Principals

Michael McKee

Mike McKee's forty years of industry experience positions him as a vital asset to the delivery of Safdie projects. He is currently managing the on-site teams in Chongqing China for the Raffles City mixed use project, which will open in 2019, and a key leader of the Shanghai office. His experience includes some of the most complex aviation and public assembly projects of the firm, including Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel and the Vancouver Main Public Library, among others. Mike originally joined the firm in 1985 and rejoined as a Principal in 2015.

David Brooks

David Brooks joined Safdie Architects in 2007 and became a principal in 2013. He is currently serving as the podium team leader for the Chongqing Chaotianmen Development in Chongqing, China. He has participated in a wide variety of projects including the Keppel Island Residential Development and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, both in Singapore; the Colombo Residential Development in Sri Lanka; the Golden Dream Bay development in Qinhuangdao, China; the Luwan Mixed-Use Development in Shanghai, China; the Holocaust Education Center in Philadelphia, and the New Town of Modi'in Master Plan in Israel, as well as numerous competitions including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and the University of Baltimore Law School.

Paul Gross, AIA

Paul Gross joined Safdie Architects in 1996, and became a Principal in 2005. Paul is skilled in translating the design intent of projects from early phases of work through construction. He served as project manager for the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, and as project architect for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and for Ahmanson Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He was also project architect for the Free Library of Philadelphia restoration and addition and the Exploration Place Science Center and Children's Museum in Wichita, Kansas. He relocated to the firm's Jerusalem office as resident architect for the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. He is currently residing in Cartagena, Colombia, managing the construction phase of the Centro Hospitalario Serena del Mar.

Charu Kokate

Charu Kokate joined Safdie Architects in 2007 and was named Principal in 2013. She was a project architect on the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort design team, for which she then relocated to Singapore to oversee construction. She heads the firm's office in Singapore, where she is working on a new 69-story residential tower in Sri Lanka and two residential developments in Singapore. She is managing the construction phase of Jewel at Changi, a major new lifestyle complex at Changi Airport, which is slated to open in early 2019. Prior to joining Safdie Architects, Charu was a Project Architect at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott in Boston, where she worked for healthcare and higher education clients across the US.

Jaron Lubin

Jaron Lubin joined Safdie Architects in 2004, and became a Principal in 2011. He is currently serving as project designer for two projects in Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport, a lifestyle destination located at the heart of Changi Airport; and Sky Habitat, a new condominium complex in the Bishan neighborhood. He has directed numerous competitions undertaken by Safdie Architects in recent years, including the Xiqu Cultural Center, West Kowloon in Hong Kong; the National Art Museum of China in Beijing; and the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Previously, he was integral to the competition-winning design effort for the Marina Bay Sands project, for which he relocated to Singapore to oversee design and construction, most notably as resident design architect for the SkyPark.

Christopher Mulvey

In his role as Managing Principal of Safdie Architects, Chris Mulvey oversees all contracts and client processing needs, as well manages the allocation of Safdie Architects' resources across our global office network. Christopher Mulvey joined the firm in 1998 and became a Principal in 2006. His recent work includes the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and master plans for both the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and Los Morros in Cartagena, Colombia. He has worked on every aspect of project design and delivery, including managing team resources in the US and China for the Raffles City project in Chongqing. Chris spent six years in Shanghai, managing the Safdie Architects China office.

Greg Reaves, AIA, LEED AP

Greg Reaves joined Safdie Architects as a Principal in 2010. He is currently principal-in-charge for residential and mixed use projects in New York, India, China, Sri Lanka and Singapore. He is also responsible for projects in the US, including the National Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Before joining the firm, Reaves was a partner at Thomas Phifer and Partners in New York, where he was responsible for more than 15 notable projects and five National AIA Honor Award recipient designs, including the North Carolina Museum of Art expansion. Earlier, while at the offices of Richard Meier and Partners, Reaves served as a senior project designer on several projects, including the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the City Hall and Central Library in The Hague, Netherlands. He also worked at Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Sean Scensor, AIA

Sean Scensor joined the practice in 1998, became Principal in 2010, and Deputy Managing Principal in 2014. He is currently the principal-in-charge of several projects including overall management of the Chaotianmen Mixed-Use Development in Chongqing, China; the Habitat residential development in Qinhuangdao, China; and the Los Morros master plan and Serena del Mar hospital in Cartagena, Colombia. He has led numerous design competitions and project teams including the Salt Lake City Main Public Library; the United States Federal Courthouse in Mobile, Alabama; and the Khalsa Heritage Centre in Punjab, India.

Carrie Yoon

Carrie Yoon joined the practice in 1998, and became a Principal in 2006. She is currently responsible for the design of the mixed-use Chaotianmen Development in Chongqing, China, as well as the National Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston, South Carolina and the Keppel Island Housing project in Singapore. She has also managed project design duties for numerous public and institutional projects including the United States Institute of Peace headquarters in Washington, DC; the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia; the Salt Lake City Main Public Library in Utah; the Free Library of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and the ArtScience Museum, as part of her management of design for the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore.

Associate Principals

Jeffrey G. Huggins, LEED AP

Jeff Huggins joined Safdie Architects in 2006, and became an Associate Principal in 2013. He currently serves as project manager for the facades and commercial towers components of the Chongqing Chaotianmen project. His previous work as a project architect includes the Colombo Residential Towers in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Chongqing Eling Residences in Chongqing, China; and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, in Singapore. Following the design development of Marina Bay Sands in Boston, he relocated to the firm's Singapore office for three years as resident design architect for the hotel towers, where he also served as a special design consultant for Las Vegas Sands.

