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 designs new single-family homes. But his focus has been on 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, with 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.
Director of Human Resources
Santressa 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. Santressa’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.
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 from 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.
Senior Project Manager
Warren Anderson’s path to SLM Architecture was paved with a sense of play and service, born out of a love of making little houses in the backyard of his childhood home. These artisan notions eventually grew into an insatiable need to seek out a variety of experiences in several building types. Projects like the 1,000,000 square foot Orange County Courthouse, New Hempstead Ambulance Corps, Gucci stores, and University of Central Florida Student Hall not only allowed him to explore his youthful notions but also made him realize the importance of simultaneously servicing the clients’ needs. Not just fulfilling the minimum requirements of an architect, but the satisfaction of surpassing them.
A few years ago, Mr. Anderson had a visceral experience working on a low-cost housing project for the elderly. For the first time, he was able to see the immediate impact of his work, in the eyes of appreciative clients and its end-users. Unlike his previous experiences, he was able to see how a well-appointed home, no matter how modest, can illuminate a resident’s hope and belief in a positive future.
Andre recently joined SLM as a Project Architect after many years in the field. He has worked in multiple practices within Architecture, including retail, solar design, commercial buildings, workplace, and many years in the residential sector. His residential experience spans from high-end residential to multiple dwelling units, along with some experience in housing rehabilitation and re-development.
Andre graduated from the design-focused Catholic University of America. Over the years Andre has developed a keen eye for detail and has a great aesthetic that he applies to his projects. Driven by a desire to continue to become the most well-rounded Architect, Andre is currently studying for the A.R.E. (Architectural Registration Exam) with the intention of becoming a registered Architect – which would be the realization of a dream.
Growing up in different continents comprising of Europe, Africa, and the United States, Reynolds has been exposed to varying styles of architecture ranging from the typical gothic in Europe to the contemporary styles in the US and everything in between. This ignited his interest in architecture from a problem-solving standpoint and an admiration of esthetically pleasing edifices.
Reynolds obtained his Bachelor of Architecture at New York College of Technology and went on to work in the industry, spending a large amount of time working on restoration projects throughout the NYC area, such as Lefrak City, 12 E 86 Street, and 11 Penn Plaza to name a few. Restoring building facades to their original and beautiful state is something that brings him great fulfillment while broadening his knowledge of the anatomy of buildings. He believes understanding the composition and anatomy of a building has and will always be an essential tool for the day-to-day learning curves encountered in the field of architecture.
With love and passion for contemporary architecture, Reynolds aspires to become a registered Architect to aid in providing modern affordable housing with design influence by experienced architecture from different parts of the world and to in some part, ease the rate of homelessness in our cities.
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 the 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.
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 meet the social needs of the inhabitants while adding a sense of splendor.
Grace’s interests are diverse and speak 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.
Meisha Guild is a proud recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) who hails from the beautiful and richly cultured country of Belize. She credits her unique view of the world and how she interacts with the world around her to childhood experiences gained in Belize and the diverse culture she has become acquainted with for over a decade in Brooklyn, New York. Her upbringing has cemented within her a drive and a desire to be the best and give her best to everything and everyone she encounters.
Ms. Guild holds a Master’s in Architecture Degree from the Spitzer School of Architecture in New York and is an alumnus of the New York City College of Technology where she completed her undergraduate studies in Architectural Technology. Meisha brings an innovator’s DNA and the foresight of a thoughtful Project Manager to all projects. In addition to her formal education in architecture, her experience as a Project Manager on multiple project typologies has aided in developing well-rounded expertise that allows her to accurately illustrate and translate the design into the client’s visions.
Meisha is delighted to serve communities as she works alongside clients to re-envision public housing and give a voice to tenants navigating the housing network and system. Whether it concerns her personal or professional life, she is driven and guided by her relationship with Christ and the purpose she believes she is called to fulfill. Her daily motto, “Jesus, purpose, rest, repeat”, is a reminder that she ought to put God first in everything, spend her time doing meaningful and purposeful work, and rest well by making time for family and friends.
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.
Sakeenah is a visual storyteller with a passion for expressing and humanizing layered ideas.
Her formal education in architecture along with her life experiences, provide her with an adept photographic eye, that spills over into her work. Sakeenah graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and went on to pursue varying roles within the design industry, with a focus in marketing and photography. At Arenson, the then-largest Knoll dealer, she served as the Photographer and Content Marketing Manager, bringing innovative and comprehensive approaches to presenting for prospective projects and documenting completed work. She went on to further hone and develop her skills as a photographer at Perkins Eastman where she worked alongside a talented team of Architectural photographers.
Throughout her career, there is an overarching theme of acute sensitivity to how she approaches her work and the people she serves, whether it be the client, and ensuring that our message is clear and representative of their needs, her SLM teammates, or anyone else in between.
