Giwon’s father practiced architectural construction and this sparked his own interest in the construction industry. When Giwon made the decision to major in architecture an underlying motivation was to design low income housing, and he is currently exploring ways to use his skills to benefit people in developing countries. In his free time, Giwon enjoys watching sports, and teaching and playing the guitar.
Jason was first attracted to the field of architecture for its combination of two seemingly disparate objectives: creativity and precision. He loves solving the intricate problems associated with almost every project, and enjoys the creative opportunities of the field, since no two projects are alike. Outside the office, Jason enjoys hiking, art, aviation, and literature.
As a child, Saturday morning cartoons were never enough for Joseph. Not content with only watching his favorite super heroes on television for an hour, he would also draw them after watching the shows. From the dozens of Marvel characters there were few he did not attempt to draw. Saturday morning doodles eventually evolved into a career in architecture. During his free time Joseph enjoys watching football and reading the daily newspaper.
Growing up in the city of Rasht on the northern coast of Iran, Yasaman enjoyed reading books about mythical worlds, embarking on adventures, and fixing broken electronics around her house. Repairing broken electronics developed into a passion to master mathematics and geometry, and, in the fall of 2014, Yasaman decided to pursue a career in architecture and was accepted at one of the top architecture programs in Iran. She then went on to continue her education at Texas A&M, where she earned her Master of Architecture. Yasaman’s interest in architecture focuses on how end users interact with newly designed spaces. When she’s not working or studying, Yasaman enjoys exploring new places, cooking, running, hiking and creating new workout routines with her husband.
Kevin has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. His experience includes commercial office buildings, commercial interiors, government work, laboratories and health care. He enjoys meeting with clients and collaborating with them to attain their vision. Kevin enjoys running and competes in multiple marathons per season.
James is a founding principal at LSY and has been the Managing Partner for the past 15 years. He is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over 28 years of experience which encompasses programming, laboratory planning, total building planning and design, technical production, construction administration, quality assurance and project management. He served on the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) for eight years, and currently serves the Scientific and Technical Review and design input for laboratory and animal facility projects across the country.
James earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Louisiana, formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In his free time, James enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with his wife and two sons, and occasionally indulging in a good cognac and fine cigar.
Heather is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with 17 years if professional practice experience. Since joining LSY in 1999, she has successfully led a variety of public and private sector laboratory, clinical and other high technology facilities projects. She is well versed in design construction documentation, and construction management for both new research facilities and complex research renovations. She has served as Project manager on numerous projects and is recognized for her strong leadership, design expertise and ability to build consensus within the design team between multiple technical players and clients to solve complex problems collaboratively. Heather earned both her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and rollerblading with her husband.
LSY Principal Uri Yokel is a registered Architect and LEED accredited professional with 37 years of experience. He has devoted his career to the planning and design of research facilities, and is nationally recognized as a laboratory planning and design expert. He has lectured on laboratory and animal facility planning and design at research forums sponsored by AAALAC, USUHS, NIN, CDC, and other institutions. He has a special expertise in bio containment design and provides technical support and peer design review for laboratories and vivaria constructed throughout the country. He served as a technical editor on the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) manual, considered the “bible,” for laboratory safety in the US, and currently chairs the architectural committee engaged in updating the NIH Design Requirements Manual.
Uri earned his Bachelor of Architecture in Architecture and Facilities Planning from the University of Maryland. In his free time he enjoys crabbing and paddling in the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends.
A childhood interest with Lego blocks ignited Roger's career sights towards architecture. During his tenure at Andrew's University, Roger participated in a European study abroad tour and various design competitions. His breadth of experience ranges from residential and commercial to government and bio-medical facility design. Roger is heavily involved with his local community with mentoring young adults as well as volunteering with non-profit organizations. His interests include photography, sports and spending time with his family.
From a strong foundation of thousands of Lego bricks, Thomas has come to understand architecture as a logic found at the intersection of art and technology as a means of providing ecologically conscious and meaningful additions to the built environment. He is the 2016 President-Elect for the Potomac Valley chapter of the AIA. His interests include playing the guitar, cooking, photography, travel, and the pursuit of attending a game in all 30 baseball stadiums across the country.
As a child Tara was always drawn to the sciences. Later, she became passionate about architecture as she observed several of her relatives pursuing degrees in Architecture and practicing Architecture. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Architecture from Azad University in Iran and a Master of Architecture from Florida International University. Working at LSY has allowed Tara to merge her two main interests - Science and Architecture. Designing environments where scientists and researchers will conduct their important work gives her a sense of satisfaction. When not in the office, Tara enjoys traveling, photography, and cooking.
Growing up in the mega-city of Mumbai in India, Noopur was surrounded by inspiration and began exploring creative endeavors at the age of five. She went on to study Architecture at the University of Mumbai, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and then to the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she received her Master of Architecture in the Health and Well Being Program.
Noopur believes her journey has been a remarkable one, as it has provided a thorough foundation of knowledge in architecture and design. In her work at LSY she especially enjoys incorporating the technical-digital aspects of design. When not at work she is passionate about dance, photography, and also loves to cook. As an aspiring self-taught chef, she believes: “There is no such thing as too much masala!”