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Ruben Rodriguez 

Born and raised in New York City, Ruben Rodriguez decided early on, that he wanted to study, understand and contribute to the built environment around him. Once acquiring his Bachelor of Architecture from City College he entered the market he valued most. In the public housing sector he has worked with Habitat for Humanity to rehab existing and design new single-family homes. But his main focus has been medium to large-scale developments. From the New Brooklyn Manor in Bedford-Stuyvesant to his most recent ambition, the improvement of 1,700 NYCHA units throughout New York City. Ruben understands the importance of relationships. He has been a member of the SLM Architecture family from early in its growth. And through his journey he has established strong relationships, to the people that live in these homes, as well as the city agencies including HPD, Landmarks and National Park Services. For over 17 years Ruben has applied his knowledge, creativity and managerial skills to contribute to the development of nearly a hundred buildings and several thousand units. With SLM he has also helped design and manage building types from commercial spaces to office environments to religious establishments like St. Stephen St. Martin’s Church.

Santressa Bent 
Director of Human Resources

Santreessa is a self-motivated and goal-oriented HR Professional. She has mastered the art of effective communication, has the ability to interact with all levels of the public, and takes charge of situations to execute profitable results. She holds a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University and has had a vital role in the Human Resource community for over 15 years. Her HR career has afforded her opportunities to work in the areas of Learning and Development, Total Rewards, Talent Planning and Acquisition, Employee and Labor Relations, Business Management and Strategy, and Labor Law. Santreessa’s learning is far from over; she continues to educate herself on Trends in the industry, and HR policies and procedures. She is currently studying for SHRM-SCP.

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Tyheem Joiner
Project Architect – BIM Manager

Tyheem’s experience with various building typologies at various scales has given him the foresight into understanding a building’s complexity. His experience along with his expertise in architectural technology has furthered his interest in utilizing present and emerging technologies against inherit project constraints to make outstanding designs reasonably feasible. His perpetual search of knowledge informs a continual effort to support the development of the built environment. Tyheem has a degree in architecture and technology form the New York City College of Technology; where he has also held a teaching position. Over the past 10 years he has worked to provide assistance, knowledge, and leadership where needed to pursue the understanding that well thought out architecture can advance societal, economic, and environmental progress.

Tyheem is currently working towards becoming a registered architect.

Louis Copp
Project Architect – CAD Manager

Queens, NY native and graduate from Florida A&M University, Louis has over 17 years of work history which includes a multitude of disciplines. He has a background in high-rise residential and commercial buildings. His responsibilities have included leading the design and drafting team from conception to completion of projects. Louis is proficient at using AutoCAD and construction documentation. Some of his notable projects are remodeling/ renovation of a Landmarked hospital into high end condominium development, renovation of a funeral service facility and has completed projects totaling over 1,000,000 sq. ft.

He has established his role at SLM in 2019, expanding into the field of affordable housing.  He is extremely motivated to develop his knowledge of architecture while working towards becoming a registered architect.

Ahmed Abdelmoneim
Project Manager

Ahmed has been with SLM Architecture, P.C. since early 2020. He is currently working with the team on the NYCHA housing rehabilitation project. Ahmed has a diverse array of experience ranging from new residential and commercial design, LEED projects, construction detailing, multi-family developments, corporate interiors and site planning. He plays a critical role in coordinating projects with clients, engineers, and contractors from schematic design through construction administration. His eye for detail has helped contribute to project preparation of zoning, construction and bid documents. Ahmed graduated from the School of Architecture at New York Institute of Technology, where he holds his Bachelor degree in Architecture.

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Cyrus Robert
Project Manager

Cyrus discovered the impact that architecture has on all groups while attending City College of New York. He instantly desired to be an architect in order to utilize his career as a tool to better the lives of people.

In order to best facilitate his passion for Architecture, he has chosen to work on a variety of building project types, as both an independent contractor and technical staff for several years at a time within the top New York City architectural firms. Cyrus executed residential and commercial mixed-use, multifamily rehabs, renovation, and new construction work within budget and pre-scheduled timeframes. Some of the projects that Cyrus contributed towards are: Grand Ave loft Conversion, Columbia University Facilities Planning, and W/Club and the Denver Condominiums.