Born and raised in Nigeria, architecture has always been presented to me as an intricate form of environmental culture that can hold rich narratives of people and a place. Being exposed to architecture at a young age through my father, a practicing architect, allowed me to develop an early passion for serving communities through designing spaces.
Ayman holds a master’s in architecture from Howard University and has spent a summer in Nigeria assisting in the development and renovation of multifamily housing projects. I am pursuing professional licensure and LEED certification, and utilizing my interests and knowledge in music, dance, and art to make significant progress towards my dream of creating a “living building” featuring dynamic and interactive spaces for many generations to enjoy.
Humairah has over 8 years of experience working in metropolitan cities like Mumbai and New York. Her work includes new construction and renovation in residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Humairah holds a Master of Urban Environmental System Management from Pratt Institute, where she was awarded a scholarship, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University in India.
She believes that every project has an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of people and its surrounding environment. She is passionate about integrating sustainable design strategies with architectural design for a resilient, equitable, and healthy environment.
Her broad range of experience compliments her pragmatic and detail-oriented approach to design and client interaction. At SLM Architects, she is currently working on Affordable Housing to achieve a passive house. Her role includes site visits, zoning, and building code analysis, design development, and construction drawings.
Humairah is working to become a licensed Architect in New York. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking for her family.
Architectural Project Designer
Bruce graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology science and a concentration in construction management. While in school he worked for Thomas D. Blore Architects, where he gained experience in residential projects such as house elevations, additions, new construction, and expediting. After graduation, he joined H2M architects + Engineers as a staff designer and worked in the public market sector, focusing on educational projects.
With experience in residential and public market disciplines, he comes to SLM with a wide range of knowledge. He is skilled in building information modeling, rendering, and detailing. He has completed three of his architectural license exams and aspires to be a registered Architect. He believes in improving communities with a well-thought-out design and sustainable practices. He is excited to contribute and learn from the community-driven projects at SLM.
Joenette Cobb is an alumna of the Dual M.Arch/ MUP program at the University at Buffalo and has a background in ecological practices and urban design.
She believes in using sustainable practices and emerging architectural technologies to create more equitable communities, as seen by her involvement in the Monteverde Institutes Sustainable Futures program, where she helped design a school building and build a children’s playground.
In 2018, she was Vice President of the team that won the N.O.M.A.S. Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition for a transit-oriented development that promoted urban farming within a low-income community in Chicago.
Aspiring towards licensure, she has developed an aptitude for learning and utilizing different drafting, design, modeling, and GIS software. She spent three years as an Associate Mapping & Spatial Record Specialist within the NYC Department of City Planning, where she assisted with the preparation of over 185 sketch maps for proposed changes to the NYC zoning map. She has also assisted with the City’s efforts to digitize the paper zoning map and formerly worked at Perez Architecture, rehabilitating homes that were negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Field Verifying Inspector | Manager
Field Verifying Inspector
Kemone Martin, a recipient of the Kaplan Education Foundation Scholarship, holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Social Work from New York University and a Master’s in Special Education from Fordham University.
Kemone, who was afforded the CCTOP Scholarship at NYU, spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she recognized that instability and poor conditions in public housing were an intercontinental issue. Furthermore, as an educator, she recognized that the conditions in public housing had a direct impact on student performance and wanted to improve housing conditions for families in underserved communities.
Since then, Kemone has conducted site evaluations on NYCHA housing through the PACT Program initiative with the Arker Companies. Kemone experience in both Social Work and Education has been instrumental in delivering results for clients in NYCHA housing.
Kemone is currently pursuing a Master’s in Construction Management and Engineering at Fordham University.
Louise is an Interior Designer with a degree from Nassau Community College and an undergraduate in architecture from Queensborough. She was awarded a SUNY award for a commercial interiors project at Nassau, as well as second place in a competition for the HGTV Property Brothers.
Her background is primarily in luxury interior design, working for Ballard Designs and Safavieh. Her past residential project experience has been rooted in merging the client’s needs with functional design. While working in interiors, she volunteered at Local Design Construction, drafting and field surveying for public places of worship. Now working as an architectural drafter at SLM, she hopes to bring thoughtful and attractive interior design to affordable housing.
Sidnie recently joined SLM architecture after acquiring her master’s from the Spitzer School of Architecture in New York. While in school, she worked for a Harlem-based studio Brandt:Haferd, where she focused on built projects from domestic to urban spaces, such as visual representations for galleries and office renovations.
Sidnie was granted the 2022 Graduate Research Symposium Award for her goal of creating an Equitable Development that aims to ensure the future of affordable housing in New York City. Sidnie’s goal is to work on more projects focused on community engagement that can impact not only the city she grew up in but hopefully nationwide.