiti, she moved to New York at young age. She worked hard to earn her Bachelor’s in Business and Sociology from the City College of NY. Sherly enjoys spending time with loved ones, working out, and learning to cook a variety of dishes.

Sherly Poluscar

Project Administrator, Municipal Compliance and Expediting
Learn more about Sherly

Sherly brings 15+ years of experience within the Department of Buildings unit to the firm. Prior to Marin, she worked for several architectural firms where she honed her skills as a Project Manager of Municipal Compliance. Sherly oversees filing for all city agencies, approving documents, and dismissing violations. Her persevering work ethic allows the firm to stay on top of projects as the DOB is constantly evolving. Originally from Haiti, she moved to New York at young age. She worked hard to earn her Bachelor’s in Business and Sociology from the City College of NY. Sherly enjoys spending time with loved ones, working out, and learning to cook a variety of dishes.

Sherly brings 15+ years of experience within the Department of Buildings unit to the firm. Prior to Marin, she worked for several architectural firms where she honed her skills as a Project Manager of Municipal Compliance. Sherly oversees filing for all city agencies, approving documents, and dismissing violations. Her persevering work ethic allows the firm to stay on top of projects as the DOB is constantly evolving. Originally from Haiti, she moved to New York at young age. She worked hard to earn her Bachelor’s in Business and Sociology from the City College of NY. Sherly enjoys spending time with loved ones, working out, and learning to cook a variety of dishes.

Denny Moran

Project Administrator, Municipal Compliance and Expediting
Learn more about Denny

Denny joined Marin Architects in 2020 as a part of the Municipal Compliance team. She has been in the field for 15 years, starting as a Certificate of Occupancy Coordinator as well as obtaining her asbestos investigator license. At Marin, she is responsible for reviewing drawings and securing permits for all city agencies within the 5 boroughs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and has worked for several companies in the city. Denny was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S as a teenager. In her free time, she participates in marathons and triathlons from all around the world. Each year, she joins the NYC 5 borough bike tour.

Denny joined Marin Architects in 2020 as a part of the Municipal Compliance team. She has been in the field for 15 years, starting as a Certificate of Occupancy Coordinator as well as obtaining her asbestos investigator license. At Marin, she is responsible for reviewing drawings and securing permits for all city agencies within the 5 boroughs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and has worked for several companies in the city. Denny was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S as a teenager. In her free time, she participates in marathons and triathlons from all around the world. Each year, she joins the NYC 5 borough bike tour.

Denny Moran

Project Administrator, Municipal Compliance and Expediting
Learn more about Denny

Denny joined Marin Architects in 2020 as a part of the Municipal Compliance team. She has been in the field for 15 years, starting as a Certificate of Occupancy Coordinator as well as obtaining her asbestos investigator license. At Marin, she is responsible for reviewing drawings and securing permits for all city agencies within the 5 boroughs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and has worked for several companies in the city. Denny was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S as a teenager. In her free time, she participates in marathons and triathlons from all around the world. Each year, she joins the NYC 5 borough bike tour.

Denny joined Marin Architects in 2020 as a part of the Municipal Compliance team. She has been in the field for 15 years, starting as a Certificate of Occupancy Coordinator as well as obtaining her asbestos investigator license. At Marin, she is responsible for reviewing drawings and securing permits for all city agencies within the 5 boroughs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and has worked for several companies in the city. Denny was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S as a teenager. In her free time, she participates in marathons and triathlons from all around the world. Each year, she joins the NYC 5 borough bike tour.

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Philosophy

Bringing together international perspectives, experiences and reach, our team leverages unique viewpoints and strategic connections to valuable effect. Together we contribute to creating an inclusive, communicative workplace environment where each individual is encouraged to grow and excel. With horizontal leadership and a commitment to equal opportunity, our people-centric approach begins with our internal culture.