Tony Amoto, AIA

Tony Amato, AIA

Architect

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“The greatest architectural result is achieved through collaboration, blending the knowledge and expertise from each individual discipline into a unique and holistic design.”

Philosophy
Tony’s interest in architecture is rooted in his love of art. From an early age, he enjoyed sketching and drawing. He was especially fascinated by technology and transportation and would spend countless hours drawing airplanes, trains, and automobiles. Encouraged by his parents, Tony enrolled himself into many art classes in high school. During his junior year, he found himself at a guest lecture that was conducted by an architect. Tony was immediately drawn to the architectural craft and was particularly interested in the idea of combining his love for art, engineering, and technology into a single profession. He believes the greatest architectural result is achieved through collaboration, blending the knowledge and expertise from each individual discipline into a unique and holistic design. At the start of his career, Tony worked at Anshen + Allen Architects in San Francisco for five years. In this role, he contributed to the design and construction of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, serving as a project architect for the site’s central utility plant. Tony then went on to work for Smith Group JJR in Los Angeles on various projects including a campus master plan, a university research and data center, and multiple commercial office buildings. He joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2015, where he now works as a Project Architect. Some of his most notable projects at ATA are a high rise hotel in downtown Los Angeles and 90,000 square foot retail and creative office building in Culver City.

Education

  • B Arch – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Acclaim

  • Graduated with honors, Cum Laude
  • Graduated on the Dean’s List
  • California State University International Program in Florence, Italy

Tidbit
For the past six years, Tony has spent his summer vacation in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras. Accompanied by his wife and her mother, Tony spends a week hiking, kayaking, and simply enjoying the natural surroundings.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 255

Sasha Monge, RA

Sasha Monge, RA

Project Manager – Architect

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“The foremost concern is the user’s needs and discovering and determining their desires and requirements to create the most successful solutions.”

Philosophy
Sasha’s passion for architecture is rooted in her love of art and math – she finds her profession to be a perfect marriage between the two. Pragmatic and purposeful in her designs, her foremost concern is to find solutions that accommodate the needs of a specific user group. She works closely with her clients to discover and determine their desires and requirements. Sasha started her career designing educational facilities while working for Architecture for Education, a firm focused on design solutions for learning environments. In this role, she worked closely with both children and educators to design preschool and child care facilities. Sasha joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2011 and brought her expertise and knowledge of educational projects to the firm’s institutional work. Specifically, she played an important role in designing spaces for Sinai Akiba Academy, Valley Beth Shalom Day School, and various locations of Chalk Preschools. At ATA, Sasha has expanded her design skills to include tenant improvements, synagogues, and various creative offices. Some of her most notable work includes multiple locations around the world for prominent advertising agency, HUGE Inc.

Education

  • BArch – University of Southern California
  • MA Urban Design and Architecture – Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Acclaim

  • Public art project for Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and Greenmeme, installed summer of 2010
  • Won GOOD sponsored competition “Design a School Garden” in 2010
  • Graduated magna cum laude from University of Southern California

Tidbit
Sasha also utilizes her skills in math and art to satisfy her sweet tooth – she loves to bake and cook. She finds it to be a relaxing and enjoys watching baking shows and sharing recipes with coworkers.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 200

Michael Lindell

Michael Lindell

Senior Designer

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“Begin each project without any preconceived notions of what will be developed, thus allowing the solution to be invented and nurtured in order to solve the unique and specific problems at hand.”

Philosophy
Michael likes to begin each project without any preconceived notions of what will be developed, thus allowing the solution to be invented and nurtured in order to solve the unique and specific problems at hand. His strength lies in understanding both the constraints and opportunities of individual projects that are distinctive to the site and program. In the past, Michael worked as a custom fabricator, designing and fabricating high-end architectural objects and sculptures at several studios in Chicago. This experience gave him an intimate knowledge of detail and craftsmanship that he applies to every architectural project, big or small. His varied experiences in fine arts and fabrication have given Michael a unique perspective on problem solving in a very pragmatic and poetic way. Michael previously worked for Los Angeles-based firm SPF:a, where he was the lead designer for a diverse range of projects including high-end homes, hotels, retail spaces, offices, bridges, schools and cultural buildings. He joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2016 where he works on retail spaces, offices, tenant improvements and high-end residences. Michael initiates the design direction of projects, taking it from inception to schematic design.

Education

  • Fine Arts Degree – School of the Art Institute Chicago
  • BA Architecture – University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Masters Arch1 – University of Los Angeles California

Acclaim

  • 2010 Winner of AIA NEXT LA Merit Award for St. Patrick’s Island Pedestrian Bridge in Calgary, Canada while at SPF:a
  • 2009 Winner of AIA Next LA Citation Award for the National Music Center, Cantos in Calgary, Canada while at SPF:a

Tidbit
Michael grew up around fabrication machinery alongside his inventor father who taught him, ‘if there is a problem to be solved, there is always a solution’. Michael is always building something for his family, from metal lounge chairs to bookshelves. He has at least four to five prototypes going at any given time.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 210

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Marketing Manager

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“An open exchange of ideas between artistic industries leads to a more holistic marketing approach.”

