Info: Personnel

Staff

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Jordan Parnass, AIA RIBA LEED AP CPHD

As principal of JPDA, Jordan has been the creative force behind the firm’s award-winning projects worldwide. With 20 years of experience, he has consistently kept the firm at the leading edge of integrating new technology and practices into the work. Jordan is a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) and a LEED Accredited Professional. Jordan holds a BA in Art and Semiotics from Brown University, and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.

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Gregory Merryweather, RA CPHD

Greg has been a part of JPDA since 2001, and in his role as Senior Architect he oversees research, production and execution of the firm's projects.  Greg is a Certified Passive House Designer, and a professor at Pratt Institute.  He holds an M.Arch from Columbia University and a BS Arch from Ohio State.

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Marijke Huelsmann, CPHD Assoc. AIA

Marijke oversees all architecture and design work at JPDA, with a particular focus on bringing sustainability to public sector, retail and commercial projects. She is a registered architect in Germany, and brings a passion for innovative design and construction methodologies.  Marijke is a Certified Passive House Designer, and holds masters and postgraduate degrees in architecture and lighting technology, and has taught in the Department of Building Construction at the University of Wuppertal.

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Melanie Crean
Melanie is an artist, designer and academic, and oversees JPDA’s interactive, installation and community engagement work. Her practice explores relationships between gender, speech, history and the social structures of control. Melanie is an Associate Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. Previously, Melanie founded the production studio at digital art non-profit Eyebeam. Melanie has won numerous
commissions and fellowships from Creative Capital, Creative Time, NYFA, NYSCA and others, and holds degrees from Brown University (BA Art and Semiotics) and The School of Visual Arts (MFA).
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Cherrie Hu, CPHD

Cherrie is an architectural designer at JPDA.  She has previously worked on large cultural, public sector and hospitality projects at Steven Holl Architects, Vector Architects and Decode Urbanism in Beijing.  Cherrie is a Certified Passive House Designer, and holds advanced degrees in architecture and urban planning from Columbia University, Pratt Institute and Beijing University of Technology.

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Elizabet Bereslavskaya

Elizabet is an accomplished architect and interior designer with focus on retail, hospitality and brand experience projects.  Elizabet holds masters degrees from Parsons as well as the Moscow Architectural Institute.

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Sofia Melo

Sofia is an architectural designer at JPDA who focuses on human-centered design for institutional and residential projects.  Sofia holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Coimbra, Portugal.