Heather’s family background is in construction and from a young age she exhibited exceptional organization and planning skills. These factors influenced her decision to study architecture at the University of Virginia. She recently relocated to the D.C. area to join the LSY team, where she enjoys working on healthcare and laboratory planning and design projects as well as office spaces. Heather’s interests outside of work include photography and advocating for mental health and wellbeing.
Akshay is passionate about the creative uses of computational technology for efficient design work. He received his Master of Architecture from Syracuse University where he was active in architectural student associations and advisory boards. His past project experience has ranged from housing projects to various commercial facilities. Akshay is very enthusiastic about the collaborative, educational, and production aspects of the architectural process. Outside of work, he enjoys interacting with people, and pursuing health and fitness.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Kirsten grew up outside Washington DC.. Always the local girl, she attended the University of Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. From there she headed to the Catholic University of America where her studies focused on urban planning and adaptive reuse. After graduating, she relocated to Baltimore to take advantage of the urban setting and spent her weekends exploring abandoned industrial areas in various rust belt cities. She eventually returned to the DC area with two decades of architectural experience involving a various project types, including institutional, residential, and educational. In her free time, Kirsten is intrigued by old architectural drawings and enjoys rejuvenating and bringing new life to unloved 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.
Michelle is a native Washingtonian with over two decades of professional experience in office administration and management. She enjoys supporting LSY’s architects and working with a broad range of federal, state and private clients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids and two young grandchildren.
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.
As an artist turned architect, Jacquelyn is interested in using creativity to solve functional problems. She has always had an interest in buildings, and was sketching building sections before she knew what they were. She earned a Master’s in Architecture from Morgan State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hamilton College in New York. Throughout her career she has worked with clients in numerous capacities and designed projects in the US and abroad. Whether working as an owner’s representative or a consulting architect, she is passionate about the process. She is fascinated by cities and the complexities of designing in urban settings.
Jacquelyn is a Maryland native and her career began with the design of a large teaching hospital in Baltimore. Later, in New York, her work focused on retail, hospitality and healthcare design. Now she has come full circle with her work at LSY, once again designing spaces for scientists. In her personal time, Jacquelyn volunteers with The Neighborhood Design Center to help communities address affordable housing and food insecurities. She is also an avid supporter of the performing arts, especially ballet and theater.
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.
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.
Fekade has nearly two decades of architectural experience which spans a broad range of project types, including retail, mixed use, multifamily, and aviation. Fekade holds a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his two young children.
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
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.
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.
Enoch has been working in the field of accounting and finance for two decades. Over the past three and half years he has played a key role at LSY, working closely with the firm’s principals, clients, and consultants in managing accounting and financial operations.