Growing up in the mega-city of Mumbai, 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, Noopur is passionate about dance, photography, and cooking. As an aspiring self-taught chef, she believes: “There is no such thing as too much masala!”
Coming from a family with a background in construction and design, Shayani chose architecture as her career goal at the age of 14. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree at Pune University, India, and later earned her Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA. Shayani has always been interested in Healthcare Architecture and is excited to learn more about Laboratory Planning with LSY. When not at work, Shayani likes to sketch, and also enjoys cooking and binge-watching shows and spending quality time with friends who bring food!
As a native Washingtonian raised in a family focused on athletics and health, Dominique is no stranger to the healthcare environment. As a young girl, she spent many days in the Washington metropolitan area with family members that worked in a number of hospitals and found comfort in exploring the facilities. This would later bring her to intern as a communication researcher while in high school on cervical and pancreatic cancer, and later she would become an architectural intern at Georgetown University. She knew that she had a passion for design and obtained her Master’s in Fine Arts in Interior Architecture & Design from George Washington University in 2017. When she’s not in the office, Dominique enjoys walks with her dog, scary movies, and spending time at home.
Hossein studied architecture at the famed École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, where the tenets of correct, moral and ethical architecture were drilled into him until they eventually became part of his DNA. He was taught that architects are not just designers but master builders, as the etymological definition of the term “architect” indicates. He believes, firm adherence to those tenets is vital to every project, whether one is designing and building a resort hotel in Upstate New York, or a laboratory on the NIH Bethesda campus. Hossein strongly believes that society as a whole is experienced and felt most directly within space; he is unequivocally convinced the job of a room, building, neighborhood, village or town, is to enhance the sense of life and wellbeing in those who live, work and play in those spaces.
James is a founding principal of LSY. He has over 30 years of professional 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.
Kevin has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. His professional experience includes commercial office buildings and commercial interiors, as well as government, laboratory and health care facilities. He enjoys the process of collaborating with clients and working together to attain their vision. Kevin is also a running enthusiast, competing in multiple marathons per season.
A childhood interest in Lego blocks ignited Roger's career sights toward architecture. As he pursued his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Andrews University, he participated in a European study abroad tour and various design competitions. In professional practice, his design experience ranges from residential and commercial to government and biomedical facilities. Roger is heavily involved with his local community,mentoring young adults as well as volunteering with non-profit organizations. His other interests include photography, sports, and spending time with his family.
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 his desire to design low income housing. He is currently exploring ways to use his skills to benefit people in developing countries. In his free time, Giwon enjoys watching sports as well as teaching and playing the guitar.
Al was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. As a kid, he was intrigued by art and cartoons. He was also interested in the way buildings were designed and, eventually, he developed a keen interest in architecture. He received an Associate of Arts from Montgomery College and a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University. In his free time, Al enjoys reading about the history of various arts and cultures. He also enjoys traveling, watching documentaries on various topics, and spending time with his family.
Heather is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over 20 years of 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 is recognized for her strong leadership, design expertise, and ability to build consensus within design teams among 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
Uri has devoted his career to the planning and design of complex research facilities. He is nationally recognized for his expertise and lectures on laboratory and animal facility planning and design at forums sponsored by AAALAC, USUHS, NIH, CDC, Harvard University and others. He is also an expert in biocontainment design and has provided technical support and peer design review for laboratories and vivariums constructed throughout the country. He served as a technical editor on the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) manual -- the “bible,” for laboratory safety in the United States -- and chairedthe Architectural Committee responsible for updating the current edition of 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.
Preston was introduced to architecture through a program in St. Louis, Missouri that focused on a range of construction trades and skills. Intrigued by engineering systems and concept designs, he was drawn to architecture’s potential to combine his love of people with construction. This led Preston to Tuskegee University where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and then to Savannah College of Art & Design for his Master of Fine Art in Historic Preservation.
Preston enjoys engaging with people and focuses on the effect spaces have and their use in built environments. Preston believes, “It’s not enough to build, but to actually alter the perception a person has through size, color, texture and location. One space does not necessarily fit all.” In his work at LSY, Preston applies the technical aspects of architectural design, building systems and research to meet the needs of various project types. He appreciates the challenges inherent in renovation projects and the application of construction phasing to minimize the disruption of ongoing operations within occupied facilities.
During his down time, Preston pursues new adventures with his wife and son -- travelling, listening to all types of music, dancing, and above all – eating! They love trying new foods, especially ones that are culturally important to friends and family. Preston also enjoys photography and advocating for Mental Health.
Jason was first attracted to the field of architecture for its consolidation of two seemingly disparate objectives -- creativity and precision. He loves solving the intricate problems encountered with almost every project, and the creative opportunities since no two projects are alike. Outside the office, Jason enjoys hiking, art, aviation and literature.