Trae has a strong background in strategic communications and is particularly interested in the research and client development aspects of her work. Before joining LSY, she interned at an Atlanta-based ticketing reseller where she found and reviewed indie-music acts throughout the city. In her spare time she enjoys reading historical fiction novels.
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.
Jacqueline has been an LSY team member for over fifteen years. She appreciates the various challenges that Operations provides, and finds interacting with clients to be the most gratifying part of her work. She enjoys traveling and photography in her free time.
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.
Jimmy’s love for architecture began with his first visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house in southwestern Pennsylvania. It was there that he realized a building could function properly and also be “art” possessing beauty within its form, materials, and landscape. Following that visit, Jimmy set out to change the building environment by becoming an architect. When not in the office, Jimmy enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and taking road trips with his family across the country to visit beautiful buildings.
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.
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.
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.
Alba’s interest in architecture sparked as a child. While growing up in Honduras, she visited the ancient city of Copan where she witnessed how the architecture of the Mayan Ruins preserved her culture’s rich history and communicated a story. Most importantly, the ancient city served as an inspiration for Alba’s decision to study architecture. Alba is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her spare time Alba enjoys traveling, field sketching and photography.
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 northern coast of Iran , Yasaman enjoyed reading books about mythical worlds, adventures and fixing broken electronics around her house. Repairing broken electronics developed into a passion to master mathematics and geometry. Yasaman decided to pursue a career in architecture in the fall of 2004 where she enrolled in one of the top architecture programs in Iran and continued her education at Texas A&M where she earned a Masters in Architecture. Yasaman’s interest in architecture focuses on the end users interaction 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.
Katarina’s love for architecture began with the 1974 collection of Masters of World Architecture which she inherited from a retiring architect. After finishing the collection Katarina knew she must pursue architecture. Katarina went on to become the 2016 finalist for the Rose Enterprise Fellowship Award. As a conscious designer, she combines her desire to help those who are at risk of being homeless with critical thinking to create functional designs that promote collaboration. In her free time she enjoys traveling, wood working and Swedish Fika.
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.
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.
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.