Philosophy
From an early age, Melissa was drawn to the intricacies that craft good design. She has immense respect for art forms across various industries and believes having an open exchange of ideas between them leads to a more holistic marketing approach. With a background in the fashion and beauty industries, she has cultivated an understanding of storytelling across numerous mediums, from words to graphics and photography to film. She enjoys translating the journey behind an end result – the inspirations, collaborations, and creative process. Melissa is passionate about the uniqueness of each opportunity and she finds the discovery period for a project to be the most exciting part. She joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2015, where she currently splits her time between the administrative and marketing needs of the firm.

Education

  • BA Business – New York University

Acclaim

  • Graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude
  • Graduated on the Dean’s List

Tidbit
Melissa’s passion for storytelling led her to become a complete film geek. She especially loves obscure dramatic foreign films. She is drawn to their sensibility for slice-of-life stories and enjoys a good old existential crisis. That being said, she appreciates a comedic laugh and hopes to retire as Larry David.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 204

Matthew Hucker

Matthew Hucker

Architect

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“The architectural field is unique in its ability to combine technical knowledge with creativity.”

Philosophy
Matthew identifies with the Leonardo da Vinci quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. He enjoys modern and minimal architecture found in the styles of Frank Lloyd Wright, Schindler and Le Corbusier. He sees the architectural field as unique in its ability to combine technical knowledge with creativity. Matthew previously worked for a firm that exclusively handled institutional projects. He spent four years designing an educational facility in Brentwood, working closely with city regulators and the community to successfully gain approval of a complex project. Matthew joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2015. He has brought a set of solid skills from design development to construction documents that he now applies to high-end residential projects.

Education

  • B Arch – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Acclaim

  • Licensed Architect in the State of California
  • Graduated with honors, Cum Laude
  • Participated in ATA’s winning cat house design entry for ‘Architects for Animals 2016’

Tidbit
Matthew is an avid lover of sports and the outdoors. His favorite activities include snowboarding, camping, hiking, biking, playing basketball, and anything else that gets him outside and exercising. He is constantly striving to improve his overall fitness level.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 253

Marco Marraccini, RA

Marco Marraccini, RA

Associate Principal

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“The complexity of architecture is a balance of ideas from the client, consultants, specialty fabricators, city officials, contractors and all other parties involved.”

Philosophy
Marco is driven by the collaborative nature of the architectural practice. He sees the complexity of architecture as a balance of ideas from the client, consultants, specialty fabricators, city officials, contractors and all other parties involved. With so many moving parts, Marco enjoys the push and pull that is the architectural journey.  Marco is a licensed Architect in the State of California and has previously practiced in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the team at ATA, Marco had worked on a wide range of projects, most significantly with SMBW Architects, where he designed an award winning mausoleum located in Salem, Virginia.  Marco joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2010, where he now leads various project teams on ecclesiastical commissions, movie theatres, urban retail centers, and creative work spaces. He appreciates ATA’s ability to lead a project, always striving for an excellent product by assembling a team of experts to create the highest level of architecture.

Education

  • BS Architecture – University of Virginia
  • MA Architecture – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Acclaim

  • Francis Ward Prize for Achievement in Architectural Design in 2006
  • Sidney B. Karofsky Prize for The Outstanding Master of Architecture Student in 2004
  • AIA Student Foundation Scholarship Award for his studies at MIT

Tidbit
Marco describes his house as a ‘craft store that exploded’. As the father of an eight-year-old daughter, he has been making and building doll houses, jewelry and toys with her since she was two. Now she is taking the reins – inventing, sketching, and designing her own independent creations. Along with his graphic designer wife, the family is constantly making things together.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 205

Julianne August-Schmidt

Julianne August-Smith

Project Manager

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“Good design is a balance and a juxtaposition: city to wilderness, conceptual to mundane.”

Philosophy
Julianne grew up in a city (Los Angeles) but vacationed in a tent, traveling and camping often on trips with her family. Her early interface with nature gave her an appreciation of the contrast between indoor and outdoor space. She sees good design as a balance and a juxtaposition: city to wilderness, conceptual to mundane. Her architectural studies and work are diverse. As an undergraduate, Julianne traveled and studied in Scandinavia and Italy where she examined the relationship of city, culture, and craft. After graduating, the University of Washington commissioned her to design and build custom furniture for a new media lab. Julianne went on to work for Eric Cobb Architects in Seattle, where she developed high-end residential and multi-family housing projects. She joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2013 where she has worked on a 30,000 square foot health club, a 70,000 square foot warehouse conversion to creative office space, and a 34,000 square foot tenant improvement for a new corporate headquarters.

Education

  • BA Architecture – University of Washington
  • MA Architecture – Yale University

Acclaim

  • SPARK Mentor:  working with young women at the start of imagining their futures
  • “Coyote Chair” selected for display at the prestigious International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York City

Tidbit
As a testament to Julianne’s love of the outdoors, she has camped at and hiked nearly every national park west of the Rockies. She loves the outdoors, particularly the fringes of cities, despite being in the business of adding to the built world.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 207

Judson Garwood

Judson Garwood

Designer

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“Focus on simplicity of form and honesty of materials.”