Grace Lawal 
Architectural Designer

From affordable housing developments in New York to mixed-use office and residential developments in Shenzhen, Grace has wide-ranging experience in housing design. As a New York native, Grace believes that every residential building holds a story of community within a community. She enjoys designing with community in mind and creating spaces that meets the social needs of the inhabitants, while adding a sense of splendor. Grace’s interests are diverse and speaks to her multifaceted journey to architecture. She initially studied health science and was involved in psychiatric research. Her budding curiosity in spatial design produced a desire to also study architecture. She aspires to integrate public health and design, believing that intentional design can positively impact one’s health. She also spends her time writing poetry and songs and volunteering in the community.

Grace holds a Master of Architecture degree from the City College of New York and has spent a summer studying in Barcelona. She has assisted in managing and designing affordable housing projects. She is in pursuit of obtaining her architecture license.

Kahlil Lashley 
Architectural Designer

Kahlil is an Architectural Designer, who’s focus is residential building rehabilitation and designing religious spaces. His knowledge of visual representation has become an asset at SLM Architecture, P.C. Kahlil joined SLM after completing his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. Since joining the team, Kahlil has held positions of increasing responsibility. He has been involved in the rehabilitation of over 1,700 dwelling units and the new construction of cultural spaces. Kahlil identifies greatly with the projects he manages within the affordable housing market and has made it his commitment to respond to the complex issues that arise in affordable design with style and elegance. Kahlil is a designer who combines culture and function to create aesthetic and brings interdisciplinary thinking into every design.

Tiffany Benavides
Architectural Designer

Tiffany’s desire for bringing old things back to life has led her to a master’s degree in restoration and rehabilitation. She has worked on projects that consist of Rehabilitations, Landmark Approvals, Passive House Requirements and Preservation of Existing Materials. Tiffany has had the opportunity to travel abroad to diverse cities such as Lisbon, Barcelona, Milan, Bogota amongst others. These travels exposed her to diverse architectural styles and cultures contributing to her passion for architecture. Her role at SLM has allowed her to express her creativity and love for historic preservation.  

Tiffany is working on becoming Passive House Certified.

Brandon Dell 
Architectural Designer

As a New York Institute of Technology graduate, Brandon has explored and experienced architecture in both the inner and outer city of Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Eastern Long Island. Over the Years, he has gained a bulk of his architectural experience in residential rehabilitation and restoration under the resourceful guidance of Partners, Andrew and Shaneekua. Brandon has helped over 2000+ families obtain a better living experience through active living practices while being environmentally conscious and aware. Brandon hopes to fulfill his dream of being a licensed Architect, as well as being LEED certified, so that he may be able to one day contribute to the need for sustainable structures within the built environment.

Kiamesha Robinson 
Architectural Designer

Kiamesha joined SLM after working as a Site Safety Design Coordinator at Construction Realty Safety Group (CRSG). She received her Master of Architecture degree from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, where she also completed her thesis “Modernizing the NYCHA Housing Complex: Lincoln Houses for Non-nuclear Families and Intergenerational Spaces.” Kiamesha was awarded the Castagna Architectural Scholarship to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain and the Microdesk scholarship. She is also an associate member of the AIA and a member of NYCOBA NOMA.  Kiamesha holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree in Studio Art from the City College of New York, CUNY. In the future she is aspiring to become a licensed Architect in New York. 

Kazi Tabassum
Architectural Designer

Travel, art, design, history, and making a difference in the world fascinates Kazi. She studied abroad in Italy and Scandinavia, and has volunteered in Nicaragua to build houses for under privileged communities. These travels have helped her to understand the importance and delicacy of culture, customs, traditions and how they influence one’s perspective on lifestyle and society. Kazi loves sketching, working with her hands and construction monitoring. Her role includes design, technical drafting, detailing and punch list documentation to ensure that construction is in conformance with design documents.  Kazi has worked on various commercial projects such as Walgreens & McDonalds, as well as retail, hospitality, and residential projects. She is currently working with the SLM team on the NYCHA housing renovation project for 1,700 families in Manhattan.

Kazi, an aspiring artist and architect, is a graduate from NYIT. She is currently seeking LEED Certification.  Her professional belief is that being an architect is more than having a degree. It requires an understanding of human interaction, design, contract documentation and the construction process.

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