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Henry Myerberg

Principal, FAIA, 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.

Christine Sheridan

AIA, LEED AP

Christine Sheridan, AIA, is a project architect and has worked on some of HMA2’s most groundbreaking projects including Westport Library and the American University of Central Asia. She has also redesigned the auditorium, classrooms and roof garden at St. Stephens of Hungary School in Manhattan and worked 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 where her designs were 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 Free Green Who’s Next.  Christine is also a lifetime member of the Art Students League of New York.  

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 was on the design team for the academic building at the American University of Central Asia. She is a contributing design and construction manager for the major refurbishment of the Westport Library in Connecticut and the Silverstein Residence on Long Island.

 

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). She spent the following fourteen years working in the disciplines of commercial, retail, hospitality, education, urban design and residential architecture in both, public and private sectors.

 

Maarten Wessels

Associate

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.

Saira Akhtar

Associate

Saira combines her cross-disciplinary background with a passion for narrative and concept-driven design to create compelling architectural environments. She is currently a part of the team working on revitalizing the Narxoz University Campus in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Before joining HMA2, she worked at Davis Brody Bond on the design of a large new academic complex for New York University, focusing principally on the design of two experimental theatres for Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to that, she was engaged in designing high-end residential towers in New York City, Boston and Virginia at FXCollaborative. She has also worked on a range of typologies at Perkins Eastman including retail, senior living, and healthcare. 

 

Saira received a global education: living in the U.A.E, Pakistan and the U.K, connecting with people from culturally diverse backgrounds in differentiated milieus. She received her Master in Architecture degree from Cornell University, where she worked on various projects that have been exhibited at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, the Bibliowicz Gallery in Ithaca, and Battery Park in New York City, in recent years. 

Karen Davidov

Art and Design Producer

Karen Davidov is an independent art and design producer experienced in environmental design, product development, and graphics. Currently, Karen Davidov is working in libraries as a researcher, on libraries as a designer, and with libraries as a public art consultant. Karen pursued her passion for jewelry and jewelry research as a dealer of 20th Century Decorative Arts for many years. The Jewelry Library is an extension of her work with librarians and curators creating spaces and programs that invite and engage community. 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 illustrators and designers.  

Sara Horton

Studio manager

Sara manages all aspects of the office space as well as handling billing, events, and scheduling.

Tucker​ Viemeister

Industrial Designer

Called the “Most industrious designer”, Tucker Viemeister thrives on collaboration and working in all scales of 3D and 2D in exhibits, architecture, graphics, new media, branding and strategy. He is most famous for OXO Good Grips kitchen tools that conceived “universal design” designed at Smart Design, the company he helped found in 1979. He also founded the Lab (digital explorations on an architectural scale like the Cosmopolitan casino and an installation at the Venice Biennale) and Studio Red at Rockwell Group, and was EVP of Razorfish (physical design), Director, Special Projects with Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Thinc, is now designing the Shanghai planetarium with Xenerio.

The first collaboration with Henry was the Daily Café, followed by Dockers and Levi’s shop-in-shop retail fixture projects. The Beginning With Children library in the then depressed Williamsburg neighborhood bloomed into 65 L!braries with the Robin Hood Foundation. Coincidentally they both worked at Rockwell on JetBlue’s Terminal 5 (not the nightclub) and launching a new retail brand for the Gap.

Aida Sulova

Designer, Public Art Producer

Aida is an artist from Kyrgyzstan, living and working in the U.S. She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied Digital Communications and Media. Aida assisted HMA2 Architects in implementing the Public Art Program for the American University of Central Asia, which promotes various public art opportunities for local artists and art organizations encouraging community engagement and participation in the arts.

Aida is a founder of “Kachan" Art Foundation, which promotes the engagement of the arts in learning institutions and organizes cultural exchanges between Central Asia and the world. In 2017, Aida initiated the project Asanbay Art Center in Kyrgyzstan, a cultural venue for the arts, education, and entertainment programs for communities to enrich their cultural life.

Recipient of the scholarships from Soros Foundation and New York University Scholarship Program. Most of Aida's work relates to current social issues and is based on transformative power of art. 

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