Henry Myerberg

Henry Myerberg, FAIA, is the founder of HMA2, an architectural firm launched in 1986.

Since that time he has built a distinguished career centered on his passionate belief in the impact of design on education and learning. Henry’s innovative and inspiring environments for libraries, schools, and colleges are informed by his complementary experience in the creation of retail, office and gallery spaces, hotels and airports.

Henry’s notable education projects include work for American University of Central Asia, Amherst College, University of Virginia, Hampshire College, Bryn Mawr College, and Wofford College. Henry is also proud to have served as the volunteer design director for the Robin Hood Foundation’s L!BRARY initiative, which is committed to reinventing libraries for New York City’s 650 public elementary schools. His extensively published projects have won numerous awards, including the 2001 National Award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association award for Bryn Mawr College’s Rhys Carpenter Library.

Recognized for his innovative approach to the creation of interactive learning and lifestyle environments, Henry is a frequent speaker on library and higher education topics. Since [2005], he has served as a consultant to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for which he has conducted national workshops on campus planning, libraries and learning spaces for over fifty liberal arts colleges.

From 2003 to 2007 Henry was a principal at the Rockwell Group, overseeing cultural and commercial projects nationwide, including the marketplace of the JetBlue terminal at JFK. Prior to this, he was a principal of Helfand Myerberg Guggenheimer architects, which he co-founded in 1999. After receiving a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1980, he spent his first years in practice as a project architect at the renowned New York-based firm of Edward Larrabee Barnes. Henry has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and lecturer at Harvard University.

Michael Hackspill
Project Manager

Before joining HMA2, Michael Hackspill was a practicing architect in France. He worked at the Paris-based firm Hubert & Roy Architects for twelve years where he was responsible for two major projects to the north of Paris, including a new Post-Operative Care and Rehabilitation Center, and a Highschool consisting of a renovation and extension of existing buildings. He was also recently responsible for the design of two housing projects, comprising publicly-assisted and market-rate dwellings in Paris and its suburbs. Earlier, he worked for Auger & Rameaud Architects in the city of Colmar in eastern France. 

He holds a professional degree in achitecture fromt he Institut National des Sciences Appliquees in Strasbourg. Moreover, he holds a certificate degree in sustainability from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, which reflects his ongoing concern for sustainable thinking, to promote well-being and healthy environments through the implementation of passive design, bio sourced materials, and renewable energy.

Miranda Danusugondo
Project Manager

Miranda brings specialized experience in the design of learning spaces as well as technical expertise to HMA2’s many library and academic projects. Miranda oversaw the design and construction for Innovate Manhattan Charter School, a middle school designed around personalized education, and for the academic building at the American University of Central Asia.

A native of Australia, Miranda received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Western Australia (1993) and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia (1997). While working at Taylor Robinson, Miranda helped design the Engineering Pavilion for Curtin University in Perth, Australia, which features a three-level exhibition space and interactive learning environments. In addition, she headed Curtin’s library refurbishment project, iZone, creating a contemporary self-learning area, (essentially, an independent lab/ lounge for people to gather in) within the context of a traditional library. This technology-driven zone creates flexible spaces for study, movement, relaxation and engagement. As the project designer for Scotch College in Perth, Australia, Miranda worked extensively on several projects including a multipurpose auditorium, the Dickenson Centre, that serves as the college’s performing arts venue, while also accommodating weekly assemblies for a student body off 1100 as well as a variety of school events from exams to celebrations. The project received the Public Architecture Award from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2008.

Christine Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP

Christine Sheridan, AIA, is an associate on the academic building for one of HMA2’s most groundbreaking projects, the American University of Central Asia. She is also redesigning the auditorium, classrooms and roof garden at St. Stephens of Hungary  school in Manhattan and working on the renovation of Stuyvesant High School’s library, transforming it into a forward-looking learning facility that promotes advanced modes of study and collaboration.  

Prior to joining HMA2, Christine worked at Perkins Eastman on a variety of project types, including K-12, Higher Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Residential, and Laboratories.  Her designs at Perkins Eastman have been published in Interior Design Magazine. Christine holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University (2008), where she received the James Britton Memorial Award for Outstanding Thesis. Focusing on the creation of a National Library for the Visually Impaired, her research investigated the topic of architecture beyond sight. In addition, while at Syracuse she received the Chancellor’s Award for Civic and Public Engagement for her work and dedication to the community. Christine is a LEED Accredited Professional and was named a finalist in an International Sustainable Building Competition hosted by FreeGreen Who’s Next.  Christine is also a member of the Art Students League of New York.  

Maarten Wessels

Maarten has experience in a wide variety of projects in both scale and complexity. He recently joined HMA2 after spending three years in East Africa as a Project Architect for FBW Architects. There he worked on educational, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, sports and residential projects, as well as large-scale mixed-use master plans. While working at FBW Maarten successfully led project teams on the design and construction of innovative and climate responsive educational buildings. These include National Teachers and Training Colleges in Uganda and a Science Centre for the International School of Uganda in Kampala, which promotes the use of exterior educational spaces and includes an integrated greenhouse that not only functions as a space for learning and experiments, but also actively cools the building by generating solar driven ventilation. Maarten received his Master of Science in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology in 2009.

Karen Davidov
Designer | Project Manager

Karen Davidov is an independent art and design producer experienced in environmental design, product development, and graphics. Currently, Karen consults on the DC Public Library's Art in the Libraries Program working wwith architectural firms, local arts organizations, and government agencies to place large scale public works in new and historic buildings. Karen is one of the founders of the Robin Hood Foundation's L!BRARY program for NYC public school libraries, each of which incorporate graphics and imagery by notable children's book inllustrators and designers.  

Sharlene Yaqui
Interior Designer

Sharlene Yaqui has a background in high-end residential design working with a clientele that ranged from luxury homes in La Jolla, CA, Nantucket, MA, to New York City apartment renovations. Currently, she collaborates with HMA2 on the interiors of a residential project in Sands Point, NY, contributing on all phases of design from concept planning, space planning, material and furniture selections, project coordination, to client workshops and presentations. Sharlene also contributes to the expansion of the Westport Public Library in Westport, Connecticut where she is responsible for the design and coordination of finishes and furniture.

Sharlene received a degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.