Kimberly Brown, AIA, LEED AP, has been dedicated to the execution of superior professional architectural design services for nearly 20 years. Having spent her early career working in the offices of SHoP, Polshek Partnership and Perkins+Will, Ms. Brown co-founded STRATA ARCHITECTS PLLC with an eye to the future of architecture, emphasizing that the primary goal of quality design is to create environments that enrich the lives of its inhabitants and its community.
Having worked on a wide range of projects throughout the course of her career, from urban and higher education master planning and large-scale mixed use to theater and museum design, Ms. Brown is sensitive to maneuvering within the unique parameters characteristic of varying design types. Some career highlights include the renovation of the Yale University Art Gallery and the Harvard Law School Comprehensive Plan as well as multiple historic New York City theater renovations. Ms. Brown was also the Project Manager for an intensive design and construction effort involving a large-scale office development in Silicon Valley, relocating to California for the duration of the project.
Ms. Brown’s has a particular interest in public space, community involvement and urban planning. In this vein, she was the Director of Carl Small Town Center, a research and design center focusing on community-based urban planning and housing research, run through the Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art + Design. Awarded several state and federal grants for the project, Ms. Brown created standards for limiting sprawl development on Mississippi highway bypasses, educated elected officials about the value of design and helped residents shape the physical future of their communities, developing a sustainable modular home for victims of Hurricane Katrina for use along the devastated Mississippi coast. While in Mississippi, Ms. Brown ran her own office and collaborated with Morris Architects/Planners on the renovation of the Towle Community Theater in Hammond, IN.
A LEED-accredited professional and a registered architect in New York and Mississippi, Ms. Brown holds an M.Arch from Yale University and a B.Arch from Mississippi State University, where she was honored as a 2009 Alumni Fellow and is a member of the School of Architecture advisory board.
Throughout a career spanning close to two decades, Nizam Kizilsencer, AIA, LEED AP, has accumulated a portfolio of master planning and architectural design experience that include a range of complex and highly-recognizable projects in the United States, Turkey, the Middle East and Far East Asia.
Some career highlights thus far include One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), the Memorial Sloan Kettering Research Center and the Moynihan East and West Stations in New York, as well as the Digital Media City Landmark Tower in South Korea, the Akbank Banking Center in Turkey, the Beach Road Garden in Singapore and the Tokyo Midtown Project in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Kizilsencer was awarded the Presidential Citation by the AIA for his involvement in post-9/11 rebuilding at Ground Zero.
Prior to co-founding STRATA ARCHITECTS PLLC, Mr. Kizilsencer was a Senior Design Leader at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) in New York. In this role, he was responsible for all conceptual design and subsequent design development stages, supported the construction phases, and supervised a number of architectural design teams. His most recent projects with SOM included the Sedesco Tower in Midtown New York, the Isbank Tuzla Banking and Technology Center near Istanbul in Turkey, and residences in Istanbul, Turkey.
A LEED-accredited professional and a registered architect in the State of New York, Mr. Kizilsencer holds an M.Arch from Yale University and a B.Arch from Istanbul Technical University. He is a member of the AIA and the Union of the Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (UCTEA). Recently, he served as co-chair for the “Hotel Development and Investment” panel at the GRI Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.