Philosophy
Judson has a rational approach to design that focuses on simplicity of form and honesty of materials. He brings visual interest to his designs by utilizing clean, modern forms and materials juxtaposed with a rustic aesthetic developed while living in the Texas Hill Country. Judson joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2016 where he works on high-end residential projects.

Education

  • BArch – University of Texas, Austin

Acclaim

  • Graduated with high honors from the University of Texas, Austin
  • President of Architecture Student Council at the University of Texas, Austin

Tidbit
Judson plays in flag football leagues a couple of times a week, a vestige of a sports-heavy childhood. He may also spend an evening diagraming plays for upcoming games as he enjoys the tactical aspect of the game. In a past life, Judson was a high school football coach.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 213

Xiaofeng (Tiger) Mei

Xiaofeng (Tiger) Mei

Designer Level II

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“Apply cultural and aesthetic attributes when designing architecture, furthering old world techniques by using advanced digital methodologies to enhance the design process.”

Philosophy
Tiger’s interest in architecture began at an early age; he was born into a multi-generational family of architects. His childhood toys were building models designed by his father and his grandfather. Tiger draws inspiration from Chinese calligraphy aesthetics. He believes the movement of writing a Chinese character stroke creates an effortless fluidity and impressionistic form. Tiger applies these cultural and aesthetic attributes when designing architecture, furthering this old world technique by using advanced digital methodologies to enhance the design process. He has adapted Joe Mansueto’s mantra, “Design has allowed us to stand out; to look different and show that difference boldly.” Tiger enjoys the individuality he can express and achieve as a designer. He has worked in several offices in Beijing and Los Angeles where he specialized in designing residences, mixed-use developments, and high-rise buildings. Prior to joining ATA, Tiger served as an Architectural Designer at amphibianArc, where he was primarily responsible for the concept design of several mixed-use competition projects. He returned to China to supervise an on-site pavilion installation for the Digital Architecture Design Association’s “Digital Infiltration” Exhibition in Beijing. Tiger joined Abramson Teiger Architects in 2014, where he works on high-end residential, commercial, mixed-use development, and office projects as part of the design and documentation team.

Education

  • BA Architecture – Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • MA Architecture – Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Acclaim

  • Multiple studio works published on renowned websites such as Evolve, SuckerPUNCH, and Vimeo
  • Second Place Prize – 2014 HUARI International Furniture Competition for “Non-Directional Furniture”
  • Participated in ATA’s winning cat house design entry for ‘Architects for Animals 2016’

Tidbit
Tiger loves Sci-Fi movies and comic books. For over ten years, he has collected thousands of figurines from his favorite films, including Transformers, Ironman, Batman, Dragon Ball, Alien, and The Matrix. He doesn’t want them to be mistaken as children’s toys, because they portray a level of realistic detail that is truly an art form. Some can even reach the quality of movie props with dozens of movable joints and rotatable eyes and fingers.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 312

Trevor Abramson, FAIA

Trevor Abramson, FAIA

Design Principal

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“Promote the art of architecture by evoking a deeply felt emotional and spiritual response.”

Philosophy
With over two decades of commitment to his craft, Trevor Abramson strives to promote the art of architecture by evoking a deeply felt emotional and spiritual response from clients, critics and the public. His creative architecture stands proudly across North America, promoting soulful complexity in the communities they inhabit by striking a balance between known and new. His multi-faceted practice, initially focusing on single-family residences, now encompasses ecclesiastical commissions, educational facilities and varied commercial buildings. Abramson’s body of work certainly transcends the ordinary, carefully juxtaposing material and light to modulate surface and form. Pragmatic and purposeful in his design decisions, Abramson employs subtle and stripped down shapes to allow simplicity of mass and material to govern. His over 300 projects have gained significant acclaim from the international architectural community and have undoubtedly advanced the profession.

Education

  • BA Architecture – University of Southern California
  • MA Architecture – Columbia University

Acclaim

  • Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, bestowed by the AIA to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence
  • Winner of the Quincy Jones Memorial Award for Design Excellence
  • Winning Design Entry to the Hall of Evolving Life Competition, LACMA
  • Winner of the National AIA Honor Design Award for his First Presbyterian Church of Encino
  • Eight different Abramson buildings have been featured in prestigious art institution tours
  • Ten different Abramson buildings have been featured in local and national AIA tours
  • Abramson’s work is extensively published in leading journals and media across the world, including but not limited to The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Review, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, and Interior Design Magazine
  • Abramson has taught at multiple AIA conventions and continues to serve on design juries

Tidbit
For eight years, Trevor took his children on Saturday outings around LA. These trips always included a stop at McDonalds. During those years, Trevor collected over 600 Happy Meal toys, which he fondly enjoys to this day. He also collects cheap souvenirs of buildings, the antithesis to the high-design in his own work. He good-humoredly recognizes the irony in his fondness of kitsch.

Contact

310.838.8998 ext 201