Erwin Cortezano is a Senior Associate and the Director of Design. He joined Architectura in 1998. A vital component of the project team, Cortezano spearheads the development of concepts, presentation drawings and renderings, and construction documentation. He also performs condition assessments for both interior and exterior renovations.
Cortezano was awarded a Bachelor of Architecture in 1989 from the University of Santo Tomas. He is a registered architect in the Philippines and is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.
Jinsoo Kim, International Business Development partner at Architectura, joined the firm in 2001. Kim is currently operating the firm's overseas office with dmp partners which is one of the leading architecture firms in Korea expanding overseas opportunites for the firm. Mr Kim is an accomplished architect with great successes in almost every major building type. Mr Kim is also the Design Director for all of the firm's religious and hospitality projects.
Prior to joining the Architectura team, Kim was a Senior Designer, Project Manager, and Marketing Manager for our partner firm, Junglim Architecture, in Seoul, Korea where he created a number of high-profile projects, including: Seoul World Cup Stadium, Swiss Grand Hotel Convention Center, Ehwa Woman's University, and Bundang Seoul National University Hospital.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science from Korea's Inha University in 1989. He was also the recipient of two design awards from both the Annual KIRA and 2000's Design Award Program.
Christopher Manos joined Architectura in 2005 after honing his project management skills at a retail architecture firm in New York City. As a Senior Associate for Architectura, Manos believes that the essence of architecture lies in design details and how they are both built and executed. His work experience varies from field construction and historic preservation to modern building design and the development of high-end private homes.
Manos earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University in 1997.
Mark MacDonald, Senior Associate and Director of Project Development for Architectura, joined the firm in 2004. MacDonald has extensive experience in residential, commercial, and financial institutional design and construction. He also participates in the organization of lectures and events dedicated to environmental sustainability design and construction practices.
MacDonald earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1997.
Architectura JV with Baum Architects, Korea - Acting President
Education / Career
1979 Bachelor of Engineering Seoul National University (Major in Architecture)
1982 Master of Engineering Seoul National University (Major in Architecture)
1983~88 SAC (Seoul Architects - Consulting Engineers) International Ltd.(Project Architect)
1989~95 MINWOO Architects, Consulting Engineers, Ltd. (Partner)
1995~99 BAUM Architects, Engineers & Consultants Inc. (CFO & Chief Architect)
1999~ Architectura JV with Baum Architects, Korea
2008~ BAUM Architects, Engineers & Consultants Inc. /President
1998~1999 Pusan Lotte World II, 107 Stories complex, Pusan, Korea
1997~1999 Ulsan Bus Terminal & Hotel, Department Store, Ulsan, Korea
ASEM Complex Office Building & Plaza, Seoul, Korea
Mapo Mixed Use Project, Tourist Hotel & Office (Tong Yang Cement Corp), Seoul, Korea
1998~1999 Shin Cheju Tourists Hotel, (Dongwha Investment & Development Co., Ltd.), Cheju, Korea
Hoehyun Redevelopment, a Residence & Commercial Complex, Seoul, Korea
1998 Kangwon Land Casino Design Competition, a Hotel & Casino Resort, Sabuk, Korea
2003 New England Plaza, Danbury, Connecticut
More than 120 residential projects including addition, renovation and new homes
2003 The Waterview, a Catering Hall, Monroe, Connecticut
2003 The Church of Jesus, Paramus, New Jersey
2004 KRG Group Rental Office Building, Danbury, Connecticut
St. Elizabeth Seton R.C. Church Extension, Ridgefield, Connecticut
2005 Gorgetown Subaru Dealer Shop, Norwalk, Connecticut
2006 Ironman - Retail Store Design (Facade & Interior) - New York
Lauduree - Silver Housing, Franklin, New Jersey
2006-08 New York Presbyterian Church - 100,000 sq ft Extension, Long Island City, New York
2007 Aventine - Luxury Condominium, 34 Duplex Type Units, 12 stories, Edgewater, New Jersey
2007 Churchhill - Luxury Condominium, 64 Units, 14 stories, Edgewater, New Jersey
2007-08 Ezra Retreat Center - 28,000 sq. ft. Retreat Center, Warrenton, Virginia
Overpeck Plaza - 34,000 sq. ft. Shopping Mall, Ridgefield, New Jersey
Somerset Grand (Laduree) - Silver Housing of 350 Units, Franklin, New Jersey
2007 Full Gospel Church - Renovation & Interior Design, New York
2008 B-Bap Restaurant - Interior design, New York
Nikki Hirsch, Director of Marketing and Communication, joined Architectura in October of 2007. She is responsible for all of Architectura's marketing and PR initiatives, the crowning jewel of which is this fine website you are navigating. In her previous professional roles, Hirsch was the Director of Marketing for Atlantic Records and Capitol Music Group respectively, where she oversaw a number of both high-priority and developing talent on each label's roster. Hirsch received a B.S. in Communication from Boston University in 1999, and she delights in the irony of vegetarian living within Manhattan's Meatpacking district.
Namhye Kim, Senior Project Manager at Architectura, joined the firm in 2004. Kim specializes in residential projects. Kim received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Architecture from Korea's Yonsei University in 1990 and 2000 respectively. She is a registered architect in Korea.