Matthew Longo, AIA

Matthew Longo joined Safdie Architects in 1998 and became an Associate Principal in 2013. He has participated in a wide range projects. He has served as project architect for the Courror Estate in Scotland, the Unit 1011 renovation at Habitat ’67 and The Eleanor Roosevelt College at the University of California in San Diego. He was project manager for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas as well as the Skirball Cultural Center Phase III expansion in Los Angeles. He has served as Senior Project Manager for Skirball expansion Phases IV & V. He is currently Senior Project Manager for the upper level expansion of the Vancouver Public Library.

David Orens, AIA

David Orens joined Safdie Architects in 2000, and became an Associate Principal in 2013. He currently serves as project manager for Golden Dream Bay, a high-density residential beachfront community in Qinhuangdao, China, and the Parkside Residential Development in Toronto, Canada. He has also served as project manager for the Campus Centre building at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh; the United States Federal Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts; and as a senior architect for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. In his role as a senior technical architect, he is responsible for the research, design and implementation of complex construction systems and for coordination of the construction documents on numerous projects.

Associates

Howard Bloom

Howard Bloom joined Safdie Architects in 1997, and became an Associate in 2005. He has worked on some of the firm's most complex projects, including the Pearson International Airport in Toronto; the Salt Lake City Public Library; Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts; the United States Federal Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts; the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City; and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Andrew Tulen

Andrew Tulen joined Safdie Architects in 2013 and became an Associate in 2017. Based in Singapore, Andy is focused on the design development, coordination and delivery of Jewel at Changi Airport. He currently serves as a key member of the on-site team during the project's construction. Andrew graduated from Deakin University in Australia and is experienced in a wide variety of building types ranging from healthcare, large scale and high rise residential and commercial, to sports stadia.

Tunch Gungor

Tunch Gungor joined Safdie Architects in 2001, and became an associate in 2007. He is currently working as design architect on the Chaotianmen project, an 8.8-million-square-foot development in Chongqing, China. Previously, he worked on a mixed-use development in Istanbul, Turkey and numerous projects including the Salt Lake City Public Library in Utah; the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore. He relocated to the firm’s Singapore office for his work on Marina Bay Sands, serving as one of the resident design architects for the project, for which he worked closely with partners, contractors and regional government authorities.

Qi Wei Hu

Qi Wei Hu joined Safdie Architects' Shanghai office in 2013 and became an Associate in 2016. She was a member of the project team for the mixed-use Chaotianmen Development in Chongqing, China, and currently overseeing the construction of the Luwan mixed-use Development in Shanghai, China. In addition to her project responsibilities she serves as the General Manager for the Shanghai office. Prior to joining Safdie Architects, Qiwei worked as an architect in the office of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT where she served as site coordinator for Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Wei Hu

Wei Hu joined Safdie Architects' Shanghai office in 2015 and became an Associate in 2016. He is currently on the project team for the mixed-use Chaotianmen Development in Chongqing, China and is overseeing the construction of the Eling Villas residential development, also in Chongqing. Prior to joining Safdie Architects, Wei worked at the Shanghai office of KPF, where he was part of the design team for such key projects as Chongqing Corporate Avenue Super High Rise, Shanghai Taipingqiao and Shanghai Dream Center.

Sejung Oh

Sejung Oh joined Safdie Architects in 2012 and became an associate in 2014. Since joining the firm, he has been a designer for a wide variety of projects including the Serena del Mar Hospital in Cartagena, Colombia, and the Chaotianmen mixed-use development in Chongqing, China, as well as several competition teams. He is currently serving as project architect for a mixed-use master plan in the middle-east and a residential tower in the US. Prior to joining Safdie Architects, he worked at the New York office of Rafael Vinoly Architects, where he was part of the design team for New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus master plan.

Laura Rushfeldt, AIA

Laura Rushfeldt joined Safdie Architects in 2010 and became an Associate in 2013. She has been involved in numerous competition efforts, most recently the National Library of Israel, Project Jewel at Singapore's Changi Airport, and the National Art Museum of China. She has also worked on several private residences in New England and mixed-use developments in Singapore, Istanbul and Toronto. She is currently working on a mixed-use development in the Middle East, as well as the new National Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jeremy Schwartz

Jeremy originally joined Safdie Architects in 2005 and returned to the firm in 2013. He was named an Associate in 2014. Having worked in the profession for over 20 years, he has experience with academic and cultural institutions, high-rise commercial developments and infrastructure projects. He is currently serving as a project manager for the conservatory and tower facade components of the Chaotianmen mixed-use project in Chongqing, China. He has also worked on Serena Del Mar in Cartagena, Colombia, and Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Previously, he worked on the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, for which he was the Helzberg Hall team leader.

Nicholas M. Stoutt

Nicholas Stoutt joined the firm in 2015 as an associate. He is currently working on the design of a mixed-use retail and convention center in the Middle East. He has over 10 years of experience, primarily with large-scale international mixed-use developments. Prior to joining Safdie Architects, he was a Senior Associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, where he served as design team leader for Capital Place and St. Regis Hotel development in Jakarta, and for the Riverview Plaza development in Wuhan, China. He also served as a senior designer for the Downtown Jebel Ali, Central Plaza 2 in Dubai (unbuilt), and The Landmark, a mixed-use office and residential tower in Abu Dhabi.