Meet The Team
Andre’s training and education has been interdisciplinary in keeping with his belief that the creation of exceptional architecture requires an understanding of the often-conflicting facets of the industry. He has had extensive experience in a broad range of firms, having worked for a dozen architects, engineers, and developers for over 10 years before founding Soluri Architecture in 2004. These firms included Diller + Scofidio, the Hut Sachs Studio, HB2, Perkins Eastman, and many small practitioners. One of his formative experiences was working for Cantor Seinuk / Ysrael A Seinuk PC, an award-winning structural engineering firm. While at the firm, Andre spent 18 months overseeing and inspecting high-rise construction projects in New York City, giving him a hands-on understanding of construction.
Andre received his undergraduate professional degree at the prestigious Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York City, where he won numerous awards. His professors at Cooper included some of the most important architects of our time, notably John Hedjuk, Peter Eisenman, Rick Scofidio, Michael Webb, Lebbius Woods, and Raymond Abraham. Andre received a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture (GSAPP), where he studied under Bernard Tschumi, Greg Pasquarelli, Manuel Delanda, Mark Wigley, Mark Rakatansky, and Laurie Hawkinson, among others. During this period he established the conceptual framework that eventually became Soluri Architecture’s design methodology.
Andre briefly taught at New York Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor for the 2nd and 4th year design studios. He continues to be invited to participate in design reviews at the top architecture schools in New York, including Cooper Union, Columbia’s GSAPP, Pratt, NYIT and NJIT.
Andre is a member of the AIA and is currently licensed and registered to practice architecture in the US states of New York, New Jersey and Washington. He also holds a nationally recognized NCARB certificate which allows for easy licensure in all 50 US states.
Phoebe Park Kincaid is Soluri Architecture’s Interior Designer and Space Planner with over 10 years of experience in both commercial, institutional and residential design projects. She began her career with a Herman Miller-owned firm, working on various large scale projects for major commercial clients. Her role included space planning, project management, as well as furniture selection and specifications for over 10 million sq. ft. of office space for clients such as: JWT, Young & Rubicam, Time Warner, and Lehman Brothers.
In the years since joining Soluri Architecture, Phoebe has combined her space planning and design skills with her belief that good design reflects the client’s identity and supports the client’s goals.
An allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Phoebe earned a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and an Associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Interior Design. As a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and a LEED Accredited Professional, Phoebe is dedicated to bringing sustainability and social responsibility to each project. Whether the project calls for the pursuit of a LEED Certification or simply an environmentally sensitive approach to design by selection of sustainable, renewable and healthy materials and systems, Phoebe provides the resources and education necessary to achieve that goal.
Clayton Dodd joined Soluri Architecture as a Junior Architect in the spring of 2015. With a background in construction, Clayton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Architecture degrees at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to moving to New York City, Clayton completed various projects in Savannah, GA, including retail re-branding, residential renovations, and renovations to fine art galleries and studios.
At Soluri Architecture, Clayton focuses on the production of drawing sets and contributes to the schematic and conceptual design of projects. These skills are enhanced by Clayton’s extensive hands-on construction experience, which gives him a unique combination of practical construction knowledge and the more abstract nature of architectural design.
Clayton’s responsibilities include conducting site surveys, assisting with site visits and researching compliance with the NYC Building Code and NYCECC (NYC Energy Code). He regularly researches and proposes materials which fulfill design requirements for building performance, and frequently coordinates between the MEP engineers (Mechanical/Electrical Plumbing) and Structural engineers on their document sets. Clayton also undertakes project management responsibilities, including site coordination with contractors and their sub-contractors.
Indira Jerez is Soluri Architecture’s Office Manager, responsible for managing all financial, operational and billing matters. Since joining the firm in the summer of 2015, Indira has completely revamped the firm’s bookkeeping and billing system. She has also analyzed data from the firm’s 12-year history to improve business processes and efficiency.
Indira is a graduate of Syracuse University where she double-majored in finance and communications / rhetorical studies. She began her career as a finance professional and municipal trading desk controller at Goldman Sachs. She went on to become a fixed income controller for Jefferies & Company. In 2010, Indira was appointed Director of Finance and Operations at Same Sky, a fair-trade jewelry company that offers employment opportunities to women in Africa and ex-offenders in the United States.
Michelle Bounkousohn is Soluri Architecture’s Public Relations and Marketing Associate, having joined the team in fall of 2016. She has held design positions in nonprofit organizations as the Vice President of Graphics for a student-owned screenprinting company, as the lead organizer for a spoken history project focusing on Vietnamese immigrants, and as the Chair of Marketing for a student advocacy organization. Michelle briefly studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and is now studying geography and anthropology at Hunter College.
Her responsibilities at Soluri Architecture involve maintaining our social media presence and publication exposure, compiling our portfolio, updating our website, and creating presentation documents for the principal architect, Andre Soluri.
Lenny Chen began as a Junior Architect for Soluri Architecture in the fall of 2016. A graduate of the City College of New York, Lenny received numerous scholarships and awards for his work in architectural design. In school, Lenny received first place in the Spitzer School of Architecture’s Masonry Design Competition, and had four of his projects featured in the annual City Works publication. At previous firms in New York City, Lenny has worked in residential design, preparing construction documents for approval surveying, and spatial planning.
At Soluri Architecture, Lenny primarily assists in the production of construction document sets. In addition, he occasionally contributes to project design, interacts with clients, and conducts surveys for construction sites.